Thiago breaks Schweinsteiger's record
Sunday’s 5–0 home victory over Eintracht Frankfurt brought another crop of Bundesliga records Bayern’s way. The runaway leaders are up to 53 points from 19 games, more than any other team has achieved at this stage of a Bundesliga season. Sunday’s match also included two remarkable personal achievements for midfielder Thiago. The summer signing from Barcelona played the ball an unprecedented 185 times in the course of the 90 minutes, passing Bastian Schweinsteiger’s previous league record of 157 touches with 73 minutes on the clock. The Spaniard also broke the previous best for passes during a single match: his total of 159 on Sunday took him ahead of Gladbach’s Roel Brouwers (137).
Milestone for Pizarro
The meeting with Eintracht proved a special occasion for Claudio Pizarro. The Peruvian made his 200th Bundesliga appearance for Bayern when he came on as a 74th-minute sub. Pizza has scored 79 goals for FCB and lies tenth in the club’s all-time scoring roll of honour.
Arsenal reclaim top spot
Bayern’s Champions League Round of 16 opponents Arsenal have returned to the top of the English Premier League. In the 24th round of matches the Gunners defeated 17th-placed fellow Londoners Crystal Palace 2–0 in front of their home crowd and are now back ahead of Manchester City, at least until Monday evening when the Sky Blues play Chelsea. After a goalless first half at Emirates Stadium, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain struck a brace on 47 and 73 minutes to earn Arsenal a 17th win of the campaign.