Claudio Pizarro hails "great" manager Pep Guardiola

Bayern Munich's Spanish head coach Pep Guardiola gestures during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Monchengladbach vs FC Bayern Munich in the German city of Moenchengladbach on January 24, 2014
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Claudio Pizarro hails his Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola as being a 'focused and unique' manager.

Bayern Munich striker Claudio Pizarro has hailed Pep Guardiola as being a 'focused and unique' manager.

The former Barcelona coach, who replaced Jupp Heynckes at the helm in the summer, has led the Bavarian club to the quarter-finals of the Champions League and semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal.

Munich also remain unbeaten in the Bundesliga under the 43-year-old, which Pizarro believes highlights his manager's greatness.

"I obviously knew about the titles he won at Barcelona and I heard a lot about him before he arrived. We knew we were getting a great coach," the former Chelsea player is quoted as saying by Goal.com.

"Now we've been working with him for nearly a year and we can see why he's so great. His philosophy of football, his system, the way he analyses opponents and the way he prepares us for games. The focused way he works is unique."

Bayern are in league action on Saturday when they face Mainz 05.

Bayern Munich's Claudio Pizarro celebrates after scoring his team's first goal against Stuttgart during their Bundesliga match on January 29, 2014
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Borussia DortmundDortmund11003033
2Bayern Munich11003123
3Hertha Berlin11002023
4Schalke 04Schalke11002023
5Hannover11001013
6Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach11001013
7Hamburger SV11001013
8Hoffenheim11001013
9Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt10100001
10Freiburg10100001
11Augsburg100101-10
12FC Koln100101-10
13Mainz 05100101-10
14Werder Bremen100101-10
15Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen100113-20
16RB Leipzig100102-20
17Stuttgart100102-20
18Wolfsburg100103-30