France’s Franck Ribery produced a commanding display as Bayern Munich extended their record unbeaten Bundesliga run to 40 matches with a 7-0 away romp at Werder Bremen.
Ribery, who is in the running for the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or to be announced on 13 January, created two goals and scored twice in the rout.
“We are all happy, but we must continue to play like that”, Ribery said as the European champions warmed up for Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League match at home to Manchester City.
“This team has a great mentality, it makes it fun to play.”
Bayern, who last lost in the Bundesliga in October 2012, produced their biggest win so far under Pep Guardiola, cutting Bremen’s defence to tatters.
“I must say a big thank you to my team, they played very, very well,” beamed Guardiola.
“It was an honour to coach them today, but I know Bremen can play much better than that.”
The victory was just short of the Bundesliga’s 57-year-old record of 9-0 for an away win and was Werder’s heaviest home league defeat.
Bremen coach Robin Dutt kept the team on the pitch for a stern lecture as they dropped to 14th after just two wins in their last ten games.
Ribery, who started his first Bundesliga match for nearly a month after a rib injury, helped give Bayern the lead when his cross was turned into the net for an own goal by Werder’s Congo defender Assani Lukimya on 21 minutes.
Towering Belgian centre-back Daniel van Buyten added a second from a corner six minutes later before Ribery added their third on 38 minutes when he tapped home Thomas Muller’s cross.
Ribery provided the cross for Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic on the hour mark to fire into an empty net for the fourth and six minutes later Muller fired home for Bayern’s fifth with 68 minutes gone.
Ribery capped an eye-catching display when he converted left-back David Alaba’s cross on 82 minutes before Mario Gotze powered past tired defenders to hit Munich’s seventh with 90 minutes gone.
Meanwhile, second-placed Bayer Leverkusen stayed four points behind Bayern with a hard-fought 1-0 win at third-placed Borussia Dortmund, who now find themselves six points behind Leverusen and ten points behind Munich.