Guardiola: This is Bayern's style of play, not mine

After watching the Bavarians make an impressive start to the defence of their European crown, the Catalan coach insisted that he deserved no credit for the performance
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Pep Guardiola was quick to deflect all of the praise onto his players after Bayern Munich’s 3-0 win over CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.

Goals from David Alaba, Mario Mandzukic and Arjen Robben did the damage at the Allianz Arena and their Catalan trainer felt it was the team - not the coach - that deserved the credit for an impressive performance.

"The style we play is Bayern’s style, not mine. I’m here to support my new players and I’m very proud of them today," Guardiola told reporters after the one-sided Group D encounter.

Bayern are aiming to be the first team in Champions League history to win the competition in two consecutive seasons but Guardiola has stressed that retaining the title is an onerous task.

"The first game after winning the Champions League is never easy. Everyone always thinks it’s easy - but it’s not," he insisted.

"I’m very satisfied with the performance, especially our first-half display, which was very pleasing."

Bayern’s have come in for criticism from some quarters, with club director Matthias Sammer hitting out at the players’ lack of effort, though his comments were not taken to heart by Guardiola and club president Uli Hoeness.