German champions Bayern Munich demolished VfB Stuttgart 4-0 on Saturday in a game that saw them score all the goals coming in the first half as they increased their lead to eight points and stayed on course for a record fourth consecutive title in the Bundesliga.
Coming from a 0-0 draw last week at Eintracht Frankfurt after a league record 10 successive wins since the start of the season, Arjen Robben and Douglas Costa put them 2-0 ahead after 17 minutes.
The in-form Thomas Mueller and Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski added two more before the break to take their tally to 11 and 14 goals respectively as Pep’s side picked up where they had left off in midweek when they crushed Arsenal 5-1 in the Champions League.
Free scoring Bayern who stepped off the gas after the break, have now scored four or more goals in their last six home games in all competitions to move up to 34 points, which puts them eight ahead of second-placed Borussia Dortmund, who face Schalke 04 on Sunday.
The Stuttgart defence found Brazilian Costa too fast to handle down the wings as he sent through balls to Bayern's lethal attacking trio of Mueller, Lewandowski and Robben to give them a league record 23 shots on goal in the first half.
In other games, third-placed VfL Wolfsburg lost grips in their pursuit of Bayern, losing 2-0 at Mainz 05 to drop 13 points behind the leaders. The Wolves were down to 10 men after 13 minutes when Julian Draxler was dismissed for a flying studs-up challenge.
Borussia Moenchengladbach's six-game winning run in the Bundesliga under coach Andre Schubert ended when they drew 0-0 against promoted visitors Ingolstadt. They had captain Granit Xhaka sent off in the 86th minute, and are sixth on 19 points.
Fellow Champions League club Bayer Leverkusen lost 2-1 at home to Cologne and had defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos sent off with Slovenia international Dominic Maroh scoring both goals for the visitors.
Bundesliga Saturday Results;
Mainz 05- 2 - 0VFL Wolfsburg
Borussia Moenchengladbach 0 - 0 Ingolstadt
Bayer Leverkusen 1 - 2 FC Cologne