Guardiola relieved as Bayern claim record win

The coach says victory means a lot to him after watching his side make it a record nine wins from their first nine Bundesliga games at the Weserstadion


Pep Guardiola was relieved to have come away with all three points against Werder Bremen as Bayern Munich recorded a 1-0 win in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

The leaders restored their seven-point lead over Borussia Dortmund thanks to Thomas Muller’s first-half strike, a win that sets a new league record of nine successive wins at the start of a campaign.

It was not all plain sailing for Bayern, though, and they needed Manuel Neuer to secure their victory as he made a point-blank save from Anthony Ujah just after the hour.

As a result Guardiola was not wholly pleased with his side’s display as they struggled to find the rampant form that has typified their play this season.

“We won a tough game,” he told reporters. “Bremen defended very deep and made it difficult for us.

“We have controlled the game well but the result is only 1-0. Congratulations to my team, this victory means a lot to me.”

Striker Robert Lewandowski – who failed to add to his prolific run of recent form – was equally pleased with the narrow victory.

“We are very pleased with the three points, even if we have only won 1-0,” he added.

“You cannot play perfectly every time. Werder played very defensively, it was not easy for us attacking players.”

Werder Bremen 0-1 Bayern Munich: Muller makes it record nine straight Bundesliga wins

The Germany international scored his ninth goal in as many league games as Pep Guardiola’s men continued their perfect start to the season with another victory


Bayern Munich became the first side to win their opening nine games of the Bundesliga season with a 1-0 victory over Werder Bremen at the Weserstadion thanks to Thomas Muller’s first-half goal.

The in-form Germany forward made it nine wins from nine league games for the champions with a close-range finish midway through the first half, moving them seven points clear of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table.

Muller broke the deadlock after a chipped through ball from Thiago Alcantara, the 26-year-old converting at the second attempt to register Bayern’s 100th goal of the calendar year.

Bayern failed to add to their lead, as Muller and Robert Lewandowski both wasted efforts before Manuel Neuer was needed to keep Pep Guardiola’s side ahead.

Neuer got down well to deny Anthony Ujah just after the hour when the Bremen striker had been gifted a free shot on goal as Rafinha failed to clear.

That was the wake-up call Bayern needed and although they could not find a second goal, they held on for a 12th straight win in all competitions.

Bayern quickly settled into their rhythm and could have gone ahead twice in the opening six minutes but Xabi Alonso and Arturo Vidal both wasted promising positions with wayward strikes.

Attacks from the home side were few and far between as Bayern dominated possession, but a rare break forward after 13 minutes presented an opening to Melvyn Lorenzen, only for the forward to shoot weakly.

Guardiola’s side soon regained control and should have opened the scoring midway through the half as Muller found Lewandowski unmarked at the back post, but somehow the prolific Poland striker headed wide from six yards.

But Lewandowski’s blushes were spared 60 seconds later as the impressive Thiago found Muller inside the penalty area. Muller‘s attempt at a first-time finish saw the ball get stuck under his boot before he quickly adjusted his feet to poke past Felix Wiedwald.

Five minutes after the restart Muller had the chance to double his tally as Juan Bernat delivered a teasing ball from the left. Muller timed his run perfectly only to see his volley fly agonisingly wide.

Despite their control, Bayern were far from their rampant best and it was not until just before the hour that the next opportunity arrived, Philipp Lahm floating a pass into Lewandowski but his backheel lacked power.

And their wastefulness was nearly punished after 67 minutes as Rafinha failed to clear a long ball, which fell at the feet of Ujah only for Neuer came to Bayern’s rescue with a crucial save.

Buoyed by that opening Bremen finished the game strongly with a flurry of attacks, but they lacked quality in the final third and Bayern were left to celebrate yet another win.

Werder Bremen 0-1 Bayern Munich: Muller makes it nine straight Bundesliga wins

The Germany international scored his ninth goal in as many league games as Pep Guardiola’s men continued their perfect start to the season with another victory


Bayern Munich became the first side to win their opening nine games of the Bundesliga season with a 1-0 victory over Werder Bremen at the Weserstadion thanks to Thomas Muller’s first-half goal.

The in-form Germany forward made it nine wins from nine league games for the champions with a close-range finish midway through the first half, moving them seven points clear of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table.

Muller broke the deadlock after a chipped through ball from Thiago Alcantara, the 26-year-old converting at the second attempt to register Bayern’s 100th goal of the calendar year.

Bayern failed to add to their lead, as Muller and Robert Lewandowski both wasted efforts before Manuel Neuer was needed to keep Pep Guardiola’s side ahead.

Neuer got down well to deny Anthony Ujah just after the hour when the Bremen striker had been gifted a free shot on goal as Rafinha failed to clear.

That was the wake-up call Bayern needed and although they could not find a second goal, they held on for a 12th straight win in all competitions.

Bayern quickly settled into their rhythm and could have gone ahead twice in the opening six minutes but Xabi Alonso and Arturo Vidal both wasted promising positions with wayward strikes.

Attacks from the home side were few and far between as Bayern dominated possession, but a rare break forward after 13 minutes presented an opening to Melvyn Lorenzen, only for the forward to shoot weakly.

Guardiola’s side soon regained control and should have opened the scoring midway through the half as Muller found Lewandowski unmarked at the back post, but somehow the prolific Poland striker headed wide from six yards.

But Lewandowski’s blushes were spared 60 seconds later as the impressive Thiago found Muller inside the penalty area. Muller‘s attempt at a first-time finish saw the ball get stuck under his boot before he quickly adjusted his feet to poke past Felix Wiedwald.

Five minutes after the restart Muller had the chance to double his tally as Juan Bernat delivered a teasing ball from the left. Muller timed his run perfectly only to see his volley fly agonisingly wide.

Despite their control, Bayern were far from their rampant best and it was not until just before the hour that the next opportunity arrived, Philipp Lahm floating a pass into Lewandowski but his backheel lacked power.

And their wastefulness was nearly punished after 67 minutes as Rafinha failed to clear a long ball, which fell at the feet of Ujah only for Neuer came to Bayern’s rescue with a crucial save.

Buoyed by that opening Bremen finished the game strongly with a flurry of attacks, but they lacked quality in the final third and Bayern were left to celebrate yet another win.

Coman and Costa far from matching Robben and Ribery – Guardiola

The former Barcelona head coach believes Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery remain a cut above Kingsley Coman and Douglas Costa despite injury problems.


Pep Guardiola declared Kingsley Coman and Douglas Costa have their work cut out to reach the level shown by Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery at Bayern Munich.

Coman arrived at the Allianz Arena on loan – with the option of a permanent transfer – from Juventus in August, while Costa was signed from Shakhtar Donetsk in June.

The pair made impressive starts at Bayern, with the 19-year-old scoring twice in four Bundesliga appearances and the Brazilian supplying five top-flight assists in eight outings.

But Guardiola still feels the duo have a long way to go in order to match the quality of established wingers.

Robben and Ribery, who were part of Bayern’s treble-winning side in 2012-13.

“Coman and Douglas Costa must eat a lot of soup if they are to reach the level of Arjen and Franck in this club,” the Spaniard said on Friday.

Robben has made just three league appearances this season and Ribery is yet to feature, though they are nearing a return from the sidelines.

Guardiola also has to contend with injuries to Mario Gotze, Sebastian Rode, Medhi Benatia, Jan Kirchhoff and Holger Badstuber.

He believes that such issues could stop Bayern from challenging for trophies on all fronts.

“I only have 13 players and a lot of problems with injured players,” Guardiola added.

“To win the title with 13 players is impossible.

“We need the players back, and then we can fight for all the titles.”

Guardiola: Bayern not taking any risks with Robben

The Dutchman will not play this weekend as he strives to return to full fitness, but he could feature against Arsenal in the Champions League next week


Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has stressed the Bundesliga champions will not take any unnecessary risks with Arjen Robben.

The Netherlands international has been out of action since picking up an adductor injury in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Iceland on September 3.

He recently resumed squad training, though, and was expected to make his comeback in Saturday’s away game against Werder Bremen.

Nevertheless, Guardiola has opted not to include the 31-year-old in his match squad as he does not want to take any risks with the winger.

“There are no problems with Robben, but he is not 100 per cent fit yet,” the Bayern coach said.

Robben himself, meanwhile, has suggested that he could return to the pitch in Tuesday’s Champions League encounter with Arsenal.

“I am doing very well,” the former Real Madrid man told Bild. “My recovery went according to schedule. I will be part of the group again in a couple of days.”

Fellow winger Franck Ribery remains unavailable due to an ankle injury, but Guardiola has revealed the Frenchman’s situation is improving, too.

“Franck’s ankle has been reacting well. He is taking the next step in his recovery process and that is obviously a positive thing,” the Catalan added.