Bayern Munich manager, Pep Guardiola, says his side was lucky to get away with three points at VFB Stuttgart on Wednesday night.
The defending champions struggled in the first half and were deservedly chasing a 1-0 handicap. However, with a change of system and through an astonishing bicycle winner by Thiago Alcantara in the 94th minute, Bayern were able to turn the game in their favour.
Guardiola acknowledged that Stuttgart was a hard nut to crack and says his side were lucky to win the game.
“We played against one of the cleverest teams in Germany,” the Bayern manager said.
“They played very well in the first 30 minutes. They were more aggressive and won all the duels.
“In the second half, with Claudio Pizarro and Mario Mandzukic on the pitch, we started creating more chances.
“Yet, our organization wasn’t good. We let Stuttgart create many chances as well.
“In the end we were lucky with that fantastic goal from Thiago.”
The 2-1 extended Bayern’s unbeaten run in the Bundesliga to 43 games and increased the lead to second-placed Bayer Leverkusen to 13 points. But, despite this massive advantage, Guardiola calls for his players to stay calm, because they haven’t won anything yet.
“It was an incredible win. We are now 13 points ahead and have just started the second half of the season. That’s a lot of points,” Guardiola added.
“We have to stay mentally strong, because it’s not easy for us when everyone, including the media, says that we are going to be champions. The Bundesliga is over.
“Today again, we showed how every game in Germany is a tough one.
“We have to stay calm for the next five to six games in the Bundesliga, and especially for the ones in the Champions League.”
Bayern are next facing Eintrach Frankfurt on Sunday and are three weeks away from battling Arsenal in the Champions League.
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