Bayern fail to keep a clean sheet. Again.
After conceding a goal on the last meaningful kick in the first half, Bayern have once again failed to keep a clean sheet in the Bundesliga. The Rekordmeister have allowed opponents to score on every Bundesliga matchday except for at Schalke on September. The only two clean sheets in all competitions since September 22, both came against AEK Athens in UEFA Champions League.
Thomas Müller seemed to play more free
Coming off his 100th appearance for Germany, Thomas Müller was all over the field. He lined up as a wide attacking midfielder and mostly stayed on the right side. He linked up with Joshua Kimmich, switching back and forth on the wing. Both of his goals came when he was in more of a central position. The first came on a ball from over the top, where he was able to beat the keeper by bringing it out of the air and putting it in the back corner with the side of his foot. His second goal was a screamer, after Lewandowski laid the ball off to him at the top of the box.
Robert Lewandowski fails to put the ball on frame
Lewandowski found himself in the same spots that he always does, but he was not able to put the ball in the back of the net. His teammates found him in the box again and again, but he was unable to score, let alone put the ball on frame. Lewy ended with eight shots, none of which were on goal. Although, normally, you wouldn’t think that Bayern would need three goals against Düsseldorf, Lewandowski’s missed opportunities let them stick around way too long. Fortuna is also the only team currently in the Bundesliga that Leyandowski has never scored against.
FC Bayern had no answer for Dodi Lukebakio
The 21 year-old Belgian international was in the right place at the right time for the first goal. After a failed bicycle kick attempt by his teammate, the ball fell straight to Lukebakio’s feet, and he was able to put it in the back of the net right at the half. Both of his second half goals came off of long balls from teammates, where he went one-on-one with Manuel Neuer and put the ball past him for the goal.
Failure to finish games has hurt Bayern, especially at home.
Bayern have scored first in the last three Bundesliga games, yet they only have two points to show from it. After a draw at home against Freiburg, a loss at Dortmund, and a draw today against Düsseldorf, Bayern find themselves losing ground on Dortmund.
The Allianz Arena is usually a place opponents fear to play. However, Bayern has only won two games in the Bunesliga at home this year. Saturday marks their third draw. They also were blanked by Gladbach 3-0 on October 6. In order for the Bavarians to fight their way back to the top of the table, it is safe to say that they need to start playing better at home and playing better with the lead. Two things that Bayern have excelled at in years past.