Pep pleads for more time after Dortmund defeat

The Bavarians looked off the pace in their DFL-Supercup loss at Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday evening and the Catalan conceded that he still has a lot of work to do

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Bayern Munich “need more time” to prepare for the new Bundesliga season, according to coach Pep Guardiola

The Bavarians kicked off their 2014-15 campaign with a DFL-Supercup showdown with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday evening but goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw Jurgen Klopp’s men defeat the reigning German champions in the season-opener for the second year in a row.

Guardiola’s line-up was devoid of a few key players who had played late into this summer’s World Cup – including Germany stars such as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm and Mario Gotze – but the Catalan accepted his team had performed poorly at Signal Iduna Park.

“We played well in the first 15 minutes but then we had a number of problems,” the Bayen boss told reporters. “In the second half we retreated too.

“We still need more time to prepare. We tried to play well but we had problems controlling the game. We have to train a lot still.”

Ahead of the game, the former Barcelona boss had claimed that he only had eight or nine fully fit players for the pre-Bundesliga season clash with BVB.

A major injury to defensive midfielder Javi Martinez in the Supercup defeat Bayern may now see the coach without one of his key players for much of 2014-15, if initial reports of ligament damage are confirmed.

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