The 2015/16 Bundesliga season is now at the halfway stage, providing the ideal time to take stock of each club's progress so far. Here, bundesliga.com puts FC Bayern München under the microscope.
The story so far
Despite losing the Supercup to VfL Wolfsburg in the official season curtain-raiser, Pep Guardiola's charges have once again enjoyed an astonishing first half to the season. They sit at the Bundesliga summit over the winter break for a record fifth consecutive year, having amassed 46 points already - one more than at the same stage last season.
Furthermore, the Bavarians eased into the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds, where they will face Juventus in February 2016, and have also reached the DFB Cup quarter-finals. Indeed, the only blots on Bayern's copybook so far this term were a 3-1 defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 15, and another spate of injuries, with Arjen Robben, David Alaba, Franck Ribery, Mario Götze and Thiago, among others, all affected.
- Bayern have had more shots on goal this season than any other Bundesliga club (340).
- They have misplaced the fewest percentage of their attempted passes in the division (11.5 per cent).
- Manuel Neuer and the Bayern defence have a conceded a league-low eight Bundesliga goals so far this term.
Among all the standout performers in Guardiola's talented ensemble, Robert Lewandowski's star has shone brightest so far this term. With 15 goals and one assist in the Bundesliga already, he has had a direct hand in over 35 per cent of Bayern's strikes in 2015/16.
In September and October the Polish striker had a sensational scoring streak that reached its zenith on Matchday 6 with a 5-1 thrashing of VfL Wolfsburg. The 26-year-old came off the bench at half-time and scored five times in the space of nine minutes, turning the game on its head and setting a host of new records in the process.
He is well on course to break his personal best tally of 20 Bundesliga goals in a single season, established in 2013/14 when he finished as the league's top scorer.
Track the ups and... ups of Bayern's season so far with our interactive league table. Simply click on the + symbol at the end of each row in the standings for a comprehensive statistical overview.
Sit back and enjoy Bayern's awe-inspiring display against Wolfsburg in the video below.