Guadiola: It’s not always easy

Bayern München are closing in on their fourth consecutive Bundesliga title this season, but manager Pep Guardiola concedes that it’s not always plain sailing.

Bayern have been outstanding in recent years, dominating their domestic league while enjoying continental success with their Champions League triumph back in the 2012/13 season.

But die Roten suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat, just their second of the campaign, against Mainz 05 on Wednesday, and the Catalan admitted that it’s not always easy to maintain their dominance to steamroll their opposition.

“We clearly saw tonight that nothing is easy,” Guardiola said after the defeat. “No team has won the Bundesliga four times in a row and Dortmund’s team is totally different from the last three years. We must now think of the next game.”

The former Barcelona manager is set to replace Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City next season, and was less than impressed by his team’s showing, but congratulated Mainz and their coach on the win.

“Our performance was not good enough, but I’m not sad,” he added. “I congratulate [Mainz coach] Martin [Schmidt] on the victory.”