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Rummenigge: We've earned respect in Europe

Over and over again, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge warned the stars to beware the month of November. But we're now into December, and the chairman can look back on a successful preceding month, as the club went through November 2012 undefeated, and now lead the Bundesliga by eight points from Leverkusen. Wednesday’s 4-1 victory over BATE Borisov also means Munich have hit their target of finishing first in Champions League Group F.

“At the end of the day, we've comfortably navigated the group," the club chairman reflected. In an extensive interview, Rummenigge also discussed forthcoming opponents Augsburg, the draw for the Champions League first knockout round, Jerome Boateng's sending-off, and potential transfers.

Interview: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern have won their Champions League group for the third year in a row. What do you make of that?
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: It shows how consistently strong we've become in Europe. We've cemented second position behind Barcelona in the UEFA club ranking, because third-placed Manchester United lost on Wednesday. I'm extremely satisfied, because it's the most honest ranking.