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Bundes Liga

Bayern boss wants more

Although Bayern Munich's 2-0 win at VfB Stuttgart opened an 11-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga on Sunday, director of sport Matthias Sammer still wants the side to raise their game.

After an unimpressive first-half display, Bayern roared back with Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic capitalising on a mistake in the Stuttgart defence for the first goal before setting up Thomas Mueller for the second.

But having watched his team labour to a 2-0 win in Munich the week before against bottom side Greuther Fuerth, Sammer said Bayern must do more.

"We have to get into our rhythm as quickly as possible," said Sammer. "As we were against Greuther Fuerth, we were good, but 'good' just won't cut it for the rest of the season."

While Sammer's comments may seem harsh after two ultimately convincing wins, Bayern have some tough games ahead at Mainz and Wolfsburg, sandwiched between a home game against Schalke 04, before they play Arsenal in the Champions League.

Coach Jupp Heynckes said he was happy with the second-half display after some harsh words during the break.

"We played much better than against Fuerth," said the 67-year-old, who will step down at the end of the season to be replaced by ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.

"In the first half we lacked a bit of wit, perseverance and determination in our final pass."

Having won all eight of their opening league games, Bayern set another Bundesliga record in Stuttgart for having conceded just seven goals in their first 19 matches.

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