It may only be a nominal title, but the Herbstmeisterschaft (autumn championship) is always well received at FC Bayern München.
"It’s a nice feeling," admitted Bayern captain Philipp Lahm after getting his name on the scoresheet in the 2-0 win over FC Ingolstadt 04 on Saturday. "It’s always nice to go in over Christmas and start the new year as league leaders."
A long way still to go
Will and resolve
So far, so good
With only a slender lead over second-placed Borussia Dortmund, Guardiola does not need reminding that any further slip-ups such as last weekend’s 3-1 defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach or the Matchday 11 goalless draw with Eintracht Frankfurt are unlikely to go unpunished. Bayern have been usurped in the new year by BVB before (2011/12) and it could quite easily happen again.
For now, though, Bayern - with one game still to go before the winter break - can begin to look back on yet another Hinrunde of superlatives with immense pride. A record fifth autumn championship is the very least they deserve and surely only a sign of things to come in 2016.
Maximilian Lotz/ Christopher Mayer-Lodge