Pep Guardiola once again lavished high praise on Philipp Lahm after the Bayern Munich veteran put in a man-of-the-match performance, scoring twice as the defending Bundesliga champion thrashed Werder Bremen 6-0 at the Allianz Arena. Guardiola, who once called Lahm the “most intelligent player” he has ever coached, said after the game: "I'm thrilled for Philipp. I believe he's one of the five best players in the history of Bayern Munich. It's a great honor to be his coach."
Meanwhile, over at Borussia Dortmund, things have gone from rock bottom to worse, as the BVB lost its fifth game in seven Bundesliga games, 2-1 at Cologne. Dortmund, last season’s second-place team, now trails leader Bayern by 13 points in 14th place.
After the game, BVB sporting director Michael Zorc described the current run as “our most difficult time in years,” calling on the club’s leaders to guide the team out of the darkness: "Basically we saw no difference to what has gone before," Zorc told the club’s official Web site. "I get the impression that we are a bit short all over the place. We lack composure up front and at the back we keep making presents of goals. So-called leaders are making huge mistakes. Up front we lack penetration. [It is] our most difficult time in years.”
Added coach Jurgen Klopp: "We need to cut out the mistakes: Not soon, not tomorrow, but now!"