Bayern hit six to beat Wolfsburg, go 23 points clear
Bayern Munich went 23 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday with a 6-1 thrashing of Wolfsburg to record a 16th consecutive win and 49th match without defeat.
With just 10 games left in the campaign, the European champions are virtually assured of defending their title after a sixth successive win over the 2009 champions.
Victory was also the perfect tonic ahead of Tuesday's Champions League last-16 tie against Arsenal where they will defend a 2-0 first leg lead.
Naldo gave Wolfsburg a shock 17th-minute lead before Bayern, heading for a 24th national title, turned on the style.
Pep Guardiola's side scored five times in 20 second-half minutes on Saturday and they have now hit 30 goals in eight games since the Bundesliga resumed after the winter break.
They have also scored 72 times since the start of the season with just 11 conceded.
"We haven't been this dominant in recent matches," said Guardiola. "Wolfsburg were very well organised and very aggressive. They caused us a lot of problems in the first half and at the start of the second.
"But we scored the goals we needed."
Wolfsburg's lead lasted just 10 minutes before Xherdan Shaqiri levelled.
Thomas Mueller and former Wolfsburg striker Mario Mandzukic both scored twice in the second half.
Mandzukic now has 16 league goals for the season while Franck Ribery added to the scoreline to mark his return to action after a month out through injury.
Borussia Dortmund can cut the gap to Bayern back to 20 points with victory at Freiburg on Sunday.
Bayer Leverkusen are third after a 1-1 draw at Hanover in a game where their goalkeeper Bernd Leno saved a Szabolcs Huszti penalty.
Schalke are in fourth place, also with 44 points, after seeing off Hoffenheim 4-0 with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar hitting a hat-trick.
It was a welcome result for Schalke who had been routed 6-1 by Real Madrid and 5-1 at Bayern in their last two outings.
Huntelaar could have had four goals but missed a 31st-minute penalty.