Breaking Barcelona's record makes me proud – Guardiola

The former Blaugrana boss was thrilled after his current employers made it 10 wins in a row in Europe’s premier club cup competition with a 3-1 triumph at CSKA Moscow

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has revealed his pride at breaking Barcelona’s long-standing record of consecutive victories in the Champions League.

The Bavarians beat CSKA Moscow 3-1 on Wednesday to take their winning steak to 10 games, one more than the previous mark set by the Blaugrana during the 2002-03 season.

Guardiola was enthused by the way in which his players made light of a poor pitch to set a new benchmark for Champions League excellence.

“The historical record fills me with pride,” the 42-year-old trainer told Sky Germany. “It is very nice for the club. Ten wins in a row is really good.

“The pitch was not good, but we made the best of it. I think that the players already showed in the last season that they have a good character.”

Guardiola singled summer signing Mario Gotze out for special praise, with the former Borussia Dortmund playmaker having scored a fine goal in diffiicult conditions.

“Mario Gotze has played well,” he stated. “I am pleased with him and his performance. I liked it. He is very smart, he can show many of his qualities.”

Meanwhile, Arjen Robben, who was also on target in Moscow, stated that Bayern are more interested in trophies than records, but was nonetheless proud of their achievement.

“The football field was not very good,” the Dutch winger added. “It was slippery and wet. But we are professionals and have won and that makes me happy.

“Regarding the record, we are very proud – we do not play for records, only for titles. Still, it’s a super streak. We have a good character and have achieved the best.”

Lahm: Bayern Munich spy situation is 'awkward'

The Bavarians’ coach, Pep Guardiola, has already promised to get rid of the player or member of his playing staff that has been leaking tactical information to the press

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm admits there is now an “awkward” atmosphere at the club after it emerged that there is a ‘mole’ within the dressing room.

Coach Pep Guardiola expressed his fury last week at learning that a member of his playing staff had been leaking tactical information to the press, with the former Barcelona boss promising that the guilty party would never play under him again.

While the furore has not affected Bayern’s form, with the European champions breaking a Champions League record on Wednesday night with a 3-1 win over CSKA Moscow, Lahm is desperately hoping that the controversy is resolved sooner rather than later.

“I hope that the club speak to the players, but I’m not sure they will identify the person responsible,” the Bavarian side’s skipper told TZ.

“I hope that the issue is solved sooner rather than later. Admittedly, however, it is an uncomfortable situation that goes beyond fair play.”

Bayern break Barcelona's record Champions League winning streak with CSKA victory

The Bavarians’ triumph in Russia was their 10th in a row in Europe’s premier club cup competition, thus surpassing the mark set by the Blaugrana during the 2002-03 tournament

Bayern Munich’s 3-1 defeat of CSKA Moscow at Arena Khimki on Wednesday evening saw them break Barcelona’s record of nine straight victories in the Champions League.

The Bavarians last failed to win a match in Europe’s top tournament in a dead rubber against Arsenal in the second leg of the last 16 in 2012-13, when they went down 2-0 at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern progressed on the night on the away goals rule, thanks to their 3-1 success at the Emirates, and then went on to claim resounding aggregate victories over both Juventus and Barcelona in the last eight and semi-finals, before Arjen Robben’s late winner saw them triumph against Borussia Dortmund in the final.

Despite changing coach over the summer, with Pep Guardiola taking over from Jupp Heynckes, Bayern have begun the current season in a similar vein, with the highlight of the their 2013-14 campaign so far coming at the Etihad Stadium, where they recorded an impressive 3-1 victory over the Premier League heavyweights.

A subsequent home-and-away success over Viktoria Plzen took their winning run to nine games, thus equalling the previous record set by Barcelona back in 2002-03.

The Blaugrana’s streak started with a 3-2 win over Club Brugge in matchday 1 and finished in February with a 0-0 draw against Inter in the second group stage.

Robben got the ball rolling for the Bavarians in Russia on Wednesday, driving home an early effort after an excellent team move.

Mario Gotze doubled their advantage with a magnificent solo goal and, though Keisuke Honda pulled one back with a penalty, a spot kick from Thomas Muller restored Guardiola’s side’s two-goal advantage.

Bayern are also in the midst of a record-breaking run in the Bundesliga, having gone 38 games without defeat.

Bayern break Barcelona's record Champions League winning streak

The Bavarians’ 3-1 victory over CSKA Moscow on Wednesday was their 10th in a row in Europe’s top competition, beating the Blaugrana’s long-standing best tally of nine

Bayern Munich’s 3-1 win over CSKA Moscow in Russia on Wednesday saw them break Barcelona’s record of nine straight wins in the competition.

PERFECT 10

April 2
Juventus (h) 2-0
April 10 Juventus (a) 2-0
April 23 Barcelona (h) 4-0
May 1 Barcelona (a) 3-0
May 25 Dortmund (n) 2-1
September 17 CSKA (h) 3-0
October 2 Man City (a) 3-1
October 23 Plzen (h) 5-0
November 5 Plzen (a) 1-0
November 27 CSKA (a) X

The Bavarians last failed to win a match in Europe’s top tournament in a dead rubber against Arsenal in the second leg of the last 16 in 2012-13.

They went on to claim convincing aggregate victories over both Juventus and Barcelona in the last eight and semi-finals before Arjen Robben’s late winner saw them triumph against Borussia Dortmund in the final.

They have begun the current season in a similar vein on the continent, with the highlight of the this term’s campaign coming at the Etihad Stadium, where they beat Manchester City 3-0.

Barcelona set the previous record back in 2002-03, beginning with a 3-2 win over Club Brugge in matchday 1 and finishing in February with a 0-0 draw against Inter in the second group stage.

Robben got the ball rolling for the Bavarians, driving home an early effort after an excellent team move.

Mario Gotze doubled their advantage with a magnificent solo goal and, though Keisuke Honda pulled one back with a penalty, a spot kick from Thomas Muller restored Pep Guardiola’s side two-goal advantage.

Bayern are also in the midst of a record-breaking run in the Bundesliga, having gone 38 games without defeat.

CSKA Moscow 1-3 Bayern Munich: Gotze wondergoal helps Bavarians break Barca record

Bayern Munich broke Barcelona’s record of Champions League wins by beating CSKA Moscow 3-1 for their 10th victory in a row on Wednesday.

Arjen Robben’s 10th goal of the season set the European champions on their way as the snow came down in the Russian capital and Mario Gotze doubled their lead early in the second half.

Keisuke Honda pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after spurning two golden opportunities after the break, but Thomas Muller responded with a spot kick at the other end to ensure Bayern surpassed the record of nine Champions League victories in a row set by Barca in 2002-03.

Pep Guardiola’s side will be confirmed as Group D winners if Manchester City fail to beat Viktoria Plzen later on Tuesday but, even if the Premier League side claim all three points, the German champions will only need a point against Manuel Pellegrini’s side next month to ensure they claim top spot.

Victory also marks a club record sixth consecutive away win in Europe for Bayern, while CSKA are still in the hunt for a place in the Europa League ahead of their final game against Plzen.

Bayern striker Mario Mandzukic was ruled out with a calf problem, so Gotze started in attack. CSKA were without in-form striker Seydou Doumbia due to injury and Ahmed Musa came in to replace him.

Guardiola warned his players to adapt quickly to the weather conditions and Bayern did just that to edge in front after 16 minutes.

Muller was the architect, racing away down the left and cutting the ball back into the path of the onrushing Robben, who made beat Igor Akinfeev with a clinical left-foot finish inside the near post.

Honda tried to be too clever when he attempted to round Manuel Neuer two minutes into the second half, but the German goalkeeper read his drag-back and smothered the ball.

Things went from bad to worse for the Japan international when a cross from the right fell nicely for him six yards out, but he fluffed his lines with the goal gaping.

And he was made to pay for those misses 11 minutes into the second half, when Gotze set off on a mazy run into the penalty and beat Akinfeev with a delightful left-foot finish.

CSKA were given a lifeline five minutes later, when Dante was harshly adjudged to have handled in the area and Honda this time kept his nerve to send Neuer the wrong way from the spot.

However, Bayern were awarded a spot kick of their own after 65 minutes when Georgi Schennikov upended Robben and Muller restored their two-goal advantage. Zoran Tosic hit the crossbar nine minutes from time, but Bayern never looked in danger of surrendering their lead.