Guardiola vows to ward off World Cup hangover

The Spaniard does not believe the triumphant Germany internationals in his squad will struggle for motivation this season and is looking forward to facing Chivas

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is fully confident his side’s Germany stars will not be affected by their triumphant World Cup campaign this season.

The likes of Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller all played pivotal roles in Germany’s run to the title in Brazil this summer, leading to some concerns over the players’ fitness and motivation heading into the 2014-15 club campaign.

Guardiola guided Barcelona to La Liga and Champions League titles in 2010-11 after Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol and others returned from winning the World Cup in South Africa with Spain, and the former midfielder has no concerns over his ability to achieve a similar feat during the coming year.

“I’m sure we will play a very good season. It’s not the first time I need to master such a situation. I’ll deal with it,” he told reporters.

Bayern are currently in America preparing for their friendly against Chivas in New Jersey on Friday and Guardiola is looking forward to a stern test against the Mexicans.

“We’re not here just for fun – we want to give the fans in the stadium something,” he said.

“It will be a good test to see where we stand and what we still need to work on. It will help us in our preparation.”

Defender David Alaba added that the players are eager to give American fans of football a positive image of the Bundesliga champions during their pre-season run.

“The anticipation is great. We want to give Americans a great impression of FC Bayern,” he added.

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