Bayern Munich steamrolled Schalke with a 4-0 win at the Allianz Arena on Saturday, extending their perfect record to four wins from as many matches in the new year. Following Dortmund's loss to Hamburg and draws by Leverkusen and Frankfurt, the Bavarians opened up a 15-point lead atop the Bundesliga table. Bayern now seem to be home clear as they look to win their first trophy in three seasons.
For Schalke, the result was just the next in a humiliating run of form that stands at just one win in their last 11 matches in all competitions. Following wins from Hannover and Hamburg, S04 have slipped to ninth place.
The match saw experimental lineups used by both sides, with Arjen Robben, Mario Gomez and Jerome Boateng all starting for the first time in 2013 for Bayern. Schalke, meanwhile, used Teemu Pukki as a lone striker (Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Ciprian Marica were unavailable due to injury), while Sead Kolasinac replaced the suspended Christian Fuchs in defense, and Tranquillo Barnetta and Marco Hoeger started in midfield in place of Jefferson Farfan and Julian Draxler, respectively.
Because of the result, and especially due to all the lineup changes, there were some poignant talking points to take from Saturday's match.
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