After a couple of not-so-good seasons, Bayern Munich made it their mission to finish the 12/13 season as the best team in Germany, and if possible, the best team in all of Europe. Jupp Heynckes, the 12/13 season being his last season with The Bavarians, planned to give all he could to ensure that he would leave Bayern having accomplished this mission. And so they started their season with their minds set on winning and winning alone.
A Fresh Start to the 2012/13 Season
Bayern kicked off their season with a victory after defeating last season’s champions of Germany, Borussia Dortmund, in the DFL-Supercup. Then followed a trip to Regensburg for a DFB-Pokal 1st round tie, which Bayern won comfortably.
Soon after that, the Bundesliga kicked off, with The Bavarians managing 8 straight wins, including 6 clean sheets, and having scored a total of 26 goals against SpVgg Greuther Fürth, VfB Stuttgart, FSV Mainz 05, Schalke 04, VfL Wolfsburg, SV Werder Bremen, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, and Fortuna Düsseldorf, in that order.
A home game against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the Bundesliga back in October 2012 remains, until now, the only match Jupp Heynckes side has lost in the league. Bayern Munich have, since then, won 17 of their Bundesliga games, scoring a total of 53 goals in those wins; keeping 13 clean sheets.
They have, since that loss to Leverkusen, drawn 3, scoring a total of 3 goals in those draws. In total, since then, Bayern have scored 56 goals; and that’s only in the German Bundesliga!
In other competitions, namely the UEFA Champions League and the DFB-Pokal, Bayern Munich have lost only twice (all in the former competitions as they haven’t lost a game in the latter) to BATE Borisov and Arsenal. They have, otherwise, won 11 matches (7 in the former competition and 4 in the latter) from the 12 matches they’ve played; scoring a total of 31 goals while at it.
The only match they didn’t win from those 12, they drew 1-1 against Valencia in the UEFA Champions League. In total, Bayern Munich have scored 32 goals in both competitions; 21 in the Champions League and the remaining 11 in the DFB-Pokal.
Add the 83 Bundesliga goals (including the only goal they scored in their loss to Leverkusen), the 11 DFB-Pokal goals, the 21 Champions League goals, and the 2 DFL-Supercup goals together and you have a total of 117 goals for Bayern Munich this season, which is pretty impressive for a team that didn’t do too well last season.
In turn, Bayern Munich have conceded only 13 goals in the Bundesliga, 10 goals in the Champions League, 0 goals in the DFB-Pokal, and 1 goal in the DFL-Supercup, making it a total of only 24 goals, compared to the 117 goals they’ve scored until now. And depending on what happens against Barcelona next Tuesday night, these numbers could continue to rise!
It goes without saying that 27-year-old Manuel Neuer has been the best goalkeeper in the Bundesliga, having kept a clean sheet 63% of the time, a long way away from the second best, SC Freiburg’s Olivier Baumann, who’s only managed to do so 42.9% of the time.
Among the many goalscorers for The Bavarians in the Bundesliga this season, the 3 top goalscorers have been Mario Mandzukic, with 15 goals and 3 assists from 21 games, Thomas Muller, with 12 goals and 12 assists from 24 games, and Franck Ribery with 7 goals and 10 assists from 22 games. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Gomez have also managed 7 Bundesliga goals, with 5 assists from 26 games and 2 assists from 15 games respectively.
Jupp Heynckes has kept a 4-2-3-1 formation for all of Bayern’s games this season. And seeing as it’s worked so well for him, I don’t see why he would change it for their remaining games!
Bayern Munich only have 5 games remaining in the Bundesliga, and with them having basically already secured the title with a 20 point gap (courtesy of a Bastian Scwheinsteiger goal this past weekend against Eintracht Frankfurt; see match report below), it will only be a matter of how many more goals Bayern Munich can score before officially being crowned Champions of Germany.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich knew that this match had the potential to win the league for them, meaning that they absolutely had to win to ensure it would happen.
Despite a few good chances in the first half, Bayern Munich kept pressing on and managed to beat the stubborn home defense to score in the 52nd minute what was to be the only goal of the game, before just holding on to ensure they’d won the title.
Bastian Schweinsteiger made sure not to make the same mistake he’d made against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League Final last May, winning the title for his side (this being his 7th goal of the season) with a good right-footed shot, assisted by Philipp Lahm.
Statistic-wise, Bayern Munich had 55% possession, while Eintracht Frankfurt had 45%. Both goalkeepers were equally tested; both having had to make 10 saves each. Both teams attempted to hit the target 9 times. Florian Meyer, who was the referee for this match, issued a total of 3 yellow cards; 1 (Aigner) to the home side, and 2 (Luiz Gustavo, Javi Martinez) to the away side. No players were sent off during this match.
Armin Veh and Jupp Heynckes lined up the following squads:
Eintracht Frankfurt Starting XI
Nikolov, Jung (c), Oczipka, Zambrano, Soares de Oliveira, Lanig, Rode, Aigner, Inui, Russ, Matmour
Subs: Aykut Ozer, Butscher, Djakpa, Lakic, Celozzi, and Stendera
Bayern Munich Starting XI
Neuer, Lahm (c), Boateng, Dante, Alaba, Schweinsteiger, Martinez, Shaqiri, Robben, Muller, Gomez
Subs: Starke, Van Buyten, Rafinha, Tymoschuck, Ribery, Pizarro, and Luiz Gustavo
Final Score: Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 Bayern Munich
Written by Ange Marline