Bayern Munich set record after record as they sealed another Bundesliga title.
A sluggish start to the season under former boss Niko Kovac was almost forgotten as Hansi Flick led a charge to glory. Bayern clinched their latest silverware with a 1-0 win at relegation-threatened Werder Bremen on Tuesday, Robert Lewandowski scoring the winner in the first half.
Here is a look at some of the records and personal bests they established in a history-making campaign.
EIGHT IN A ROW
Bayern’s dominance reached a new peak as they extended their streak to eight successive Bundesliga triumphs.
A record 30th title looked in doubt back in the European autumn as they stuttered, but they have sauntered to glory with two games to spare.
Borussia Monchengladbach (1975-77) and Bayern themselves (1972-74, 1985-87, 1999-2001) had previously achieved three in a row, but this era of dominance by one team is unprecedented in Germany.
MULLER, THE ULTIMATE HELPING HAND
Thomas Muller was the World Cup’s Golden Boot winner with Germany in 2010 and has been a regular goal hero for Bayern for over a decade, but there is more about him than an assured finish.
The 30-year-old has become king of the assists in the Bundesliga this term, racking up 20 to match the highest total achieved since data collection began in 1992-93.
Opta statistics showed that Muller drew level with the total set by Kevin De Bruyne for Wolfsburg in the 2014-15 season.
Lewandowski’s goals have provided the fuel behind Bayern’s surge over the second half of the season.
The Poland striker has recorded his best haul of 31 Bundesliga goals and notched 46 across in competitions, a personal high point in his Bayern career.
For a while, he even looked like challenging Gerd Muller’s league record of 40 goals in a single campaign, but that is surely out of reach now.
BAYERN CLICK WITH FLICK
Across all competitions, head coach Flick won a startling 26 of his first 29 games in charge, the best start by any Bayern boss, beating Pep Guardiola’s 22 in 27.
Kovac lost his job after winning five of the opening 10 Bundesliga games this season, with three draws and two defeats.
The required standard is higher than that of Bayern, but Flick’s success to date has surpassed all expectations.
Bayern scored 93 goals in their 32 Bundesliga games, setting a new league best. That teed up a shot at the 34-game complete league record of 101 goals, set by Bayern in 1971-72.
Their haul of 132 goals in 45 games across all competitions is also a record by a German team.
Bayern have scored at least four goals in a game 12 times, a figure last achieved by Stuttgart in the 1996-97 season. Bayern own the record in this respect with the 13 occasions they achieved the feat in 1973-74.
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