Bayern Set Bundesliga Points Record as They Prepare to Finish off Barcelona
Throw another record on the Bayern Munich pile.
It seems like the Bundesliga giants have been breaking records for fun this season. First they record the longest winning streak to start a season, then win the title in the shortest time ever. And on Saturday they established a single-season points record after beating Freiburg at Allianz Arena.
And they still have three matches to play.
Jerome Boateng was the only Bayern player who retained his spot following Tuesday’s 4-0 demolition of Barcelona. But the changes didn’t seem to matter as Jupp Heynckes “B” squad eased to victory against a very good Freiburg side still in contention for Champions League football.
At this point it seems the Bayern boss could pick up a win with whatever team he sent out onto the field. The quality in his entire roster is just that deep.
The likes of Rafinha, Luiz Gustavo and Xherdan Shaqiri, for example, could walk into almost any other starting XI in Germany. But in Heynckes’ setup they've had to bide their time.
Shaqiri is one player who won’t be on the periphery of the first team much longer.
The 21-year-old has now scored in each of the last three matches he’s started for the Bundesliga champions. His goal on Saturday was all Bayern would need to seal their 27th win of the campaign.
With Rafinha having drawn a foul from Daniel Caligiuri on the right-hand side of the 18-yard box, Shaqiri took only a few short steps before arrowing his free-kick over a disorganized Freiburg defense and inside the far post.
Mario Gomez, who replaced Mario Mandzukic in the second half, came close to doubling the lead with five minutes to play. But on this afternoon the hosts would convert only one of their chances, despite completing 89 percent of their passes and retaining more than two-thirds of the ball.
In so doing they extended their Bundesliga unbeaten run to an incredible 22 matches and won their 14th game in a row. And with 84 points they have eclipsed the mark of 81 set by Borussia Dortmund last season.
Next up for Bayern is the return leg of the Champions League semifinal against Barcelona.
And given both the magnitude of their advantage and the fact their best players will be fit and rested ahead of the trip to the Camp Nou, it’s hard to see anything but another resounding Bayern win.
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