Guardiola proud of injury-ravaged Bayern Munich

The Spanish coach was thrilled with the 3-0 win on Saturday and hopes to escape any further fitness problems before the Champions League clash with Porto

Pep Guardiola has revealed his pride at his injury-ravaged Bayern Munich side’s performance in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Eight regulars, including Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger, David Alaba, Medhi Benatia and Javi Martinez, were all missing as the reigning German champions took another step towards retaining their Bundesliga crown.

Robert Lewandoswski struck twice before Thomas Muller rounded off a 3-0 victory at the Allianz Arena to secure Bayern’s 22nd victory in 28 league outings this season.

“I’m very, very proud,” said Guardiola.

“Three days after the match against Leverkusen [in the DFB-Pokal] we play against the third-best offensive team in the Bundesliga.

“We dominated. We enjoyed the game and played very well.”

On Wednesday, Bayern take their depleted squad to Portugal for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash with Porto, and Guardiola is hoping to avoid any further injury problems as his side close in on a possible treble.

“We now need three wins to successfully defend our title,” he said.

“And now we need to recuperate and focus on a very special competition. I hope that we can compete in Porto with these players and that nobody else gets hurt.”

Benatia suffered a muscle injury in Bayern’s penalty-shootout victory over Leverkusen on Wednesday and expects to miss both matches against Porto.

There was some good news for Guardiola this week, however, as Franck Ribery returned to training after missing a month with an ankle injury while Thiago Alcantara was back in action last week after almost a year out with a knee injury.

Bayern meet Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal semi-final on April 28 and sit 10 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table with eight matches remaining.

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