Bayern Munich continued their winning streak with an emphatic 5-0 thrashing of Fortuna Dusseldorf at the Allianz Arena, and they now already have one hand on their eighth consecutive Meisterschale. An own goal from Mathias Jørgensen, a goal from Benjamin Pavard, a brace from Robert Lewandowski, and a goal from Alphonso Davies completed the routing, and it was well and truly one way traffic for the majority of proceedings.
After the match, Hansi Flick, David Alaba, and Davies gave their thoughts on that dominant performance (FCBayern.com). Winning the Bundesliga title is always the minimum expectation at FC Bayern, no matter how many twists and turns the journey of any given season may bring.
Since Flick has taken charge of the club, Bayern has been on an absolute tear and are well poised to clinch the title with matches to spare. He was pleased with the way his side didn’t take their foot off the gas against Dusseldorf, especially after beating rivals Borussia Dortmund just a few days prior: “It’s important to have a successful season. At FC Bayern you must always win the championship title, that’s our goal. We still have a few matches ahead of us. We’re in a good position now. It was important for us to show we wouldn’t ease off after Tuesday’s match against Dortmund. We saw that from the first second. So I’m very, very pleased with our performance. We were very aggressive and didn’t leave our opponents the slightest chance. You can see how the players are pushing and motivating one another.”
Alaba highlighted how the strong spirit amongst the squad is translating to efficiency on the pitch, which has been on display since the Bundesliga restarted, and well before it. They’re always hungry for more, Alaba said, which helps them stay sharply focused: “We’re very ambitious, the atmosphere in the team is very positive, and you can see that in the matches. We want to win every match, we’re very hungry, we want to come out on top at the end of the season. That’s what marks us out.”
Davies has had quite the individual surge this season, well exceeding expectations at left back. He was on the score sheet against Dusseldorf and also in Bayern’s 5-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend. He echoed Alaba in saying that the mentality in the squad remained strong after beating Dortmund; the mission is always three points: “I enjoy football, I try to do my best every day. I want to win every match. Of course it was hard after the match against Dortmund. We wanted to keep up the mentality and take three points. We achieved that.”
A Bundesliga scoring record set by Bayern
In the win over Dusseldorf, Bayern also set a Bundesliga scoring record. They became the first team to score 86 goals after only 29 matches in the 57-year history of the German top flight. Flick has been in charge for 19 of those matches, during which 61 of the team’s goals have been scored (FCBayern.com). Fittingly, Lewandowski scored the goal that broke the record for Bayern when he slotted home Bayern’s third goal against Dusseldorf and broke his personal scoring drought against Fortuna, meaning that he’s now scored against every single Bundesliga club.
In a perfect display of humbleness and humility, Flick said the records and statistics don’t really concern him. Instead, he’s just focused on the task at hand; winning each match and winning the title: “Statistics and records don’t interest me at the moment. All I care about is concluding a successful season. At FC Bayern you have to be champions, and we have that objective.”