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'Important step'

Bayern benefit from Lewandowski's streak

It is fun to watch FC Bayern play these days. The men in red won 3-0 away to Darmstadt, 5-1 against Wolfsburg, 3-0 in Mainz, and most recently 5-0 against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League. The traditional Oktoberfest visit on Wednesday is perfectly timed. “We certainly won't get drunk. We've never done that,” insisted Thomas Müller, “but we will enjoy the afternoon with a beer or two.”

The Bavarians have earned it: against Dinamo they won their tenth fixture in a row. Things are going well at the moment! “We're in good form,” commented Pep Guardiola. One man is certainly contributing more than his fair share: Robert Lewandowski seems to succeed in everything he tries at the moment. After an incredible five-goal haul against Wolfsburg and his brace in Mainz, he scored three times (21, 28, 55) on Tuesday evening. The Pole revealed his secret, and it’s simple: “I just want more and more.”

Lewandowski is the top scorer - in the Bundesliga, the Euro 2016 qualifiers, and now in the Champions League too. It’s an extraordinary achievement. “If he goes on like this it's very good for the team. We have to see that we get the ball to him,” said Thomas Müller, who had been awarded a little breather before he came on as a second half sub. Like Xabi Alonso, he had the opportunity to recharge his batteries five days before the Bundesliga showdown against Borussia Dortmund.

First Oktoberfest, then the 'top match'

The match against a Dinamo side who were game but out of their depth was already over as a contest when Müller came on: Douglas Costa (13), Mario Götze (25) and Lewandowski (twice) netted before the break. “It's nice for a change that it's 4-0 at half-time,” Müller commented, hinting at the Bavarians' struggle for first half goals in recent matches. “Today we changed that: the first half was better, the second a little weaker.”

Overall it was a “good performance,” said Guardiola, and the best start to a Champions League campaign in the club's history. 3-0 away to Olympiacos, 5-0 against Dinamo: “It couldn't be better,” declared Müller, “victories in the first two matches are an important step.” FCB, on six points, are leaders of Group F. Guardiola's troops could seal a spot in the last sixteen in their next two games against Arsenal, who have surprisingly failed to earn any points so far.

“We're heading in the right direction,” declared the Catalan coach. But nobody wanted to overstate the significance of thrashing Dinamo, because second-placed Borussia Dortmund are a completely different calibre. “It will be a top match at its finest. The German footballing family is really looking forward to Sunday,” announced Müller. He and his team-mates still have time – to regenerate, to exercise, and to drink a beer or two at the Oktoberfest.