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Feb 18, 2014

Keys to Bayern’s dominance

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Bayern Munich, which won the treble last season, is riding a 46-match unbeaten streak in the Bundesliga.

It is becoming difficult to argue with how dominant Bayern Munich has become over the last two seasons. The club is enjoying a 46-match unbeaten streak in Bundesliga play, which is particularly impressive considering there have been two different managers at the helm. Former manager Jupp Heynckes was instrumental in Bayern’s march to the treble in 2012-13, while current manager and former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has led the club to an unbeaten record and a 16-point advantage in the 2013-14 Bundesliga season. This impressive run is a scary sight for European opponents, and the fact that the latest Soccer Power Index gives Bayern an 81 percent chance of advancing over Premier League contender Arsenal in the Champions League round of 16 speaks volumes about how dominant the Bavarian club has become.

Guardiola has brought his own style to Bayern, and infusing that with the talent he inherited has this team on pace for another treble-winning season. The club’s 2.7 goals per game rank third across all of Europe, while its nine goals conceded overall are the fewest across the top five leagues. This exceptional play on both ends is due in large part to three key factors: Philipp Lahm’s new role as a holding central midfielder; the rotating cast of central attacking midfielders that Guardiola has instituted; and the increased scoring output of wing players Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

Here’s a detailed examination of the keys to Bayern’s continued dominance this season and why the Bundesliga giants are well-positioned to win consecutive Champions League titles and cement their status as the world’s best club.

Lahm’s key role in new formation

Under Heynckes, Bayern played with tw...