'Careless' Bayern were flattered by scoreline, says Guardiola

The champions ultimately cruised to a comfortable victory on Saturday but their head coach was less than impressed by their performance in the first half

Pep Guardiola believes Bayern Munich were flattered by the final scoreline in Saturday’s Bundesliga beating of Hoffenheim, claiming his side had had turned in a “careless” performance in their 4-0 win.

First-half goals from Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski gave the reigning German champions a healthy half-time lead before late strikes from Arjen Robben and Sebastian Rode put the seal on a comfortable victory.

Guardiola, though, felt his side were not good enough in possession early on and claimed that he was relieved to come away with three points.

“We had problems with our build-up play in the first 15 minutes and we carelessly gave the ball away too often,” the former Barcelona boss told Bayern’s official website. “But then we switched things around.

“I think 4-0 is too big a win. The result doesn’t reflect what happened on the pitch. But I’m very pleased after the international break. It’s three more points to us.”

Robben echoed his coach’s sentiments, claiming his side “forgot to play football” as Hoffenheim pressed hard in search of a way back into the match just after the interval.

“We didn’t start the second half well,” the winger said. “We forgot to play football and Hoffenheim applied even more attacking pressure. That’s when you have to retain possession, but we didn’t do it particularly well.”

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