Thomas Muller 'a happy man' after Bayern winner at Monchengladbach
Thomas Muller said he was "a happy man" after scoring only his second Bundesliga goal of the season as Bayern Munich moved 13 points clear at the top with a 1-0 win at Borussia Monchengladbach.
Gladbach keeper Jan Sommer had kept defending champions Bayern at bay until just after the hour mark, when Muller converted a perfect through ball from Thiago on his 250th Bundesliga appearance.
RB Leipzig's 3-0 defeat at Werder Bremen on Saturday saw the surprise challengers fall further behind as Bayern move inexorably towards a 26th Bundesliga title.
"We knew the situation before the game and we really wanted to win," match-winner Muller told Sky Deutschland.
"You could see that from our first-half performance, when we really put them under pressure.
"But it's funny in football -- last week against Frankfurt we played far worse yet still led 2-0 at the break. Today we had a lot more chances, but it was somehow 0-0 at the break.
"That's why we love football, it's so variable."
Commenting on only his second league goal of the campaign, he said: "I don't know if you can call it 'typical Muller' but I got a goal. Of course it's a nice day for me."
Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti said he was disappointed that the breakthrough did not come earlier, though he was overall satisfied with the three points.
"Our first-half performance was really really good but we failed to get a goal in the first 45 minutes," he said. "We continued to press after the break and finally got the goal. I'm very pleased with my team's performance."
Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.