Thomas Muller has explained why it is "never boring" to play for Bayern Munich despite the club's unparalleled dominance of German football.
The Bundesliga champions have won 15 of their 16 matches since Jupp Heynckes replaced Carlo Ancelotti as the club's head coach - form that has lifted them back to first in the standings and booked their passage into the quarter-final stage of the DfB Pokal Cup.
Speaking in the wake of Bayern's 2-1 triumph over rivals and cup holders Borussia Dortmund (h/t FourFourTwo), Muller revealed that he was happy to thrive on the pressure of performing for the German giants despite the media seemingly wanting them to fail.
He remarked: "A little turbulence at Bayern Munich is exactly what the media wants. And winning 15 out of 16 games is something we look at with joy.
"That's why we are happy to play for Bayern, since you get never bored. The pressure is always there and in the past weeks we resisted that very well."
The victory over Die Borussen was Bayern's final game of 2017 ahead of the enforced winter break on the continent, and Heynckes' men sit comfortably 11 points clear of nearest rivals Schalke at the summit of Germany's top flight.
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Muller added that Bayern's stars would reconvene after the festive break and use their scintillating form to head into the second half of the campaign full of confidence as they eye yet another league crown.
The forward said: "We want to take this motivation into the second half of the season. We have a good base and we will continue to attack. It was a nice ending to the year. We won against Dortmund now and already won against [RB] Leipzig as well.
"We look positively into the future and know that the break will help us. We invested a lot in the past month and I think it was visible that we were all happy that the match was finally over."