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Four-goal victory flattered Bayern Munich, Nagelsmann claims

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 19 Mar 2022

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Julian Nagelsmann believes Bayern Munich’s 4-0 victory over Union Berlin flattered the Bundesliga leaders, claiming his side deserved to win, but not by such a large margin.

After first-half goals from Kingsley Coman and Tanguy Nianzou put Bayern in a commanding position at the Allianz Arena, Robert Lewandowski scored either side of half-time to extend their lead at the summit to seven points.

Lewandowski has now hit 30 Bundesliga goals in five separate seasons, a record which can only be matched by the legendary Gerd Muller in the competition’s history.

Meanwhile, Bayern have not failed to score in any of their last 74 Bundesliga matches, but Nagelsmann said his team’s performance did not warrant such a handsome margin of victory.

“I’m satisfied with the result,” Nagelsmann told reporters. “You have to take it the way it is. We allowed two big chances in the first half. Manuel [Neuer] held up great.

“That’s what happens when you defend so high, [but] our defenders did great, Nianzou has scored a goal. 

“In the crucial moments we had the luck that we didn’t have against [Bayer] Leverkusen and Hoffenheim.

“The fourth goal decided the game. The success was deserved, but not of that magnitude.”

Union Berlin striker Taiwo Awoniyi caused problems for the hosts, while Neuer was forced into one fine save by defender Robin Knoche, but Bayern’s attack racked up 16 attempts at goal and created 2.54 expected goals (xG) in a rampant display.

Neuer, meanwhile, set a new record for the most Bundesliga wins recorded by a single player, overtaking fellow Bayern goalkeeping great Oliver Kahn with his 311st victory in the competition. 

Neuer also required just 460 Bundesliga appearances to reach that tally, some way short of the 557 games needed by Kahn to set the previous record of 310.

“The save against Knoche is extraordinary,” Nagelsmann said when asked about Neuer’s achievement. “Not everyone can keep it [out].

“It’s a fabulous record, even compared to the games played, that’s extraordinary. But I think he’s far from finished with this number. I hope so!”

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