The return of Jupp Heynckes to the bench at Bayern Munich could not have been a more astute move on the part of Bundesliga club. The 72-year-old veteran replaced Carlo Ancelotti last September for his fourth stint as Bayern boss and since then has guided his side to the top of the Bundesliga table with an unassailable 18-point lead over their nearest challengers, Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig.
Bayern are now on course to smash the Bundesliga record for the earliest secured title, set by Pep Guardiola’s side in 2013-14 when they were crowned champions in week 27 of the competition. After 21 match days in the Bundesliga this season Bayern have opened up such an advantage that Heynckes could lift his fourth German title as early as March 4.
A study published by Delatre and published in German daily Bild worked out that if results go Bayern’s way in the next few weeks they could be proclaimed champion when they play Freiburg away on Sunday March 4. Heynckes’ achievement is all the more remarkable when it is taken into account that Dortmund were five points clear of Bayern at the top of the table when he took over.
Champions League the aim for Heynckes and Bayern
If Bayern are denied in Freiburg they still have the chance to better Guardiola’s record, at home to Hamburg on March 10, or to match it away at Leipzig a week later.
Bayern will hope that Heynckes’ magic touch does not end there. The veteran schemer was also at the helm of the Bavarian giants when they last won the Champions League in 2012-13. If the Delatre study proves to be correct, Bayern could have tied up the domestic league before their last 16 return leg in Europe against Besiktas.