Manuel Neuer says Bayern Munich are lucky to have Pep Guardiola, arguing that the Catalan coach has actually made the Bavarians better this season.
When he arrived at the Allianz Arena last summer, the former Barcelona boss had the unenviable task of trying to improve a side that had just completed a treble.
However, with Bayern took a significant step towards successfully defending their three titles by winning the Bundesliga with a record seven games to spare, one more than they managed last season.
Neuer freel admits that he has been taken aback at just how well Bayern have performed in Guardiola's first season in charge.
"We know he is a great coach," Neuer told Sky. "And, of course, we picked up momentum from the treble win; you clearly have to say that.
"But nobody expected that it would continue so seamlessly. We are happy to have this coach and he develops us."
Meanwhile, Bayern winger Arjen Robben admitted that he is now looking forward to enjoying the benefits of wrapping up the title before the end of March, namely a couple of days off to celebrate their success.
"I don't know what follows now," the Dutch winger mused. "We will see. If Schweini [midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger] plans a party, he usually does that well. There will be a beer shower!"
After concluding their title celebrations, Bayern will have to quickly turn their attentions to the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash with Manchester United next week.