Friday, August 2, 2013

Guardiola: Bayern Munich is ready

The Spaniard's troops went a goal behind but came back to beat Manchester City, with goalscorer Thomas Muller commending the side's progress.

Pep Guardiola says Bayern Munich is ready to defend its status as German and European champions following a successful preseason where it won the Audi Cup, beating Manchester City 2-1 in the final.

Die Roten racked up an incredible 65 goals in preseason friendlies, culminating in Mario Mandzukic's winner after Thomas Muller had levelled from the spot following Alvaro Negredo's opener for Manuel Pellegrini's men on Thursday.

And, with a DFB-Pokal first round clash against Schwarz-Weiss Rehden to come followed by the Bundesliga opener against Borussia Monchengladbach, the Spaniard believes his side is ready for the challenge which lies ahead.

"I am satisfied. During the first half we played well. During the second half it became clear that this was our second game in two days," Guardiola told reporters, adding: "We are ready." 

Muller, who netted 13 times in the Bundesliga last season and scored the crucial equalizer against City, also feels the club is suitably prepared for the start of the new campaign.

"We are at a good level," he said. "But, against a top team like Manchester City, we have problems at preventing any scoring chances just as any other [side] would."