The beginning of January looked as if it was going to lead way to a disastrous month for Bayern Munich. Consecutive losses to Borussia Monchengladbach (Bundesliga) and then Holstein Kiel in the DFB-Pokal raised a plethora of question marks, most of which surrounded Bayern’s defensive issues. Since then, it’s been four wins in a row in the Bundesliga for Hansi Flick’s men, beating SC Freiburg, Augsburg, Schalke 04, and TSG Hoffenheim in the process.
In a recent report from Bild, Flick commented on Bayern’s ability to turn their fortunes around so quickly ad how much it does for the overall confidence amongst the squad.
“We have now won four games in a row and scored twelve points, that’s our benchmark. After the two defeats, we said that getting back on track makes great teams. The team has shown that they are that can. That gives self-confidence,” Flick explained.
Flick has made a handful of rotations in the past couple of weeks, but it’s clear that Bayern has got their mojo back as they’ve outscored their past four opponents 11-4 and have collected two clean sheets from those matches.
Bayern’s dominance at the top of the Bundesliga table has also been largely aided by the other teams in the top six dropping vital points over the past three match days. Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, and Bayer Leverkusen have all dropped a handful of points during that span, which has helped Bayern create the seven-point gap over Leipzig at the top.
At this current rate, if Bayern carries on in the same vein, they could potentially clinch the league title by Easter weekend, when they play RB Leipzig at the Red Bull Arena. It also helps Bayern’s case that Dortmund, Monchengladbach, Leipzig, Leverkusen, and Eintracht Frankfurt all play each other during the next couple of match weeks, which will result in dropped points amongst the top six, guaranteed.
February, however, is a crucial month for Bayern. They play a total of six matches across all competitions including the Club World Cup in Qatar and the first leg at Lazio in the Champions League round of 16.