Bayern Munich’s dominance of the Bundesliga appears to be stretching into its fifth season as the club are closing in on the top-flight crown.

Their stranglehold of German football is nothing new, although they could break history this term by winning the title for the fifth time on the bounce – an achievement the club have previously not mastered.

In the 36 seasons since 1980, Bayern’s imperious form has seen them win the Bundesliga more times than not. The Bavaria-based outfit have won the crown 20 times in that time span, highlighting their supremacy at the top of division.

Their closest challengers this term – RB Leipzig – have been a breath of fresh air, but even their bid to knock Carlo Ancelotti’s men off their perch seems to be in vain. Bayern are backed in the latest Bundesliga betting odds at an overwhelming 1/100 to clinch the crown for the fifth time on the spin.

Borussia Dortmund and Jurgen Klopp were the closest side to ending the club’s stranglehold of the top-flight title. Die Schwarzgelben won back-to-back crowns with an extremely talented squad, including Mats Hummels, Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze and Ilkay Gundogan.

However, the difficulty in challenging Bayern at the top was proven as Munich were able to lure first Gotze, Lewandowski and Hummels away from the Signal-Iduna Park, while Klopp and Gundogan departed to the Premier League. Dortmund were not able to keep a strong unit together due to the lure of playing for the most prestigious team in German football and riches of the Premier League.

Bayern will and always have enjoyed being the team that every German footballer wants to play for due to the talents of men like Franz Beckenbauer, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Lothar Matthaus, Oliver Kahn, and in the modern era with Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller.

Their success at the top of the league has helped attract stars from all corners of the globe to the Allianz Arena, including beating a number of European clubs to the signature of Renato Sanches in the summer. Transfers like those along with snatching the best talent from their rivals have been the driving force behind the club’s dominance of the Bundesliga.

Without Lewandowski and Hummels or even rising youngster Joshua Kimmich in the team this term the gap between them and Leipzig or even Dortmund in third place may not be quite as significant as the margin is and has been over the last five years. However, due to the savvy additions of those key players and the propensity of the club’s youth academy to keep churning out generational talent – they’ve been able to maintain their dominance at the top of the table.

Even changing their manager has not been an issue. Jupp Heynckes, Pep Guardiola and now Ancelotti have all maintained their impressive level of success. And, although it may be a good sign for German football that Leipzig have been able to push Bayern this term, their stranglehold at the top of the Bundesliga shows no sign of abating any time in the near future.