Although the shock 4-1 defeat at VfL Wolfsburg offered hope for those outside of Bavaria that Bayern Munich could be dethroned, the reigning Bundesliga champions have since returned to their ominous best and swept aside their opponents with relative ease. It appears inevitable that Pep Guardiola’s side will secure their third consecutive league title in a row, with six straight victories putting them eleven points clear with just nine games remaining.
Bayern Munich have simply been a joy to watch this season, and while many may cast an envious glance in their direction, they have a squad capable of dominating German football for many years to come. Their quality has also shone through in the Champions League, with Guardiola leading his team into the Quarter Finals with the sort of ruthless streak that could result in them winning their second major European title in three years. The Bundesliga leaders have also reached the same stage of the DFB Pokal to put them within touching distance of a potential treble, and in their current irresistible form, it may be the best time to back Bayern Munich to enjoy success in all three competitions.
Extending their Bundesliga record of league titles to twenty-five would be yet another indication of the level of domination that Bayern Munich have enjoyed throughout their illustrious history. It would also be the fourth time that the Bavarians have won three back-to-back titles, and while Wolfsburg have enjoyed excellent progress under Dieter Hecking, the 2009 champions may be too far away to prevent Bayern Munich from storming towards the 2014/2015 title. Hamburg and Paderborn may be struggling at the wrong end of the table, but the respective 8-0 and 6-0 hammerings that Guardiola’s side delivered were a perfect demonstration to those who may have doubted their quality after defeat at the Volkswagen Arena that they simply have too much quality that the rest of the Bundesliga cannot currently match. Upcoming fixtures against the two Borussia-based teams, Gladbach and Dortmund, may offer a real test of their title credentials, but with Bayern Munich looking unstoppable in recent weeks, it appears unlikely that their march towards the title will be halted.
Some fans may question where the DFB Pokal ranks in Bayern Munich’s list of priorities, but Guardiola has shown during his managerial career that he takes every competition very seriously. The seventeen-time winners may be spurred on by the potential opportunity of breaking yet another domestic record and become the first team to win three consecutive cups in a row. Bayern Munich have beaten Preußen Münster, Hamburg and Eintracht Braunschweig on their way to another quarter-final appearance where they will face a tough test at ever-improving Bayern 04 Leverkusen. Roger Schmidt has finally got Leverkusen firing on all cylinders, with their recent 4-0 victory against struggling VfB Stuttgart illustrating their recent progress under the former RB Salzburg manager.
Being blown away by Real Madrid at the semi-final stage of last season’s Champions League was considered a huge disappointment for Bayern Munich, with the 5-0 aggregate loss sending shockwaves across Europe. It has made the club even hungrier for more Champions League success, and have set about writing the wrongs of last season in imperious style. Despite being drawn in a tough group which included English Premier League champions Manchester City, Serie A runners-up Roma and Russian champions CSKA Moscow, Bayern Munich swept them aside with unerring ease, with the 7-1 rout in Rome a clear indication that Guardiola’s side mean business.
They faced a potentially tricky draw against Ukranian champions Shakhtar Donetsk in the last sixteen, but while Bayern Munich struggled to a 0-0 draw in Ukraine, they made the most of a record third minute red card for Oleg Kucher at the Allianz Arena to secure a resounding 7-0 win. Holger Badstuber, fresh from returning from a long-term injury absence, marked an emotional return with a goal, with no less than six Bayern Munich players getting on the scoresheet as they made a real case for being strong contenders to win the Champions League in Berlin.