Stuttgart vs. Bayern Munich: 6 Things We Learned

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Stuttgart vs. Bayern Munich: 6 Things We Learned
Michael Probst/Associated Press

Bayern Munich marched on in their Bundesliga dominance tonight with a testing 2-1 win over VfB Stuttgart in a victory that now sees the Bavarian side go 13 points clear of Bayer Leverkusen in second place.

Things didn't go according to plan for Pep Guardiola's side, when Vedad Ibisevic knocked home for the hosts 29 minutes in to the game, following a rare period of domination for Bayern's opponents this season. 

In fact, even the heartiest of Bayern fans would be willing to concede a first half that was undoubtedly the Bavarian side's worst of the entire season. Stuttgart held on to the lead until half-time, with Bayern struggling to offer solutions. 

Then came the second half, and with it the introduction of Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizarro to the toothless attack. Fifteen minutes after the quick double switch from the coach and Pizarro had already knocked home for Bayern's equaliser. Stuttgart were now on the run.

Yet it took a moment of magic from none other than Thiago Alcantara to eventually win the game for Guardiola's side with an outstanding bicycle kick in the last minute of the game. Not only was it an exquisite finish, but also a sign of intent. Bayern wouldn't be threatened by mere pretenders to their title. 

Here's what we learned from Bayern's victory tonight.

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