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Three observations from Bayern’s 2-2 (5-4) win over Borussia Dortmund

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Bayern looked much improved despite many injuries.

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#1: Bayern’s early attack against Dortmund’s high line set up their offensive success

Early on, Bayern went to the long ball multiple times. They had varying levels of success in those attempts in the first half, but it was all encouraging. There were some passes from the midfield and backline to Robert Lewondoski that were unsuccessful, but they kept Dortmund on their toes and eventually it resulted in the first goal. A beautiful over the top ball to Joshua Kimmich was created as a result of keeping Dortmund uneasy. Kimmich had open space and sent in the cross to Lewondoski who finished it home.

The continual early long ball attempts set up the first goal, and opened the floodgates for Bayern’s offensive productivity in the rest of the game.

#2: Sebastian Rudy was brilliant

In a day that saw Arturo Vidal still rubbing off some of that preseason rust, Rudy was absolutely brilliant in the midfield for Bayern. He started the attack that ended up with the first goal for Bayern and his defending against Ousmane Dembélé early on was sublime.

He was the catalyst in the midfield that Bayern had been lacking in their lackluster preseason play. The win gave us an all-around great game for Rudy when Bayern needed a midfielder to step up. Oh, and he converted his penalty kick like a boss.

#3: Bayern’s performance was encouraging

Bayern’s performance did much to alleviate the growing concern about the team’s form as they head into the new season. Even though they were lacking key starters, the team still found ways to be effective on the offensive end. Bayern created numerous chances to score throughout the game, and as they settle into the season many of those chances will turn into goals.

Bayern’s defensive flaws will be helped with the returns of Manuel Neuer, David Alaba, and Jérôme Boateng. Their movement when defending counterattacks will also grow more effective as they grow into the early season and get their legs back.

Be encouraged Bayern fans! The attack looked potent, the defense was improved, and starting forces will be returning shortly.