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Six observations from Bayern Munich’s 2-1 win over S.S. Lazio in the Champions League

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FC Bayern win a somewhat boring match against S.S. Lazio 2-1 to take their aggregate Round of 16 score to 6-2 and advance to the next round of the UEFA Champions League. Here are the observations from that match.

Bayern Muenchen v SS Lazio - UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Leg Two Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Arjen....Sané?

Leroy Sané seems to finally be finding his groove for Bayern Munich. In the first 10’, he made a couple beautiful moves to thrash the Lazio midfield to get the ball to Lucas Hernandéz, who ultimately squandered the build up; and at 12’, he had had an Arjen Robben-esque shot that nearly went into the far post. While he still has room to improve, it would appear Sané is finally appearing to match the quality expected when we signed him from Manchester City last year.

A dull first half

In all honesty, apart from a brief moment of close brilliance by Sané, it was an extremely dull first 45’ of the match. Bayern was fielding a largely starter squad with the exceptions being Alexander Nübel and Hernandéz in for Manuel Neuer and Alphonso Davies. They had issues getting through the SS Lazio midfield and defense for the first quarter. It made me believe Bayern are playing more to not lose and less to actually win given their already 4-1 on aggregate approaching this second leg. It would still be 0-0 if it wasn't for a bad Lazio foul that set up a Lewandowski penalty.

Like a machine, Lewy is there

Robert Lewandowski scored. Again. 39 goals in 35 appearances this season. That’s all.

Coming out firing

Bayern came out on their front foot in the second half. Niklas Süle and Davies came on the pitch and Bayern instantly showed a much more aggressive style of play. The defensive prowess of Hernandéz at Lleft-back is clearly superior to Davies; however, Davies is just simply ridiculous moving forward. A clear game plan style is developing between the two left backs.

Instant impact

One minute on the pitch is all it took for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to — if there was any doubt whatsoever — eliminate SS Lazio from the Champions League by making it 2-0 on the day and 6-1 on aggregate shortly around the 70’. With Lewy off, getting the depth to score will be crucial for Bayern to maintain their run of form in the Bundesliga.

Defensive lapses

Woe is the clean sheet for FC Bayern. At least this one wasn't on Neuer I guess. There was an extremely lazy and sloppy defending from late substitute Javi Martinez on a free kick right outside the box. Even though Bayern had already won, those are lapses that could have real world consequences if they were to happen against more talented opposition such as Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain or Liverpool.