Pep Guardiola hails Bayern
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Pep Guardiola hailed Bayern Munich’s 4-0 win at Schalke as their best of the season so far as they moved level on points with Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga.
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The emphatic victory was also Bayern’s 31st consecutive game without defeat and they are now eyeing Hamburg’s all-time record of 36 games unbeaten.
“That was our best Bundesliga performance of the season so far,” Guardiola said after the game. “We totally dominated one of the strongest teams in Germany.”
Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who made a surprise return from injury for the game and scored once, added: “We took it very seriously from the start, our mentality was right. We were determined to take all three points.
“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.”
Despite the run of form, which has also seen Bayern make a winning start to the defence of their Champions League title, Franck Ribery is keen to get even better.
“We’re on a roll and we need to build on that,” he said. “We want to win, win, win.”
Arjen Robben echoed Ribery’s view, indicating that he expects Dortmund to bounce back from the disappointment of their draw against Nurnberg to continue providing a challenge.
He said: “Let’s keep calm, the league won’t get boring,”
Bayern defender Jerome Boateng, who prevailed in the duel with his brother, the Schalke midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, said: “We’re improving with every game. We dominated possession and our passing was excellent.”
The Germany international also said what a special feeling it was to play against his brother competitively, adding: “I don’t have to comfort him. Schalke are allowed to win the next game,” he said.