Gianluca Gaudino explains why he didn't manage to break through at Bayern München when he was handed the chance by Pep Guardiola years ago.
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Gianluca Gaudino has looked back at the 2014/2015 season when he was suddenly given the chance in Bayern München's first-team.
The central midfielder - now 22 and playing for Young Boys in Switzerland - was given a lot of trust at a young age by Pep Guardiola, who was Bayern's coach at the time, but ultimately didn't manage to break through in the first team.
"It was like a dream, but I only realized it later. I was young and innocent. I just had fun and thought, 'Wow, cool. A week ago, you were in the under-19 team, and now you're suddenly playing with all the top stars - I can't believe it'. After the first matches, I obviously thought that I could make it at FC Bayern in the long run. But then I fell into a hole," Gaudino told Sport Bild and added:
"I just wasn't ready. My weight was 60 kilograms back then. Today, my weight is 75. I was lacking those 15 kilograms. Physically and mentally, I wasn't at the level I needed to be in order to assert myself and nail down a spot among the professionals."
Gaudino scored once and made three assists in 12 appearances for Young Boys last season.