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Bayern Munich sets record for most points at halfway stage

FC Bayern Muenchen v SC Freiburg - Bundesliga

MUNICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 16: Thomas Mueller (R) of Muenchen and his teammates celebrate their team’s second goal during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and SC Freiburg at Allianz Arena on December 16, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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Bayern Munich has won the Bundesliga title the past two seasons, in 2013 by 25 points and in 2014 by 19.

This season, they aren’t slowing down.

With Bayern’s 2-1 win over Mainz today, the club finished the first half of the season with 45 points through 17 matches, a new Bundesliga record.

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As the Bundesliga heads into the five-week winter break, Bayern sits 14 points clear at the top of the table.

The start to Bayern’s season has been nothing short of incredible, as the Bavarians have yet to lose a game, earning 14 wins and 3 draws. While they continue to score goals (41 through 17 matches), they have been even more impressive defensively, conceding only four times, also a Bundesliga record at the halfway point.

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Arjen Robben has led the attack with 10 goals, while Manuel Neuer has kept 13 clean sheets in between the sticks.

Another key to Bayern’s success has been the summer signing of Xabi Alonso, a midfield general who set the record for most touches in a Bundesliga match earlier this season. In that match, Alonso completed more passes than the entire FC Koln team.

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Pep Guardiola has instilled his quick-passing and possession-based style of play brilliantly at Munich, a style he began in his years as manager of Barcelona. His players have clearly picked up on his direction, as Bayern averages nearly 80% possession per match.

While it seems no team in the Bundesliga even has a shot at challenging Bayern, the club will be keen to earn a Champions League title. Bayern won five of their six group stage matches, with their only loss of the season coming against Manchester City.