Feb 23, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT
We know Bayern Munich are good, but after today’s performance against Werder Bremen, it’s time to break out the superlatives. Consider doing it against 10 men an asterisk, but still consider it: Bayern put up a 6-1 victory over visiting Werder Bremen.
Also consider the context. Ahead of a huge German Cup match Wednesday against Borussia Dortmund, Jupp Heynckes changed his team. Not that changes mean much for Bayern Munich, one of the deepest teams in the world. Still, Mario Gomez, Xherdan Shaqiri, Luiz Gustavo, Arjen Robben, Diego Contento and Jerome Boateng — all former starters, to one degree or another — were in. The likes of Mario Mandzukic, Thomas Müller, Toni Kroos, and Bastian Schweinsteiger sat.
That as much as the final score is the reason we should be dropping our jaws at this Bayern team. They’re coming in waves, now. They’re rolling these type of results off an assembly line. There’s a certain inertia to this run that only a late glancing header from Didier Drogba could derail (and he’s about to be seen out of Champions League).
Thanks to goals from Robben, Javi Martínez, Frank Ribery, and Gomez (two), they’re up to 63 goals in 23 league games. Having allowed only eight, they’re up to a +55 goal difference. It you add up every other positive goal difference in the Bundesliga (six teams), you get that same +55.
It seems cliché, but the first superlative that comes to mind is insane. It’s trite, overused, and it’s starting to feel like the refrain a 13-year-old mean girl would push around her chewing gum, but insane feels right. The numbers Bayern’s putting up in arguably the best league in the world lack sanity.
Here are all the goals – alle tore – including the Theodor Gebre Salessie own goal that sent Bremen spiraling.
May 20, 2013, 11:57 AM EDT
The first-year Red Bulls center back made a huge imprint on New York’s win over Los Angeles:
May 20, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT
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May 20, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT
Kljestan becomes the fifth American to defend a title in a top league:
May 20, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT
He probably will not be missed around Vancouver
May 19, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT
Sporting K.C. manager Peter Vermes and defender Ike Opera didn’t appreciate the pivotal offsides call that disallowed a possible winning goal against D.C. United, and they made that very obvious.
May 19, 2013, 8:58 PM EDT
Paolo Di Canio and Andre Villas-Boas took to the media following their teams’ Premier League finale to voice displeasure with how their final fixture played out.
May 19, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT
A dull, scoreless first half picked up in the second term as D.C. United grabbed a point against the league’s second-best team and ended their club-record losing streak at 7 matches.
May 19, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT
With his eye on the imminent vacancy at Real Madrid left by Jose Mourinho’s almost certain departure, Paris Saint-Germain’s mastermind Carlo Ancelotti may now have a large hurdle to get past if he is to land his ideal job in Spain’s capital.
May 19, 2013, 5:34 PM EDT
Fernando Torres broke his Premier League scoring drought by banging home the game-winner to secure Chelsea a third place finish.
May 19, 2013, 5:22 PM EDT
Heartbreak in Serie A this year belongs to Fiorentina. Mario Balotelli converted a penalty in the 84th minute to draw level and two minutes later Philippe Mexes slotted home a cross to secure Europe’s top competition for AC Milan.
May 19, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT
Rare as they are, we’ve seen more than our share of “Olimpico” goals in MLS over the last pair of seasons, including one last night:
May 19, 2013, 4:47 PM EDT
With Arsenal and Tottenham the only teams battling for any meaningful positioning in the Premier League table, the final day still had implications for many teams in the form of placement prize money.
May 19, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT
Sir Alex Ferguson managed the final match of his career away from Old Trafford, and it looked set to complete on a high note, until the opposition had other ideas late.
May 19, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT
Another game-winning strike from Gareth Bale wasn’t enough to save Tottenham from more Champions League heartache.
May 19, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT
New York took all the points from the L.A. Galaxy on Tim Cahill’s late goal. So let’s talk about that goal.
May 19, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT
This Landon Donovan debate regarding his place on the national team is not going anywhere. So, did Sunday’s performance move the needle either way?
May 19, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT
Arsenal secured its 16th consecutive spot on the Champions League with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Sunday.
May 19, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT
Sensational news for fans around BMO Field:
May 19, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT
With David Beckham-esque tears streaming down my cheeks, we’re finally here: The final day of the 2012-13 Barclay’s Premier League.
May 19, 2013, 10:19 AM EDT
Newcastle have nothing to play for and have been a disaster at home of late, losing their last two matches at St. James’ Park by a combined 9-0.
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