Eintracht Braunschweig came into the house of Bayern Munich and were a meek, yet solidly compact side for the first 45 minutes as die Roten only took a 2-0 lead on two beautiful over the top passes that hit Arjen Robben perfectly. The second half was one of the most fun halves of football we've seen this season from both sides, as Braunschweig opened up, pressed and forced Bayern Munich to play more aggressive and less cautious football much to our collective delight.
Immediate Notes from the Match:
- Braunschweig came into this game with the intent to earn a draw. They played a conservative 4-3-2-1 formation which played as a bank of five and a bank of four on defense. Ultimately, it was hard for Bayern to break through the defense once it was setup.
- Bayern Munich's over the top philosophy worked wonders in producing two stellar goals from Arjen Robben. Against better defenses that track runners well and don't get sucked up field as easily as Braunschweig, that strategy is not going to work as well. Long story short, don't think Bayern Munich have found the answer to breaking down compact defenses.
- First half stats: Bayern Munich 78% possession and 90% pass success: Braunschweig 22% possession and 69% pass success. This says it all.
- The second half saw Braunschweig transition into a two banks of four defense with two high fast pressers which really helped Braunschweig to force Bayern Munich into less conservative attacks and attempts. It was the main reason Braunschweig were able to generate quite a few very good counters in the second half
- The last 45 minutes are why the Bundesliga is one of the funnest leagues. The worst team can take it to the European champions and you never actually feel safe because they are putting together high quality chances.
- Only a David Alaba ninja block kept Braunschweig off the scoreboard which is a cruel fate for die Löwen.
- Arjen Robben did not get his hat trick.The world is a cruel conspiring place.
Three more points takes us to 38 on the season and still four points ahead of Leverkusen who pummeled Nurnberg.