Manchester - Wednesday's clash between Manchester City FC and FC Bayern München in the UEFA Champions League had been billed as the clash of Group D's two heavyweights. Instead, however, holders Bayern reminded everyone that they remain one of the favourites for the title after outclassing the Citizens to win 3-1.

It was a masterclass in Champions League football from Pep Guardiola's men as they dominated the game almost from start to finish, with goals from Franck Ribery, Thomas Müller and Arjen Robben sending the hosts packing. After the game, centre back Dante, whose defensive partner Jerome Boateng was dismissed late on, reflected on an almost perfect display, and admitted exclusively to the game had been the surest sign yet that Bayern are slowly adapting to the methods of new coach Guardiola. Dante, did the team just produce a lesson in how to play football?

Dante: If I look at the players that we played against tonight, then I think I’d have to say yes. We gave an unbelievably solid performance and we were switched on right from the first minute. Were you surprised that Manchester City seemed to offer so little?

Dante: We knew that the first fifteen minutes would be really important, as English teams tend to start quickly and put you under pressure. But we deal with it well and were really organised. Is there still a danger that Bayern won’t win the group?

Dante: We knew that Man City would be put biggest competitors, so winning here is a big step towards the last 16. But it will only really mean something if we can win the next two games against [FC Viktoria] Plzen. What was your view of the red card shown to Jerome Boateng?

Dante: Things like that can always happen. Jerome was very disappointed after the final whistle and obviously it’s sad for home to de sent off, but football is like that and now he just has to look forward. What is your overall assessment of Bayern’s performance this evening?

Dante: We’re now starting to play like the coach wants us to play, and I Think everyone can see that. We’re delighted with the result but now we have to start looking ahead to the next game, which is a difficult one away at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

Interview by Michael Reis