Bayern 'the best team in the world', hails Richards

After losing 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium, the defender has admitted Manchester City could not cope with their opponents and is keen to make amends against Everton on Saturday

Micah Richards has hailed Bayern Munich as “the best team in the world” following Manchester City’s 3-1 loss in the Champions League.

Joe Hart fumbled Franck Ribery’s seventh-minute shot to break the deadlock, before Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben put the result beyond doubt early in the second half.

Despite a late consolation goal from Alvaro Negredo, the Bavarian outfit boasted 66 per cent of possession and Richards had admitted City’s midfield was overrun by their superior opponents.

“I think we were beaten by a better team today,” he told reporters.

“The midfield got dominated today with the six in there. We couldn’t cope with them, and obviously Ribery and Robben were outstanding as well.

“At home you expect the boys to do a bit better than we did. We let them dictate the tempo of the game. It was a difficult day for us because we thought that we should have done a lot better.”

Whilst highlighting his own teams failings, the defender noted the quality of the opposition and is keen to make amends for the performance against Everton on Saturday.

“Before the game everyone was excited and wanted to play the best team in the world at the moment, and it just shows you why they are the best,” he continued.

“They’ve got some outstanding players and they played us off the park today. Sometimes you’ve just got to hold your hands up and say you were beaten by a better team.

“We’ll look forward to Everton and try and get a result then.”

Guardiola 'overjoyed' by Manchester City mauling

The former Barcelona boss was delighted at the way in which the Bavarians dismantled “one of the best teams in the Premier League” in their own backyard

Pep Guardiola admitted he was “overjoyed” after watching his Bayern Munich side beat Manchester City 3-1 at the Etihad on Wednesday evening.

The Bavarians produced what club president Uli Hoeness described as “almost perfect football” as they racked up goals from Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben in the first hour of the Champions League encounter.

City pulled a goal back through Alvaro Negredo during a late rally but, as far as Guardiola was concerned, that did not take the gloss off what he felt was a “wonderful” performance against one of England’s finest.

“We are overjoyed,” the former Barcelona boss enthused. “The important thing is that we won but we have played in England against one of the best teams in the league – and produced a great game.

“The team has shown in the past to what it is capable of and did so again today. It is wonderful, particularly as this performance has come away, and in Manchester, too.”

Having eased past CSKA Moscow and City in their opening two fixtures, Bayern are now three points clear at the top of Champions League Group D.

Hoeness: Bayern were almost perfect against City

The Bavarian legend was blown away by the performance of Pep Guardiola’s men in their 3-1 win at the Etihad, claiming he has never seen such dominance against another top side

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness hailed his side for producing “almost perfect football for 80 minutes” in their 3-1 Champions League win over Manchester City on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola’s men took an early lead at the Eithad through Franck Ribery and were 3-0 up by the hour mark following further strikes from Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben.

City rallied late in the game, with Alvaro Negredo putting a more respectable look on the scoreline, but Hoeness was ecstatic with his side’s general performance

“For 80 minutes we played almost perfect football here,” the Bavarian supremo told his club’s official website.

“I can not remember us ever having so much possession of the ball in the final third against well-known opponents such as Manchester City, nor having offered up so much incredible football.

“I can only congratulate the team and the coach. What we have shown here tonight is worthy of the highest praise.”

Bayern’s second successive victory in Group D moved them three points clear of City and CSKA Moscow, whom they face next.

Pep flattens City to leave Europe in fear of Bayern 2.0

The continental champions laid down a marker to those eyeing their crown with a stunning performance at the Etihad and are the team to beat in this year’s competition

By Enis Koylu

After spending over €100 million on new players and bringing in a coach with a proven track record of getting teams to overperform in the Champions League over the summer, Manchester City could have expected to give a good account of themselves against the competition’s reigning champions, Bayern Munich. They were wrong.

While their Bundesliga performances have been inconsistent this term, Bayern have shown that they remain the team to beat in Europe. The 3-0 home win against CSKA Moscow a fortnight ago was, arguably, the best they had played under Pep Guardiola at the time. At the Etihad on Wednesday, they bettered it.

It was as though they were trying to show City, a team with Champions League pretensions, how they had to perform to challenge Europe’s big guns. From the off, they were at them, pressing Manuel Pellegrini’s side into submission.

When the breakthrough arrived, via a fantastic long-range effort from Franck Ribery after a matter of minutes, it was no less than they deserved and they only got better from there.

Easy | Bayern showed what they were capable of on Wednesday

Indeed, when the two teams went into the changing rooms at half-time with just one goal separating them, it was flattering to City, who had not lost a European game on home soil until Wednesday.

The second half brought more of the same. Oddly reminiscent of their brilliant 7-0 aggregate victory over Barcelona back in May, Bayern toyed with their opponents. In the end, two further strikes were all they needed and Alvaro Negredo’s fine consolation meant nothing.

Truth be told, it was simple for Bayern. As goalscorer Arjen Robben admitted after the game: “It was fun, especially against an opponent like this. We would not have imagined it being so easy. Of course, you can say that City were not that good today, but we played well.”

As their team has developed over recent years, they have claimed some of Europe’s biggest scalps over two legs – Real Madrid, Barca, Juventus, and Arsenal – and, having produced the sort of performance they did on Wednesday, they will be supremely confident of continuing that trend.

Crucially, Bayern’s biggest players are performing well, too. In Germany, they have shipped a paltry two goals against useful attacking units like Schalke, Borussia Monchengladbach and Hannover, with David Alaba establishing himself as one of Europe’s finest full-backs and Jerome Boateng performing to such a level that he has ousted Mats Hummels from the Germany line-up.

After a stop-start beginning to the season, Bastian Schweinsteiger has slotted seamlessly into the midfield, and Toni Kroos has risen to the challenge of added competition from Thiago Alcantara, orchestrating proceedings brilliantly.

It is on the flanks, though, where they have been most impressive. As they initially struggled to create chances in their domestic matches, it was often Robben and Ribery who would rise to the occasion and Thomas Muller has shown signs of getting back to his usual form following a barren spell of six weeks. The trio all scored on Wednesday, and all looked impressive.

One dreads to think how they can perform when Javi Martinez is back to full fitness and Philipp Lahm can return to his rightful position at full-back – even though the skipper has performed admirably as a midfield anchor in the Spaniard’s stead.

It’s been a summer of change around Europe. The Premier League’s top three have all replaced their managers, while Barcelona and Real Madrid have ushered in new coaches. But it’s Bayern’s transformation which, at present, promises to be the most impressive.

There have been teething problems with the new formation under Pep Guardiola, but results did not suffer – a 1-1 draw with Freiburg aside. And now, with the Bavarians back firing on all cylinders, they are ready to launch a firm challenge to become the first side in history to defend the Champions League.

Europe, beware: Bayern are back.

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'Bayern are a well-oiled goalscoring machine' – Man City-Bayern in tweets by Owen Hargreaves

The retired midfielder – who played for both clubs during his career – gave a running commentary on the game on Twitter as part of Heineken’s ‘Share The Sofa’ evening

Bayern Munich were dominant in their 3-1 win over Manchester City on Wednesday and a former midfielder of both clubs, Owen Hargreaves, was left purring over the performance of Pep Guardiola’s side.

The 32-year-old tweeted his thoughts on the game for Heineken throughout the encounter, as part of their ‘#ShareTheSofa’ night, hailing the cohesion and penetration of the reigning Champions League holders at the Etihad Stadium.

Goal compiled a list of our favourite tweets from the Englishman during and after the game, including his selection of the best players he’s played with and against and why he doesn’t thing Franck Ribery should win the Ballon d’Or.


“Bayern are just passing round like it’s a friendly game. City need to make it more difficult for them.”

“Bayern’s really dominant – don’t think City have even had a chance.”

“Bayern smell blood now – and City need to press, which will open them up even more.”

“City just have to hope it doesn’t get worse. 4 or 5 goals at home would be painful.”

“This isn’t good for City’s hopes. Being beaten like this will be tough for team and fans alike. Not good for confidence.”

“This is how City should have started. They needed to be higher. They needed more spirit. Silva is working his magic.”


Hargreaves: “Scholes is so good it’s ridiculous. Zidane. Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi.”


Hargreaves: “No way – in my opinion he was one of the worst players on the pitch in last year’s final.” #ShareTheSofa #manbay #UCL


Hargreaves: “Good Q! Weren’t as talented as this team, but we had guys with bigger personalities. Would try to intimidate them!”


 “Can’t single out one Bayern player – they’ve all been good tonight. A well-oiled goal scoring machine.”