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Crucial week opens with ‘right reaction’

An awesome Bundesliga record so far, with 34 of a possible 39 points and 38 goals scored to just five conceded, means Bayern now lead the standings by nine points from the new second-placed team, champions Borussia Dortmund. The gap increased by a point on Saturday thanks to FCB's 5-0 home win over Hannover, a crushing result which by no means flattered Jupp Heynckes’ vastly superior side.

“It was important that the team showed a reaction," said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge after the one-sided encounter in front of a 71,000 capacity crowd at the Allianz Arena. Munich had drawn their previous two games, “but the team showed they were utterly determined to win, and ruthlessly went about their business from the first minute onwards," the chairman continued. His summary after an 11th victory in 13 league fixtures: “The team did well today."