Guardiola faces tough task to improve Bayern, says Schweinsteiger

The influential midfielder says Bayern are even hungrier than last year, but is not sure they can still make steps forward under their new coach

Bastian Schweinsteiger believes it will not be easy for Pep Guardiola to improve Bayern Munich after their stellar 2012-13 campaign, but hopes the Spanish coach can achieve just that.

The Bavarians won a historic treble under Jupp Heynckes last season and Schweinsteiger thinks they will need some time to get used to their new coach as he is uncertain they can replicate last year’s feats.

“We all hope that Pep will improve us in certain things, even if that’s going to be a bit difficult,” Schweinsteiger was quoted as saying by Bundesliga.com.

“We’ve all got to get used to each other, which means the new coaching team getting to know Bayern as much as it means Bayern getting to know the coaching team.

“It’s something special for the entire club. For us as a team, we’ve got to know a very friendly person. Pep knows everything about football and had great success with Barcelona.”

The Germany international then went on to stress Bayern are desperate to repeat last season’s treble heroics in 2013-14.

“We’re all even hungrier after last season. We just want more, we want to enjoy moments like those in London all over again. We want to have another successful season,” he added.

“We’re not going to sit back and relax with what we achieved last season. It may be a little harder, but it will be a great challenge because we’re going to have to do even more.”

Bayern open the 2013-14 season with the German Supercup game against Borussia Dortmund on July 27.

Bayern fine Gotze, Gomez & Kirchhoff

All three players have been punished for wearing clothes from another company than official club sponsor Adidas

Bayern Munich have fined Mario Gomez, Mario Gotze and Jan Kirchhoff for wearing Nike clothes at official FCB events rather than kit from club sponsor Adidas, press officer Markus Horwick has confirmed.

The Bundesliga side’s players are contractually obliged to wear Adidas clothes at official club activities – football shoes being the only exception to the rule.

However, both Gotze and Kirchhoff appeared at their official presentation on Tuesday wearing a t-shirt with a big Nike logo, leading to complaints from Adidas.

Bayern consequently offered their apologies to the company, only for Mario Gomez then to be photographed wearing a Nike hat at the club’s training camp in Trentino.

The Champions League winners therefore opted to take action against the trio and have handed them fines, which will be donated to the victims of the recent floods in Germany.

No details have been disclosed about the amount of the fines, but all three players have accepted their punishment without further comment.

Lahm excited by Guardiola arrival

The 29-year-old is enjoying life under the new Bayern Munich coach, while Claudio Pizarro wants the team to improve on their record-breaking 2012-13 campaign

Bayern Munich defender Philipp Lahm is thoroughly enjoying working under new coach Pep Guardiola and is excited about what the upcoming season.

The right-back captained the Bavarians to the treble last season but he believes they still have plenty they can improve on under the former Barcelona boss.

“It’s fun,” Lahm, 29, told the club’s official website. “We have all the conditions to play football in the coming years successfully. You can really look forward to the future.

“Guardiola’s the pleasant kind. One can talk with him about everything and that is very important for a team. He has a clear vision.

“You can tell that the coach is full of energy and has a clear idea of how he wants to play defensively and offensively. We are hungry again and want to win more titles.”

Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro is excited to see what this season has in store for the club and has high expectations under his new trainer at the Allianz Arena.

“It’s a special thing for any player to play under him,” he said. “I think for me, he is one of the best coaches in the world.

“I think this will be a very good year for us. I hope it will be better than last year, which of course will be very difficult, but we have the belief and confidence that we are able to achieve important things this season.

“Every time a new coach comes, it is difficult to get into his philosophy. We must quickly learn and watch what he wants from us. We must be very focused.

“He talks a lot with the players and explains what he expects from each player in his position. For a player, it is important that the coach has a lot of contact with them.”

Ribery prank sparks Bayern Munich training session into life

Watch the France international winger take out physio Gianni Bianchi during a pre-season fitness session

With the arrival of Pep Guardiola, many have wandered what changes the former Barcelona coach would make at Bayern Munich and, from the looks of things, Franck Ribery certainly has a new role!

The Frenchman, with the help of team-mate Diego Contento, sent physio coach Gianni Bianchi to the ground with this expertly choreographed prank.

It’s all fun and games for the Champions League holders.

Enter Shaqiri! Bayern Munich star shows off his beatbox skills

The Swiss international was on hand to provide the beat as he performed on stage at a youth festival in Zurich

Robben has the pace, Ribery has the tricks, Muller has the goals, but Shaqiri can beatbox!

The Bayern Munich youngster –  during a trip home to his native Switzerland –  was ushered onto the stage at a youth festival in Zurich. Not content with a simple wave of his hand, Shaqiri donned the mic and laid down some beats. Impressive stuff.

Pep Guardiola, take note.