Football: Bayern goalie Neuer says Guardiola's tactics allow him to be more involved

Bayern Munich's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer gestures during a training session in Munich, southern Germany, on Oct 22, 2013. Neuer is better suited to new Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola's style of passing the ball out from the back than he was to
Bayern Munich's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer gestures during a training session in Munich, southern Germany, on Oct 22, 2013. Neuer is better suited to new Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola's style of passing the ball out from the back than he was to the tactics of predecessor Jupp Heynckes, said the Germany goalkeeper. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Manuel Neuer is better suited to new Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola's style of passing the ball out from the back than he was to the tactics of predecessor Jupp Heynckes, said the Germany goalkeeper.

Guardiola took over from the treble-winning Heynckes in the close season and ball possession has always been a priority for the Spaniard who won 14 trophies in four years with former club Barcelona.

"Under Guardiola, we are trying to play the ball out in a more controlled way instead of with long balls forward," Neuer told Sport Bild magazine in an interview to be published tomorrow.

"It was often the case last season that we played it safe and looked for (striker Mario Mandzukic) up front with long, high balls. Now, we play the ball out.

"Players are looking for me more now than before and I can take part in launching our plays. For me, it is easier because that way I am more involved in the game," added Neuer.

Bayern have enjoyed a stellar start in Guardiola's first season and are undefeated in all three competitions they have taken part in.

They top the Bundesliga and also lead their Champions League group with three wins from three games.