Guardiola praises Bayern’s endeavour

FC Bayern München manager Pep Guardiola praised his side after they battled to a hard-fought 1-0 win over 1. FC Köln in the Bundesliga on Saturday afternoon.

The Bavarians came into the match on the back of an epic extra-time win over Juventus in the Champions League in midweek and their fatigue was evident as they only managed to produce six shots, three of which were on target, all game.

However, Robert Lewandowski’s goal from the edge of the area in the 10th minute was enough to hand them a narrow victory and stretch their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to eight points ahead of Dortmund’s match on Sunday and Guardiola had nothing but praise for his team.

“Huge compliments to the players. After 120 minutes and an emotional game against Juventus, it was very difficult to come here two-and-a-half days later,” he said.

“We did well in the first 30 minutes, with our goal and many good balls from the byline. Our start to the second half was also good, but in the last 25 minutes Peter brought another attacker on and they played many long passes.

“They were very dangerous, also in counter-attacks. But all in all, we controlled the game. It is one more victory for us.

“I realised how difficult it is to defend our title in the Bundesliga. We must fight until the last match, but it’s another win that put us in front,” he concluded.