Darmstadt – FC Bayern München coach Pep Guardiola may have rotated his team substantially for the 3-0 win at SV Darmstadt 98, but the one thing he did not rotate was his side's winning culture.
Although the likes of Thomas Müller and Xabi Alonso were only seen in the second half, there was one constant in the Bayern side which chalked up win number five out of as many Bundesliga fixtures this season, and that was their winning mentality.
New protagonists with the same work ethic, and perhaps more positives to be garnered from a win which gave Guardiola much more than just three points. Kingsley Coman (l.) made his first start following his summer switch from Juventus, and he promptly provided his first goal in Bayern dress.
Not only was the 19-year-old was involved in six attempts on goal, he also won 65 per cent of his attempted challenges against the Lilies. The fifth Frenchman after Jean-Pierre Papin, Bixente Lizarazu, Willy Sagnol and Franck Ribery to score for Bayern was undoubtedly one of these positives.
Martinez's return buoys Guardiola
Arturo Vidal (r.), who scored his first goal in the Bundesliga since 23 April 2011 when he struck for Bayer 04 Leverkusen against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, also underlined the extra dimension he has given to the record German champions since his arrival - also from Juventus.
The biggest plus of them all, however, was the return of Javi Martinez. "He told me that he feels no pain, and that's the best news," said Guardiola of his compatriot, who ended a spell of 13 months on the sidelines to supply another defensive option for the Bavarians.
No guaranteed starters
Sebastian Rode (l.) took his chance to impress, earning more than just a warm hug from Guardiola after scoring against his former club, while Joshua Kimmich also caught the eye. "We, the coaching team, know exactly what he's capable of," quipped Guardiola, who followed his praise with a warning.
It was a warning to those who had warmed the bench on Saturday; those regarded by many as first-team regulars. "It would be a big mistake," said Guardiola, "if they were to think that this means they're guaranteed to start on Tuesday."
Guardiola may shuffle the pack again when his team host VfL Wolfsburg, but like on Saturday the rotation may only be in terms of personnel and not mentality. "Today, I fielded the best team," said the Catalan, convinced by his choices, and who could argue with the result of his meddling?