Neil Modi lists down the reasons as to why Der FCB have triumphed in the league this season...
Bayern Munich have now managed to win the Bundesliga for a record 23rd time in their history, continuing their remarkable run as the most successful team in the German League. Not only have they won it, they went about winning it in a spectacular fashion and the season end could see a multitude of records tumbling.
As of gameweek 28, they lead the next best challenger, Borussia Dortmund by a whopping 20 points. They have become the first team in Bundesliga history to win the League in less than 30 rounds, with 6 matches still to play. So without much ado, here are 5 reasons why Bayern have reclaimed the Bundesliga again-
Their defense has been absolutely phenomenal this season. In 28 matches so far, they have conceded just 13 goals and are well on course to break their 2007-08 record where they let in 21 in 34 games. The defenders led by captain Philipp Lahm, have worked brilliantly together. Jerome Boateng has formed a good partnership with Brazilian centre-back Dante but an injury towards the end of last year saw him missing out on most of the action in 2013. In his absence, veteran Daniel van Buyten has slotted in well and performed even better. David Alaba has been improving with each game and is equally adept when going forward or tracking back. Javi Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger have provided an extra line of defense by sitting in front of the back four and breaking up the opposition play. And then, there is Manuel Neuer. The imposing keeper has not had much to do but has performed whenever called upon. The shot stopper, who has 17 clean sheets so far, can also break the record for the most clean-sheets in a season, 19, which is currently held by Bayern’s legendary goalkeeper Oliver Kahn.
|DEFEAT TO DORTMUND &CHELSEA
After coming in second behind Dortmund for the domestic title in the past two years, and the heartbreaking Champions League final loss to Chelsea last season in their own backyard, Bayern missed the cutting edge which is so essential in order to win silverware. Mind you, Bayern had not been a poor team by any stretch of the imagination, but they did not have much to show for their efforts. The manner in which they have responded to their doubters this season has been fantastic, and telling of their mental strength and determination. After wrapping up the title, they have set their sights on the European trophy. Having a two goal advantage over Juventus, they have one foot in the semi-finals with a very good chance of finally showing the world their worth by winning the Champions League. They are also in contention for the German DFB-Pokal which could see them end the season with an unprecedented treble and do the squad and German football a lot of good.
Bayern already possessed one of the best squads in the world, and smart summer signings have made them an even more formidable opposition. Dante has been a rock at the back and is arguably their best buy of the summer. Javi Martinez, though arriving for a hefty price tag of €40 million, has established himself in the first team with his strong displays in the middle of the park. Xherdan Shaqiri continues to impress whenever a chance if afforded. Mario Mandzukic brought in from Wolfsburg for €13 million is the top scorer for them with 15 goals. His rich vein of form has kept Mario Gomez on the bench for most of the season.Thomas Muller has indeed been one of the star performers for the Die Roten with 12 goals and 10 assists so far. Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Toni Kroos continue to shine, with the latter flourishing in his more prominent role in the center.The best demonstration of Bayern’s squad depth was last weekend against Hamburger SV, whom Bayern absolutely rolled over with a final scoreline of 9-2. Fringe player and summer signing Claudio Pizarro grabbed 4, while Shaqiri also got on the scoresheet. This has allowed manager Jupp Heynckes to rotate and keep the squad fresh and motivated.
Normally it would seem that a team would find it harder to play away from home, than in front of their own loving fans. However, the Bavarians have seemingly put this notion to bed this season. Good form at home and away from it is the key to a good finish for any team, and Bayern’s form at the Allianz Arena has been magnificent. Unbelievably though, their form on the road has been even better. They have 13 wins from 14 games, and are unbeaten as compared to the form at the Allianz Arena where they have played 14 games, drawn one and lost 2. They have already set the record for the number of away wins for a season. Nearly impeccable form away from home and almost as good at home. No wonder the Bundesliga is heading to the Allianz Arena.
Jupp Heynckes’s third stint as Bayern Munich manager will come to an end this June, when he will be replaced by none other than Pep Guardiola, who will end his sabbatical from the game. Heynckes, the former Mönchengladbach star coached the Bavarians from 1987 to 1991, for two months in 2009 and returned once again in 2011. In his third stint, he just has one trophy to show for -the German Supercup, for all his efforts over the past 3 years where he came painfully close to almost all trophies. Now, his team are playing better than ever, and mentally stronger from the hurt of the previous’ campaigns which has subsequently forged a tenacious team. The squad will surely want Heynckes to leave on a high as they chase the treble.
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