Mandzukic hails Guardiola tactics

The Croatia star is happy working under the Spanish coach, and is confident of leapfrogging Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga table soon

Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic has praised Pep Guardiola for his tactical direction since arriving at the Allianz Arena this summer.

The Bavarian giants thrashed Schalke 4-0 at the Veltins Arena on Saturday, and the 27-year-old believes that Guardiola’s work will give his side an edge over their opponents over the course of the campaign.

“Pep has great tactical ideas,” the forward the club’s official website.

“He relates to his players superbly and is always good for a joke. It fits.

“It makes me very happy that the trainer has a lot of trust in me. I try everything to repay him.

“For me, these fixture-packed weeks are not a problem either. I can cope with that as I have a lot of strength.”

Borussia Dortmund’s draw with Nurnberg on Saturday allowed Bayern to go joint-top in the Bundesliga and the Croatia international is confident his side will claim first position in their own right before too long.

“I think our coach likes the way we play at the moment. If we carry on like that, we will top the table again sooner or later.”

Bundesliga Team of the Week: Alaba stars for brilliant Bayern

Goal picks out the best the best performers from Germany after a weekend which saw Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen claim big wins

The big winners of the sixth round of Bundesliga action were Bayern Munich, who went joint-top of the table with a barnstorming 4-0 triumph at Schalke as Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach recorded impressive wins, and the three teams dominate Goal‘s Team of the Week.

Raphael Schafer takes the No.1 shirt after the Nurnberg captain helped his side record a surprise 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund with a number of impressive saves.

Two of the full-backs in front of him are Bayern stars. Many questioned Rafinha‘s continued inclusion, but the Brazilian put in one of the best peformances of his Roten career at the Veltins Arena, while David Alaba continued his fine recent form. Naldo of Wolfsburg completes the back three.

Bayer Leverkusen beat Mainz 4-1 on Saturday and two of the three midfielders are Werkself stars. Simon Rolfes and Lars Bender were all brilliant for Sami Hyypia’s side, with the latter notching a rare goal in the Coface Arena rout. Eintracht Frankfurt’s Marco Russ joins the duo.

There are three attacking midfielders. Robbie Kruse joins his B04 team-mates after notching two of his side’s goals, while Gladbach duo Raffael and Max Kruse were both key in the 4-1 win over Eintracht Braunschweig on Friday.

Finally, Nils Petersen leads the line after leading Werder Bremen to derby day victory over Hamburg at the Imtech Arena to relieve the pressure on Robin Dutt.

Ribery: Bayern are on the right track

The France international has hailed his side’s recent improvement following their 4-0 rout of Schalke at the weekend

Franck Ribery feels Bayern Munich are on the right track after something of a stuttering start in the opening weeks of the 2013-14 campaign.

The Bundesliga champions beat CSKA Moscow 3-0 in midweek before recording a 4-0 win over Schalke at the weekend and the France international is pleased with Bayern’s progress in recent weeks, given their early-season slip-ups to Freiburg in the league and Borussia Dortmund in the DFL-Supercup.

“We worked incredibly well together [against Schalke] and played like champions. We were already on the right track against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League. If we can maintain this kind of form it would be super,” Ribery told the official Bundesliga website.

“We’re currently playing completely differently and much better compared to the beginning of the season. If we can continue performing like we did against Moscow and here against Schalke then we’re heading in the right direction.

“We’re playing with a lot of energy, working extremely well defensively and are still creating a lot of pressure in the final third.”

Bayern sit joint first in the Bundesliga table following this weekend’s results, with 16 points from six games.

Schweinsteiger: I hope Pep stays for a long time

The Bayern Munich star is delighted with the beginning to life under the Spanish coach and feels he is adapting to a more defensive role

Bastian Schweinsteiger says he hopes that Pep Guardiola stays at Bayern Munich for the long term.

The former Barcelona coach has made a sound start to life in the Bundesliga, dropping just two points from six games, despite criticism from some fans.

However, Schweinsteiger believes his side are as hard to face as ever and would like to see the Spaniard remain in Bavaria.

“It all looks pretty good. We are very flexible, which makes it so hard to play against us. Our coach has a lot of variations on the field,” he told the club’s official website.

“The mix of Bayern Munich and Pep Guardiola is hopefully a long-term success.”

Bayern beat Schalke 4-0 at the Veltins Arena on Saturday and Guardiola believes his side’s mentality was key to the rout.

“We approached the game very seriously from the first minute. The mentality was there.”

Schweinsteiger has been deployed in a deeper role this season and has been happy with how he has performed in his new position.

“I’m trying to find my game in our system, so it is good for the team.

“I feel very comfortable at the position since I can integrate myself going forwards and backwards.”

Schalke rout was Bayern's best performance this season, says Guardiola

The Spaniard was ecstatic with the efforts of his side after they drew level with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga table

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola declared his side’s 4-0 win over Schalke on Saturday as their best performance under his tenure to date.

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Mandzukic seized on slack defending by the hosts to send the Bavarians into the lead, before goals from Franck Ribery and Claudio Pizarro sealed a comfortable win.

The emphatic result, which sees the German champions move level on points with leaders Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga, prompted Guardiola to declare the win his best with die Roten yet.

“That was our best Bundesliga performance of the season so far,” the 42-year-old announced to reporters after the match. “I’m satisfied and proud of this performance and my players.

“In other games we only played well for 30 or 45 minutes, but this time we did very well over 90 minutes. We totally dominated one of the strongest teams in Germany.”

Schweinsteiger celebrated his return to the fold with his first goal this term and similarly praised the team for maintaining the right approach throughout against their opponents.

We took it very seriously from the start, our mentality was right. We were determined to take all three points,” he said.

It’s not easy to come here and win, so we’re doubly delighted about doing just that. We were definitely very good at times.”

The win lifts Bayern level on 16 points with Jurgen Klopp’s men, after the latter drew 1-1 with Nurnberg earlier on Saturday.