Juan Bernat has revealed he has been taken aback by Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, and welcomed Xabi Alonso to the club.
Bernat joined Bayern from Valencia this summer as part of a growing Spanish enclave at the club, with the Coach and the likes of Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez already present.
The left-back has told German publication Kicker that he never expected Bayern to show an interest in him, and that working under Guardiola is a revelation.
“The fact that one of the biggest clubs in the world noticed me, and a Coach such as Pep wanted me even though I’m still very young, was definitely a surprise,” Sport reports Bernat as saying.
“Guardiola was aware of me from the very start. He’s always present and is all-seeing to what happens on the pitch. It’s a lot of fun to work under him.
“He has a special style. He cares, above all, and is always wanting improvement with the ball. We always train with the ball and I like that a lot.”
Bernat was joined at Bayern by Pepe Reina and then Alonso, who quit Real Madrid to go to Bavaria.
“There’s no need to say Xabi is a world-class player. I’m convinced he’s going to be helpful,” he added regarding the midfielder.
“The Bundesliga is comparable to Spain. What’s most impressed me are the full stadiums. It’s an incredible atmosphere.
“Spain lacks that a little, where it only happens in certain games.”