Bayern Munich became the first team to win their opening nine games of a Bundesliga season on Saturday as a first-half Thomas Mueller strike proved enough for Pep Guardiola’s side to beat Werder Bremen 1-0.
Mueller stole in front of Alejandro Galvez to control a Thiago Alcantara cross at the near post and stab past Felix Wiedwald for the only goal of the game, his ninth of the season, at the Weserstadion as Bayern made more Bundesliga history.
That was despite in-form Robert Lewandowski, having netted 15 times in his previous six games for club and country, for once failing to score.
However, the Pole felt he should have had a penalty in the second half after being taken out by Wiedwald when through on goal, and Mueller’s solitary strike sufficed to condemn Bremen to a club record-equalling fifth consecutive league defeat.
The win, their 999th in the Bundesliga, set Bayern up nicely for their trip to face Arsenal in the Champions League in midweek and saw them once again move seven points clear at the top of the table from nearest challengers Borussia Dortmund, who won 2-0 at Mainz on Friday.
But despite the win Guardiola indicated that he was not happy with the display by the reigning champions.
“It wasn’t easy to find the necessary spaces. Let’s say we won a difficult match,” said Guardiola, who left Brazil winger Douglas Costa on the bench with one eye on Arsenal.
“This time the performance was enough but we will need to do more in the coming weeks.”
Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel returned to face his former club in Mainz and saw Marco Reus put the visitors in front in the first half.
The Germany star then had a second-half penalty saved but Henrikh Mkhitaryan made sure of the three points late on as Borussia bounced back from their 5-1 hiding at the hands of Bayern in their last outing to register a first win in five.