Bayern Munich are determined to win the UEFA Champions league in even better style than they managed last term, according to Jerome Boateng.
The Bundesliga giants have made a fine start to the defence of their title and were in superb form on Wednesday as they eased past Manchester City 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
Bayern were dominant for the majority of the match, with a late rally from City and a stunning Alvaro Negredo goal not enough to answer efforts from Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben.
And after opening their European campaign with a comfortable 3-0 triumph over CSKA Moscow and winning all but one of their domestic fixtures so far this term, Boateng - who was dismissed late in the win over City for a desperate lunge on Yaya Toure - has fired a warning that Bayern are looking to succeed in even better style under new manager Pep Guardiola.
"We had a great game today," the defender said. "We looked very strong.
"It is not easy to win here, 3-1 against a big club, so we can be happy.
"After last year of course it is difficult, but we want to do better. We have a new coach and he gave us a lot of confidence as you could see in the game.
"The coach has good tactics for us, we’re confident; everybody likes the ball and to play football."
Boateng was paired in defence against City with regular partner Dante, and the Brazilian echoed his team-mate's claims that the German champions are becoming more and more comfortable with Guardiola's system.
He said: "It was a very important win because we know Man City are a very strong team and to get a win here means we’re very close to qualifying and hopefully in first place.
"We’re adapting very well (under Guardiola), he's a great person, a great professional.
"He speaks good German after a short time, and we're all keen to continue evolving with his philosophy."
|Coach: M. Pellegrini|
for E. Džeko 57'
for S. Nasri 70'
for S. Agüero 70'
|Lallana: I was trying too hard|
|Walker juggles music, football careers in Sweden|
|Song to face ´brother from another mother´ Fabregas|
|Adriano announces Le Havre deal|
|Pardew braced for Old Trafford test|
|Lescott unfazed by City reunion|
|Tskhadadze appointed Georgia coach|
|United to finish top three - Ferdinand|
|Allardyce: Stamford Bridge stalemate saved my job|
|Southampton need three January signings, says Watson|
|Liverpool can make Champions League, says fanzine editor|
|Walsh: Hull clash crucial for Leicester|
|Toure, Aubameyang and Enyeama make shortlist for African gong|
|Docherty backs Chelsea to win two-horse race|
|Liverpool could benefit from Hyypia influence - Scales|
|Saudi Arabia name Asian Cup squad|
|Forty-year-old Cahill no problem for Postecoglou|
|Wenger criticism baffles Redknapp|
|Leicester must strengthen in window - Walsh|
|United not title contenders - Docherty|
|Koeman: Southampton youngsters will get a chance|
|Dyche empathises with Liverpool striker crisis|
|Cagliari turn to Zola|
|Rooney thanks Van Gaal for Christmas break|
|Cruzeiro offer Paulinho Tottenham exit chance|
|Carlisle´s wife grateful to Burnley|
|Katebe called up to Zambia AFCON squad|
|Cape Verde name AFCON squad|
|Finke names much-changed Cameroon squad|
|Grant omits World Cup troublemakers for AFCON|
|Blackpool striker Ranger goes AWOL|
|Allardyce relishing Mourinho meeting|
|Ashley fails to increase Rangers stake|
|Crystal Palace v Southampton: Koeman calls for focus|
|Warnock targeting striker in January|
|Chelsea v West Ham: Adrian vows visitors will attack|
|Heskey signs short-term deal at Bolton|
|Everton v Stoke City: Martinez eyes strong form|
|Juninho defends David Luiz|
|Burnley v Liverpool: Dyche defends Rodgers ahead of Turf Moor test|
|Arsenal v QPR: Wenger eyes festive momentum|
|Liverpool are growing in confidence, says Rodgers|
|Redknapp: Austin future could depend on survival|
|Martinez wants Everton consistency|
|Barca want Neymar until 2020, says agent|
|Jones undeterred by pressure of Liverpool starting role|
|Allardyce ´knows how to beat managers´ - Carroll|
|Jones playing for a new contract|
|China select Evergrande spine for Asian Cup|
|A-League Preview: Koren tips City to build|
|Khedira keen to fight for Real spot|