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Five observations from Bayern Munich’s thrilling 3-2 victory against Wolfsburg

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Bayern Munich started the game in dominant fashion, driven forward by some Musiala magic; however, the hosts struck back twice, leading to a nervy, exciting finish.

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Musiala celebrates with his teammates after scoring Bayern’s third.
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Bayern Munich concede again

This is one of the poorest Bayern seasons defensively in recent memory. Bayern Munich have conceded 38 goals so far this season. In the past four seasons, the Bavarians had conceded 32, 32, 28 and 22 goals (reverse order), and this is on track for Bayern’s worst defensive record in 30 years. Yes, the players are fatigued and yes, Bayern’s high line was always going to be risky, but letting in this many goals (a large portion of them a consequence of avoidable defensive lapses) is not going to serve Bayern well in the coming years.

With Boateng and Alaba set to leave at the end of this season, we can only hope that Lucas, Süle and Upamecano are a trio strong enough to keep things tight at the back. We can’t keep relying on the attack to outscore the opponents... sometimes, things may not go our way, like in the first leg against PSG.

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Lucas disappointed after Bayern’s right flank gifts Wolfsburg space and time to grab a goal.
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Sané, aim for the net, bitte!

There wasn’t a player more wasteful of chances on the pitch than Sané. He received the ball in great positions all the time. Müller, Musiala, Kimmich and Choupo-Moting all fed him great balls that he just couldn’t bury. This lack of sharpness in front of goal isn’t what we have been accustomed to seeing, especially earlier in the season... it certainly feels like his decision making and goal scoring abilities have regressed.

Sané really has to bounce back, or he will be benched by two of Coman, Gnabry and Musiala. He certainly has a lot of skill, defensive ability and game intelligence, but he’s gotta show that he has what it takes to put games to bed and be the difference maker. Here’s to hoping he can find his feet again.

The rise of a talent

I know I’ve been waxing lyrical of Musiala, but that isn’t without reason. This kid is an absolute baller. The ball remains glued to his feet whenever he’s in possession, and the way he glides on the pitch, bypassing multiple lines of defense and sending midfielders and defenders to eat grass is a sight to behold. Today, he once again proved to be the difference maker, scoring two beautiful goals to help the team bag another 3 crucial points.

The form that he’s in, it certainly feels like he would get more starts and regular minutes in the near future. There however, is an important question to address: what is his best position? Is he more valuable as an AM or as a winger? We’ve seen that he can play both roles wonderfully, and his dribbling today was reminiscent of Franck Ribéry. It is a great time to be a Bayern fan, and it feels like another golden era has just begun.

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Musiala dribbles through the Wolfsburg defense.
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Fatigue catching up to the team

Yes, Bayern got the win, but some of the players looked like ghosts towards the end. It is obvious that the schedule is taking a huge toll on the health and fitness of the players. Intense gegenpressing every single game amidst a hectic schedule will inevitably put any player in a rough spot. Couple that with the pressure of playing for Bayern Munich, one of the world’s best, and you can see why the players are getting gassed out.

Injuries have meant coach Flick has no choice but to field a similar XI game after game. It’s going to be a fight to get to the end of the season and emerge champions, but one that Bayern will be ready for. That being said, with the Euros taking away a potential summer break, many Bayern players might find themselves in a tougher spot next season. Let’s hope they get a few weeks off before the next season.

Davies getting back to form

There are few players more exciting to watch when on form than Alphonso Davies. The left back, who has had a topsy-turvy season so far riddled with injuries and inconsistency, looked really sharp today. He looked dangerous every time he raced forward and assisted Musiala beautifully for Bayern’s first. He was on the front foot the rest of the game, making easy work of Wolfsburg’s defenders and giving them a torrid time.

The Canadian combined wonderfully with Musiala on several occasions. It sure feels good to see him regain his form, and Bayern fans all over the world will be hoping that he reaches his 2019-20 level again. I for one, think he’s going to do us one better and turn up in even better form for Bayern next season. When Davies is fit and firing on the flanks, you can’t stop him. Just ask Nelson Semedo.