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Dinamo stats impress Bayern boss Guardiola

"They have gone 45 matches unbeaten," Josep Guardiola reminded reporters, with Bayern not underestimating Dinamo Zagreb after their shock matchday one win.

Josep Guardiola addresses the assembled media on Monday
Josep Guardiola addresses the assembled media on Monday ©AFP/Getty Images
  • Josep Guardiola mindful of Dinamo's quality
  • The Croatian champions are 45 matches unbeaten, stretching back to last November
  • Robert Lewandowski has scored seven in last two outings
  • Javi Martínez available for a Bayern side on a nine-game winning run
  • Dinamo boss Zoran Mamić says Bayern are "best team in the world"

Possible lineups
Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Alaba, Bernat; Vidal, Xabi Alonso, Thiago Alcántara; Müller, Lewandowski, Douglas Costa.
Out: Benatia (thigh), Badstuber (thigh), Kirchhoff (Achilles), Ribéry (ankle), Robben (groin)
: Vidal (knee), Rode (unspecified)

Dinamo: Eduardo; Măţel, Taravel, Benković, Pivarić; Soudani, Ademi, Machado, Antolić, Fernandes; Pjaca.
Out: Schildenfeld (thigh), Pavičić (foot), Sigali (knee), Ivo Pinto (hamstring)

Josep Guardiola, Bayern coach
They have gone 45 matches unbeaten; there is not much more you need to say about this Dinamo side. You would expect Arsenal to have beaten them on matchday one, but after 30 minutes I could see how strong Dinamo were – very good in defence, with the players very disciplined in holding their positions.

I am very happy with Robert Lewandowski – his passing, his scoring – but of course I want more. I hope he will score again in this game, but I am happy with him even when he doesn't score, provided he is playing the way I want him to.

I cannot tell you if we are stronger than the other teams in the group. What I can tell you is that we are strong in defence, we are quite stable and we have a good balance. We haven't given opposing teams many chances and we've been quite efficient in scoring.


Zoran Mamić, Dinamo coach
It is a privilege for me and my team to be here. We are going to play against the best team in the world. We know how strong they are, but they are human beings like us. We have a vision for the game. We will have to play defensively, but not just defensively; we want to try to attack and if possible score a goal.

We will try to be dangerous and we will give our all to get a good result. Bayern are very dangerous. We will have to be 300% concentrated and alert. Forty-five games in a row without losing is very nice. We all hope after the Bayern game it will be 46 in a row.


Weekend results
Mainz 0-3 Bayern München (Lewandowski 51 63, Coman 68)
Fresh from his record-breaking five goals in ten minutes against Wolfsburg on Tuesday, Lewandowski scored two in 13 minutes in Bayern's seventh straight league win this season.

Dinamo Zagreb 4-1 Osijek (Hodžić 12 40, Henríquez 17, Musa 79; Grgić 83)
Armin Hodžić netted twice in the first half as the home side extended their unbeaten streak to 45 matches in all competitions.

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Bayern: WWWWWW
Dinamo: WWDWWW

Reporter's view: Jordan Maciel
Bayern can make it ten straight competitive victories when they face Dinamo at home, with Lewandowski in scintillating form. Mamić's men are out to extend their impressive 45-game unbeaten run yet will need a repeat of their matchday one heroics against Arsenal to stand any chance in Munich.

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