Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has admitted he could not fail to be impressed with his side’s spectacular performance in the first half of this season’s German Bundesliga to finish 2014 with more league records.
Arjen Robben’s last-minute winner sealed Bayern’s 2-1 comeback league victory at Mainz as Friday’s battling display extended the Bavarians’ lead, and they will go into the Bundesliga’s winter break, which starts after the weekend, with at least an 11-point advantage, regardless of the weekend’s results.
The hosts’ midfielder Elkin Soto drew first blood on the 21st minute, but the advantage lasted just three minutes before the visitors’ Bastian Schweinsteiger curled in a stunning free-kick.
Robben found the winner, which was his 101st goal for Bayern, just before the whistle for full-time following a superb run from teammate Frank Ribery, which gave the Bundesliga league-leaders the win.
The win over Mainz saw Bayern claim a new record for the least goals conceded in the first-half of the season as their defence have leaked in just four goals, and at the halfway stage of the term, they will set a new record for the league’s biggest lead after 17 games, beating their own best mark of ten, which had matched Borussia Dortmund’s effort from the 2010/11 campaign.
Bayern have equalled their own record for the highest goal difference at the halfway point of plus 37, the same they managed in 2012/13, the season they last won the UEFA Champions’ League.
The Allianz Arena outfit are still unbeaten in Germany this term, dropping just half-a-dozen league points, and are on the right track to claiming a third straight Bundesliga title.
“When we analyse the whole first-half of the season, then I am very, very happy,” said renowned perfectionist Guardiola, who takes his side to Qatar for a training camp in January.
“Regardless of where we go, we always play with passion. We have to stay calm and get ready for the second-half of the season, but it’s a good way to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a good new year.”