With around an hour played in FC Bayern München’s match at home to Bavarian neighbours FC Ingolstadt and the score still tied at 0-0, Pep Guardiola grabbed a pen and paper, scribbled some instructions and handed the note to captain Philipp Lahm.
FC Bayern München 2-0 FC Ingolstadt 04
Goals: 1-0 Lewandowski (65'), 2-0 Lahm (75')
The Bundesliga leaders duly went on to win 2-0, with the 32-year-old captain getting on the scoresheet himself. Speaking after the final whistle, Lahm explained what was in Guardiola’s message, and analysed Ingolstadt’s bold display at the Allianz Arena.
Question: Philipp Lahm, congratulations on being Herbstmeister (mid-term leaders). What significance does that title have for you?
Philipp Lahm: It’s always nice to be top of the table over the Christmas period and into the New Year. It gives you a good feeling. We want to stay right at the top too.
Question: Were you surprised by Ingolstadt’s attacking strategy?
Lahm: We weren’t actually surprised because we were prepared for them to come at us. We just had some difficulties and they played really well. They played in a similar way to the way we do when we’re not in possession. They did it superbly, so deserve a lot of credit for that.