Freiburg—good memories as far as this season is concerned. The biggest home victory in the Bundesliga this season reads: Bayern 7-0 Freiburg.
And yes, before you ask, Mario Gomez bagged four goals that day. Gomez and co. have started improving since the 1-1 draw against HSV. Bringing Toni Kroos into his natural position behind the striker and Thomas Muller back into the side has done wonders to the team.
The win over Kaiserslautern was a highly 'professional display' by Bayern. Bayern did not try to do amazing things in the match. In fact, they scored two important goals in the first half and then just brought their level down and saw out the match.
Mario Gomez opened the scoring following a superb cross by Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller added a second when he scored with his head. Muller finally brought an end to his barren spell—this can only be good news for Jupp Heynckes, Bayern fans and the team. Arjen Robben was given 35 minutes in the second half. He played quite well and Heynckes said as much.
At the moment, Arjen is the least of Jupp's concerns perhaps. Stefan Effenberg came out this week and said that Bayern must extend the contract of the Dutchman as Bayern requires him. How much Bayern need him can only be judged at the end of the season.
Ivica Olic by the way is all but set for a transfer to Wolfsburg while Takashi Usami is said to be leaving in the summer. Nils Petersen is disappointed with his limited run in the first team, but vowed to prove himself to Heynckes.
The match against Freiburg is perhaps the easy fixture in a couple of tough fixtures coming up for Bayern including Basel, Schalke and deflated Leverkusen. Bayern therefore must win this game especially as their fellow contenders have very winnable fixtures set this weekend.
Dortmund for example takes on Hertha, a team that has lost five straight matches. Gladbach plays relegation-threatened Kaiserslautern. Schalke plays Wolfsburg. Schalke's fixture is tougher than the others, but still quite manageable. Schalke on Thursday slightly surprisingly drew against Viktoria Plzen away from home in the Europa League.
Expect Dortmund, Gladbach and Schalke to bag all three points.
Heynckes will have the Champions League tie against Basel at the back of his mind. Expect Bayern to try to wrap this one up as quickly as possible so that they can focus their attention on the match in Switzerland. The match against Freiburg this season was much easier than recent meetings with Freiburg have proved to be. Last season, one of the two meetings ended 2-1 while in the 2009-2010 season, both meetings ended 2-1 in favour of Bayern.
And just before I sign off, I really have to put this to the fans out there. Is Bayern Munich an actual Champions League contender as most pundits are making us out to be considering the problem with Bastian Schweinsteiger?
I actually think that Bayern, while producing good displays in the last two games, has to be more convincing. The midweek clash against Basel will tell us a bit about that.
For now, the focus remains on Freiburg. Do you think Bayern will win? Let me hear your thoughts.