Three quick thoughts from Wolfsburg's 4-1 dismantling of Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga on Friday night.
1. Returning to football
Before kickoff, the Bundesliga remembered Wolfsburg midfielder Junior Malanda, 20, who was killed in a car crash during the winter break. It was a sombre, reflective return to football in Germany after 40 days without it.
Players from both sides lined up around the centre circle and turned to the north stand, where the Wolfsburg fans displayed a Malanda tifo. In...
Pep Guardiola said Bayern Munich "deserved to lose" after suffering their first Bundesliga defeat of the season at Wolfsburg on Friday night.
Bayern's bid for an undefeated season ended in their 18th game and first after the league's month-long break.
"Congratulations to Wolfsburg, they did really well," Guardiola said. "We deserved to lose.
"Wolfsburg were better and scored their goals at just the right time. We need to analyse what's happened and focus on the next game."
It was a forgettable return...
Wolfsburg boosted their hopes of catching Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga by inflicting the defending champions' first league defeat this season in some style on Friday night.
Bas Dost and Kevin De Bruyne grabbed a brace each as Wolfsburg romped to a fully deserved 4-1 win over Pep Guardiola's men, whose consolation was netted by Juan Bernat.
Wolfsburg's spectacular win reduces their arrears on Bayern at the top of the table to eight points as the Bavarians conceded as many on one night...