Guardiola revels in Wolfsburg slip as Bayern extend lead

The Bavarians took advantage of their title rivals’ shock defeat to Augsburg to move another step closer to retaining the Bundesliga

Pep Guardiola admitted he was delighted to see Wolfsburg slip up on Saturday after watching his Bayern Munich side dismantle Hannover 3-1 to move 11 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

The Bavarians came from behind to secure victory, with Xabi Alonso equalising and Thomas Muller netting a double to ensure they capitalised on Wolfsburg’s 1-0 loss at Augsburg.

“Hannover had a great defence, so it was very difficult for us,” said Guardiola. “Because Wolfsburg has got no points, it’s a great weekend for us. On Sunday we will rest and on Monday we think of the Champions League and Shakhtar Donetsk.”

Muller’s first of the afternoon came from the penalty spot after the referee gave a penalty when Robert Lewandowski was kicked in the face by Marcelo’s boot as the striker attempted to head home inside the area.

It was a decision that was contested fiercely by the home side, but Muller duly stepped up and dispatched his spot-kick away with ease past a familiar face in Germany team-mate Ron-Robert Zieler.

The Germany attacker added: “We shoot in training and with the national team I’ve practiced a few penalties, so Ron-Robert Zieler knows me a bit – but apparently not well enough! I just think where I will shoot before I take the penalty and then don’t change my mind and today it worked.”