Rekordmeisters have their eyes on even more

Dennis Grombkowski

Even though the 50th edition of the Bundesliga has been decided for Bayern, the team still has plenty left to accomplish, both in European play and domestically.

Going into this, just matchday 28 of the fiftieth Bundesliga season, Bayern had a 20-point lead over defending champions Dortmund and anything but a BVB win paired with a Bayern loss guaranteed a champion of German football in the first week of April.

Through a world-class Bastian Schweinsteiger goal and a few crucial Manuel Neuer saves in the second half, the gap at the top of the table would remain 20 points and make it impossible for Dortmund to catch the Bavarians with just six matches left.

The quickest ever Herbstmeister is now, once again, the quickest ever Deutscher Meister. This season's championship is one that had little trouble besting the feat accomplished by the 1972/73 and 2002/03 Bayern squads, who both clinched after their 30th match. Seems that the years ending in "3" work out well for the Bavarians, huh?

Dortmund put its name in the record books last year by winning 25 matches, ironically also tying an existing Bayern record set by the legendary 1972/73 squad, one that many still consider to be the best in the club's history. With today's victory, Bayern have moved to within one win out of six remaining matches to tie the record, and two are needed to break it.

Also easily attainable is the record for best goal difference at the end of a season, a title that the 72/73 squad also holds. As it stands, if Bayern score as many as they concede through the final match, that record is theirs as well with their current difference of 66, which is two better than the current record.

Seven points out of their final six matches will land them possibly the most respected single-season team record in the German game, by having the most points ever in a season. This is yet another record held by the Bayern of forty years ago.

What is more impressive than these numbers, in many ways at least is this team's hunger for more.

There were times throughout the season when they could have let up given the distance between FCB and their nearest threat on the table, but the team focused on never relenting the suffocating pressure that they have become known for in more recent times.

There wasn't even the traditional beer in the title celebration with the focus of the organization placed firmly on next week's second leg match against Juventus in Italy.

Though the league has effectively been wrapped up for a few months, Bayern can now really use their remaining six Bundesliga fixtures to the best of their advantage in planning for the later stages of the Champions League and DFB Pokal, assuming they can get past Juventus on Wednesday.

Before the season, the team and organization declared that the Bundesliga was their number one priority after two years of yellow and black domination and a bitter cup defeat or two. Now, with the burden of league play off of their backs, Europe better take notice- This Bayern team will be ready and rested for whoever they are put up against.

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