Bay­ern blitzes Werder Bre­men 7-0

Guardi­ola rapt about champ’s dom­i­nat­ing league effort

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

Pep Guardi­ola ad­mit­ted he was ‘hon­ored’ to coach Bay­ern Mu­nich as it ex­tended its record un­beaten Bun­desliga run to 40 matches, while Borus­sia Dort­mund’s in­jury woes wors­ened.

Bay­ern ran riot in a 7-0 romp at Werder Bre­men on Satur­day with Franck Ribery scor­ing twice and set­ting up two other goals to boost his claim for the 2013 world foot­baller of the year award, to be an­nounced on Jan 13.

“It was an honor to coach them to­day, but I know Bre­men can play much bet­ter than that,” said Guardi­ola as his team posted its big­gest win since he took charge in June. “I must say a big thank you to my team, they played very, very well.”

Hav­ing won 14 tro­phies in four years as Barcelona coach, Guardi­ola can win his sec­ond piece of sil­ver­ware with Bay­ern later this month in the Club World Cup in Morocco, hav­ing won the UEFA Su­per Cup in Au­gust.

Bay­ern has al­ready reached the knock­out stages, but warmed up for Tues­day’s Cham­pi­ons League match at home to Manch­ester City, when it hopes to ex­tend its record Euro­pean win­ning streak to 11 vic­to­ries.

“This team has a great men­tal­ity; it makes it fun to play,” said Ribery, mak­ing his first start for a month af­ter a rib in­jury. “But we must keep play­ing at this level.”

Bay­ern, which last lost in the Ger­man league in Oc­to­ber 2012, cut Bre­men’s de­fense to tat­ters.

Bel­gium’s Daniel van Buyten, Croa­tia’s Mario Mandzu­kic plus Ger­many’s Thomas Mueller and Mario Goetze all got on the score­sheet af­ter Bre­men scored an own goal.

The vic­tory was just short of the Bun­desliga’s 57- year- old record of 9-0 for an away win and was Werder’s heav­i­est home league de­feat.

Bre­men coach Robin Dutt kept the team on the pitch for a stern lec­ture as it dropped to 14th af­ter just two wins in its past 10 games.

Sec­ond-place Bayer Lev­erkusen stayed four points be­hind Bay­ern with a hard-fought 1-0 win at third- placed Borus­sia Dort­mund, which now finds it­self six points be­hind Leverusen and 10 be­hind Mu­nich.

FABIAN BIM­MER/REUTERS

Bay­ern Mu­nich play­ers cel­e­brate af­ter one of the team’s seven goals against Werder Bre­men on Satur­day. Bay­ern won 7-0.

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