Bayern Munich did not get off to the start it desired, but ultimately Die Roten regrouped and raced past a very game, inspired, but ultimately overmatched FC Augsburg side.
FC Augsburg came to play
Augsburg was not going to be intimidated. Bayern’s neighbors clearly came out with a game plan to be physical and apply pressure on the counter attack. Initially, Augsburg also did a tremendous job of just crowding any open space in the Bayern offensive end. It would not last, however, as the skill and talent of Bayern was too much to handle for Augsburg.
Slow to start, the Bayern lineup was strong when it finally got going
There were some raised eyebrows with the starting squad named by Jupp Heynckes, and there was definitely an adjustment period for the starters to get acclimated, but the talent finally meshed and took over. Jupp has shown a dynamic ability to know when and how to deploy his players, and this win was another example of the expert feel he has for the squad. Starters Coretin Tolisso, James Rodriguez, Arjen Robben, and Sandro Wagner all chipped in with goals to seal the Bundesliga crown. The fourth goal was the result of a phenomenal delivery from Sebastian Rudy to Wagner—putting them both on the scoresheet. It nicely capped Bayern’s title, but in truth, each goal had its own quality that we could go on and on about.
The cameramen were the real MVPs of the game
The awful glare resulting from the shadows created by the sun’s angle and the stadium’s overhang created a really tough vantage for television viewers. The cameramen had to constantly adjust their equipment to make the visuals work. Kudos to those guys who never get any credit, yet who are so important to our ability to watch each game!
Joshua Kimmich put on a display
Kimmich is often praised (especially on this site) for his scintillating talent, vision, and otherworldly skill. Today, all of that was on display as Kimmich was pushing the action forward and creating offense. During Bayern’s most dominant phase of the game in the second half, Kimmich was the engine powering the squad.
Arjen Robben proved he still has so much to offer
Robben made his presence felt with determined and strategic movement within the offensive end. His passing was on-point and he finally found the back of the net for the game’s third goal with a tremendous half-volley effort for the score. The Robben-Kimmich side of the field was virtually impossible to defend consistently for Augsburg. Robben had one of those games where he demanded attention, which was very encouraging to see at this stage of the campaign.