Ribery: Guardiola demands even more Bayern success

The French winger and Ballon d'Or candidate spoke at length about the Spaniard's impact at the Allianz Arena on French football programme 'Le Club'
Franck Ribery has lauded the impact of Pep Guardiola on Bayern Munich and his own individual performances since the Spanish coach arrived in the summer.

The Bavarian side set a new Bundesliga milestone having gone 37 games unbeaten, beating Hamburg's 30-year record, after brushing aside Augsburg 3-0 at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

And the attacker intimated that a large part of their recent form has been down to Guardiola.

“He brings his technical touch, the same one he showed at Barcelona where he had done a great job,” he told beIN Sport programme ‘Le Club’.

“He came with his ideas and he wants to experience more success with us, more than he did with Barcelona. He wants to win with Bayern."

The Frenchman scored the second against Augsburg with a brilliant free kick and was quick to emphasise the importance the former Barcelona coach has had on his own displays this season – displays that have led to him being tagged as one of the frontrunners for the Ballon d’Or.

“Everyday he is on the training ground speaking to lots of players. I am someone that needs to feel confident and close to the coach and I feel at ease with Pep Guardiola," he continued.

“It wasn’t going to be easy for him coming in after Jupp Heynckes, who won everything, but he is happy to be with us."

Ribery also talked briefly about Paris Saint-Germain and admitted that they are fast becoming a force to be reckoned with on the European stage.

“I think PSG are getting stronger each year and are getting in more and more great players,” the former Marseille star accepted.

“Many have experience at the top level, this is a team that can go all the way but it will come down to the small details.

“It’s good to see Paris playing as they are but we don’t talk about that in the changing rooms at Bayern, we focus on ourselves but we respect all other teams."

There was a quick mention for his former club Marseille, and Ribery stated that despite having left the club they still hold an important place in his heart.

“I have a lot of good memories from Marseille. Being part of a club like that helped me after arriving at Bayern. I had a lot of fun with the players and the fans," he said.

“At Marseille, you learn what football means and to fight for the shirt you’re wearing.”