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.
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