Bayern Munich are back to playing the football they have been known for — free-flowing, dynamic and direct. With seventy-one percent possession and a large part of it in the opposition half, Bayern had the hosts pinned down from the start. Whether it was creating chances from open play, set-pieces, or fast counters; the quality of the Bayern squad and their intensity were simply too good for their opposition. Bayern’s 620 (!) accurate passes, many of which were a series of short passes to move between opposition lines and create chances, compared to Fortuna’s 185, show how clear the Bayern players are about the kind of football they are playing. The game was pleasing to watch, despite the fact that it was against a team in the 14th position in the table.
So far so good for Hansi Flick
Three games and three wins for interim coach Hansi Flick. The decision by the Bayern top brass to hold on to Flick as interim coach is starting to look fantastic. Under him, the Bavarians have been clear in attack and tight in defence. A record of ten goals scored and zero conceded in his three games as head coach is nothing short of fabulous. Today, Bayern created 17 chances and putting away four of them while keeping a clean sheet. Yes, there were moments where some attacks didn’t come off, or a mistake or two occurred in defence, but all of that seems easily workable and something the team will improve with a few more games. It would not be surprising if Bayern decide to continue with Hansi Flick at the helm until the end of the season.
Alas! Lewandowski’s streak finally comes to an end
The goal-scoring Pole Robert Lewandowski’s streak of scoring in every match in the Bundesliga this campaign sadly comes to an end. Despite coming close to getting his name on the scoresheet on a few occasions and despite Bayern scoring four goals, it turned out just not to be his day for a goal. It was a ridiculous, record-breaking streak of scoring in the first 12 games of the Bundesliga by a man in the form of his life. Nonetheless, this is just another statistic that the Bayern No. 9 will promptly brush aside and continue to smash in goals in the coming weeks. Promptly.