So seeing as I have a lot of simulating to do in our final month of the Hindrunde for virtual Bayern Munich, this is doubleheaders week where we blow through nine games with ease.
In order to do that, we will condense the match recaps and awards from all four games into basic summaries of what happened. No starting lineups, no individual paragraphs in match awards.
It’s just what has to be done in order for me to not lose my mind or cramp my fingers typing over 1700 words per doubleheader article. So, I hope you enjoy. Let’s get started.
Champions League Group Stage: Bayern Munich 2 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur
31’ Müller, 45’ Kane, 53’ RED CARD Walker-Peters, 56’ Coman
A much closer game than we anticipated, but nevertheless, we got the result we wanted.
Thomas Muller kicked things off for us in the 31’ minute by breaking ahead into the box, touching the ball around a defender and patiently slamming the ball into the right side netting.
We figured a 1-0 lead was going to be a great way to end the first half, but Tottenham had a high press on us as time wound down. Mickaël Cuisance blocked a Moussa Sissoko cross into the box, near the end line. As it bounced off his body and seemed destined to pass over the line, he was smart enough to try and clear it away to prevent the corner. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a good clearance at all and Sissoko was right there to pass the ball to Harry Kane who tapped it between the legs of Manuel Neuer. 1-1 into the half.
Things changed when Kyle Walker-Peters, who was already on a yellow card for a foul against Leroy Sané, put in a hard tackle on David Alaba. The referee went to his pocket for a second yellow, and Spurs had to play with 10 men for the rest of the game. Kingsley Coman pounced on the opportunity just three minutes later, and that was all Bayern needed to clinch 1st place in the group.
MOTM: Müller / SO: Coman / GC: Timo Werner / Tip: Niklas Süle / JS: Harry Kane
BuLi MD 13: Bayern Munich 3 - 0 Bayer Leverkusen
3’ Müller, 22’ Müller, 32’ Sané
To be honest, I don’t remember how Müller scored his first goal, and the footage is glitchy. So, I’m gonna guess that he received a pass from Leon Goretzka, went to the box and sent it right past Lukas Hradecky. The goal was so nice that his 22’ goal was the same thing.
The third goal was a great job from Coman who made a phenomenal right wing run, cut back to make some space and then served Leroy Sané a ball on a silver platter. He just needed to tap it in to extend the lead.
MOTM: Müller / SO: Sané / GC: Coman / Tip: Goretzka / JS: Jonathan Tah
DFB Pokal Round of 16: VfL Wolfsburg 0 - 1 Bayern Munich
This was a short and sweet match, which was what I hoped for seeing as I benched four starters in preparation for an interesting next game.
Ivan Perišić came on and performed well this game. His early goal came when he dribbled into the box, did a 360 around a defender and put it in to the left side netting. Other than that, a truly dominant defensive effort from Manuel Neuer was the key to this game coming out our way.
We play Wolfsburg in our last Bundesliga match of 2019.
MOTM: Perišić / SO: Neuer / GC: Goretzka / Tip: Benjamin Pavard / JS: Joshua Guilavogui
BuLi MD 14: Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 - 5 Bayern Munich
12’ Lewandowski, 18’ Müller, 24’ Lewandowski, 42’ Müller, 65’ Arp, 85’ Boufal
A wonderful lob pass from Coman was all that Lewandowski needed to score his first goal as the Polish international jumps up and heads the ball to beat Yann Sommer. His second goal was a perfectly weighted through ball from Müller into the box and all Lewy needed to do was get a half-hit on the ball to watch it trickle past the keeper.
Müller’s first goal was a nice dribble into the box and a simple shot past Sommer. His second, like Lewy’s, also came from a through ball and a run into the box. However, Müller had to fight off a defender and kinda chipped it into the net.
Jann-Fiete Arp had a wonderful goal and showed how mature he’s become on this team. He took this one with patience and poise and curled it into the left side netting.
BMG had only one contribution to the scoresheet in the late stages of the game and it should have been wiped off. Sofiane Boufal somehow managed to shove Pavard off the ball by leaning into him, then recovered in time to poke it into the net.
Outside of the goalscoring, Manuel Neuer had one of his best career performances this game. He racked up 6 saves including a double save chance in the 53’ minute off two very good and close chances.
MOTM: Müller / SO: Lewandowski / GC: Neuer / Tip: Arp / JS: Patrick Herrmann
We have four more games coming over the next few days, so be sure to tune in at 11:30 am ET on Thursday and Friday to watch the action!