A quick look at the Bundesliga table after the end of round 22 shows that the gap between leaders Bayern Munich and second-place team Bayer Leverkusen has increased to a whopping 19 points. With still 12 games remaining in the season, it looks like Bayern’s utter domination over the teams placed below it could expand to the point of ridicule.
A closer look at the table reveals other interesting facts too. Bayern has yet to lose a game and has only dropped four points all season — yes, a paltry four thanks to draws against Freiburg and Leverkusen in August and October respectively. Pep Guardiola‘s penchant for perfection could not have been more evident.
While the team’s exploits might suggest that complacency could creep in due to a shift in focus to the more important Champions League knockout rounds with the League practically wrapped up, the most recent result against Hannover 96, a 4-0 thrashing, proves otherwise.
Guardiola has been able to keep his players fresh and hungry not only for a mere victory in every match they play, but for a quest for complete mastery over the opposition. The team’s depth in defense might not be the strongest in the continent, but the stats prove otherwise as it has allowed a measly nine League goals so far, good enough for the best record among the five biggest leagues — Premier League, Ligue 1, La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga.
Sports data company Opta has come up with another impressive fact about Bayern. The team’s lead over Leverkusen after this stage is the biggest it has ever been in the history of the Bundesliga!
With 14 consecutive league wins in a row, a victory against Schalke 04 in the game this weekend would allow Bayern to equal Barcelona‘s league record set in 2005 . Bayern’s current momentum might actually shatter this achievement by the time they lose the next time in the League, something that does not look likely to happen soon, and the team is well on its way to completing an unbeaten season in the Bundesliga.