Guardiola: Bayern will come back stronger

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has stated that his Bundesliga winning side will only come back stronger next season.

The Bavarian giants eased past Mainz 2-0 on Saturday, to bring their three-match losing streak to an end. Robert Lewandowski struck from the penalty spot, and Bastian Schweinsteiger also found the net for Guardiola’s side.

In the key stages of the season, injuries have restricted Bayern. Full-back David Alaba and wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben have been ruled out at vital times in the campaign, as Bayern were knocked out both the UEFA Champions League and DfB-Pokal in the semi-finals.

Over the summer, Bayern are looking to strengthen their side. Manager Pep Guardiola has promised changes as his side will be hunting for a fourth straight Bundesliga title.

Speaking to FIFA.com, Guardiola said: “Next season we will come back stronger and satisfy the fans with the way we play, that is my target,” insisted the Spaniard who has won five titles in two seasons at Bayern with one year left on his contract. “I’m hoping for the best possible squad. Now we go forward.”

At the full-time whistle against Mainz, beer showers were happening, and plenty of them. In celebration, the Bayern players were hunting targets to pour huge glasses of champagne over.

Jerome Boateng said: “We’ve done really well to defend our title this season despite a lot of injuries and we’ll celebrate tonight,” 

When asked about the celebrations at the whistle, ex-Barcelona manger Pep Guardiola expressed: “It’s part of the tradition and I like it.”

Speaking at the final whistle, Bayern captain Philipp Lahm had this to say: “Just because we have dominated in the last few years, it’s not a given we will win the title every year,”

“It’s always something special to stand up on the pitch and lift the trophy after 34 matches. It will never be just routine.”

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