clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

7 observations from Bayern Munich's dramatic DFB Pokal final penalty win over Borussia Dortmund

WE DID IT! On penalties!

Me too, Pep. Me too.
Me too, Pep. Me too.
Lars Baron/Getty Images
1. Both of these teams are so, so good.

Outstanding players. Outstanding coaches. It's a shame Bayern and Dortmund only meet 2-3 times every year because it really is the best match-up in German football. The managers tactical prowess' and ability to mute each others offensive visions is extremely fun and interesting to watch. I think it's safe to put Thomas Tuchel up there with the very best in terms of his tactical ability, and watching him compete against Carlo Ancelotti for the next three years will be a joy to watch.

2. Thiago's been so - how do I put it - bad?

Over the last few months, Thiago has just not been himself. It seems he has lost some of the joy and swagger that made his game so unique and fun. Gone are the days of him prancing around and controlling the midfield. In the games he's played in recently, he really hasn't contributed anything that has had a positive impact in a game of importance. He was virtually invisible against Atletico, and made no real contributions in this game. Hopefully he can regain the form that made him such a special player for us ahead of next season.

3. Chance creation: Good, Chance Conversion: Bad

Poor chance conversion has been a theme in Pep Guardiola's time at Bayern, and his final game in charge was no different. Bayern had multiple chances to score a goal - especially in the second half - but just couldn't convert any shots they had. Lewandowski especially suffered from some bad touches and shots that could have lead to goals.

4. Bayern dominated the second half

Possession, chance creation, general footballing excellence. They all favored Bayern, and it was especially visible in the second half. After creating a few good chances, Dortmund were very much shut down in the second half, with Bayern controlling basically every aspect of the game. Another dominant display in a dominant season.

5. No subs necessary?

Tuchel used two of his three available substitutions before the end of regulation. Guardiola didn't make a move for his subs until the 108th minute when he brought on Kingsley Coman for a cramping Franck Ribery. Whether this was done by the design (the late sub), I don't know, but it seems strange to wait so long to make a sub in the final game of the season. A reason for the late change could be due to the fact that Coman was the only offensive player Guardiola had available on the day.

6. I've never liked penalties

I despise penalty shootouts because penalties aren't a true indicator of who was the better team on the day. I see why they're necessary, but hate them regardless because unless your penalty is incredibly well placed, you basically pick a corner and hope for the best. Luckily, Bayern were able to come out on top today.

7. Guardiola's tears

Pep wanted this one bad. His tears after the game showed just that, and to think that his commitment to the team was at times questioned, seems unfathomable now. He's been fully committed to these players from the day his contract began and will be until the day it ends. The battle of Manchester between Pep and Jose Mourinho may start in just a few weeks, but for now Pep still bleeds red.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Bavarian Football Works Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of Bayern Munich news from Bavarian Football Works