Bayer Leverkusen returned to the top of the Bundesliga yesterday with an impressive 4-2 victory over Mainz which had their coach Jupp Heynckes predicting golden times for his club.
His side responded well to Bayern Munich's 2-0 win over Hoffenheim on Friday night which dislodged them from the top of the table for a night, and they recovered from going a goal behind to dominate their opponents and miss chances to make it an even more convincing victory.
This, according to Heynckes, should have proved that going through the first half of the season unbeaten was not a fluke.
"My team has potential and quality,'' he said. "Anybody who knows a bit about football and saw us in the first half of the season knows that we are going to continue being successful.
"We know for certain that we have a team which will be challenging at the top right to the very end.''
And Heynckes believes his side is still setting the standard in German football after being "bored'' by watching what Bayern had to offer on Friday night.
"The game was boring,'' he told Sky television. "Bayern only just won against a decimated Hoffenheim.''
Leverkusen go to Hoffenheim next Sunday after Bayern once again have the opportunity to overtake them at the top with victory at Werder Bremen on Saturday.
And Heynckes believes that his side is not even firing on all cylinders yet.
"When Renato Augusto, Simon Rolfes, Patrick Helmes and Michal Kadlec all get back into their rhythm, then we will be even better and even more compact,'' he added.