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'It's all fallen into place'

Stars hail fun factor in smooth-running team

A cross from the left and a header, then a cross from the right and a header – and Mario Mandzukic had settled the meeting with Wolfsburg with a quickfire double either side of the hour. The Croat is now up to eight goals in all competitions this season, “and obviously I'm really enjoying it," he said, although his celebrations against his former club on Tuesday evening were respectfully muted.

“But every moment with this team is fun," Mario continued – and he is not alone. Arjen Robben, Xherdan Shaqiri, Jerome Boateng and many others all spoke of the fun factor in being a part of a functioning, on-fire team. Bayern have scored 17 league goals so far this season and conceded only two, setting a new record goal difference of +15 after five German top-flight fixtures.