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Five observations from Bayern’s 1-0 victory over Gladbach

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This was a good win.

Borussia Moenchengladbach v Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images For MAN

Philipp Lahm’s remaining Bundesliga games: 9

Here’s a little countdown you probably didn’t realize. Starting with the match against Borussia Mönchengladbach, Philipp Lahm only has ten Bundesliga matches remaining in his legendary career. Now, there are only nine. This countdown is only going to get worse.

Could this goal jumpstart Thomas Müller?

Thomas Müller’s goal against Borussia Mönchengladbach was only his second of the Bundesliga season. While he’s had a rough go of things this year, this goal could be pivotal in sparking a resurgence as Bayern head toward the business end of the season.

Thiago Alcantara is the world’s best player.

The midfielder has stepped his game up to another level in his first season under Carlo Ancelotti. Putting his injury plagued seasons behind him, Thiago has emerged as a complete midfielder. His consistency this season has launched him into the upper echelon of the world’s elite, and for my money, no player in the world is having a better season than Thiago Alcantara.

Don’t read in Arjen Robben’s anger.

When Renato Sanches was brought on as a substitute for Arjen Robben, the Dutchman showed everyone his unhappiness with the sub by slapping at Sanches’ hand and slapping away Carlo Ancelotti’s handshake. However, don’t read into it. Robben wanted a goal, and he thought that he could find one in the match. Plus, the rest of his teammates on the bench were laughing at him about it. When Rafinha, Jerome Boateng, and Franck Ribery are laughing at you, you know that you looked silly.

Javi Martinez is suspended for the next match.

The Spanish centerback will be suspended for Bayern’s next Bundesliga match due to a yellow card accumulation. This means that in Bayern’s first league match back from the break against Augsburg, fans will get the centerback pairing that we all thought we would see when the season started: Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels.