Bayern Don’t Just Look Unbeatable, They Are
Sports Editor Jonathan Harding discusses why Bayern Munich’s latest record break - the side now hold the longest undefeated run in Bundesliga history (37 games) - is one to take notice of.
Bayern breaking the longest undefeated streak in the Bundesliga is a feat that deserves recognition. It’s 37 league games since that cold, wet night in Munich when Bayer Leverkusen rode their luck to win 2-1 and Bayern haven’t looked back. Hamburg’s record of over 20 years has been broken, but the real question is how long can Bayern keep the streak going?
Hosting local rivals Augsburg this weekend, there was never going to be anything but a Bayern win. They won their last 11 competitive games against FCA and the 3-0 on the day made it a nice round dozen. It showed us exactly what we have seen from Bayern almost every weekend in the league. Possession, patience and penetration - Pep’s three p’s. There have been hitches, adapting to a new system has taken its time, but even with them Bayern have not suffered a defeat. The mere suggestion of it, particularly in the Allianz, is laughed off now. Lose? Ha! Don’t be silly.
This run of 37 games has come under two managers, through a transitional spell of style and amidst abundant success. Is there really any reason to think it’s going to stop any time soon? Critics will point to games such as Hoffenheim last weekend (2-1 win) or Freiburg (1-1) and say that there are cracks in Guardiola’s plan. While I will concede that some of the tactical aspects are still being translated, the club hasn’t suffered because of that. They haven’t been made to pay for any of their almost missable number of mistakes.
With Dortmund stuttering and Leverkusen perhaps not quite ready to win again in Munich, it looks extremely unlikely that Bayern will lose at all this season. Even the trap door of an upset is one Bayern have marked. Their squad depth is one thing, but there consistency is another. There’s a reason this league form is worth more than just the number it will inevitably rise to each week. In Europe they once again look the best all-round team. Consecutive Bundesliga titles beckon and quite frankly, can you really think of a reason why they wouldn’t win back-to-back trebles?