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Below-par but successful

Sammer praises tenacity, warns of complacency

Claudio Pizarro collected an armful of presents prior to Bayern's meeting with Werder Bremen, including a bouquet, a watch and a photo collage. They were the official farewell gifts for the former Bremen man, who switched to Munich in the summer. But there was nothing else to be had for free on Saturday afternoon, as FCB were forced to fight every inch of the way for their 2-0 victory at the Weser stadium.

“It was tight all the way. Bremen made life difficult for us for a very long time," said Thomas Müller after Bayern’s ninth victory on the bounce in all competitions, equalling the club’s own record from 1984/85. “We can more than live with the start, we can be extremely satisfied," opined captain Philipp Lahm, although Saturday’s display was not Bayern's best by any means: “Overall, that wasn't the way we wanted it to be," the full-back added.