Bayern Munich have scored 50 goals in 16 Bundesliga games under Hansi Flick - the best return of any head coach in league history. - © gettyimages
Bayern Munich have scored 50 goals in 16 Bundesliga games under Hansi Flick - the best return of any head coach in league history. - © gettyimages
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Hansi Flick's Bayern Munich scoring for fun

Bayern Munich scored their 49th and 50th Bundesliga goals under head coach Hansi Flick in their 2-0 win over Union Berlin on Matchday 26 to create league history.

Having said "the whole world will be watching the Bundesliga" before his side's game at the Stadion an der Alten Försterei on Sunday, Flick and his Bayern side showed no pressure under the spotlight to return to winning ways in their first competitive fixture since the coronavirus pandemic stopped play in Germany in March.

While the measured performance which ended in a 2-0 win was not headline-grabbing looking deeper at Bayern's performances under Flick since his tenure began back in November makes for jaw-dropping viewing.

In Flick's 16 games in charge in the Bundesliga, Bayern have hit 50 goals at an average of 3.1 goals per game - the best ratio of any head coach in the league's 57-year history.

Inevitably, it was Robert Lewandowski who opened the scoring, slotting home from the penalty spot to reach 26 league goals for the season. The Pole has scored 12 of those 50 goals under Flick and with his goal, became only the second player in the league's history alongside Bayern legend Gerd Müller to reach 26 goals from 26 matches in a single campaign.

Overall, it's now 16 competitive matches unbeaten for Bayern, of which 12 have been in the Bundesliga (11 wins). And despite continuing their impressive streak, Bayern stars want it to be known that they can get even better.

Robert Lewandowski scored his 26th league goal of the season in the win over Union Berlin. - gettyimages

"There's definitely room for improvement," Alphonso Davies told bundesliga.com after the win at Union. "Everything you do, you can improve. We didn't play our best in this game but we'll look back in training and patch some stuff up."

A scary prospect, but an understandable one considering it was Bayern's first competitive fixture since their 2-0 win over Augsburg in the Bundesliga on 8 March.

And while Bayern didn't wipe the floor with Bundesliga debutants Union - far from it, with the home side having 10 attempts on goal to Bayern's 14 - the league leaders showed they can still handle the pressure of being top dogs, even after a two-month lay-off.

Coming into the game, Bayern's four-point lead had been reduced to one by Borussia Dortmund and their Revierderby win over Schalke, while Borussia Mönchengladbach also added pressure by picking up three points at Eintracht Frankfurt.

"We've actually been training since the DFL's first announcement that no more games would be played," Flick said before the game on Sunday. "In the end, I was satisfied with our performance and I think each player knows they can improve a few things, so we'll have to see if we can bring that onto the pitch for our next game against Frankfurt."

Bayern answer, however improvement-worthy, will crucially build confidence ahead of potentially title-deciding weeks ahead, with the league leaders facing Frankfurt next before travelling to face Borussia Dortmund on 26 May.