Is it getting repetitive, or is it just simply awe-inspiring?
Whatever your take on it, Bayern Munich are an unstoppable force that cannot be tamed over in Germany. Relentless, unwavering and destructive, they’ve just claimed their eighth consecutive Bundesliga title. Eighth.
Never before done, and probably never to be done ever again. Except, of course, until Bayern win the league again next year.
But which of their eight title successes should be heralded as their best?
Whatever the outcome, each one is superb in its own right, but this is a more fun take on their glory. Let’s get ranking.
Winning their seventh consecutive title was an almighty feat for Bayern, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s their least impressive.
It did make for one of the most exciting Bundesliga title races we’ve seen for some time, though, as Borussia Dortmund ran Die Roten right down to the wire. Seeing the title decided on the final day made for great viewing, but Bayern had let Dortmund in with some damaging results during the season.
Four losses and six draws went hand-in-hand with 32 goals conceded, which was the most they’d let in during a single campaign since the 2010/11 season.
Bayern conceded just 18 goals this season. Incredible indeed.
Why is this title success seventh in the list though? Well…they’ve done better, that’s all.
It sounds mad, especially considering that the club played some superb football under the guidance of Pep Guardiola, but in the end, their five defeats and four draws weren’t the best (by their extraordinarily high standards).
Also worth noting is the quality of the opposition that season. Wolfsburg came closest – finishing ten points behind – but there were some average performances from a large number of teams that year, making Bayern’s task that little bit simpler.
An exceptionally solid season for Bayern saw them win the league by a staggering 21 points. That’s quite a lot.
But while we need to herald the club’s dominance, it once again begs the question of how poor were the rest of the sides in the division? The answer: rather.
Schalke 04 came closest to the champions’ 84 points, with the three behind them all finishing on 55. Not the most invigorating season we’ve seen.
Two matches. That’s all Bayern lost during the 2016/17 season.
Seven draws, yes, but that’s still an almighty achievement after they’d wiped the floor with almost everybody that season.
There was some resemblance of a challenge from RB Leipzig and Dortmund that season, but that petered out soon enough and the final result was inevitable (when isn’t it?).
Robert Lewandowski was on fire once more with 26 league goals, Arjen Robben being the only other to hit double figures.
This could be considered Bayern’s best triumph purely based on their remarkable defensive record this season. Conceding just 17 goals along the way to an 88-point haul was testament to the fine work Guardiola had done since taking the reins.
Dortmund were having an impressive campaign too, scoring a league-high 82 goals and losing just four matches, but there was no stopping the dynamic duo of Thomas Muller and Lewandowski.
Combined the pair grabbed 50 Bundesliga goals in Guardiola’s fluid, possession-based side, and they were a joy to watch throughout.
Lewandowski in the form of his life, and an 18-match unbeaten run – with just one draw – means the current campaign ranks highly among the club’s recent successes.
It’s even more impressive when you consider the poor start to the season they had. Just seven wins in their first 14 matches under Niko Kovac blew the title race wide open, but Bayern settled from thereon in and were absolutely outstanding.
Hans-Dieter Flick took charge and transformed Die Roten, who are now widely considered to be the best side in Europe. You really can’t argue against that.
With two matches left to play this season, Bayern could even end up with a 20-match unbeaten run in the league. Woof.
Instilling Guardiola in the hotseat was a real coup for Bayern, but even by the Spaniard’s high standards, the 2013/14 season was borderline immaculate.
The signing of Thiago was a great move, but each member of the squad played their part in a magnificent campaign.
Y’know the current 18-game unbeaten run? Yeah, that’s nothing in comparison to the 28-game streak Bayern went under from the start of the season, with their only two defeats of the term coming in back-to-back losses to Augsburg and Dortmund.
Six players hit double figures for the club that season, which is why it’s little wonder they scored a colossal 94 goals. Guardiola made his mark immediately on the club, but it wasn’t quite as good as another season…
There are precious few words to describe just how outstanding Bayern were during the 2012/13 campaign, losing just once all season and finishing just three goals shy of the record scored by any side in a single Bundesliga campaign.
Jupp Heynckes made wholesale changes to the squad in a bid to wrestle back German superiority from Dortmund, who had lifted the trophy the season before.
They did just that, and so much more. Heynckes side were the best in the world that term. They claimed all three domestic titles in Germany, as well as the Champions League, in one of – if not the – greatest seasons in the club’s long, rich history.
Goals were spread throughout the team (all 98 of them), and the immovable Jérôme Boateng played his part in conceding just 18 times all season.
The first of their eight, but the best of their eight.
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