FC Bayern München may be after the Hinrunde, but captain Philipp Lahm has an ominous warning for their title rivals: Bayern can get even better.
After some minor teething problems adapting to the arrival of new coach Carlo Ancelotti, the Bayern squad fended off the challenge of RB Leipzig to again secure the honorific Herbstmeisterschaft.
Speaking to Bayern's official website, Lahm acknowledged the squad had had some teething problems adapting to Ancelotti's tweaks in their playing style, but that progress is being made.
4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2? "It's good to be able to play in different systems. For part of the Hinrunde, we played with three central midfielders, sometimes with two 6s and a number 10 in front of them, sometimes in a 4-4-2. What works best depends on the opponent and the characteristics of the players who are on the pitch. You have to work on each system in training. If we changed to a three-man defence overnight it would be a problem. We wouldn't be used to it."
On Carlo Ancelotti's arrival… "With each change of coach, you need some time. But after a few weeks, it's not an issue. We were together in the USA [last summer] and got to know each other well. The bigger challenge for us in the summer was that players were little by little getting back into training after the EUROs."