Pep praises Bayern's Bundesliga record

The Catalanc coached paid tribute to his players for reaching the midway point of the 2014-15 campaign unbeaten – and with a historic tally of 45 points

Pep Guardiola was a proud man after Bayern Munich broke their own points record for the first half of the Bundesliga season by winning at Mainz on Friday night.

The reigning champions fell behind at the Coface Arena, with Elkin Soto breaking the deadlock midway through the first half, but Bastian Schweinsteiger posted an almost immediate reply before Arjen Robben nicked all three points with a last-minute winner.

Guardiola freely admitted that Bayern had struggled during the opening 45 minutes but he was enthused by the way in which his players had upped the intensity after the break in what was their final outing of a hectic 2014.

“We had a few problems in the first half but controlled the second,” the Catalan coach told reporters after the game at Mainz. “We’re happy with the victory.

“But I’m really happy about how we’ve started the season after a World Cup, and having won a lot in the past few years.”

Bayern’s triumph at Mainz leaves them with a record haul of 45 points after 17 rounds of action, with the Bavarians now 14 points clear of second-placed Wolfsburg, who face Koln on Saturday.

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