Mickaël Cuisance proves he deserves more playing time
After Alvaro Odriozola, Mickaël Cuisance was the player who had played the fewest minutes in the last Bayern Munich starting XI of the 2019/20 Bundesliga season. The young Frenchman had something to prove and his impressive display was rewarded with a splendid goal. Offensively, the Strasbourg native was splendid, showcasing his playmaking ability and fast feet. Turning 21 in August, Cuisance is far from a complete product. Defensively he lacks quickness in his interceptions and tackling, but offensively he proves why Bayern decided to take a chance on him last summer.
With Thiago and Corentin Tolisso rumored to be leavOmg Munich this summer, does Bayern have their potential replacement in Cuisance? I’d argue that the Frenchman should get more playing time next year. The big question mark when he arrived at Munich was not his talent but his occasionally worrisome attitude. Off the pitch, Cuisance has not complained of the lack of playing time and has conducted himself as an complete professional. With Alphonso Davies’s recent success, it would be understandable if Bayern decides to continue the trend of giving young players more playing time. Could the 2020/21 season be Cuisance’s break-out season?
A squad filled with consummate professionals
Borussia Dortmund lost to Hoffenheim with big numbers, Köln gave Bremen their biggest victory of the season, and Schalke continued their abysmal form with another big loss against Freiburg. These big losses are to be expected. None of the aforementioned Ruhr teams had anything to play for, and the last game of the season is one that usually has big scores and a few upsets.
In Wolfsburg, though, it was business as usual for Hansi Flick’s Bayern Munich.
With nothing to play for, Bayern Munich showed why they are a squad animated by an extreme winning mentality. Sixteen wins in a row are nothing short of incredible, and it becomes even more fascinating if you consider the trouble the team was in during the Hinrunde. It almost becomes repetitive giving praise to Hansi Flick, as everything about his tenure as the Bayern Munich coach has already been said.
He has turned Bayern into a creative, energetic, and dominant football team, who right now is one of the best in the world. Bayern Munich is the worthy winner of the 2019/20 Bundesliga season and will have to do their best to keep up this record-breaking form until August and the restart of the Champions League.
A one-team league
Whether you like to hear it or not, the Bundesliga has become a one-team league at the top during the 2010s. Bayern Munich’s (deserved) dominance at the top is something I have written about before. While it is important to realize that we are living through the most domestically dominant Bayern Munich sides ever witnessed, it is also important to think about what has gone wrong in Europe.
Since Bayern reclaimed the Bundesliga title from Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund in 2012/13, Bayern has failed to return to the Champions League final. Whether that is because of coaches such as Carlo Ancelotti or Niko Kovac or the failure to replace both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, the squad has never been so bad as not to win the league comfortably (apart from last season). When Bayern weakened, nobody was there to replace them.
Real Madrid and Barcelona have each other, Liverpool has Manchester City, Bayern in 2012/13 had Dortmund, and in the 1970s Bayern had Borussia Mönchengladbach. Who can regularly compete with them now?
Wolfsburg was in sixth place before today’s game, Bayern comfortably in first, and the Bavarians had nothing to play for and decided to rest certain players. Despite this, Bayern won comfortably against Wolfsburg, who lost their Europa League place to Hoffenheim. This game epitomized the dominance Bayern has.
It is a sign of extreme strength from Bayern but also a sign of worry.