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Gianluca Gaudino reflects on his time at FC Bayern

By Rune Gjerulff

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.

Gianluca Gaudino.
Gianluca Gaudino.Photo: Uwe Bassenhoff, CC BY-SA 2.0

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.

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