Given the gap at the top of the table, Bayern Munich had clinched the Bundesliga before today. However, a 3-1 win over John Brooks and Hertha Berlin officially gave undefeated Bayern the Championship Plate with seven matches yet to play. There was celebration on the field, but Bayern can go down as one of the best teams ever and claim back-to-back European Championships. They must remain focused and also shoot for an undefeated Bundesliga season.
The team has long ago bought into Pep Guardiola‘s possession game and showed quick passing skills on the way to the victory over Berlin. Each goal was spurred by a sustained attack, although the third was manufactured on a good run from Mario Götze. Thomas Müller was persistent on the right wing and slotted a low cross that Toni Kroos put home for the first goal. Rafinha linked up with Bastian Schweinsteiger, who put in a great lob to Götze for the second goal. Götze then intercepted a ball near midfield and jumped over a tackle by Brooks to find Franck Ribery for a smooth chip for the final tally.
Bayern now has 52 games unbeaten with 19 consecutive wins in the Bundesliga, and 10 of those away from home. All of those are records. The goal differential that Bayern has is larger than the number of goals scored by any other Bundesliga team. They have a chance to also score the most goals in any season. The big goal is being the first team to finish the league season undefeated.
In the Champions League, Bayern are through to the round of eight with the most possession of any team. They are looking to become the first repeat European Champion since A.C. Milan in 1990, and the only repeat winner since the Champions League name change. A win in the Champions League would ensure that this year’s team is better than last years squad, and in many ways, live up to expectations.
Bayern are already German Champions, and now they look at earning every point the rest of the way in the league and winning the Champions League. Is this year’s Bayern squad one of the best ever assembled?