Bayern sends another loud missive in Dortmund's direction while unlocking next star winger

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Serge Gnabry scored Bayern Munich's opening goal and assisted the second in a 6-0 wipeout of <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/soccer/teams/vfl-wolfsburg/" data-ylk="slk:VFL Wolfsburg">VFL Wolfsburg</a>. (Associated Press)
Serge Gnabry scored Bayern Munich's opening goal and assisted the second in a 6-0 wipeout of VFL Wolfsburg. (Associated Press)

Bayern Munich doesn’t have sole possession of first place in the Bundesliga yet. But things are moving in that direction with each passing week.

The Bavarians’ masterclass 6-0 win over VFL Wolfsburg on Saturday was their 13th victory by multiple goals this season, and they now top the league table on goal differential.

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Borussia Dortmund hung onto its tenuous first-place position with a win over lowly VFB Stuttgart thanks to Christian Pulisic’s late heroics, but the form of both clubs tells a big story.

Bayern has dropped points just once since December 1 and cranked up its play in particular the past two weeks, with the win over Wolfsburg following a 5-1 dismantling of another top-four contender, Borussia Monchengladbach, last weekend.

A big part of Bayern’s surge has been Serge Gnabry, who starred again on Saturday. He scored the opening goal by beating a host of Wolfsburg defenders to a ball in by Thomas Muller:

And he recorded an assist as Robert Lewandowski doubled Bayern’s lead three minutes later to become the all-time leading foreign-born Bundesliga scorer:

Gnabry has scored four times in his last seven games across all competitions, all starts. The emergence of the 23-year-old is great for Bayern, but potentially bad for Major League Soccer product Alphonso Davies, who joined the German giants from the Vancouver Whitecaps in January and is strongest on the right wing just like Gnabry.

Bayern has long thrived on the play of its wingers, and as such the club buys young talents and prospects en masse to forge the best. Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben checked those boxes for much of the past decade, and now it appears Gnabry is next in line.

Lewandowski scored the final goal in the 85th minute, after James Rodriguez, Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich also scored in the second half.

It was far from the finest day for United States international defender John Brooks, whose Wolfsburg side was ripped apart by the best attack in the Bundesliga. It’s also hard to fault him primarily, as Bayern’s decoupling was systematic and stark.

Bayern has a huge Champions League clash with Liverpool on Tuesday, followed by another home fixture against lower-tier Mainz. Dortmund, meanwhile, is out of the Champions League and can focus fully on a tricky trip to mid-table Hertha BSC next Saturday.

That might be the only thing Dortmund has going for it at the moment. The six-time defending Bundesliga champions are now big favorites to capture a seventh.

Joey Gulino is the editor of Yahoo Soccer and moonlights as a writer. Follow him on Twitter at @JGulinoYahoo.

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