Bayern Munich rounded off a successful week with a 7-0 drubbing over VfL Bochum, and coach Julian Nagelsmann was visibly pleased by his team’s showing.
“I’m happy with the result, but also with the way we played,” said the 34-year old.
Bayern took a bit to really start cooking, probably due to the cumulative fatigue from the recent barrage of fixtures. Nagelsmann acknowledged this without shame, saying: “In the first ten minutes we still had to get through a few problems. After that, we managed very well.”
True to Nagelsmann’s words, once Leroy Sané opened the scoring with a sumptuous free kick, it was one-way traffic from there. Bayern peppered Bochum’s goal with a whopping 24 shots, 15 of which were on target. The Bayern coach was quick to praise his team’s efforts, saying: “With the ball we had good structure. We often shifted the ball well and created many chances.”
However, Nagelsmann also saw that improvements could be made, even after such an offensive masterclass. “In the final third, though, we could have played the last pass a bit better,” he said. Indeed, Bayern could have scored a couple more goals if some of the final touches had been better (looking at you, Serge Gnabry).
Not only was Bayern’s attack spot on, but their defense also came away with a clean sheet. True, Bochum had their main striker out with an injury, but even so, tying down a team to zero shots on target is no easy feat. Even when Bayern were five or six goals to the good, they were still determined not to concede, an attitude which Nagelsmann found excellent. “I was impressed by the hunger of the team and their determination not to concede a goal,” he said. “In the second half, one aim was not to concede, to show the avarice required to keep a clean sheet.”
All in all, it was a very good week for Bayern Munich, winning three games out of three, scoring 14 goals, and conceding none. Although it is still relatively early in the season, Nagelsmann will be pleased with his team’s prowess, and will hope that they can carry on just like this, if not better. “We’re happy with the result,” he said. “We’re on the right track.”