On Tuesday night, Bayern Munich confirmed their spot in the preliminary knock-out stages of the Champions League with a 1-0 victory over Viktoria Plzen in the Czech Republic.
With the win came a tender degree of relief from fans, knowing that their side can now return to domestic duties with a sterner approach than previously held in the past few weeks. The timid victory over Plzen itself offers an unwelcome reminder to the manner in which Bayern have simply slipped into victories over the past few weeks.
Yet this campaign remains perfect for Pep Guardiola and his re-shuffled band of champions, and with Manchester City up next, the Catalonian coach can finally experiment with his back-up world stars and finely tune his assault on yet another European Cup.
Here's what we took from Tuesday's Champions League encounter between Bayern Munich and Viktoria Plzen.