Barcelona gained Champions Leagues below Pep Guardiola best due to Lionel Messi’s brilliance, according to former Bayern Munich boss Felix Magath.

The Catalans gained their maiden treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League trophies in 2008-09, which become Guardiola’s first season in charge.

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They conquered Europe once more years later, once more beating Manchester United withinside the final, to mark one of the greatest intervals withinside the club’s history.

Magath has called Guardiola’s possession-based system into question, suggesting it worked at Barca “solely because of Lionel Messi, who can decide a game out of nowhere”.

“Messi won the titles, not Guardiola,” he told Sport Bild. “Without Messi, this system has never worked as successfully for Guardiola, otherwise he would have won the Champions League with Bayern or Manchester City long ago.

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