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Five observations from Bayern’s 5-0 victory over Besiktas

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An early red card doomed the Black Eagles against a dominant Die Roten side.

Thomas Mueller of Bayern celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Bayern Muenchen and Besiktas at Allianz Arena on February 20, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
Thomas Mueller of Bayern celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Bayern Muenchen and Besiktas at Allianz Arena on February 20, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
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Domagoj Vida’s red card was an early killer for Besiktas

Domagoj Vida of Besiktas Istanbul is shown a red card during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Bayern Muenchen and Besiktas at Allianz Arena on February 20, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
Domagoj Vida of Besiktas Istanbul is shown a red card during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Bayern Muenchen and Besiktas at Allianz Arena on February 20, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
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When Vida was whistled for a red card in the 16th minute, it was only a matter of time before Bayern’s attacking prowess and pressure took the game over. In fairness to Vida, he did not have much of a choice on the play given the poor pass back to him that created the break for Robert Lewandowski, but it was a huge turning point in the contest. The Black Eagles eventually caved to the intense Bayern attack when Thomas Muller broke through in the 43rd minute with just enough of a flick on a ball from David Alaba to put Bayern on the scoreboard. From there, it was all Bayern.

Jupp Heynckes continued to display a magic touch with his lineup

Heynckes opted to leave Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery on the bench to start the game, while also keeping Thiago Alcantara in the stands, and still put out a lineup that dominated the ball and kept constant pressure on the Besiktas defense. Heynckes just has a feel for this group that cannot be denied or at this point, even questioned.

Kingsley Coman was a terror

Coman’s speed and attacking on the left side of the pitch was a key in wearing down the feisty Besiktas defense. With so much attention focused on preventing Coman from hurting the Black Eagles, it opened up so much of the box for Bayern to pound away at Besiktas goalkeeper, Fabricio. Regardless, Coman was eventually rewarded with a goal when he converted a perfect pass from Robert Lewandowski to give Bayern a 2-0 lead.

Muller was at his best

Bayern Munich's midfielder Thomas Mueller (C) celebrates with Bayern Munich's Austrian defender David Alaba (2ndL) after he scored during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen first leg football match Bayern Munich vs Besiktas Istanbul on February 20, 2018 in Munich, southern Germany.
Bayern Munich's midfielder Thomas Mueller (C) celebrates with Bayern Munich's Austrian defender David Alaba (2ndL) after he scored during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen first leg football match Bayern Munich vs Besiktas Istanbul on February 20, 2018 in Munich, southern Germany.
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Muller was as dangerous as ever in the box for Bayern with a brace and an assist. When he wasn’t finishing off quality offensive opportunities created by his teammates, Muller was doing some play making of his own for the Reds, as his pass to Lewandowski eventually led to Coman’s goal. Later, Muller also set-up Lewandowski’s second goal of the contest. It is terrifying to think of how potent this offense can be with players like Muller, Lewandowski, and Coman all nearing their top form.

Besiktas showed immense heart

Yes, it was a blowout, but the Black Eagles were down a man, had tired legs from battling the swarming pressure of Bayern, and were ultimately playing a deeper, more superior team. Yet, Besiktas still fought incredibly hard even as Bayern relentlessly kept on the attack. If anything, this leg proved the Black Eagles not only earned the position they are in, but are also a willing and game opponent for anyone they face.