FC Bayern Munich struck late yet but twice to secure a two-goal victory against VfL Wolfsburg in the final game of the Hinrunde. It was an important victory for the title race as well as for team morale before they depart for the winter break. Catch the observations from the game below.
A tight and gritty Wolfsburg side
Bayern put in a decent show at the Allianz Arena, but the Wolves mostly got the better of their attack with their defensive setup and tight marking. Bayern tried everything and came close on several occasions, but failed to score until the last few minutes. Despite dominating possession with 69 percent, and much of it in the opposition half, Bayern’s goal efforts were thwarted time and again. Bayern was stringing together plays that were pleasing to the eye but had no end product against the opposition’s robust defending. Wolfsburg’s mammoth 36 (!) clearances compared to Bayern’s 13, added to their 12 tackles compared to Bayern’s 7, underline their industrious display in defense. The Wolves were unfortunate to concede those two late but brilliant goals and see no return for their efforts.
Another match-day another injury for FC Bayern. This time it turned out to be Javi Martinez. The Spaniard went down just before half time in what looks to be another serious injury. The injuries, especially at the back, continue to pile on. The January transfer window will provide a timely opportunity to look for backup, increase depth, and prepare for further contingencies.
In the second time of this week, Dutch talent Joshua Zirzkee came on as a substitute in the final minutes of the game to score with his first touch! In both the games!
It was the all-important goal that freed up a tad more space for the creation of the second goal, scored by Serge Gnabry, a repeat of the game against Freiburg! It is heart-warming for the fans to see young players from the academy come on and make an impact for the first team! Bayern’s “answer” to the current mad times in the transfer market is starting to show glimpses of what is to come!
One touch is all it takes ☝️— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) December 21, 2019
Joshua Zirkzee is a different kind of impact sub pic.twitter.com/2IRjvwNhuj
Lastly, we all at BFW wish you all a Merry Christmas!!!