Bayern Munich won 3-0 over Hoffenheim Friday in its return to Bundesliga action, but the scoreline suggested a rather more dominating performance than what took place.
The Bavarians were at times lethargic and downright lackadaisical defensively, conceding several outstanding equalizing chances in a row in the second half before ultimately battering down Hoffenheim’s defenses. Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel was only too aware of how easily the momentum might have shifted the other way as he analyzed the match with ESPN sideline reporter Archie Rhind-Tutt:
On the positives? Bayern’s set piece work, which shone again — as did the man clearly responsible for them, Tuchel’s assistant Anthony Barry, who Tuchel insisted be brought over from Chelsea FC.
“One of the very best,” as Tuchel said in the post-match interview. “He’s responsible for the set pieces [which] made a difference again today...he’s a top coach.”
This season has seen more variety — as well as potency — in Bayern’s offensive corners, with Joshua Kimmich, Leroy Sané, and even youngster Aleksandar Pavlović taking a turn at corner duties.
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