Records there to be broken… and Bayern are closing on number one

Having passed their first major domestic test of the season with flying colours, the stage is now set for Bayern Munich to make 2015/16 a record-breaking campaign.

Borussia Dortmund, an outfit reborn over the early weeks of the season and presently the closest challengers to the Bavarian stranglehold, were simply blown away on Sunday, having no answers to their hosts as they succumbed to a crushing 5-1 defeat.

Success has, just eight games into the new term, opened up a seven-point gap for Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga standings.

They have been faultless so far, complementing their near perfect form at home with two victories in the Champions League.

The question now is, how far can this all-conquering side go and what can they achieve?

It is, with no extension in place as yet, possible that this could be Pep Guardiola’s swansong in Munich – although surely even he, the man who walked away from Barcelona at the peak of their powers, would find it tough to move on when he is on to such a good thing in Germany.

Whatever the situation off the field, though, on it Bayern have become a goal-scoring, point-winning, clean sheet-keeping machine – one which has already been cut in to 1.04 with Betfair to secure a fourth consecutive Bundesliga crown, and one trimmed to second favourites to conquer Europe for a sixth time.

If they are only to achieve a fraction of what is expected of them this season, then records are still likely to tumble on a regular basis along the way – with the first of those already in their sights.

Unsurprisingly, as the dominant force in the German game, many of the chapters they will be looking to re-write over the coming months are already made up of heroic tales from their distinguished past.

Of those, you do not have to turn the clock back far to find the best start ever made to a Bundesliga campaign.

As recently as 2012/13 – the historic Treble-winning campaign of Jupp Heynckes – Bayern burst out of the blocks with eight straight victories – a record they have matched this term.

Only one more win is required then to set a new benchmark, and that contest will take them out on the road to Werder Bremen on October 17 – following the international break.

That is not the only record that is there to be shot at, though.

Although still a long way off at present, Bayern won a remarkable 19 games in a row – between matchdays 9 and 27 – back in 2013/14, while they went unbeaten through 28 fixtures at the start of the same season.

You have to aim high, and Guardiola is that type of coach, so he will also be looking to chase down a record 91 points haul (2012/13), 101 goal return (1971/72) and stingy defensive showings of just 18 goals conceded in 2012/13 and 2014/15.

Were he to end the season with a cabinet full of silverware and a fist full of records – particularly those snatched away from Heynckes, the man rather unfortunately removed to make way for his arrival – then maybe Guardiola could walk away in the knowledge that he had achieved all that he possibly could at the Allianz Arena.

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Maximilian Jones

Maximilian is a Berlin native with a German mother and English father. Raised in Germany and studied in London, Maximilian grew up to love football from an early age but his early exposure to the Bundesliga honed his passion for all things German football.