The coach praised shock leaders Paderborn but is refusing to read too much into the table, while taking a swipe at the fixture congestion so early in the Bavarians’ season
Pep Guardiola has played down the importance of the Bundesliga standings at this stage of the season ahead of Bayern Munich’s clash with surprise table-toppers Paderborn on Tuesday.
Two wins and two draws have seen the newly-promoted club placed top of the German league, while Guardiola’s reigning champions are marginally lower down in fourth (but on the same amount of points).
“The table isn’t important yet,” the former Barcelona coach told reporters on Monday. “We have to focus on our own results and performances, not others.
“Paderborn are very impressive, though, and we know why they’re top of the table. They’ll press us aggressively. They have nothing to lose.”
Guardiola did have a bone to pick with the schedule of modern day football, however, slamming the fixture congestion that is set to see Bayern play their third game in eight days.
“We’re killing the players,” he added. “We’re asking too much of them. The players need time to rest.
“This is true not only for Bayern, but for Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen. It is impossible to play every three days and keep the same players.”
Guardiola also added that his Bayern team could attend famous Munich beer festival Oktoberfest – on the one condition they defeat Paderborn this week.
Franck Ribery will definitely miss the game at the Allianz Arena, while Arjen Robben was confirmed as a doubt to feature.