Bayern Munich has been a powerhouse in German soccer for decades, but even though they are the favorites to win the Bundesliga for the third year in a row and be challenging for the Champions League trophy, you couldn’t help by be amazed by the team’s performance as they destroyed Hamburg SV 8-0 at the Allianz Arena in Munich on Saturday.
Thomas Muller, Mario Gotze and Arjen Robben all scored twice and Robert Lewandowski and Franck Ribery got one a piece. As the final result reveals, Bayern dominated from start to finish and after Muller broke the deadlock after 21 minutes with a penalty kick, there was no question that Bayern would be victorious. Bayern scored twice more before the halftime whistle and then kicked it into high gear in the second half.
The way the Bayern team keeps pushing and pushing despite having a big lead is remarkable, and a testament to head coach Pep Guardiola and how he motivates his players to never let up on the opponent. This killer instinct is ingrained in the club and it makes Bayern one of the elite teams in Europe.
This was the largest win margin in a game for Bayern this season (they previously beat Werder Bremen 6-0 on Matchday 8), and the win also means that after 21 games in the league, Bayern still only have a single defeat. They top the table with 52 points (16 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss), 8 points ahead of second placed Wolfsburg. They have an impressive goal difference of 53 for and only 9 against. And with four of those goals allowed in the loss against Wolfsburg, that means that they’ve only allowed goals in six games.
Combine the extraordinary league play with the impressive performances in the Champions League, where Bayern won Group E with a total of 15 points in six games (5 wins and one loss). That was seven points ahead of star-studded Manchester City and 10 points ahead of AS Roma and CSKA Moscow. Only Real Madrid had more points in the group stages, but they played in a much weaker group than Bayern. The next opponent for Guardiola’s men is Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk in the Round of 16. The first of the two meetings takes place on Tuesday in the Ukraine.
Bayern won the Champions League two seasons ago, and they must be feeling good about their chances to recapture the most sought after trophy in Europe. The biggest threat must be reigning champions Real Madrid and FC Barcelona lead by Lionel Messi.
The team has also reached the Round of 16 in the German Cup, where they will go up against Eintracht Braunschweig in early March. So, if everything works out well, the Bayern fans could be celebrating an amazing triple at the end of the season.