Bayern Munich’s successful is getting boring. And that, as a lot as any statistic or subjective description, is a credit score to the membership’s dominance.
Bayern clinched its sixth consecutive German Bundesliga title on Saturday with a 4-1 victory at Augsburg, and it did so with over a month to spare. It’s not the primary time that’s occurred, nor will or not it’s the final. However it’s nonetheless exceptional.
With the win, the Bavarians went 20 factors factors away from second-place Schalke. At their present tempo, they’ll have gained the six titles by a mean margin of greater than 16 factors. Previous to their present run, no group within the historical past of German soccer had ever gained the highest flight greater than 3 times in a row.
The story of Bayern’s season was inevitability regardless of problem. And fittingly, that was the story of Saturday as effectively. Munich went 1-0 down away from residence to an awfully unlucky Niklas Sule personal aim. It nonetheless trailed after a half-hour.
However Augsburg misplaced Corentin Tolisso within the field on 32 minutes:
Six minutes later, Joshua Kimmich skinned his reverse quantity to arrange James Rodriguez for what turned out to be the winner:
Arjen Robben laced residence a 3rd to seal the deal shortly after the hour mark, and Sandro Wagner piled on three minutes from time. In the long run, Bayern cruised.
It cruised simply because it has for the previous a number of months. After dropping seven factors in its first seven video games, it gained 15 of its subsequent 16 matches below Jupp Heynckes. It has dropped simply eight factors since Oct. 1. The early wobbles gave method to customary excellence, and have change into an afterthought.
The concern for everyone exterior of Munich is that there is no such thing as a finish in sight. Bayern’s monetary superiority is, in some ways, prohibitive to a authentic title problem from elsewhere. Its assets far outstrip its rivals’ in nearly each approach.
However there may be one other facet to Bayern’s success. The membership’s longstanding and now nearly ingrained benefits don’t diminish it. A sixth straight home title, with a second treble in six years nonetheless in play, is cause to have fun. And that’s what Bayern will do on Saturday, even when ever so briefly, earlier than turning its consideration towards harder duties.
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