GUARDI­OLA SAYS MU­NICH CAN STILL IM­PROVE

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

Bay­ern Mu­nich flew to Morocco on Satur­day to be­gin its as­sault on the Club World Cup ti­tle with coach Pep Guardi­ola de­mand­ing im­prove­ments from the Euro­pean cham­pion — de­spite the Bavar­ian gi­ant adding still more Bun­desliga records to its al­ready im­pres­sive tally.

A 3-1 win over Ham­burg at Mu­nich’s Al­lianz Arena left Guardi­ola’s side with a new record of 93 points for the cal­en­dar year and it re­mains un­beaten in the league in 2013.

Bay­ern bounced back from the 3-2 Cham­pi­ons League de­feat at home to Manch­ester City with goals by Mario Mandzukic and Mario Goetze be­fore Swiss winger Xher­dan Shaqiri added the third deep into added time.

But Guardi­ola said the Euro­pean cham­pion has weak­nesses to work on.

“Per­haps the play­ers al­ready had their hol­i­days and Morocco in their heads,” said Guardi­ola.

“We had prob­lems in the sec­ond half, just like against Manch­ester. We lost the ball too eas­ily.

“We have good play­ers, but we have to cut those ac­tions out.

“Now we’re fly­ing to Morocco to try to win our next ti­tle.”

Four hours af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle against Ham­burg, Bay­ern jet­ted out of Mu­nich with Guardi­ola look­ing to win the Club World Cup for the third time, hav­ing al­ready lifted the ti­tle with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011.

No Ger­man side has ever won the tro­phy, but hav­ing be­come the first Bun­desliga side to win the tre­ble of league, cup and Euro­pean ti­tles last sea­son, Bay­ern wants to add another piece of sil­ver­ware to its 2013 haul.

“We want to get the last ti­tle we’re lack­ing this sea­son,” said Bay­ern chair­man Karl-Heinz Rum­menigge af­ter the club broke or equaled 25 Bun­desliga records last sea­son.

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