Guardiola credits Freiburg keeper for stopping Bayern slaughter

The coach had no qualms with his team’s strategy, in which they scored only twice from 31 shots, while Mehdi Benatia has been ruled out until after the winter break


Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola believes his “excellent” team were held off slaughtering Freiburg with goals by star shot-stopper Roman Burki.

The Bavarians attacked relentlessly in Tuesday’s league clash, in which goals from Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller sealed all three points in the 2-0 triumph, and had 31 shots fired on Freiburg’s goal.

The scoreline did not become embarrassing for the Allianz Arena visitors, however, and Guardiola credited Burki for being the difference as Bayern romped 12 points clear in the Bundesliga.

“I’m very pleased with my players,” the Spaniard told reporters. “Freiburg did very well defensively today but we were excellent in attack.

“We had 13 clear-cut chances and their keeper made some very good saves. But great credit to my players and now we need to take the final step in Mainz.”

In that game with Mainz on Friday – Bayern’s last before the winter break kicks in, ensuring it’s also their last of 2014 – Guardiola must make do without defender Mehdi Benatia.

The Moroccan centre-back was replaced in the first half of their victory over Freiburg and the German club’s official Twitter account confirmed he will be absent from the next squad due to a groin injury.

Robert Lewandowski and Xabi Alonso are also believed to be minor injury concerns, meaning they could be rested by Guardiola.

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