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Three observations from Bayern Munich’s impressive 2-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen

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Bayern Munich were nearly back to their best as they dominated and remained defensively intact for the majority of the match.

FC Bayern Muenchen v Bayer 04 Leverkusen - Bundesliga Photo by Lukas Barth-Tuttas - Pool/Getty Images

Jamal Musiala is a gem

A strong case can be made that Bayern Munich have the best crop of wingers in Europe but at present, all four of them might blush scarlet at the 18-year-old Jamal Musiala’s flair on the ball. With six goals to his name in the league so far, Musiala lights up the field whenever he gets the chance, dazzling past opponents with technique beyond his years.

While the Germany international’s artistry on the ball has received plaudits, the way he reacts immediately after losing the ball is an equally remarkable quality of his. Musiala runs without the ball like a man possessed. He thinks of ways to suffocate opponents at every step and this is reflected in his persistent movements. After earning the ‘Meister of the match’ in his previous game, the youngster picked up right where he left off and delivered another promising performance.

An improved defensive display

FC Bayern Muenchen v Bayer 04 Leverkusen - Bundesliga Photo by Christof Stache - Pool/Getty Images

It was a relatively improved outing from Die Roten in terms of collective defending. Although the backline was left unshielded on various instances, the pivot of Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba tracked back swiftly and the whole defensive unit was able to fend off danger for the vast majority of the match.

With a bunch of games under his belt, Alaba looked absolutely at home in his favourite position. Joshua Kimmich back to his usual self while dictating the play for his side. Lucas Hernandez and Alphonso Davies continued their string of impressive displays. Leverkusen’s offense grew as the match progressed but the Bavarians remained steadfast in the defensive third and kept a clean sheet.

Football as it’s meant to be.

It has been a turbulent and tiring week for fans of European football, with the saga revolving around the formation of a breakaway Super league sending shockwaves all around the world. But tonight, my deep love for the Bundesliga grew even stronger.

I take great pleasure in watching everything that is associated with the German league, be it those little things like Bundesliga’s goosebumps-worthy advertisement music or tactical aspects, such as off-the-ball movement, gegenpress-ing etc, which are unique to German football. Nothing beats the elegance and culture of the Bundesliga. Bayern Munich’s clash with Bayer Leverkusen was simply another moment for me to consider myself fortunate to be associated with one of the best leagues in the world.