Guardiola praises Bayern's reaction to Juve capitulation

The Bayern Munich head coach was pleased to see his side bounce back from their midweek draw in Europe with a dominant domestic performance

Pep Guardiola hailed Bayern Munich’s response to Tuesday’s Champions League capitulation against Juventus after they beat Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.

Bayern surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 in Turin, but returned to form on Saturday with a 2-0 triumph at the Volkswagen Arena to move 11 points clear at the summit.

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Second-half goals from Kingsley Coman and Robert Lewandowski settled matters and Guardiola was happy with what he saw.

“Big compliment for the team,” the Spaniard said.

“We knew it would be difficult to play in Wolfsburg four days after Juventus. It was a step forward again.”

Second-placed Borussia Dortmund can close the gap to eight points when they host Hoffenheim on Sunday.

Wolfsburg 0-2 Bayern Munich: Coman and Lewandowski seal comfortable victory for Bavarians

Pep Guardiola’s men dominated huge periods of the game against Wolfsburg but his Bayern side were forced to be patient before eventually finding the net through Coman

Wolfsburg were unable to keep Bayern Munich at bay on Saturday as the Bundesliga leaders extended their lead at the top to 11 points with a 2-0 win at Volkswagen Arena.

Wolfsburg missed the best chance of the first period on the stroke of half-time as Marcel Schafer dragged Max Kruse’s clever knock-down header wide of the post from eight-yards out.

The hosts were made to pay for this missed opportunity on 66 minutes when Kingsley Coman struck a side-footed volley past Koen Casteels after Robert Lewandowski’s effort was initially kept out.

And the Bavarians doubled their lead eight minutes later as the Polish striker added his name to the scoresheet. Coman’s deep cross was chested-down by Franck Ribery for Lewandowski to hit his outside of the boot shot into the bottom corner and seal all three points.

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Dante: Bayern Munich shaped my life

The Wolfsburg defender admits his time in Bavaria was a key moment in his career his current side’s Bundesliga clash with his former club

Dante has stressed his affection for Bayern Munich ahead of Wolfsburg’s Bundesliga meeting with the champions, but says he does not regret leaving the Allianz Arena.

The Brazilian swapped Bayern for Wolfsburg in August, having won nine trophies during his three-year stay in Bavaria.

Wolfsburg host Bayern on Saturday hoping to erase memories of the reverse fixture, when Robert Lewandowski scored five goals in nine second-half minutes to consign Dieter Hecking’s men to a 5-1 defeat.

Asked what playing against Bayern meant to him, Dante told TZ: “A lot. With Bayern I achieved everything I always dreamed of. That’s why I’ll always have a great respect for this club.

“I experienced only positive things in Bavaria. All the games, the titles, the friendships – Bayern is a club that has shaped my life.

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“In life you must also look forward, though. What has happened has happened. Done.”

Dante also addressed previous comments he had made when he claimed he wanted to end his career in Munich.

“Life is not always what you expect,” he said. “I played for Bayern for many years, but now and then one must also take tough decisions.

“Take the example of Bastian Schweinsteiger [who left Bayern for Manchester United]. No one would have thought it possible that he would leave Bayern, but unpredictable things often happen.

“I am very happy in Wolfsburg and also grateful for the trust that the club has placed in me.”

RUMOURS: Guardiola to hijack Chelsea's Bazoer move

The Catalan has identified the teenager as an ideal target but Manchester City will have to beat off the Blues, who are already in advanced negotiations

Incoming Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has identified Ajax wonderkid Riechedly Bazoer as the ideal reinforcement for his midfield and wants the club to hijack Chelsea’s move, writes the Mirror.

The 19-year-old, who has earned comparisons to Netherlands legend Frank Riijkaard for his playing style, is understood to be close to a £24 million move to Stamford Bridge.

Bazoer had previously rejected a switch to the Blues twice but Guus Hiddink’s presence as interim coach is understood to have swayed the starlet’s mind enough for a summer move.

However, Guardiola is reportedly urging City to steal a march on Chelsea’s advanced negotiations as he prepares to mould the Etihad outfit in his image.