Matthijs de Ligt and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting were on target as Bayern Munich defeated lowly Stuttgart 2-1 on Saturday.
Bayern Munich beat relegation-threatened Stuttgart 2-1 on Saturday to reclaim Bundesliga top spot from Borussia Dortmund on goal difference.
In-form Dortmund beat RB Leipzig 2-1 on Friday to go top, but Bayern responded well at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, making it four wins in five league games.
Matthijs de Ligt’s 25-yard drive shortly after clearing an effort off the line gave Bayern the lead six minutes before half-time, with the game level up until then.
The visitors added a second through Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in the 62nd minute to see out victory despite Juan Jose Perea pulling off a late Stuttgart goal. It comes as a timely confidence boost ahead of the Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.
Fabian Bredlow produced a superb save to keep out Leon Goretzka’s early header, but Bayern did not look entirely comfortable against Stuttgart’s high pressure and were giving away chances.
Goalkeeper Yann Sommer was equal to Silas Katompa Mvumpa’s near post effort and De Ligt was well placed to save Konstantinos Mavropanos’ header off the line.
Two minutes later, De Ligt was involved at the other end when his low shot caught out Breedlow, who reacted late and failed to keep hold of the ball despite getting a hand to it.
Kingsley Coman fired straight at Bredlow early in the second half, but Choupo-Moting grabbed Bayern’s second goal after Thomas Muller had played it in.
Head coach Julian Nagelsmann introduced substitutes Sadio Mane, Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry for the visitors, but it was Stuttgart who scored another goal in the 88th minute with Pere’s angled header before team-mate Tanguy Coulibaly headed inches wide. for Bayern.