Pep Guardiola admitted he was 'honoured' to coach Bayern Munich as they extended their record unbeaten German Bundesliga run to 40 matches. Bayern ran riot in a 7-0 romp at Werder Bremen on Saturday with France winger Franck Ribery creating two goals and scoring twice himself.
"It was an honour to coach them today, but I know Bremen can play much better than that," said Guardiola as his team posted their biggest win since he took charge in June. "I must say a big thank you to my team, they played very, very well."
Having won 14 trophies in four years as Barcelona coach, Guardiola can win his second piece of silverware with Bayern later this month at the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco having won the UEFA Super Cup in August.
Bayern have already reached the knock-out stages, but warmed up for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League match at home to Manchester City, when they hope to extend their record European winning streak to 11 victories.
"This team has a great mentality, it makes it fun to play," said Ribery, making his first start for a month after a rib injury. "But we must keep playing at this level."
Belgium's Daniel van Buyten, Croatia's Mario Mandzukic plus Germany's Thomas Mueller and Mario Goetze all got on the scoresheet after Bremen scored an own goal. The victory was just short of the Bundesliga's 57-year-old record of 9-0 for an away win and was Werder's heaviest home league defeat.
Bremen coach Robin Dutt kept the team on the pitch for a stern lecture as they dropped to 14th after just two wins in their last ten games.