Pep Guardiola proud of win vs. Chivas
Pep Guardiola was "proud" of his Bayern Munich team following their 1-0 friendly win over Chivas.
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Claudio Pizarro's 10th-minute goal was enough for the 2012-13 European champions as they made a winning start to their north American tour in New York.
Though the scoreline was narrow, Bayern's all-round display was promising, particularly given Guardiola was without the six first-team regulars who had also helped Germany win the World Cup.
"I am very, very happy with our performance and proud of the team," the 43-year-old said.
Switzerland international attacking midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri added: "At the start, you could see that we had heavy legs. Despite that, we put on a good performance. I think we can continue like that."
Key European club fixtures
French Ligue 1 -- Aug. 8
FA Community Shield: Manchester City vs. Arsenal -- Aug. 10
German Super Cup: Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich -- Aug. 13
English Premier League -- Aug. 16
Spanish Super Cup: Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid -- Aug. 19 and 22
Spanish La Liga/German Bundesliga -- Aug. 23
Italian Serie A -- Aug. 30
Bayern will now jet across the U.S. to Portland where they are due to face an MLS All-Star team on Aug. 6. Guardiola should be able to call on Arjen Robben for that match with the Netherlands international due to team up with the squad following his break after the World Cup.
Meanwhile, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has predicted a tougher season for the club this year, saying that clubs are now lining up to dethrone them.
Bayern have coasted to the Bundesliga title in each of the past two seasons and they head into the 2014-15 campaign expected to triumph once again. However, Rummenigge believes that not only Borussia Dortmund will run them close this time around.
"There are a few clubs making efforts to come that bit closer to Bayern and Dortmund," Rummenigge told Sport1 television. "We're going to have to wait and see how much they succeed.
"At least in recent months, they've invested a bit of money. Leverkusen have had their sponsorship money for the next three years advanced to them by Bayer so they can invest in new players while Wolfsburg have a lot of resources.
"Let's just see what happens between now and the transfer deadline."
Bayern may well have done all of their own summer spending with Juan Bernat arriving, and Robert Lewandowski coming on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund. However, it is one of their biggest signings from last summer who Rummenigge is expecting a lot more from this year.
"It's important that Mario (Gotze) really makes an impact here now," he said. "He's been criticised by the media and fans for not really making it yet, but he's got to alter that in his second year.
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.