Perhaps the only question raised after the Bavarians strolled to a quadruple last season was whether that historic achievement could ever be repeated. Given the seamless transition from Jupp Heynckes to Pep Guardiola, the Bavarians are on course to do just that at the very first time of asking, and maybe even better it. bundesliga.com assesses their campaign up until now...
Defeat in the prior to the season seemed to suggest Bayern were mortal after all. As the season has progressed, however, that is starting to look increasingly doubtful. Bayern have not been travelling at the same astonishing pace set in 2012/13. No, they've been going even faster. They have three points more than at the same stage of last season, and the march to a second straight title is already turning into a procession, and have made expected progress in both cup competitions.
Philipp Lahm is already widely recognised as the best full-back on the planet. This season, though, he has added another string to his bow by adapting to a central midfield position, and more than just holding his own, he has in fact excelled in front of the back four, perhaps just as much as he did in his 'customary' position. The Germany captain has been the glue that holds the table toppers together, begging only the question what is actually Lahm's best position?
There are mountains and mountains of astonishing statistics to accompany Bayern's unrivalled form, but one that really sticks out is the fact that no club have managed to beat them in 41 Bundesliga matches. Going an entire full season, and then some, without losing a game is unprecedented and serves to underline how this Bayern side really are in a league of their own.
"It’s nice to be writing German football history," said captain Lahm after his side's 2-1 win at 1899 Hoffenheim broke Hamburger SV's record of consecutive games unbeaten. Slow down, though…: "I can't just stand here and celebrate being Bundesliga champions again already," said after beating Borussia Dortmund to open up a sizeable gap at the top of the table on Matchday 15.
All eyes were already on Mario Götze when his move to Bayern was announced in April, yet a succession of injuries meant his career with the record German champions has yet to really take off. The year 2014 promises to be different, however, as the outrageously gifted German midfielder gets the chance to go one better than he did last season when his campaign ended due to injury in the UEFA Champions League semi-final with previous club Dortmund.