Although Bayern Munich were crowned Bundesliga champions before their kickoff against Borussia Monchengladbach (due to RB Leipzig’s last-gasp defeat to Borussia Dortmund) the kings of Germany did not let that result have any impact on their motivation as they blew the Foals away 6-0. Here are the observations from Bayern’s blowout win.
Bayern’s attack is scary
This past month, we’ve seen Bayern’s attack falter on many occasions due to injuries, fatigue, and a hectic schedule. However, today we saw what kind of fire Hansi Flick could light in his team.
Bayern’s attack was fluid, silky, efficient, and just all around great. I could not find a single thing to criticize in today’s attacking display. The players worked well together as a unit, getting into spaces and putting balls into said spaces where their teammates were. Four different players scored for Bayern today, all four of them attackers. It just goes to show how much talent there is in Bayern’s attack roster, and what kind of devastating effect they can conjure up when they click just right.
To put it simply, here are the attacking stats of Bayern’s front four today (subs included):
- Robert Lewandowski: 3 goals, 1 assist
- Thomas Muller: 1 goal, 1 assist
- Kingsley Coman: 1 goal
- Jamal Musiala: 1 assist
- Serge Gnabry: 1 assist
- Leroy Sane: 1 goal
Robert Lewandowski is a machine
It didn’t take long for Bayern’s Polish hitman to get on the scoresheet; with barely two minutes on the clock, Lewandowski powered a precise shot into the bottom corner from an acute angle. He added to his tally later in the first half with a wonderful scissors volley to put his team three up, and finished off his hat trick in the second half with a cool, calm penalty. With his three goals today, Lewandowski now has 39 league goals this season, just one shy of Gerd Muller’s 40-goal record, and two away from breaking it. Not only that, but he also assisted Kingsley Coman with an unselfish pass.
Lewandowski was sorely missed in April, with his absence due to an untimely knee injury ultimately costing Bayern a fair few games. Bayern fans will probably think “what if Lewandowski was fit for the Champions League quarterfinals” for a long time, considering how much of a boost he gives to Bayern’s attack.
This might be a bit of a long shot, but if Lewandowski was present against Paris Saint-Germain, our Champions League journey may not have been cut that short. Oh well.
Rest does wonders
Fatigue. A word that has been thrown around a bit too often this season. But it wasn’t brought up for no reason. This season has been one hell of a ride, with games coming left and right. As a result, Bayern were often seen just barely scraping out wins on multiple occasions, and even dropping points when they shouldn’t have been dropped. This was the first time in a long while that Bayern actually had a decent break - even the winter break had been cut short because of the COVID pandemic. A two week pause was just what the team needed after a draining run in the Champions League and Bundesliga.
Two weeks from that pitiful defeat to Mainz, Bayern were recharged, re-energized, revitalized, and ready to go. Gone were the heavy, weary movements that defined previous games. Instead, we were treated to the Hansi Flick Bayern of old, with fluid, energetic play, workmanlike pressing, and just all around powerful football. It just goes to show that rest can do a football team wonders, and if Bayern is that football team, opponents should be very afraid indeed.