Bayern Munich eased their way past FSV Mainz at the Opel Arena as Thiago Alcântara hammered the ball home to make it 1-2 in the 62nd minute. The match would’ve ended with a goal difference of two if the referee hadn’t disallowed the Spaniard’s first goal. With two consecutive victories in the Bundesliga, the reigning champions are now second in the league table with 19 points, just two less than Borussia Dortmund.
Niko Kovač made only three changes to the line-up at first, with Thomas Müller, Leon Goretzka and David Alaba finding a spot in the starting XI. Later, a few minutes before the game, Mats Hummels was replaced by Jerome Boateng as the former injured himself during the warm-up. The choice of players wasn’t so bad since the visitors were able to take home 3 points:
I wasn’t nervous after the equaliser, but I was annoyed we didn’t put into practice what we had discussed at half-time. We were asleep during a cross and got ourselves into trouble. But I’m pleased the team created chances and scored the match-winner.
Thomas Müller has been the scapegoat of everyone’s criticism for a while. Nobody thought that including him in the starting XI was a good idea before the kick-off. But it is safe to say that he didn’t disappoint anyone. He said that the team obviously wanted to have a bigger goal difference but emphasised the fact that Bayern is in no position to complain about anything currently:
Mainz often make life difficult for you at home, you saw that today. We still had considerably more chances. We can live with the result. It’s not as if league matches were walkovers for us at the moment. But we were dominant and should have extended the lead in the first half. After the break we were asleep during a throw-in but we bounced back well. We wanted to win here by more than just one goal, but we’re not in a position to complain about victories at the moment.
Joshua Kimmich, along with Thiago, has been performing really well for the past few matches. Although, the 23-year old didn’t seem to be very much excited about the victory. He is not ready to settle for less and it is exactly the reason why Kimmich is what the team needs now and in the future:
You notice that things still aren’t coming to us easily. We can definitely step our game up a level.
Bayern lost their momentum in the second half, rewarding the hosts a fair share of opportunities to turn the game around. Sandro Schwarz thinks that it was unfortunate for them to concede the second goal and that the match could’ve been drawn:
For the first 20 minutes, we were well in the game and could exploit transition moments. After that we were too passive. We had to withstand some things; the 1-0 for Bayern came consequently. After the equalizer, we were totally in the game again, but then we unfortunately conceded the second goal against. We invested a lot, but unfortunately didn’t come away with a draw.
Mainz played a relatively better game in the second half and they were looking for a draw after Bayern took the lead around the hour mark. Danny Latza said that a team can’t expect anything in a match against the Bavarians:
We wanted to defend well and did so for long spells. But we have to accept the defeat. We started well after the half-time and scored the equaliser, which motivated us even more after Bayern’s second goal. Of course it would have been good to take something away today, but you can’t expect it in a match against Bayern.
Bayern will face SV Rödinghausen in the second round of DFB Pokal on 31st of October. Their next Bundesliga fixture is against SC Freiburg on 3rd November at the Allianz Arena.