Kroos: Tiki-Taka suits me

The midfielder believes the way he plays the game is a perfect fit for the philosophy introduced by his new coach

Toni Kroos has voiced his delight with Bayern Munich’s playing style under new head coach Pep Guardiola and feels their possession-based tactics suit him well.

The 23-year-old impressed with a fine performance in Bayern’s 1-1 Bundesliga draw against Bayer Leverkusen at the weekend and he is very pleased with the way things are going at the Champions League holders at the moment.

“Our style of play is a lot of fun,” Kroos told Bild.

“It really suits me that we use a lot of short passes through the middle and then quickly move play to the wings.”

Kroos then went on to discuss the draw against Leverkusen and admits that the final result was a big disappointment for Bayern.

“We all feel it when we are in total control on the pitch and dominate play.

“However, you simply have not done enough when the game eventually ends 1-1. We gave away two points against Leverkusen.”

Kroos has made 14 appearances for Bayern in all competitions this term, scoring once in the process.

Bundesliga Team of the Week: Leno keeps Bayern at bay

Goal reviews the best performances from across Germany as Pep Guardiola’s side claimed top spot despite a draw at Bayer Leverkusen

A dramatic weekend of action in the Bundesliga saw both Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich drop points, with Pep Guardiola’s troops claiming Jurgen Klopp’s men’s place at the top of the table thanks to their point at Bayer Leverkusen and BVB’s loss to Borussia Monchengladbach.

Elsewhere, there were impressive wins for Schalke and Hamburg, who overcame Bavarian pair Augsburg and Eintracht Braunschweig claimed their first victory of the season. Here, Goal picks out the best performers from across Germany over the course of the weekend.

Between the sticks, we have Bernd Leno after the young goalkeeper making an astonishing number of saves for Leverkusen as they frustrated Bayern.

Martin Stranzl was inspirational for Borussia Monchengladbach as they overcame Dortmund, while Atsuto Uchida set up two of Schalke’s goals in a terrific performance. The final defender is Christian Schulz, who opened the scoring in Hannover’s draw with Hertha Berlin.

Martin Harnik is the first of the midfielders to make the cut, having found the net for Stuttgart against Bremen. He is joined by Rafael van der Vaart, the scorer of one and assister of two more of Hamburg’s 5-0 goals, Roberto Firmino of Hoffenheim and Franck Ribery, a constant thorn in Leverkusen’s side.

Up front, Adam Szalai netted two of Schalke’s goals, Karim Bellarabi led Braunschweig to their first win of the season and Pierre-Michel Lasogga scored a hat-trick in Hamburg’s thashing of Nurnberg.

Mourinho: Chelsea not trying to be like Bayern Munich

The Portuguese boss, who oversaw a 3-1 victory against Norwich on Sunday, insists teams must play to their own strengths rather than trying to emulate other teams

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has dismissed the idea of his side trying to emulate European champions Bayern Munich.

The German club won numerous plaudits on their way to a Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League treble last term under the stewardship of Jupp Heynckes.

And they have made an equally impressive start to life under his replacement Pep Guardiola, as evidenced by their 3-1 win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

However, Mourinho, who led his men to a 3-1 victory over Norwich City on Sunday, does not believe that his players should aim to play in a similar manner, given their differing qualities.

“I think if you try to play like other people does, and you don’t have the players for that, you’re very stupid,” he said.

“I won the league in Spain with 100 points and my team was not playing like Barcelona was playing. If you try to play like somebody else does, you never reach their level.

“So you have to try to be the best in the style that is adapted to the qualities of your players. So when I say to Ivanovic ‘don’t make an early cross because Drogba isn’t there’ I know what I’m saying.

“We cross a lot for nothing, so we have to play in relation to the qualities that we have. Don’t try to be clever because you become stupid.”

Chelsea lost to Bayern in the Super Cup in August, with Guardiola’s team taking the trophy on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

Muller refuses to take blame for Leverkusen draw

The Germany international believes it would be unfair to criticise him for his side’s draw at the weekend after he missed a gilt-edged chance

Bayern Munich attacker Thomas Muller has refused to take the blame for his side’s 1-1 Bundesliga draw against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

The Germany international wasted a big chance to give his side the lead in the 35th minute after a good cross from David Alaba, with Muller putting his close-range header over the bar.

Nevertheless, the 24-year-old feels it would be unfair to blame his miss for Bayern’s draw.

“I do not feel responsible for the draw. That’s simply not the way things go,” Muller told TZ.

“The header was not as easy as it seemed to be. I ended up under the ball, which caused it to go over the bar.

“I feel really bad about it, both for the team and for myself. This really hurts. Things like this happen in football. It’s hard to really explain it. It should obviously have gone in.”

Bayern went top of the table following the draw against Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund’s loss against Monchengladbach at the weekend.

Tiki-taka has arrived in Bavaria, says Matthaus

The Germany great believes Pep Guardiola has already begun to impose his style of play on Bayern Munich but argues the team has benefited from favourable refereeing decisions

Lothar Matthaus believes that Pep Guardiola has successfully imposed his tiki-taka brand of football on Bayern Munich this season.

The Bavarians have started the campaign strongly following the DFL-Supercup defeat to Borussia Dortmund, with the 1-1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday moving them top of the Bundesliga just a few days after an indomitable performance against Manchester City in the Champions League.

And former Bayern star Matthaus feels the 42-year-old has begun to mould the current Roten side into a similar shape and style to that of previous club Barcelona.

“I would say that it’s tika-taka in Bavaria,” the retired midfielder told Sky Deutschland.

“This is football as we have known it in the past from Spain. These are the innovations in the Bayern team.”

Another significant shift this season has seen Philipp Lahm displaced from his accustomed position at full-back and utilised by Guardiola in midfield, an experiment Matthaus insists has been vital in the absence of Javi Martinez.

“He smells the ball,” he said of Lahm.

“He realizes what the enemy is up to. It is so important for Guardiola because he is a defensive-minded player, not like [Bastian] Schweinsteiger or [Toni] Kroos.”

Bayern moved a point clear of Borussia Dortmund on Saturday after their draw with Leverkusen, but Matthaus believes they have benefitted from favourable refereeing decisions along the way.

“That’s a feeling you can get,” the former Bulgaria coach admitted when asked if die Roten received preferential treatment from officials.

“There have been some situations this season and one can already get the idea that Bayern is preferred [by referees] in one situation or another.”