Pep Guardiola tips improvement
Pep Guardiola watched his Bayern Munich side become the first visitors to beat Manchester City at home in the Champions League – and then declared they have plenty of room for improvement.
The Bayern manager, while pleased with the performance in their 3-1 victory, was upset with the way his team defended dead-ball situations and warned that it could cost them in the future.
He said: "Our set plays were terrible; we have to improve that. We have to defend very well against the set plays. They [City] have very tall guys, good players to make the actions and we have to defend well in our zonal defence.
"I am very happy but it is not the end, not the final of the Champions League but the second game of the round. We have time to improve, to recover players."
But Guardiola was delighted with most aspects of the win, clinched by goals from Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben.
He added: "I am very happy with our performance. We have six points [in the group] and it is a good step towards qualifying for the next stage. We have dominated the game and dominated possession. We were very good at regaining the ball and switching play."
The other downside was the sending-off of centre-back Jerome Boateng but Guardiola hopes Spain international Javi Martinez will recover from injury in time to replace him.
He said: "I think he [Boateng] will be out for the next game against Viktoria Plzen. I think Jan [Kirchhoff] or Javi could be back because of fitness. I think he was the last man and we have to make sure that doesn’t happen again in the future."