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Five Match Observations: Bayern Munich 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

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Bayern score only once, but still manage to take the three points against Frankfurt.

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1. Frankfurts aggressiveness was a nice surprise

Frankfurt, coached by the Kovac brothers, were quite aggressive and didn't not look to put 10 men behind the ball in an attempt to draw nil-nil. Especially early in the first half they pressed Bayern deep in their own half and caused them to struggle quite a bit getting the ball out of the back. Not many Bundesliga teams are this courageous against Bayern, and when they are, it usually ends in a rout (see: Stuttgart).

2. Javi Martinez at right-back?

Peps never-ending tactical experimentation continued today, as Martinez spent a lot of time out on the right side while Bayern were in possession. It's not one of the crazier things he's done, and it seemed to work out fine today, but it was still something new to keep us all on our toes. Martinez probably won't play there in games against better opponents, but keeping the opposition off the scoresheet was likely a nice confidence booster in his first game back since January 22nd.

3. Mario Götze was very energetic coming out of the gate

In only his second game since returning from injury, Götze looked to be aggressive early. While it didn't show much on the offensive end early on, he was a constant nuisance for Frankfurt, doing his best to win back the ball and challenge the opposition while they were in possession. He did pick up a number of fouls (5) and a yellow card, but that's something I can live with. Defensive effort may not be what we're looking for out of Götze, but for a player just looking to get minutes, it's an encouraging to see he's looking to do anything he can to get on the pitch. Here's to hoping it won't go unnoticed.

4. Lots of long-balls

With Frankfurt pressing high early on, Bayern tried a lot of balls over the top of the opposing defense, similar to the way they did it against Dortmund early on in the year. It didn't work as well as it did then, but still, I was surprised Pep changed up his tactics like that against a 17th placed Frankfurt side. While it's a possibility the players decided this on their own, they've never gone out and done it before, which makes me think the orders came from the sidelines. It'll be interesting to see if this is something they'll be more willing to try more often.

5. Only 1-0 against the 17th placed team, but...

A win is a win is a win. At this point in the season, it really does not matter to me how we win these games. The players and coaches have said that every game is like a final, and it couldn't be more true. Dortmund only play two teams in the top half of the table until the end of the season, and none in the top five. Bayern, on the other hand, play four in their remaining six games, including third placed Berlin, and a Mönchengladbach side that beat Bayern 3-1 in the Hindrunde. Every point counts, and seeing as we have very little room for error, three points today were crucial.