Hamburg - Toni Kroos is arguably in the form of his life, as Bayern Munich's young playmaker once again proved during Saturday's 3-0 win over Hamburger SV on Saturday.
Despite suffering their first defeat of the season last week against Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern saw off Hamburg with minimum fuss to move seven points clear of second-placed Schalke.
Question:Toni Kroos, congratulations on the victory in Hamburg. With a view on the other games, things couldn't have gone any better for Bayern on Matchday 10, could they?
Toni Kroos: It's obviously good for us when we win while our main rivals drop points, but we tend to only look at ourselves and our games. We gained a comprehensive and deserved win in Hamburg.
Question: Yet HSV made you work hard in the early stages...
Kroos: I agree. But we were keen and aggressive from the start, did well in the challenges and created more scoring chances as the game progressed. The goals came naturally.
Question: Is there any way to beat Bayern at the moment?
Kroos: Every game's hard work for us. It's not easy to always display the keenness and have the commitment to do as much running as we did in Hamburg. Effortlessness comes during the course of the game.
Question: Coach Jupp Heynckes left out nine players after victory in the DFB Cup against Bundesliga 2 side 1. FC Kaiserslautern - Bayern's success seems to prove him right.
Kroos: You're right, as long as you win and obviously there would be criticism had we lost, as is always the case. The coach is a role model. He sets a perfect example in the way you should enjoy training and have the will to learn something new and then apply it in the game.
Michael Reis reporting from Hamburg