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Bayern makes it look easy
October 2nd, 2013 11:48PM

TAGS:  germany, uefa champions league


[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Week 2] It's going to be hard to dislodge Bayern Munich. Forget for a moment the nightmare Joe Hart had in goal for Manchester City, Bayern Munich's 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium signaled it remains the best team in Europe despite a change in coaches.

''We were so dominant against a big team in Europe,'' said Arjen Robben. ''We didn't expect an easy game like that.''

Bayern was ahead 3-0 by the hour mark on goals by its big three up front, Franck Ribery, Thomas Mueller and Robben, and should have had more before Alvaro Negredo pulled a goal back for Man City.

''I'm lucky to be here and training these players,'' said Pep Guardiola, who took over for Jupp Heynckes over the summer.

The game was a battle of former La Liga coaches, and Guardiola, the former Barcelona coach, again got the best of Manuel Pellegrini, who came over from Malaga to take charge at Manchester City over the summer. Guardiola and Pellegrini had met eight times in Liga, and Guardiola's Barca teams won seven times and tied the other game.

''I think we played really bad,'' said Pellegrini, who watched his team give up six goals in its last two games, both losses.

Manchester City-Bayern Munich Highlights:

UCL Results: Wednesday:
Shakhtar Donetsk 1 Manchester United 1
Bayer Leverkusen 2 Real Sociedad 1
Standings: Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk 4 points; Bayer Leverkusen 3; Real Sociedad 0.

Juventus 2 Galatasaray 2
Real Madrid 4 FC Copenhagen 0
Standings: Real Madrid 6 points; Juventus 2; FC Copenhagen, Galatasaray 1.

Paris St. Germain 3 Benfica 0
Anderlecht 0 Olympiakos 3
Standings: Paris St. Germain 6 points; Benfica, Olympiakos 3; Anderlecht 0.

Manchester City 1 Bayern Munich 3
CSKA Moscow 3 Viktoria Plzen 2
Standings: Bayern Munich  6 points; Manchester City, CSKA Moscow 3; Viktoria Plzen 0.

Group E
Basel 0 Schalke 04 1
Steaua Bucharest 0 Chelsea 4
Schalke 04 6 points; Basel, Chelsea 3; Steaua Bucharest 0.

Group F
Borussia Dortmund 3 Marseille 0
Arsenal 2 Napoli 0
Standings: Arsenal 6 points; Napoli, Borussia Dortmund 3; Marseille 0.

Group G
Zenit St. Petersburg 0 Austria Vienna 0
Porto 1 Atletico Madrid 2
Atletico Madrid 6 points; Porto 3; Zenit St. Petersburg, Austria Vienna 1.

Group H
Ajax 1 AC Milan 1
Celtic 0 Barcelona 1
Standings: Barcelona 6 points; AC Milan 4; Ajax 1; Celtic 0.

    commented on: October 3, 2013 at 11:19 a.m.
    Great work, Mr. Kennedy. My take is that die Roten faithful launching into " Sha- Na - Na" with 10' left, coupled with the subs, gave the hellblaus some steam-still, Negredos' goal was in the only spot it could have gone in, Mueller equally lucky (though in a bad way) to bounce one off the woodwork. Consider also, MC's 100 mil were on the pitch, Bayern's 100 mil in the form of Thiago & Goetse non-factors, the latter just now coming off a second injury vs. the even rougher Blues, a match which puts Chelsea into even respect(if that word can used with them). Manny vs. Hart? Hope to see that in Brasil.......& Robert next year?Unglaublich......
    commented on: October 3, 2013 at 11:21 a.m.
    Esp. loved the commentator's 1st. half quip, "it's like they have 13"..
  1. Vince Leone
    commented on: October 3, 2013 at 3:02 p.m.
    The best players for Man City were Jesus Navas, David Silva, and Alvaro Negredo (the latter 2 in very limited minutes). I guess they haven't had their skills degraded by playing too long in England yet.
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: October 3, 2013 at 10:01 p.m.
    Even the better teams on a poor day look like easy pickings. Yet, Bayern is crème de la crème.

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