Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich give perfect response to criticism

After Bayern beat Hanover 2-0 on Saturday, director of sport Matthias Sammer accused Guardiola's team of playing "lacklustre football", but the champions responded with a convincing display.

updated: September 18, 2013 11:32 IST
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Munich: Pep Guardiola was delighted to see his Bayern Munich side respond to criticism of their style of play with a 3-0 win against CSKA Moscow in his first Champions League game in charge of the club.

Goals by left-back David Alaba, striker Mario Mandzukic and Dutch winger Arjen Robben sealed a convincing win as the defending champions opened their Group D campaign at Munich's Allianz Arena with the perfect riposte to suggestions their football had been "lacklustre".

After winning 14 titles in four years at Barcelona -- including the 2009 and 2011 Champions League titles -- Guardiola has been the centre of much hype since his arrival in Bavaria.

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