Created on 11-02-2012 at 00:00 AM
Bayern blew some warmth into the icy Munich air on Saturday with a fully convincing win against submissive strugglers Kaiserslautern. The unspectacular but assured manner of victory confirmed the positive impression gained from the midweek success against Stuttgart, as the men in red appear to have hit their stride again after a brief patchy run.
The 69,000 who braved the fierce -12 degree chill and flocked to the Allianz Arena as normal saw Mario Gomez notch his 18th league goal of term with just six minutes on the clock. Thomas Müller ended his long goal drought with the second on the half-hour, underlining the home team’s superiority in every area of the field during the first half.
With the temperatures plummeting, Bayern did only what was necessary for long spells after the restart, but once Jupp Heynckes had risen to his feet and called for greater urgency, the activity level rose and the crowd was provided with some decent entertainment before scurrying home into the warmth.
A second slick victory on the bounce means Heynckes’ side now have 44 points from 21 matches, two off leaders Borussia Dortmund, but three ahead of Schalke and four clear of Mönchengladbach, the sides who meet in the Saturday evening kick-off. The Bavarians play again next Saturday evening, when the men in red will be looking for all three points away to bottom club SC Freiburg.