Guardiola isn't the best, Mourinho is – Matthaus

The former Bayern Munich player believes the Portuguese coach is more direct with his players and believes the Spaniard could leave the club soon

Lothar Matthaus has hailed Jose Mourinho as the best coach in the world, insisting he is better than Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola.

The Portuguese manager has won league titles with Porto, Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid, while Guardiola oversaw the most successful spell in Barcelona’s history and has won two Bundesliga titles with Bayern so far, while both coaches have lifted the Champions League twice.

The pair have been seen as the two leading coaches in football at the moment, though Matthaus believes the Chelsea boss is more advanced.

“Pep is not the best coach in the world,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I prefer Mourinho. He is the No.1, because Mourinho is more transparent and more direct than Guardiola.

“I’ve been told that from the players he has coached: He tells you everything to your face.”

Guardiola’s future at Bayern has become uncertain, with the coach tied to the club until 2016, though he admits he has not decided if he will stay.

Matthaus, though, believes the Spaniard is on his way out of the Allianz Arena in the near future and wants former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp to replace him.

“He will go,” the former Bayern player said. “What sense does it make to wait until winter to renew your contract? Either you do it now or you’re going. 

“I have a lot of respect for Guardiola, he has won so much, but he must be clearer. Why don’t you just sign a deal? Speak clearly!

“I have a German favourite to succeed him: Klopp. There are two foreign candidates: Mourinho, but he will not leave Chelsea, and Carlo Ancelotti.”

The 54-year-old former Germany international also touched on Bayern’s Mario Gotze and Schalke youngster Julian Draxler, both of whom he does not believe have the mentality required to reach the top level.

“They are good, young and technically sound, but they do not have the character of a champion. 

“There is always something missing for them to be at 100 per cent. If you’re Götze and not playing, then go to the coach and he puts you on. But he does not do that. 

“The two are not guys like Carlos Tevez, Andrea Pirlo or Arturo Vidal.”

Bendtner: Wolfsburg can challenge Bayern for Bundesliga title

The striker was in typically confident mood after starring in the DFL-Supercup victory over the Bavarians

Nicklas Bendtner believes Wolfsburg have proven they can challenge Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga following their DFL-Supercup triumph.

Bendtner scored an 89th minute equaliser with a sharp finish to make it 1-1 before converting the deciding penalty in the shoot-out.

And the former Arsenal striker hopes the triumph is a reflection of how Wolfsburg – who finished 10 points behind the Bavarians in second place last season – can perform this term.

“It’s good that we’ve proven at such an early stage of the season that we can compete with the likes of Bayern,” the 27-year-old told the Bundesliga’s official website.

“They’re once again favourites to win the title this season because of the team they have and the history.

“So we have to play the role of challengers and take it game by game and see where we’re at come the end of the season.”

Bendtner admitted he was happy with his goalscoring contribution but was quick to endorse the performance of the whole team.

“I thought that every player on the pitch believed in what we could achieve for 90 minutes and at the end of the day I think that’s what got us the win,” Bendtner added.

“It was a great game throughout. When I looked at Kevin, he had been running all game and I thought he may not make it until the end because of the amount of ground he covered, but then he produced an extra burst of energy and I could see that he was going to deliver the ball in.

“It was a good goal, but a better team performance.”

Robben: I'm angry and happy with Bayern return

The winger had mixed emotions after making his first competitive appearance for the club since March

Arjen Robben said he was both angry and happy after making a goalscoring return to action in Bayern Munich’s defeat to Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s side lost the DFL-Supercup for the third successive season, this time being held to a 1-1 draw by Dieter Hecking’s men before being beaten in a penalty shootout.

Robben, who has been sidelined with injuries since March, was delighted to be playing again but frustrated that his second-half effort was cancelled out by Nicklas Bendtner’s late strike.

“The game had two opposing sides for me,” the 31-year-old winger is quoted as saying to Abendzeitung Munchen. “On the one hand, I am angry and frustrated that we didn’t win. But on the other hand, I’m very happy to be back.

“Considering it was my first game in around four or five months, I felt good. I am on the right path, not yet at 100 per cent. I need more rhythm, but in the second half my football was at a really good level.

“We played well but were not rewarded, which is very annoying. We deserved the win. But I’m staying positive, there are still three major titles in 2015-16 to win – so let’s go!”

Robben scored one of Bayern’s penalties in the shootout but Xabi Alonso’s miss proved costly as Wolfsburg converted all five, with substitute Bendtner fittingly scoring the winning spot kick.

Lewandowski wants 100 Bundesliga goals 'as soon as possible'

The Poland international believes he has plenty more to offer Bayern Munich after enjoying a successful first season at the Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski says he wants to reach 100 Bundesliga goals “as soon as possible”.

The Poland international currently sits on 91 strikes in Germany’s top flight in 162 matches for both Bayern and Borussia Dortmund.

And having notched 17 Bundesliga goals in his first season at the Allianz Arena, Lewandowksi is now looking to reach the 100 club in the coming campaign – and improve his own performances.

“I knew the first season would not be the best,” Lewandowski, 26, told Kicker. “I’m happy that I scored so many goals and played so much.

“The second season will hopefully be even better. Now is the time to show I can do even more.

“I know I can still play better and score goals. One hundred goals in the Bundesliga would be beautiful. I hope I can do it as soon as possible.”

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Vidal targets Champions League win with Bayern Munich

The Chilean reached the final of the competition with Juventus last year but believes the move to the Bavarian club gives him the best chance to win it

Arturo Vidal says the chances of achieving European glory is what convinced him to leave Juventus for Bayern Munich as he is desperate to win the Champions League this season.

The Chile international reached the Champions League final with the Serie A champions last season, but believes he has a better chance of winning the competition with Pep Guardiola’s men.

“I have come here to win the Champions League,” he told reporters.

“Hopefully it will be this year, but I will spend several years here and hope to win as many cups as I possibly can.

“I will play in midfield the same way I did with the national team and with Juventus. That is where I feel more comfortable.”

Vidal made his official debut for Bayern on Saturday as they lost out on the first piece of silverware of the season to Wolfsburg in the DFB Supercup.

The 28-year-old previously enjoyed a spell in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen between 2007 and 2011.

Robben: Bayern must take blame for Wolfsburg defeat

The Dutchman was bitterly frustrated by the way in which Pep Guardiola’s men were beaten in the DFL-Supercup for the third successive season


Arjen Robben has admitted that Bayern Munich have to take a long, hard look at themselves in the wake of Saturday’s DFL-Supercup loss to Wolfsburg.

The Dutchman gave the Bundesliga champions the lead in at the Volkswagen Arena, firing home from close range after the hosts had failed to deal with Douglas Costa’s low cross from the left wing.

However, Nicklas Bendtner equalised with just over 60 seconds of normal time remaining, thus forcing a penalty shootout that that Dane then decided 5-4 in Wolfsburg’s favour, with Xabi Alonso missing from the spot for Bayern.

Robben was bitterly frustrated by the nature of the defeat and conceded afterwards that Pep Guardiola’s men have issues to address after losing the showpiece event for the third consecutive season.

“I’m disappointed,” the winger is quoted as saying by his club’s official website. “That’s football, it can all change in a minute – but we have to look very critically at ourselves because we should have wrapped it up earlier.

“We had our chances and at 2-0 it would have been all over.”

Meanwhile, Bayern defender Jerome Boateng was more upbeat about Bayern’s performance, but did agree that the Bavarians had ultimately been punished for their profligacy.

“We shouldn’t be conceding right at the end,” the centre-half added. “But, overall, we can be pleased with our performance.

“We were the better team, we bossed the play, had chances and should have killed the game.

“It’s unfortunate and a shame, but I think we have plenty to build on.”

Bayern begin the defence of their Bundesliga title at home to Hamburg on August 14.

Wolfsburg stood up to Bayern Munich – Hecking

The head coach was thrilled that his team managed to maintain their discipline after falling behind in their DFL-Supercup success over the German champions


Wolfsburg boss Dieter Hecking has praised his players for the way in which they kept their discipline after being “surprised” by Bayern Munich’s bright start in Saturday’s DFL-Supercup showdown.

The DFB-Pokal champions started sluggishly at the Volkswagen Arena, with Douglas Costa causing all sorts of problems down the hosts’ right-hand side with his electrifying pace.

Indeed, it came as no surprise that Bayern’s summer signing from Shakhtar Donetsk played a key role in the game’s opening goal, with the winger whipping over a low cross that Arjen Robben eventually fired home.

However, Wolfsburg improved the longer the game went on and Nicklas Bendtner forced penalties with his dramatic 89th-minute equaliser before then deciding the shootout 5-4 in the home side’s favour.

Hecking was the first to admit that the season-opener could have gone the other way but he felt his troops deserved immense credit for refusing to buckle under Bayern’s early pressure.

“For this stage of the season we have seen a very good game,” the 50-year-old head coach told reporters. “There was a lot of pace to the game.

“I thought that Bayern started well. We were taken a little by surprise. Vieirinha needed some time to adapt to Douglas Costa and we could have fallen behind early.

“But, after a quarter of an hour, we found a way into the game and had the first dangerous chances. About 35 or 40 minutes it was again the same pace as in the Bundesliga. This must be said.

“We know that if Bayern get a chance, they are dangerous and they had a great situation on the left in the second half: Costa with a magnificent cross and Robben with the goal.

“After that, it was important that we were disciplined and did not lose our shape. Of course, we had to leave more space [at the back] and I think if Bayern had come up with a second goal at that stage, then Pep Guardiola would be sitting here having won the cup!”

Wolfsburg, who finished second to Bayern in the Bundesliga last season, kick off their 2015-16 campaign against Eintracht Frankfurt on August 16.

Guardiola: Bayern didn't play badly against Wolfsburg

The Catalan claimed the Bavarians were unlucky to have lost the DFL-Supercup for the third season in a row after Nicklas Bendtner’s late heroics at the Volkswagen Arena


Pep Guardiola insisted his Bayern Munich side did not play badly in Saturday’s DFL-Supercup loss to Wolfsburg, claiming that his players had done everything possible to have won the game.

After seeing his side beaten by Borussia Dortmund in the German season-opener for the past two years, the Catalan head coach finally looked set to lift the trophy at the third attempt thanks to Arjen Robben’s strike just after half-time.

However, Nicklas Bendtner forced penalties with an 89th-minute equaliser before then converting the decisive spot-kick to earn Wolfsburg a 5-4 shootout success – and a first ever DFL-Supercup triumph.

Despite going so close to victory, questions were once again asked about Bayern’s mental strength and defensive solidity under Guardiola but the former Barcelona boss claimed his troops had been unlucky to lose.

“It’s a pity because we just had to defend for about two or three [more] minutes,” the 44-year-old told reporters after the game at the Volkswagen Arena. “We haven’t played badly.

“It’s not easy to play against such a great team, a team that did very well last season and will play in the Champions League this season.

“Wolfsburg play very wide, have a good direct passing game and put in dangerous crosses. Obviously the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League are more important but a trophy is a trophy. It’s a shame. We did well and made chances.

“All of my players battled away and covered lots of ground. We did everything we could to win the match, but congratulations to Wolfsburg, who also did very well.

“We will try to get here again next season by winning the championship. It goes on and on. First, the Audi Cup, then the match in the DFB-Pokal, and then the start of the Bundesliga. We now focus on the next goal.”

Bayern kick off the defence of their Bundesliga title with a meeting with Hamburg at the Allianz Arena on August 14.

Neuer hails slick Bendtner finish in Supercup defeat

Both the goalkeeper and defender Jerome Boateng were frustrated to concede so late in the game but Pep Guardiola saw plenty of positives despite the loss

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer offered praise to Nicklas Bendtner following his decisive finish in Wolfsburg’s DFL-Supercup win.

The former Arsenal striker came off the bench to fire his side level in the 89th minute on Saturday, rifling high into the roof of the net from close range following Kevin de Bruyne’s low cross.

Bendtner then stepped up to convert the final penalty in the shootout after Xabi Alonso had missed, ensuring another Supercup loss for Pep Guardiola’s side.

“You have to admit that the cross was superb and Bendtner hits it great in the middle,” Neuer said after the match. “This does not happen every day, so it is even more annoying it happened in the 90th minute.”

Centre-back Jerome Boateng added: “We were by far the better team. It shouldn’t happen that we concede a goal that stupid at the end of the match.

“We should have decided the game earlier. We are unlucky and this is upsetting. We played the game and they had more luck in the end.”

Despite the defeat, head coach Guardiola saw plenty of positives in his side’s display ahead of the start of the 2015-16 season.

“Titles are titles and we want to win them. Of course the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League are more important, but still, it’s a title.

“We played well and had many chances in the opening 25 minutes. In the end we conceded one goal, and Wolfsburg did well.

“I am very satisfied. The performance, the passion, our attack. Now we recover and move forward. Always moving forward.”

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Wolfsburg 1-1 Bayern Munich (5-4 pens): Bendtner the hero as Guardiola loses Supercup clash again

Arjen Robben looked to have given the Bundesliga champions the win until the former Arsenal man struck just before the 90th minute and converted the final spot-kick


Nicklas Bendtner was the hero as Wolfsburg clinched the German Supercup with a penalty shootout win over Bayern Munich following a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

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