Bayern Munich romp fails to impress Pep Guardiola
Bayern Munich`s 4-0 hammering of Hoffenheim failed to impress coach Pep Guardiola as they extended their 21-match unbeaten run ahead of Tuesday`s Champions League clash at Manchester City.
Berlin: Bayern Munich`s 4-0 hammering of Hoffenheim failed to impress coach Pep Guardiola as they extended their 21-match unbeaten run ahead of Tuesday`s Champions League clash at Manchester City.
Bayern opened a seven-point lead in the Bundesliga as they warmed up for their clash at Group E bottom side City by dominating Hoffenheim.
Guardiola`s Bayern have already claimed their last 16 place as group winners with two Champions League games to spare and opened an ominous gap in the German league.
A superb long-range strike from World Cup-winner Mario Goetze and a second from Poland striker Robert Lewandowski at Munich`s Allianz Arena gave Bayern a comfortable 2-0 half-time lead.
Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has laboured with a knee injury, made his first appearance of the season off the bench, 132 days after the World Cup final, as Bayern scored twice in the last 10 minutes through Arjen Robben and Sebastian Rode.
But Guardiola was unimpressed with the display, despite the German champions having won all seven of their home matches this term, scoring 24 goals in the process and conceding only two.
"We had problems with our build-up play in the first 15 minutes and we carelessly gave the ball away too often," said eternal perfectionist Guardiola.
"But then we switched things around. I think 4-0 is too big a win and the result doesn`t reflect what happened on the pitch, but I`m pleased after the international break.
"It`s three more points to us."
Goal-scorer Robben was even more critical of his side as they look for a fifth straight Champions League win in this season`s campaign at City.
"We forgot to play football and Hoffenheim applied even more attacking pressure," said the Dutch winger.
"That`s when you have to retain possession, but we didn`t do it particularly well."
Bayern`s iron grip on this season`s league title was tightened by results elsewhere.
Second-placed Wolfsburg had their eight-match winning streak ended at Schalke while third-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach also lost ground with a 3-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt to fall 10 points behind the Bavarians.
Goetze said it was all about maintaining their impressive form as the 2013 Champions League winners head to Manchester.
"I`m feeling good, I`m in good shape, I`m fit and I`m up for playing football," said the 22-year-old.
"I`m delighted we`ve taken the points and that we`re still up there at the top. "That`s the priority, and hopefully we can keep it up."