Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola was left "very proud" of his players after they began their Champions League defence with a 3-0 win over CSKA Moscow at the Allianz Arena.
The Bavarians came under intense criticism from director of sport Matthias Sammer at the weekend, claiming the players were playing without emotion and hiding behind their new coach.
There was little sign of that in a blistering opening as David Alaba smashed in a free-kick after just three minutes as they laid siege to the CSKA goal.
Bayern deservedly doubled their lead just before half-time, Mario Mandzukic heading home an Arjen Robben free-kick, before the Holland winger scored the third after the interval.
"We played well, especially in the first half," Guardiola said.
"I'm very, very pleased, and very proud about this performance. The first match after you've won the Champions League is never easy.
"Everyone thinks it'll be simple, but it's never easy at this level."
The performance also drew praise f...