Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso believes his side could do better after their 2-0 home victory against Stuttgart on Saturday.
They now look on winning ways ahead of their Champions’ League clash with reigning English Premier League champions Manchester City on Wednesday.
Coach Pep Guardiola had predicted that it would take a while for his team to settle, with many of their players played in the World Cup this summer in Brazil, with 6 of them helping Germany win it.
“We’re always happy when we win,” said Guardiola, as he glossed over the rustiness of his side.
Bayern’s new signing Alonso, was more open about the team’s performance.
“It was a lot of effort,” he said.
“Of course we controlled the game, but until we got the first goal, there were a few minutes which were not so good.”
“We had to work hard in the second half because we knew Stuttgart only needed a goal, but we settled after the 2-0.”
“We still need time. We’re getting better, but the main thing is we got the three points.”
Bayern also welcomed back Frank Ribery who returned from injury, which ruled him out of the World Cup, and went on to score their second goal of the game.
“It was important for me personally to be back with the team,” Ribery said.
“I’m delighted I was able to play, and get a goal too. It was important for the team to get these three points.”
The win over Stuttgart at the Allianz Arena lifted Bayern to a shared top spot in the German Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen on seven points, one point ahead of rivals Borussia Dortmund.