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Three observations from Bayern Munich’s victory against Paderborn

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In the end, it was closer than expected, but Bayern will leave North Rhine-Westphalia with three points.

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1. A half-hearted Bayern performance

The Paderborn squad was naturally feverishly enthusiastic for today’s game. The team consists of Bundesliga rejects or other players who before signing to Paderborn played in 3. Liga. Players such as Sven Michel, the 29-year-old forward who five years ago played for Borussia Mönchengladbach’s second team, are one of many Paderborn players who today experienced the game of their lives. Bayern Munich, the five-time European champions, came to play at their home ground, in the 6th matchday of a league many Paderborn players would never dream of playing in.

David versus Goliath.

In the first half, Bayern looked like they had the game under control. They were able to create many dangerous opportunities yet failed to put the game to bed. A half-hearted performance and a bit of underestimation from the Bayern side gave Paderborn another chance in the game.

While it was nice to see both Javi Martinez and Alphonso Davies play, I doubt a double change like that would have happened in any other game. Bayern in the second half felt a bit less awakened than a Paderborn team who undoubtedly gave their all.

Nevertheless, three points are three points. Games like these against the underdog is always harder than it may seem. For them it was one of the biggest games of their lives, for Bayern it was a game where they could afford to give bench players extra minutes.

Unrelated: The standing ovation from the Paderborn fans was beautiful to see.

2. Coutinho continues to impress

Scoring his first Bayern goal from open play, Coutinho impressed yet again today against Paderborn. Whether it is his pleasingly to watch skill moves or his creative passes, Coutinho is a joy to watch. Providing an assist, his outstanding threw the ball to Gnabry in the first half was another indication of how important he could be for Bayern this year.

It’s interesting to see him playing so well and with so much joy. He no longer looks like the frustrated figure under the limelight of Camp Nou. As often is the case in Barcelona, many great players have fallen in the shadow of Lionel Messi and it now looks like Coutinho wasn’t the problem at Barcelona. Can he return to his Anfield days?

3. Thomas Müller benched yet again

For the third time in a row, Bayern Munich legend Thomas Müller was benched yet again. Now 30, Müller might have to prepare for the fact that he won’t be considered in the first eleven for most of this season. With Coutinho playing great, the Bayern Academy star might see proportionally less playing time this season.

It was quite shocking that he barely got any minutes today and we might see the German Raumdeuter start against Tottenham Hotspurs. If he doesn’t, it is quite evident how far he has fallen in ranks at Bayern.