Bayern Munich coach Jurgen Klinsmann sent out a warning to the rest of the Bundesliga after his side demolished Stuttgart 5-1 in the DFB-Pokal on Tuesday night.
Goals from Bastian Schweinsteiger (two), Franck Ribery, Luca Toni and Ze Roberto earned the defending champions an impressive victory at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, but Klinsmann said his team can only get better.
"That was great to watch," he said. "That was a little warning to the competition of what our intentions are.
"We can even increase the tempo a notch and are perfectly prepared for the next four months."
Even general manager Uli Hoeness was taken aback by his team's performance.
"I knew that we were good, but I didn't know we were that good," he enthused. "That was a demonstration of a difference in class. I was happy with everything tonight. It was perfect."
Ribery was even able to miss a penalty which he arrogantly lobbed straight into the hands of Stuttgart goalkeeper Jens Lehmann in the first half as Bayern dominated from start to finish.
Their next stop is Hamburg this Friday night in the opening Bundesliga fixture of 2009.
And according to their former coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, who led them to a league and cup double last season, there is nothing that can stop them.
"In this form and with this self-confidence, it is going to be very tough to play Bayern," he said on Premiere television. "Nobody can beat this Bayern."
All Stuttgart coach Markus Babbel could say afterwards was that he was "happy it was over."
At least 50,000 fans were in total agreement.