In a streak that spanned the majority of the current and last seasons, Bayern went 53 games without losing in the Bundesliga. It was an incredible streak that extended through a spell of nearly two months in which the Bavarians had nothing to play for in the German league last spring. And that streak ended during a similarly and seemingly meaningless spell this season.
Bayern's streak ended in Augsburg, just days after the club drew 3-3 with Hoffenheim in their first match after winning the Bundesliga title. They lost 3-0 at home to Dortmund the next week. Although they won in Braunschweig on Saturday, it was not without great struggle. Their slick passing was out of sync for the first hour, and they only finally got the opener against the table-bottom side in the final quarter hour.
It seems that Bayern have not been motivated as of late, at least not in the Bundesliga. The question now is whether that lack of motivation will cost them; the answer of course is forthcoming.
Since winning the Bundesliga, Bayern have played in two matches of any consequence: against Manchester United and Kaiserslautern. They won both by multiple goals, although their next test will be exponentially harder than the previous two.
Two tough fixtures with Real Madrid loom on the horizon and should Bayern win their tie, they will meet either Jose Mourinho's Chelsea or Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final. There also is the DFB-Pokal final with Jurgen Klopp's revitalized Dortmund to consider.
If Bayern win the treble for a second consecutive season, no fan will complain about their latent Bundesliga struggles. But if they come up short, the writing will have been on the wall since March.
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