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Bayern ready to launch into second half of the season

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The current German and European champions are positioning themselves to launch another assault on the Bundesliga and Champions League.

Much has been made of Hansi Flick’s Bayern Munich side recently, most notably when the German champions went through their rough patch where they had a stretch of draws and only one win in four games.

A draw with Atletico Madrid followed up by a 3-3 draw with RB Leipzig was then met with a reasonably comfortable 2-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League before again dropping points to Union Berlin in a 1-1 stalemate. Many were saying Flick was too attacking, often adopting a 4-1-5 system and that left them vulnerable at the back.

Sitting top of the Bundesliga

The mood around the club changed with back to back wins over previously unbeaten sides in Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen with Bayern going top of the league in the process.

Currently sitting top, Bayern has won nine of their 13 matches this season and only losing one, a 4-1 loss to Hoffenheim. They have scored 39 goals, 11 clear of the next best (Leverkusen 28), and have now won three of their last five matches as they finally seem to be getting on a roll.

Looking at the stats for Munich and it is no surprise to see Robert Lewandowski topping the goal scoring charts. The Polish international has been on fire so far this season, scoring 17 goals from just 12 appearances with a last-minute winner against Leverkusen last time out to send Bayern top.

Both Thomas Muller and Kingsley Coman have been Bayern’s creative force, amassing seven assists each, and the returning Joshua Kimmich who already has five assists from his seven games. It is easy to see why Munich has scored so many goals already with the abundance of creative players and they have the best striker in world football in Lewandowski too.

Cruising in Europe

Europe has been relatively simple yet again for Bayern. In a group that has Atletico Madrid, Lokomotiv Moscow, and RB Salzburg, they have not missed a beat. Winning five of their six group matches with a 4-0 thumping of Atletico the highlight as they cruised into the knockout stages seven points clear of Madrid in second.

The Highlight

It is hard to go past the opening day 8-0 thrashing of Schalke 04. A hattrick from Serge Gnabry and goals from Robert Lewandowski, Leon Goretzka, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane, and Jamal Musiala saw the reigning champions get off to an incredible start.

So while Bayern has not been at their attacking and dominating best at times so far this season, they are still top of both the Bundesliga and their Champions League group so one can only imagine once they do hit their straps.

It is tight at the top of the league with Bayern only two points ahead of both Bayer Leverkusen (28) and RB Leipzig (28) and only six clear of Wolfsburg (24) in fourth, not to mention Borussia Dortmund who currently occupies fifth on 22 points.

The first half of the season has been up and down for Bayern however they have slowly pulled themselves together to sit proudly on top of the pile heading into the second half of the season.

They are going to have to continue their winning ways to keep the chasing pack at bay, but you would not bet against them from adding Bundesliga title number 31 to their trophy cabinet.

The second half of the season awaits.

Adam Schultz
Sports writer. Cover Arsenal and Bayern Munich, lucky to be able to do what I love as a career.