Can anyone stop Bayern Munich?

Bayern Munich have maintained their 100 percent record to the 2018/19 season which begs the question once again, can anyone stop them? Winning the Bundesliga for the sixth consecutive season, Bayern Munich have played 208, winning 167 and losing just 16 of those, boasting a staggering goal difference of 416.

It’s clear that they’re far superior to their league rivals considering Schalke finished runners-up to them last season, albeit 21 points behind of the Bavarians. They’re staggering numbers and Bayern Munich’s dominance is sucking the fun out of the Bundesliga. Hence why many have called upon a new format for the Bundesliga, highlighted by Deutsche Welle journalist Matt Ford.

Even when Bayern Munich aren’t at their best, whether it’s injuries or players not on form, they’re able to stroll past their opponents as shown on Saturday. A trip to Gelsenkirchen to face Domenico Tedesco’s Schalke proved a walkover without really turning on the pressure. Perhaps it was down to the fact that Schalke are pointless at the bottom of the table while they’ve failed to replicate last season’s form but truthfully, no one has yet to trouble Bayern yet and it’s likely to stay that way.

Manuel Neuer had little to do which was down to Niklas Sule and Mats Hummels ahead of him, the former deputising for Jerome Boateng who seems to have put his differences with Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and president Uli Hoeness behind him, for now at least. Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba contributed in all areas of the pitch which is something you come to expect of the duo, who are up there amongst the greatest full-backs in Europe.

In midfield, Thiago impressed after returning from injury alongside Leon Goretzka – who returned to his former stomping ground – while James Rodriguez enjoyed a good game while he could easily have added to his goal.

Both Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski had average games but still proved a threat to Schalke and while Franck Ribery isn’t getting any younger, he still provides Bayern Munich with pace. A complaint from Bayern fans would be that they’re seemingly lacking in wide areas and so it’s surprising that they didn’t make a move in the summer window, especially given the recent injury to Kinglsey Coman and Serge Gnabry yet to return to full fitness.

That said, it’s no wonder why Bayern Munich are odds on to win the Bundesliga yet again. Four games in, Niko Kovac has guided the Allianz Arena outfit to four league wins with a plus nine goal difference. They’ve got one of the smartest tacticians in the game and with Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke in the bottom half – both of whom were tipped to challenge Bayern – it’s unlikely either will mount a serious challenge while Borussia Dortmund are going through a transitional period.

Hertha BSC currently occupy second, two points behind the leaders but it’s extremely unlikely that Pal Dardai can maintain his early season form and so, it’s going to take a miracle for Bayern Munich not to clinch their seventh consecutive Bundesliga title.

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