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Bayern are in control of Bundesliga title race and thrashed Dortmund but there's still trouble ahead for Kovac

Bayern Munich are top of the pile in the Bundesliga once more, but even a thumping 5-0 win over fellow title contenders Borussia Dortmund hasn't been enough to bring tranquility to Bavaria's capital. On the contrary, Saturday's triumph has only served to amplify the rumblings of discontent behind the scenes. The difference of opinion about manager Niko Kovac, a debate that's raged "backstage" at the boardroom level, is now out on the open, a noisy distraction destined to dominate the final weeks...


Gnabry leads Bayern to Bundesliga summit, topping Player Power Rankings

Craig Burley and Alejandro Moreno unleash on Borussia Dortmund after a 5-0 loss at Bayern Munich that sent their rivals top in the Bundesliga.

When you're the architect of a thrashing of your biggest title rivals that puts you top of the table, you're going to soar in Player Power Rankings. Our global editors pick their top 10 performers from the weekend.

Also receiving votes: Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

Let us know what you think of the countdown by commenting on Twitter using #ESPNFCrankings.

Barcelona all but clinch La Liga vs. Atletico. PLUS: Bayern rout Dortmund, Man City's Quadruple odds increase

After another action-packed weekend in soccer, Gab Marcotti reflects on the big talking points in his latest edition of Monday Musings.

Jump to: Bayern rout Dortmund | Man City's Quadruple | Milan-Juve fallout | Arsenal woe | Bravo, Benzema | Rabiot drama at PSG | Watford, Wolves dazzle

Barcelona bring Atletico's season to an end

It was the last roll of the dice in terms of La Liga's title race and there were no surprises. Or, rather, the surprise was how, playing with 10 men for...

Bayern vs. Dortmund was no contest as Bundesliga giants seized control of title race with five-goal rout

Bayern seized on Dortmund's weaknesses from the kickoff to arguably seize control of the title race with six games left.

MUNICH, Germany -- "Gegen Bayern kann mal verlieren" ("You can lose against Bayern") is what the hardcore home fans in the Allianz Arena south stand were chanting sarcastically at the final whistle. Yes, you can -- but not like this. Not if you're two points clear of the Reds at the top of the table with seven games to go and a big chance to win your first championship in seven years.

For all the good things the home side did in their 5-0 win -- and there were many -- it was mostly down to Borussia...

Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund: The one match you can't afford to miss this weekend

Shaka Hislop and Ross Dyer break down Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund, citing it as a must win for Bayern if they want to keep Bundesliga title hopes alive.
Raf Honigstein believes Bayern Munich will have a busy summer transfer window, buying four to five players and spending €200m.
Raphael Honigstein assesses the possibility that Jadon Sancho will leave Borussia Dortmund this summer.

Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund take on six-time defending champions Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Saturday evening in the most exciting football game of the weekend, anywhere. Millions of supporters in Germany and beyond will nervously watch as the two biggest teams in the country, separated by only two points in the table with seven games to go, clash in an epic showdown that might well decide the closest Bundesliga title race this decade.

So this match is important?

Yes! It's...

Gnabry's emergence as a Germany star is Arsenal's loss and Bayern's gain

Following their stoppage-time win over the Netherlands, the FC crew believe Leroy Sane and Germany may be turning a corner in their redevelopment.

On Wednesday, Focus magazine's sports editor Dirk Adam asked his Twitter followers whether the €80 million Bayern Munich had splashed out for the transfer of French defender Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid wouldn't have been better spent on 320 Ferraris, 80,000 iPhones or 53 million scoops of ice cream. Adam forgot to include the best possible answer, however: the ideal thing the German champions could have done with €80 million would have been to buy another 10 Serge Gnabrys.