Hat-trick hero Thomas Mueller praises near-perfect Bayern Munich
Germany winger Thomas Mueller says Bayern Munich are playing near-perfect football after the Bavarian giants opened a seven-point lead in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Berlin: Germany winger Thomas Mueller says Bayern Munich are playing near-perfect football after the Bavarian giants opened a seven-point lead in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
With main rivals VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Moenchengladbach playing Sunday, Pep Guardiola`s Bayern claimed their eighth win in 11 league games to pull clear of the chasing pack against Thomas Schaaf`s mid-table Eintracht.
Having been rested for Wednesday`s 2-0 home win over Roma, which confirmed Bayern`s place in the Champions League last 16 as group winners, Mueller put Bayern ahead on 23 minutes, then scored twice in three second-half minutes.
Guardiola`s side are regularly dominating opponents both domestically and in Europe with an average of 70 percent possession in most games.
Mueller said they are hardly putting a foot wrong with Bayern unbeaten in all competitions after 17 matches and having dropped just six league points.
"At the moment, we aren`t playing a single bad ball," said the 25-year-old, who has been called into the Germany squad for Friday`s Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar and the friendly to Spain four days later
"Frankfurt were very aggressive, it was a different game compared to the ones we`re been used to recently.
"They caused us a few problems with our structure, but once we got in behind their first row, there was a lot of space, which we were able to use once or twice."
Bayern`s replacement midfielder Sebastian Rode said Mueller had shown some world-class finishing against his former club.
"Thomas was ice-cool in front of goal. Frankfurt gave us a good contest, they put enormous pressure on us, so that we couldn`t really play that well from the back," said the 24-year-old.
"Their strength gradually decreased towards the end, so the differences became clearer."
Bayern`s Germany defender Jerome Boateng set a new Bundesliga record at Frankfurt to go 50 German league matches unbeaten.
The 26-year-old centre-back eclipsed team-mate Franck Ribery, who had the previous record of 49, and his last league defeat came in Munich`s 2-1 home defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in October 2012.
"Once we get into our stride, we`re difficult to stop," said World Cup winner Boateng.
Guardiola said his side had encountered a few problems against Eintracht, but the flood-gates opened once Bayern found some space.
"It`s always hard to play against a team from Thomas Schaaf," said Guardiola.
"They were very aggressive in defence, we had a few problems with our structure, but the last 20 minutes was a completely different game."
With their place in Europe`s knock-out phase secured with two Champions League games left, Guardiola has said defending champions Bayern will concentrate on strengthening their lead in the coming weeks.
They host fifth-placed Hoffenheim in a fortnight after the international break, before travelling to face strugglers Hertha Berlin in the capital at the end of the month.
The Bavarian giants are amongst the favourites to win this season`s Champions League title and are bidding to win the German league title for the third season running.