Bayern Munich marches on invincible after close shave with Hoffenheim
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola admits Lady Luck was kind to his team after a 2-1 victory over Hoffenheim. The Bundesliga champions had a close graze to their first defeat of the season on Saturday night after mid-table team went up in the lead.
In case of Bayern Munich’s defeat Borussia Dortmund would have become the new league leaders. Dortmund are breathing down Bayern’s neck only a point away from leveling the scores on the table.
Victory over Hoffenheim also helped Bayern Munich level the record of 36 undefeated games, a record that dates back Bayern’s 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen last October.
Bayern Munich were close to losing the record. After the game Guardiola admitted his side a sloppy performance overall at the Rhein-Neckar Arena. However, Guardiola praised his men for digging in their heels after going a goal down and returning with two to grab victory.
Niklas Sule drew first blood in the 34th minute and in the process became Hoffenheim’s youngest-ever goalscorer. Franck Ribery made a brilliant effort to equalize which deflected off teammate Mario Mandzukic before going on its way in.
Thomas Mueller was the one who scored the winner for the Champions League side. With 15 minutes left on the clock Franck Ribery made a brilliant run before assisting Mueller for his 10th goal of the season.
“It certainly wasn't our best performance, but we've won at least,” Guardiola told Bayern Munich’s official website. “Not everything worked perfectly so we're going to have to change the way we play.
“Games against Hoffenheim have always been tight in recent years, but we had that bit of luck.”
Hoffenheim manager Markus Gisdol was left with a mixture of feelings after the game. Gisdol admitted his side needed to eliminate fluke goals in order to win the game. Nonetheless, Gisdol was satisfied with his men’s performance.
“We were on a par with Bayern, but if you want to cause them more problems, then everything has got to be perfect,” Gisdol said.
“You can't afford to concede a goal from such a deflection, for example. I've got mixed feelings. On the one hand, I'm happy because we had Bayern on the ropes, but on the other hand, we're left empty-handed.”