Bayern Munich absolutely stomped Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena by a final scoreline of 5-0. It wasn't even really a contest.
Mario Götze opened the scoring in the 12' with a beautiful chest trap and volley following an equally great control and header by Mario Mandzukic. Frankfurt battled and made life uncomfortable for Bayern on only a few occassion but were still in the game until Franck Ribery waltzed on through the defense, picking up a free ball before depositing it in the back of the net to take Bayern into the half leading 2-0. The second half was entirely Bayern as they dominated from start to finish putting two goals past Kevin Trapp and another past Felix Weidwald after Trapp's injury.
Notes from the match:
- After the very public issues Mario Mandzukic had in training last week, he obviously showed up to work this week. After his good performance off the bench against Stuttgart, the Croatian was an absolute beast in today's match. He directly assisted with a beautifully controlled header on Mario Götze's fantastic volley while his battling with the Frankfurt backline allowed Ribery to slip in and steal the second. And to cap off his day, he scored the 5th goal of the match
- Mario Götze's totally unfair to oppositions. He's like a pre-programmed cheat code for incredible goals and slalom runs. His interchange with Ribery, Shaqiri, and later Robben was breathtaking. Sorry, I can't tell you more as I'm too busy buying his jersey in every style.
- Ribery and Robben are back and in incredible form. They were everywhere on the pitch: darting, diving, interchanging and scoring. Prepare yourselves for more days where Bayern drop 5 goal on their oppositions.
- Thiago Alcantara is finally showing exactly why the relatively cheap move from Barcelona to Bayern Munich was a huge deal. He was in complete control of this match from start to finish in the middle of the park. He finished the night with 185 touches, 159 passes and a passing percentage of 93%, He played 22 long balls 20 of which found their intended targets.
- Frankfurt sorely missed Sebastian Rode. They had no control over the central midfield at all and Thiago took full advantage of it.