Munich - There are numerous reasons why FC Bayern Munich are where they are right now, Bundesliga champions for the 22nd time with six games to spare.

Quite frankly, not even the most generous of store cupboards could stockpile such a class-laden pile of ingredients, but here at, we've just about managed to whittle it down to three of them - all fresh on the books in Munich this season.

In the mould of ex-Bayern star Lucio, has arguably provided the foundation for the club's success in a seasn where they have been breaking long-standing Bundesliga records by the bucket load. With Dante on the field, the Bavarians have conceded just eleven times; without him, they leaked two at home to Fortuna Düsseldorf. Coincidence? We think not.

The 29-year-old has come out of 62 percent of challenges as the winning party, whilst displaying unerring precision on the ball, completing a staggering 92 per cent of his attempted passes. The Bundesliga title, possible further domestic and European honours and the makings of a fine international career are just reward for this unmistakable centre-back from Salvador de Bahia.

Bayern raised many an eyebrow when they splurged on then Athletic Bilbao man in August 2012, but it's a move that's paid off already. Rarely has the Reds' midfield been so consistently stable, and the 24-year-old is now one of the first names on coach Jupp Heynckes' delectably talented team sheet.

A member of Spain's European Championship and World Cup-winning squads, perhaps we shouldn't be all that surprised by the manner in which Martinez has seamlessly slotted in alongside midfield mainstay Bastian Schweinsteiger. With the Spaniard on board from the start, Bayern have won 21 and drawn just three this season. He's misplaced only eight percent of his attempted passes, won 61 percent of his tackles, scored two and laid on a further two assists - all in his debut campaign away from his native La Liga.

The fact that has managed to nail down a place in Heynckes' first-choice XI at the expense of a man who's netted 64 goals in 94 Bundesliga outings in Mario Gomez tells you all you really need to know about this Slovonski Brod-born poacher. From textbook headers to instinctive overhead efforts - you name it - 'Super Mario II' has got it.

19 goals in all competitions and 15 in the league - only Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski has posted greater numbers this season, but only a select few get anywhere near the Croat when it comes to aerial tussles - literally. Bayern's Croatian sensation has powered home six of his league goals with his head and, winning 48 percent of his aerial challenges, we can expect plenty more where that came from as Bayern go in search of UEFA Champions League and DFB Cup gold.

Christopher Mayer-Lodge