Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has said that it is "unbelievable" that VfB Stuttgart don't have more points this season after their spirited display against the reigning Bundesliga champions on Saturday.
Thomas Müller scored the only goal of the game at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, however, former Stuttgart goalkeeper Sven Ulreich walked away as the hero after ensuring all three points returned to Bavaria with a last-minute penalty save.
"The match had everything: it was highly interesting, intense and dramatic," Heynckes told the club website after their final Bundesliga game of 2017.
"It's unbelievable VfB don't have more points. Our players must recover and clear their heads, then I'm confident we can step up our game against Borussia Dortmund."
Stuttgart's spirited performance arguably left them deserving of a point. However, just like with results in recent weeks, their impressive displays on the pitch aren't showing in their points tally in the Bundesliga table.
"The match reflected our last few weeks. We always come close but we haven't taken many points," Hannes Wolf, Stuttgart's promising young manager, said.
"I don't blame Chadrac Akolo [for missing the penalty]. It just happens sometimes if you accept responsibility. We've had a fantastic year, now we're in a difficult situation before the second half of the season. But we'll accept the challenge from 13 January."