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The Croatia star is happy working under the Spanish coach, and is confident of leapfrogging Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga table soon

Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic has praised Pep Guardiola for his tactical direction since arriving at the Allianz Arena this summer.

The Bavarian giants thrashed Schalke 4-0 at the Veltins Arena on Saturday, and the 27-year-old believes that Guardiola's work will give his side an edge over their opponents over the course of the campaign.

"Pep has great tactical ideas," the forward the club's official website.

"He relates to his players superbly and is always good for a joke. It fits.

"It makes me very happy that the trainer has a lot of trust in me. I try everything to repay him.

"For me, these fixture-packed weeks are not a problem either. I can cope with that as I have a lot of strength."

Borussia Dortmund's draw with Nurnberg on Saturday allowed Bayern to go joint-top in the Bundesliga and the Croatia international is confident his side will claim first position in their own right before too long.

"I think our coach likes the way we play at the moment. If we carry on like that, we will top the table again sooner or later."

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