With all of the talk surrounding Bayern Munich over the course of the last few weeks, many felt as if they could crumble in front of the world during their huge clash with Borussia Dortmund this weekend. Alas, with the lights on bright and with a lot of pressure on their shoulders, they answered their critics in a huge way with an emphatic 4-0 triumph over their rivals.
A huge win
From the first minute right up until the full time whistle, it felt as if Bayern were bullying Dortmund out there. The visitors’ struggles this season have also been well documented as both sides chase the likes of Borussia Monchengladbach and RB Leipzig at the top of the table, but either way, this was the definition of a subpar performance that could lead to executive changes of their own over the course of the next few weeks.
Hansi Flick was taking charge of the game for Bayern as they continue to go in search of a new manager, but they won’t be thinking about that all too much after Robert Lewandowski’s opener put a lot of concerns amongst the home fans at ease. Dortmund lost Jadon Sancho due to injury before half time to ramp up the pressure considerably, and after the half time interval, a tap-in from Serge Gnabry ensured that Bayern were in a great position to secure all three points.
Making a statement
The minutes ticked by until the final 15 minutes and while Dortmund were pressing, they never really seemed to be in any form of control. Then, in a crazy four minute spell, Lewandowski scored a second and Mats Hummels turned the ball into his own net to hand the reigning Champions of Germany a huge win in their push to retain the title.
Bayern will now enjoy their international break as the search for a new permanent manager goes on, but upon returning, they’ll face a crazy run of games against Fortuna Dusseldorf, Red Star Belgrade, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Monchengladbach and Tottenham Hotspur. Borussia Dortmund will be returning to action against Paderborn, before travelling to the Nou Camp in search of a big result against Barcelona in the Champions League.
Bayern Munich: Neuer (6.5), Davies (8.5), Alaba (7.5), Martinez (7.5), Pavard (8), Kimmich (7), Coman (8.5), Muller (8.5), Goretzka (6.5), Gnabry (8), Lewandowski (9), Thiago (6.5), Perisic (6.5), Coutinho (6)
Borussia Dortmund: Burki (5.5), Hakimi (5.5), Akanji (5.5), Hummels (5.5), Schulz (6), Witsel (5.5), Weigl (6), Sancho (6), Brandt (6), Hazard (6), Gotze (6.5), Alcacer (5.5), Guerreiro (6), Rues (6)
Referee: Felix Zwayer
Goals: Lewandowski x2, Gnabry, Hummels OG
Yellow Cards: Kimmich, Coman, Reus
Red Cards: N/A
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