While the Bayern attack is not yet at 100 percent, their defense is certainly ready to aim for three titles in May. The Bavarians have held their opponents scoreless on 13 occasions in the Bundesliga this season, and on Sunday they kept their second consecutive clean sheet to start the 2013 calendar year.
Fuerth never really looked to be a threat last week, and for good reason: They have scored a league-low 11 goals this season. But Stuttgart have quality attackers in Vedad Ibisevic, Martin Harnik and Shinji Okazaki. Yet, the Swabians managed to take just five shots on goal, only one of which came from inside the Bayern box.
It may be true that Stuttgart are not exactly Champions League quality, but the fact that Bayern have gone 180 minutes without seeing much of a threat to their goal—while the likes of Chelsea concede two against Brentford—speaks of a confident and fully focused defensive unit.
Daniel van Buyten's re-insertion into the Bayern defense has been seamless, and despite his lack of pace, the towering Belgian has looked very consistent since replacing Jerome Boateng. Dante remains a stalwart, and his recent call to the Brazil national team further validates his growing reputation as a top defender. On the flanks, Philipp Lahm and David Alaba are as good a combination in attack and defense as any in world football.
Critically, Javi Martinez has finally settled in at Bayern, and his partnership with Bastian Schweinsteiger has left the back four with much less work than would otherwise be expected. The second-to-last band of defense is always critical to a team's solidity, and the pair's combination of ball-playing and ball-winning quality make them a very reliable duo.
Adding the highly adaptable Toni Kroos into the mix as a player who can operate in deep areas, Bayern can switch into lockdown mode if need be.
It's a cliche that defense wins titles, and as it stands, it appears that Bayern will comfortably win the Bundesliga with potentially a record for fewest goals conceded in a season. Beyond that, the DFB-Pokal and Champions League are very much within reach.
Despite their occasional attacking difficulties, the Bavarians are consistently strong at the back, and their continued focus will go a long way in knockout competitions.