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Guardiola: Bayern Plays its Own Style, Not Mine

  • ESPN FC, Wednesday, September 18, 2013 1:58 PM

Bayern Munich enjoyed a comfortable evening at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday, beating CSKA Moscow 3-0 in Pep Guardiola’s UEFA Champions League debut as coach of the reigning treble winner. Following the victory, which included goals from David Alaba, Mario Mandzukic and Arjen Robben, Guardiola noted that his talented squad is playing its own style, not his.

“The style we play is Bayern’s style, not mine,” the Spaniard said. “I’m here to support my new players and I’m very proud of them today. The first game after winning the Champions League is never easy. Everyone always thinks it’s easy, but it’s not. But I’m very satisfied with the performance, especially our first-half display, which was very pleasing.”

Robben said the team would not be getting carried away after its first UCL match, as winning the competition is a step-by-step process: "We have to get past the group stage first, then we’ll take it from there,” the 29-year-old said. “We’re still work in progress and we can still improve.” The Dutchman was full of praise for teammate Alaba, who assisted his goal in addition to opening the scoring in the 4th minute. “I had an understanding with David," he said. "I could see in his eyes that the ball was coming my way. It was a great pass -- all I had to do was stay calm and put it away."

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