Pep Guardiola says “a disaster” of a second-half performance in the 5-1 win over Arsenal proves Bayern Munich are not yet ready to win the Champions League.
What may have seemed like another show of Bayern’s superiority in recent years was not to the Catalan’s liking, and he has warned that he expects improvements if they are to realise their season’s ambitions.
“We needed to play the ball around more against Arsenal,” he said. “We’ve got to improve that.
“It was a disaster in the second half, which is why we’re not yet ready to win the Champions League.”
The Bavarians dropped their first points in the Bundesliga last Friday when they were held to a goalless draw at Eintracht Frankfurt and it appears Guardiola is warning against becoming complacent.
He has played up his side’s opponents this weekend, Stuttgart, who are already 21 points adrift of his side after 11 games of the season.
“It’s incredible – really incredible how few points they have got,” he said. “They deserve far more.
“I’m impressed with the way they play. Both sides attack a lot and so I expect it will be an attractive game.”
Another attractive game can be expected in Dortmund this Sunday with Borussia hosting their local rivals Schalke in the first Revierderby of the season, with six points between the two sides currently second and fourth in the standings.
Entertainment is also to be expected at the BayArena, where Bayer Leverkusen host Cologne in another local derby on Saturday.
The hosts were involved in yet another high-scoring game in midweek, going down 3-2 at Roma in the Champions League, and they will be looking to move into the top five with a win, but their guests can climb above them with an away victory.
Elsewhere, Borussia Monchengladbach go in pursuit of a seventh straight victory when they host Ingolstadt, while third-placed Wolfsburg will be trying to keep them behind with a win in Mainz.
Huub Stevens sits on the home bench at the Rhein-Neckar Arena for the first time as struggling Hoffenheim host Eintracht Frankfurt, while Darmstadt and Hamburg will be keen to keep the danger zone at a safe distance in Saturday’s evening encounter.
The final game of the weekend comes at Augsburg, where the Bavarian side will be keen to prove their emphatic 4-1 win over AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League on Thursday night was no fluke when they host Werder Bremen.