Bayern Munich Had To Adapt


The Bavarians head coach claims his side were made to re-group at half-time and alter their style and personnel after being held during the opening 45 minutes in Croatia

Pep Guardiola admits Bayern Munich were forced to adapt their approach in the 2-0 Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb, with Robert Lewandowski breaking the deadlock after an hour.

With top spot in Group F already secured, Guardiola named several fringe players for the group stage clash at Stadion Maksimir and it took time for his side to produce their typical high-standards.

Thomas Muller’s second-half introduction changes the dynamic of the match, as he set up the first of Lewandowski’s two goals and later missed a penalty.

Guardiola was satisfied to set a club-record of five wins from six group games despite an injury to his centre-half.

“We had our chances, as did Dinamo, but bad news is [Medhi] Benatia injury. I compliment my team for this season in CL,” he told HTV.

“Dinamo started different than in Munich and it took us some time to adopt, they had chances, but in 2nd half we were better.

“Wishes for the draw? I only wish for healthy players, to avoid further injuries, and than we can compete with the best in Europe.”

Bayern finish the group stage with the equal-highest number of goals scored alongside Real Madrid (19) after taking 15 points from a possible 18.

Jeriah Udi

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