Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes says his side were made to work hard for their 2-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
The Bundesliga giants have been in rampant form of late and thrashed Lille 6-1 in the Champions League in midweek.
But Heynckes, 67, warned fans to expect some gritty wins to go with the thrashings his side regularly dish out.
”It was a hard-fought victory against a very good team,” he told the club’s website.
“We didn’t look determined enough, particularly in the first half, and Frankfurt played good football and were full of running.
“It’s hard to re-focus after the Champions League. You can’t always score six goals and play superb football, but we showed that we’re capable of the right reaction in a difficult situation.
“In that sense, the team were excellent. We made the most of our experience and intelligence.”
Franck Ribery and David Alaba were on the scoresheet for Bayern, who ensured they would remain seven points clear atop the Bundesliga.
Ribery said his side’s sluggish performance could have been down to fatigue.
“Playing three days doesn’t make things easy, and that was the case today,” he said.
“Frankfurt were fresher, but we had lots of chances and should have taken the lead earlier.
“Winning today was important because we’re on international duty now.”