Bayern Munich went 11 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday with a 2-0 win at home to Hertha Berlin, who have now gone 38 years without a win at the German giants.
With second-placed Borussia Dortmund hosting VfB Stuttgart on Sunday, Bayern took the chance to extend their lead with first-half goals by Germany forward Thomas Mueller and France Under-21 winger Kingsley Coman.
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola praised his side for their resiliance with star wingers Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Douglas Costa all currently injured.
“We have a few injuries and only Kingsley Coman to play on the wings,” said Guardiola.
“We did well in the first-half, we wanted more control in the second half and to stop them counter-attacking.
“I know how hard it is for the players to be ready to play every three days.”
Despite their schedule, Bayern show no signs of loosening their iron-grip on the Bundesliga title.
They picked up their 13th win from 14 league games to give them 40 from a possible 42 points and this was the first time in eight home games that Bayern failed to score at least four goals.
With 13 goals in 14 league games, Mueller had already equalled his tally for the whole of last season with less than half the campaign gone.
Guardiola experimented with the starting line-up by pushing Germany centre-back Jerome Boateng into a midfield role, which led to their second goal.
They took the lead at Munich’s Allianz Arena when Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal’s cross found Medhi Benatia, whose shot was heading wide, but Mueller was on hand to head home on 34 minutes.
Bayern doubled their lead on 41 minutes when Boateng lobbed the ball into Javi Martinez, whose pass found Coman and the French winger did the rest to make it 2-0 at the break.
Hertha, who last won in Munich in 1977, are in fifth place after Borussia Moechengladbach leap-frogged them into fourth with a 3-3 draw at Hoffenheim.