Bayern Munich’s chief executive officer Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says their new Spanish coach has taken Champions League holder “one or two steps higher.”
Rummenigge has been impressed with Bayern’s transition over Guardiola’s first five months at the helm of the German treble winner. Their recent 7-0 away victory at Werder Bremen has extended their unbeaten record to 40 Bundesliga matches.
"It's no coincidence that he's so successful with Bayern Munich. After we won the treble, everybody felt that things could carry on that way, or that maybe we would drop down one or two steps, but Pep has managed to take us one or two steps higher,” Rummenigge told Sport1.de in Germany.
"The team is even more stable, play with more variety and have reached a greater level than last season.
"We're incredibly happy with him. He's settled in fantastically well."
Bayern, who last lost a domestic game in October 2012, produced their biggest win so far under Pep Guardiola.
"I must say a big thank you to my team, they played very, very well," beamed the Spaniard afterwards.
"It was an honour to coach them today, but I know Bremen can play much better than that."
The victory was just short of the Bundesliga's 57-year-old record of 9-0 for an away win and was Bremen's heaviest home league defeat.
With two goals and two assists French international Franck Ribery has had a fine display and proved that he is on the FIFA Ballon d’Or shortlist for a reason.