Friday's blowout loss at the hands of Wolfsburg was not what Bayern Munich supporters waited through the extended winter break to endure. Luckily, the club returns to action midweek as the Bundesliga returns with Schalke visiting the Allianz Arena.
VfL Wolfsburg 4 - 1 Bayern Munich
Wolfsburg: Bas Dost (4, 47), Kevin DeBruyne (5, 73)
Bayern Munich: Juan Bernat (55)
Wolfsburg: Maximilian Arnold (43), Luiz Gustavo (90 +1)
Bayern Munich: Xabi Alonso (43), Bastian Schweinsteiger (47)
Lineups and Stats
Benaglio - Vieirinha, Naldo, Knoche, Rodriguez - Caligiuri (Hunt 86), Arnold, De Bruyne, Gustavo, Perisic (Schäfer 81) - Dost (Bendtner (83)
Not used: Grün, Klose, Jung, Seguin
Shots: 13 (Dost 4)
Shots on goal: 6 (De Bruyne 2)
Neuer - Alaba, Dante, Boateng - Bernat, Alonso, Schweinsteiger, Rode (Weiser 51) - Müller (Götze 71), Lewandowski (Pizarro 71), Robben
Not used: Guadino, Badstuber, Benatia, Reina
Shots: 16 (Robben 6)
Shots on goal: 7 (Schweinsteiger 4)
"Wolfsburg were better and scored their goals at just the right time. Congratulations. We need to analyse what's happened and focus on the next game."
"It wasn't our day. We often lost our shape when we attacked and they picked us apart relatively easily on the break. That shouldn't be happening. We need to work out what went wrong and do better in our next match."
"Obviously it's not a good restart for us. We expected a different outcome and went out there looking for it too. It's not a catastrophe, but we know we still have a lot to do. We have to put it behind us and look forward. A midweek game is just what we need right now. It would be bad if we were having to wait eight days for the next match. We have to turn it around from here on in."
"It's simple - we played really badly. It might be good that it's happened to us today because it's a wake-up call. We can't afford another performance like that. We weren't aggressive and gave away possession far too easily. We have to take a good, long look at ourselves. We all know we'll need a vast improvement against Schalke if we're to make amends for this."
Klaus Allofs (Wolfsburg CEO)
"It's a result and a match we basically didn't even dare hope for. We were very smart and our transitions were outstanding. We managed to score our goals at perfect times."
Dieter Hecking (Wolfsburg coach)
"If you're to beat Bayern you need a day like that. The team went out and did everything we'd talked about before kick-off. We wanted to tempt them into coming at us, win possession and quickly transition to attack. It's worked out 100 percent, but we never expected a win like this."
Bas Dost (Wolfsburg forward)
"We waited for our chances and hit them at just the right time. I was a bit lucky with my second goal. We saw it through to the end brilliantly after half-time."