Guardi­ola sat­is­fied with lack­lus­ter win

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in Ber­lin

Bay­ern Mu­nich man­ager Pep Guardi­ola blamed last week’s in­ter­na­tional friendlies for the Euro­pean cham­pion’s be­low- par per­for­mance in Satur­day’s la­bored 1-0 win at Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt.

A su­perb vol­ley from Croa­tia striker Mario Mandzu­kic was the high­light of an oth­er­wise off-key per­for­mance as Bay­ern failed to dom­i­nate Frank­furt de­spite en­joy­ing 70 per­cent pos­ses­sion.

Guardi­ola pointed to the fact he had 15 of his 26-man squad away on in­ter­na­tional duty last Wed­nes­day with their re­spec­tive na­tions, al­low­ing him only limited time to pre­pare for the trip to Ein­tra­cht.

The ex-Barcelona boss also said he was pleased to see the de­fend­ing cham­pion con­trol the game bet­ter than it had done in its 3-1 home win over Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach on the open­ing week­end of the sea­son.

“We had much more con­trol over the game com­pared to last week,” said Guardi­ola, whose side is tied with Bayer Lev­erkusen at the top of the standings af­ter the first two matches.

“We al­lowed Glad­bach far too many chances on the break, but it was much bet­ter to­day.

“It’s never easy af­ter an in­ter­na­tional break, be­cause we only had three days to­gether.

“We still cre­ated plenty of chances, so I’m happy and 100 per­cent sat­is­fied.”

Guardi­ola made just one change to the team that beat Glad­bach, with Swiss winger Xher­dan Shaqiri in for Ar­jen Robben while new sign­ing Mario Goetze was in­cluded in the match day squad for the first time but spent the game on the bench.

The re­sult means Bay­ern has the max­i­mum re­turn of six points from its open­ing matches as it equaled the club record of 27 Bun­desliga matches with­out de­feat.

But Ein­tra­cht cap­tain Alexan­der Meier had a penalty ap­peal turned down in the 90th minute and Bay­ern goal­keeper Manuel Neuer ad­mit­ted the Bavar­i­ans rode their luck.

Meier also had a goal ruled off­side early in the sec­ond half, which left Neuer ad­mit­ting he had been “hop­ing” to hear the whis­tle at Frank­furt’s 51,500 ca­pac­ity crowd at the Com­merzbank Arena.

“It was tight at the end, but we have only our­selves to blame,” said the Ger­many goal­keeper.

“That sec­ond goal was miss­ing from our game.”

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