After a 2-0 win over Schalke on Saturday, Bayern Munich will enter the World Cup break with a two-point lead over the pursuing pack.
Julian Nagelsmann’s team has not been at its dominant best this season, having only lost one Bundesliga game, but they were too good for Schalke on the road.
Serge Gnabry will be part of Germany’s World Cup squad, led by coach Hansi Flick, and will travel to Qatar after scoring at Gelsenkirchen.
The former Arsenal man set Bayern on their way to the three points with the opening goal in 38 minutes.
Gnabry picked up the ball on the right and drove forward before slipping it into the path of Jamal Musiala.
He continued his run, clearly in the expectation that the gifted and in-form Musiala would find him.
On his 100th Bayern appearance, the youngest player in history to hit that mark for the club, Musiala played a back heel that picked out its intended target – albeit in fortuitous fashion as it slipped off at a strangle angle. No matter, it found Gnabry who drove the ball home to give Bayern the lead.
The points were secured when Bayern doubled their lead in 52 minutes.
Schalke have only themselves to blame, as the goal came from an awful free-kick from the left into the Bayern box.
Bayern countered at pace, with Musiala devouring the ground before drawing a defender in and slipping a pass into the path of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting who composed himself before tucking the ball home.
The win moves Bayern six points clear of RB Leipzig, although Union Berlin could trim that advantage to four points with a win at Freiburg on Sunday.