The 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign is drawing to a close but with seven rounds of matches remaining, all 18 teams still have plenty to play for as they look to get the most out of one of the most exciting seasons in the history of Germany’s top flight.
But how are things shaping up heading into the final stretch and how good are each side's chances of reaching their targets? bundesliga.com puts FC Bayern München under the spotlight.
Story so far
- Bayern have occupied top spot since Matchday 6 and, if recent history is anything to go by, that is unlikely to change with seven games left. No side has ever won the Bundesliga in four consecutive seasons, but the German record titleholders are on course to do just that.
- Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery have been Bayern’s long-standing, dominant duo out wide. In the current campaign, however, two new faces have burst onto the scene in the form of Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman, who have both stepped up to the plate in remarkable fashion in the absence of their oft-injured team-mates.
- Another double act paving the way for Pep Guardiola’s side to make Bundesliga history are Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski. The prolific pair have combined for 44 of Bayern’s 65 goals this season.
- The league leaders’ biggest headache in 2015/16 has been at the heart of their defence. Jerome Boateng, Medhi Benatia and Holger Badstuber have all missed significant portions of the season, but in Joshua Kimmich, Guardiola appears to have unearthed a real gem.
Still to play for
- Winning the title is the only thing that counts for Bayern, but they can ill-afford to become complacent with Borussia Dortmund still hot on their heels and just five points adrift in second. One defeat for Guardiola’s charges could change everything.
- With several years of experience under their belt, Bayern have competed on three fronts without much difficulty this season, having won all eight league games that have followed a UEFA Champions League outing.
- Guardiola took over from Jupp Heynckes’ treble-winning team in 2013 and could still sign off by completing a similar feat this term.
In-form star: Kingsley Coman
- The summer signing from Juventus FC has been in incredible form in recent weeks and was Bayern’s standout performer in the win over SV Werder Bremen. He set up four goal-scoring chances, three of which were converted by team-mates, completing the Frenchman’s first ever hat-trick of assists in the Bundesliga.
- The 19-year-old is an incredibly gifted player with the ball at his feet, knows how to protect the ball in order to open the game up and is not afraid to take on his man. Clocked at a top speed of 35.1 km/h (only Mathew Leckie has reached a higher speed – 35.2 km/h), the combination of his pace and physical skill make him a handful for any defender.