Bayern Munich head coach Josep Guardiola was left satisfied with another victory after his team’s 4-1 defeat of Cologne at the Allianz Arena.
The reigning Bundesliga champion had scored 14 goals in its previous two league outings and looked in the mood for another heavy win on Friday as it went 2-0 up inside 10 minutes courtesy of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Franck Ribery.
However, Cologne pulled one back on the stroke of halftime through Anthony Ujah, and the striker would have levelled after the interval had it not been for a fine stop from Manuel Neuer, who also kept out Marcel Risse from the resulting corner.
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Those saves proved to be crucial, as Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski completed another routine win to move Bayern 11 points clear at the summit of the Bundesliga.
"I’m happy. We beat the side with the second best record away from and scored four goals," Guardiola said. "Manuel Neuer made two great saves at key moments. They are a very, very, very difficult opponent. We started well. Then we lost a bit of control. After the 3-1 goal by Arjen it was a completely different game again. We dominated again."
Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer echoed the sentiments of Guardiola.
"We applied a lot of pressure in the first 25 minutes," Sammer said after the match. "We were good and determined. But later, we nearly conceded a second goal to make it 2-2, and that can’t be happening. We never depend on opponents, it’s only ever about us.
"We’re happy with the win but we’re not about to be deceived. And all credit to Cologne. They played to their strengths and we weren’t able to do a few things we’d planned to do. But it gives us something to work on."
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