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Borussia Dortmund humble Bayern Munich 3-0 in Der Klassiker | Instant Analysis

Bayern Munich looked rather pedestrian against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday and suffered a big defeat.

Alexander Hassenstein


  • We knew it was going to be an issue for Martinez to deal with Aubameyang's speed. The early yellow card basically confirmed our fears after Martinez tugged him to the ground.
  • BVB were comfortable to press/defend and counter. (See, England, parking the bus isn't the only defense.) They're good at this as we know.
  • Oh, boy, that Mkhitaryan goal was poor defending. Why were Dante and Martinez pulled over so far on a throw-in that forced Rafinha to leave the entire back side of the area open? Anyway, it was a nice finish from Mkhitaryan, and he didn't continue the miss-a-thon from the Real Madrid game midweek.
  • The remainder of the first half saw Bayern dominate possession, and BVB do a lot of nothing without the ball. The defense did well to cut out counters before they could really get going. The biggest issue for Bayern were the simple, poor passes. These are easy to fix.
  • As we've seen in recent weeks, Pep morphed the 4-2-3-1 into something resembling a 3-2-2-3 that looked like:
Ribery - Mandzukic - Robben

Götze - Schweinsteiger

Alaba - Lahm

Dante - Martinez - Rafinha

  • Like I said on Twitter during the match, I like the fact that Pep continues to experiment with formations in an attempt to make this team better. However, I think it's becoming more and more obvious that this team isn't fit for this "W-M" formation. It negates the abilities of Robben and Ribery more than anyone else.
  • A big shock at halftime as Manuel Neuer came off with a calf injury. Reports are that it was just precautionary. Lukas Raeder made his Bundesliga debut.
  • Five minutes into Raeder's Bundesliga debut, it's a disaster. Ribery has a poor giveaway. Alaba is wandering out of position. Martinez is struggling to track back. Raeder's positioning in the goal is poor. It all leads to a fairly easy goal for Reus. 0-2.
  • Well, Hoffman's goal made it 3-0 before the hour mark. This got embarrassing pretty quickly. Replays showed that Reus threw Martinez to the ground in the build-up, but it was poor positioning by the defense, once again.
  • Kroos received a yellow card and is suspended for next weekend's match against Braunschweig.
  • Mandzukic scored around the 80th minute, but the referee incorrectly called it back due to offside. Replays would show that Mandzukic was onside.
  • Overall, this was a rather poor performance by Bayern. There's no question that this was the worst that they've played all season. The team was lost defensively and ineffective offensively. Pep needs to get the team back on the right track heading into crunch time in the Pokal and Champions League. There are no excuses.

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