Pep Guardiola spoke to Bayern Munich's official website to reflect on the Mainz match and look back at the exciting year that was 2014. Of course, as you've noticed from grudnik's recaps of Guardiola's press conferences, Pep is generally good for one good quote every time he speaks.
This time, it's not Pep looking back at 2014 that gives us the quote, but it's his thoughts on 2015.
"Just because we've had a good first half of the season doesn't mean the second will be the same. Every match starts nil-nil. We might lose every game. We can't just sit on our lead."
Bayern lost one match in the Hinrunde, and that came with the club playing away from home and down a man for 70 minutes. They did, however, thoroughly control the match and would've held on for all three points if not for a few uncharacteristic mistakes along the backline.
I'm not sure if Pep was trying to give Borussia Dortmund a pep talk by convincing them that being thirty points (THIRTY POINTS!) behind Bayern heading into the winterpause isn't completely insurmountable.
So, one would think, that Bayern have played a couple of "perfect" matches in some of the 25 competitive times that they've stepped on the field this season. Right?
"We've had two matches that included perfect moments: last season's 3-1 win at Manchester City and the 1-1 draw in Leverkusen. The way we controlled those games is my idea of perfection."
Oh, okay. Well, we've known that Pep's ideal football is controlling as much of a match as possible. It appears that he won't be satisfied until Bayern completely controls a match from the opening whistle until the final whistle.
Pep does have a few wishes for next year.
"Fewer injuries. That we play even better. Health. That my kids do well in school. That's it (laughs)."
Pep and the players will go relax and prepare to return to Munich in a few weeks.