Pep Guardiola admitted he was 'honoured' to coach Bayern Munich as they extended their record unbeaten Bundesliga run to 40 matches, while Borussia Dortmund's injury woes worsened.
Bayern ran riot in a 7-0 romp at Werder Bremen on Saturday with France winger Franck Ribery creating two goals and scoring twice to boost his claim for the 2013 world footballer of the year award to be announced on January 13.
"It was an honour to coach them today, but I know Bremen can play much better than that," said Guardiola as his team posted their biggest win since he took charge in June.
"I must say a big thank you to my team, they played very, very well."
Having won 14 trophies in four years as Barcelona coach, Guardiola can win his second piece of silverware with Bayern later this month in the Club World Cup in Morocco having won the UEFA Super Cup in August.
Bayern have already reached the knock-out stages, but warmed up for Tuesday's Champions League match at home to Manchester City, when they hope to extend their record European winning streak to 11 victories.
"This team has a great mentality, it makes it fun to play," said Ribery, making his first start for a month after a rib injury.
"But we must keep playing at this level."
Bayern, who last lost in the German league in October 2012, cut Bremen's defence to tatters.