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Pep: Bayern Needs To Be Improved

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola wants to improve the Bavarian giants, who have won five trophies over the past year, to even greater highs in 2014.

Bayern won the German DFB Cup, the German Bundesliga title, the Champions League, The European Super Cup and recently the FIFA Club World Cup, yet the 42-year-old is looking for even more from his team.

Despite all the trophies and a regular ball possession of almost 80 percent, Guardiola still sees room, and necessity, for improvement.

"We want to have even more control, even more of the ball," said the Bayern coach.

"This team needs to be improved. That's the best mentality you can have.”

The former Barcelona manager, who won 14 trophies in three seasons with the Catalan giants, also says he will stay close to his players as long as they follow his guidance.

“I’m a friend to all my players, provided they accept my ideas,” Guardiola added.

In the Bundesliga, Bayern are currently seven points ahead of second-placed Bayer Leverkusen with one game in hand. They are still in the DFB Cup as well as in the Champions League, but immediately need to return to their best with eight games in the first four weeks after the German winter break.

The Champions League winner will be boosted by the return of his vice-captain, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Dutch winger, Arjen Robben.

Both have travelled with the squad to Bayern’s training in Doha, Qatar, and are making excellent progress in their recoveries.

“I hope things improve by the day. It's very important for me personally to have my vice-captain here," added Guardiola on Schweinsteiger.

"I know how important he is for the team, the whole club and for German football. We have three weeks before our first game and I hope that both can play against Moenchengladbach."

Can this Bayern side still be improved and will they defend their Champions League title? Have your say in the comment section below.

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