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.”

Ibrahimovic: I wouldn't want Hoeness as my tax consultant

The Sweden star continues his war of words with the Bayern Munich hierarchy following his highly-publicised criticism of head coach Pep Guardiola

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hit out at Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness, taking a swipe at the allegations of tax evasion surrounding the 61-year-old which emerged earlier this year.

Hoeness is set to face court proceedings after it was revealed in April that he had failed to pay tax on a Swiss bank account, an offence for which he could face a prison sentence.

Ibrahimovic was branded “an aggrieved prima donna” by Hoeness after his criticism of Pep Guardiola in an interview with Der Spiegel, but the Swede has now issued his own riposte against the Bavarian supremo.

“The only thing I’d like to say is that I wouldn’t want this Whyness, or what’s his name again? Hoeness, right. I wouldn’t want him as a tax consultant,” the Paris Saint-Germain striker told L’Equipe.

The Sweden international has become embroiled in something of a public spat with Bayern ever since he labelled Guardiola “a coward” following their ill-fated spell together at Barcelona.

“We are totally satisfied with Pep Guardiola. I think Ibrahimovic is an aggrieved prima donna who has not coped with his departure from Barcelona. The club is not happy with him,” Hoeness told Bild in response to the comments.

Guardiola still unsatisfied despite topping Bundesliga

Despite going a point clear of original leaders Borussia Dortmund, the Spaniard felt die Roten deserved nothing less than a win at the BayArena

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola remains only partially satisfied at going top of the Bundesliga following Saturday’s 1-1 stalemate at Bayer Leverkusen.

Toni Kroos had opened Bayern’s account only for Sidney Sam to equalise immediately, and the Bavarians to subsequently miss a hatful of scoring opportunities to win the game.

And though admitting that the dominant nature of the display pleased him, Guardiola was still disappointed that his side had not emerged victorious.

“Congratulations to my players. I am proud of our performance,” the former Barcelona boss told Sky Sports Deutschland. “We have played very, very well.

“Nevertheless, we have not won. I do not know what to say. But that’s football. [Bernd] Leno is a very good goalkeeper.

“We had done everything, but we are still in first place.”

Meanwhile, captain Philipp Lahm also felt that the reigning European champions had done enough to win the match.

“Despite clear opportunities we have failed to score,” the Germany international stated. “With the game itself, we can be happy, we were clearly superior.

“We really played well in stages we were and we clearly had the upper hand against a good team like Leverkusen, who had few opportunities.

“The mix between attack and defence was good again.”