Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has conceded that his side did not play to their best during their 3-1 victory over Nottingen in the opening round of the DFB-Pokal, but that it was the result, not the performance that mattered most.
Debutant Arturo Vidal, Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski grabbed the goals for Bayern, while Niklas Hecht-Zirpel was on target for the hosts in a match played in sweltering conditions at the Wildparkstadion.
Given the testing conditions and that lower league teams are always a potential banana skin in cup competitions, manager Pep Guardiola said he was happy to emerge from the fixture unscathed.
"This round is always dangerous. I'm very satisfied," said the Spaniard.
"My players had the desire, but it's not easy when the temperature's 36 degrees at four in the afternoon.
"We need energy for the league restart against Hamburg on Friday."
Lahm added that while Bayern did not play to their true ability, getting the job done was the most important thing, with their Bundesliga title defence getting underway in less than a week.
“There’s no question we can play better than that. But what mattered today was that no-one got injured and we’re through to the next round.”
Gotze expressed his delight at getting on the scoresheet after what has been a slightly tumultuous period for the German international in which he has been linked with a move away from the club.
“It was a good test for the Bundesliga restart on Friday. We’re primed for the new season. We’re optimistic and looking forward to it," he asserted.