Bayern Munich return to the top of the Bundesliga

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Bayern Munich returned to their rightful place at the top of the Bundesliga after thrashing new boys, SC Paderborn 07, 4-0 at the Allianz Arena.

Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski began proceedings with two goals in the opening fourteen minutes but the Champions had to wait until late on to extend their lead. Thomas Muller added to the goals before Gotze grabbed his second to push Bayern up to 11 points – still unbeaten.

Paderborn came into the game high on confidence after making an unbeaten start to the new season and in their last match they overcame Hannover 96 with a 2-0 win which included a stunning 80 metre volley.

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German stars leading the way at Bayern

A lot of focus has been on how the new front man, Robert Lewandowski will cope under the lights of the Allianz after making his switch from Borussia Dortmund but it appears to be the home grown players leading the side.

Following his headline displays at this year’s World Cup, Manuel Neuer has continued his fine form in between the sticks by keeping three clean sheets in their last three games.

He is now known as the best keeper on the planet but despite his skills in goal, the German number one has tendency to make bad decisions by pushing forward. In their weekend clash with Hamburg, Neuer pushed up to the halfway line twice and put his side in jeopardy. 

In addition to Neuer, both Philipp Lahm and Mario Gotze have played pivotal roles in their club’s solid start to the new season.

Their star wingers, Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery are slowly being integrated back into the squad following injuries over the summer but once the two wide men return to full fitness then we would expect to see Bayern pulling away.

It will be hard for the Champions to top their achievements from last season. Under their first season with Pep Guardiola, Bayern retained the league title with seven games to spare (beating their record from the season before by one game).

As well as this, Bayern’s title clinching 3-1 win over Hertha Berlin marked their 19th consecutive win, their 10 consecutive away victory and in total stretched their unbeaten run to 52 games. These are all Bundesliga records.

Chasing pack

Whilst Bayern thumped Paderborn FSV Mainz 05 continued their unbeaten start to the new campaign with a 2-2 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt. Shinji Okazaki claimed his fifth goal of the season to become the top goal scorer in the Bundesliga.

1899 Hoffenheim also remain unbeaten and sit in second along with Mainz after drawing 3-3 with SC Freiburg.

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