FC Bayern München proved last Friday's goalless draw at Eintracht Frankfurt was merely an aberration after thrashing VfB Stuttgart 4-0 in Germany's southern derby.
Bayern 4-0 Stuttgart
Goals: 1-0 Robben (11’), 2-0 Costa (18’), 3-0 Lewandowski (37’), 4-0 Müller (40')
After dropping points for the first time this season on Matchday 11, Bayern wasted little time in setting the record straight in front of their own fans. Douglas Costa's eye-watering turn of pace paved the way for Arjen Robben's third Bundesliga goal of the season, before the Brazil international got on the scoresheet himself with a fine finish from 18 yards. Stuttgart rallied as Filip Kostic struck the crossbar and Timo Werner blazed over, but another breakaway goal borne on Bayern's right-hand side all but extinguished the visitors' hopes of getting anything from the game. Robert Lewandowski was the grateful recipient of a pin-pint cross from Thomas Müller, who followed up his fine assist with Bayern's fourth after Arturo Vidal had headed against the left-hand upright.
It was a thankless task for Stuttgart, but the visitors did not allow their heads to drop as Daniel Didavi got the better of Manuel Neuer, only for the linesman’s flag to go up for offside. The Bundesliga leaders responded with chances of their own through Robben and Lewandowski, although the first real cheer of the second half was reserved for substitute Holger Badstuber, the injury-hit Bayern defender making his first appearance in exactly 200 days. A rare effort on goal from Stuttgart’s Philip Heise prompted Bayern to put their foot firmly back on the gas and, were it not for some impressive goalkeeping from Stuttgart’s Przemyslaw Tyton, any one of Joshua Kimmich, Lewandowski or Robben might have added to a win that had not been in doubt since the 11th minute.
Man of the match
Extending his personal tally to two goals and seven Bundesliga assists in 12 matches since joining Bayern from FC Shakhtar Donetsk, the formidable Costa once again underlined why he is already many experts' pick for the Player of the Season crown.
What a week it has been for Bayern’s abundance of attacking riches. The 24-time champions ran riot against Arsenal FC in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday and did a similar number on helpless Stuttgart on Bundesliga Matchday 12.
- Bayern have now scored at least four goals in their last six competitive outings at the Allianz Arena.Guardiola has named a different starting line-up for all 12 of Bayern’s Bundesliga matches so far this season.Bayern scored two goals in the opening 20 minutes of a match for the first time this season.Lewandowski is the first player since Manfred Burgsmüller (Borussia Dortmund, 1981/82) to score 14 Bundesliga goals in his first 12 matches of the season.Bayern registered a record 23 shots on goal in the first half.
Bayern: Neuer - Rafinha, Boateng (Benatia 46'), Alaba - Robben, Kimmich, Vidal, Coman - Müller (Badstuber 58'), Costa (Thiago 68') - Lewandowski
Stuttgart: Tyton - Klein, Sunjic (Heise 63'), Baumgartl, Insua - Die (Ristl 84'), Schwaab, Gentner - Didavi - Werner, Kostic (Hlousek 46')