Bayern see off lowly neighbours Greuther Fuerth

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 21 January, 2013, 3:54am


Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes said his team could do better, despite a 2-0 win over Greuther Fuerth as the Bundesliga leaders got back to business after Pep Guardiola was named as next season's coach.

Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic netted either side of half-time as Munich dominated the league's bottom side with German football still buzzing about the former Barcelona coach's appointment.

Bayern enjoyed more than 75 per cent possession and controlled the home game, with six players having 100 or more touches - which fits Guardiola's vision of short-passing football, six months before he takes charge on July 1.

But Bayern lacked the finishing touch in front of goal with only five of their 22 shots on goal testing Fuerth's goalkeeper Wolfgang Hesl at the Allianz Arena.

"We're pleased we've won and kept another clean sheet, but my team knows we didn't play very well," said Heynckes, who will stand down at the end of the season.

"Our play was cramped and not as fluid as we're used to. The first game back after the winter break is always tough and Fuerth played very clever football.

"They kept it tight at the back, closed down the space and tried to hit us on the break. Once again, we've seen how hard the Bundesliga can be."

With just nine points to their credit and one win all season, Fuerth are 11 points from safety in the league and were outclassed by their more glamorous Bavarian neighbours.

Greuther's combined wage bill is €12.5 million (HK$128.5 million), while Bayern star Franck Ribery alone earns €10 million.

Mandzukic took his league tally up to 11 goals and he kept Germany striker Mario Gomez on the bench for all but the last five minutes.

"It's not important whether I score, it's important we won as a team," said the Croatia star.

"We've worked very hard over the last few weeks. We didn't play as well as we can today, but we're happy."

Germany's defensive midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who showed he was back to his best as Bayern's midfield maestro with a typically industrious display, admitted that Bayern's performance was rusty.

"We've not yet rediscovered our rhythm, but we still did well," he said after his team earned their 14th victory in 18 league games.