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Five observations from Bayern Munich’s 2-2 draw with Mainz

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These aren’t the results you’re looking for.

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 22: Thiago Alcantara of Bayern Muenchen celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Bundesliga match between Bayern Muenchen and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Allianz Arena on April 22, 2017 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 22: Thiago Alcantara of Bayern Muenchen celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Bundesliga match between Bayern Muenchen and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Allianz Arena on April 22, 2017 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)
(Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The lack of rotation is extremely disappointing.

We’ve been harping on this in recent weeks with Carlo Ancelotti. When the time in the season comes that Bayern are playing a game every 3-4 days, there must be some rotation in the squad. There’s a very good reason that Bayern spends millions of Euros every summer to bolster the squad. When you don’t use the full squad at your disposal, you risk running players into the ground and injuries.

Alaba’s injury was unnecessary.

When David Alaba was substituted early in the match due to an injury, it seemed like it was coming. Since the start of the Rückrunde, Alaba has played in 1,544 of the potential 1,740 minutes. For a player that runs and covers as much ground as Alaba does, that is an astonishing amount of minutes played.

Alaba’s in the middle of the worst season of his professional career. Now, due to a pointless injury, he may miss out on Bayern’s big DFB Pokal Semifinal against Borussia Dortmund.

Thiago and Robben could be gassed for Wednesday.

Thiago and Robben both played 120 minutes midweek against Real Madrid and also went 90 minutes today against Mainz. Everyone would agree that they have been two of Bayern’s best players this season, and you’d want them on the field for as long as possible on Wednesday against Borussia Dortmund. However, in the final few matches of a long season, do you need players that cover a lot of ground playing every minute of every game? Something looking like rest needs to happen at some point, right?

Both goals were the result of lazy defending.

Mainz grabbed two goals after capitalizing on some poor play from Bayern. The first came from some laughably lackadaisical passing between Rafinha and Arturo Vidal. The second followed a lazy stab and foul from Joshua Kimmich. Sharper play is necessary, if Bayern want to knock BVB out of the Pokal on Wednesday.

Bayern’s recent run of form is worryingly terrible.

Win. Loss. Win. Loss. Draw. Loss. Draw.

That’s Bayern’s run of form since April 1, following the most recent international break. That’s terrible. Luckily, one of those wins was against Borussia Dortmund at home in the Allianz Arena. On Wednesday, guess who comes to the Allianz Arena? That’s right! Borussia Dortmund! The DFB Pokal Semifinals is going to be something else.