An exquisite chip from Joshua Kimmich almost sealed an eighth Bundesliga title for Bayern Munich on Tuesday night after Hansi Flick’s men were seven points ahead of the Bundesliga.
While Borussia Dortmund showed quality insights against their former rivals, it just wasn’t their day – especially when their biggest stars failed to show up.
But apart from the result, what else should be taken from Der Klassiker? Here are five things we learned from Borussia Dortmund’s clash with Bayern Munich.
Bayern Munich sealed three points for Borussia Dortmund with impressive victory
Jadon Sancho seems far from the beat
Eyes of the football world glued to this match, English football fans will have been bitterly disappointed by the display of Jadon Sancho in the second half.
Clearly struggling with fitness issues, Lucien Favre has decided to give the Briton only 45 minutes of Dortmund’s biggest game this season.
But in all half of football, Sancho has struggled to make a real impact on the game, while showing a lack of experience against the most dominant team in recent Bundesliga history.
Social media fans also noticed his lack of fitness, a Twitter user even calling the 20-year-old “unprofessional”.
They wrote, “Sancho is unprofessional. How can he lose his physical shape in two months, when others have kept the upper hand. What does Ole want?
Jadon Sancho watched the beat and struggled to make an impact after entering as a sub
Sancho made its third consecutive appearance on the bench on Tuesday after having problems with a calf before the Bundesliga returned. If the 100 million pound winger was perfectly fit, that would have been another story, according to Owen Hargreaves.
The 39-year-old told BT Sport: “Jadon has left the bench in three straight games, if he is in good shape, what he should be because he was on the bench, they will have to start him.
“You can see what he can do, he can decide a match in the blink of an eye. Some charming touches came from Sancho, he would have made such a difference if he had started the match.
“I know Dortmund was in good shape for this, but you need your best players to play and he is certainly one of their best. Jadon was smart to play near Ashraf Hakimi who is an exceptional side back, the two are devastating when they leave.
Alphonso Davies is a “cheat code”
While a highly rated youngster did not show up. Bayern Canadian starlet Alphonso Davies in Sancho has received rave reviews.
Davies, who made his senior team debut for Bayern earlier this season, already looks like a world drummer and his performance against Dortmund has made him stand out from the crowd.
The 19-year-old showed beams of energy, marauding from left to right for the German champions, as he denied Erling Haaland a goal with a final recovery challenge in the first half.
Alphonso Davies received rave reviews after playing in Bayern’s 1-0 win over Dortmund
Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku was very impressed with Davies after his performance
With a fast-paced pace, the Ghanaian-born winger has been described as a “cheat code” by Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku, while Thomas Muller hilariously compared him to the character of Looney Tunes “Road Runner” in his post-match interview.
Muller said: “Alphonso is a player with a lot of heart and a lot of power. Extreme power.
“Sometimes he’s not in the best position on the field, but he gets to the opponent when they think” oh, I have time! And then, meep, meep, meep, meep, the Road Runner comes to steal the ball.
Veteran defenders prove themselves
One day when the focus was only on young guns, one cannot forget how critical roles Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng played in keeping this matter low.
The veteran duo showed experience at the big moments and defended impeccably throughout, while the only goal in the game should probably have been saved by Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki.
What makes Hummels’ performance even more impressive is that he picked up a yellow card after 13 minutes, which means he was not able to go wrong for the rest of the competition.
Mats Hummels was brilliant for Dortmund and was not mistaken after his early booking
Jerome Boateng (right) did a superb job of preventing Haaland from scoring at Der Klassiker
The German defender made a vital detour to tip Robert Lewandowski’s late effort to the post, giving Dortmund some hope before the final whistle.
At the other end, Boateng was charged with the difficult task of keeping Haaland, Julian Brandt, Sancho and Thorgan Hazard, which he managed to do as Manuel Neuer and his back line kept a precious white sheet at Signal Iduna Park.
A blow in Boateng’s performance involved a penalty cry for the hosts. The controversial moment came when Boateng lost his footing in anticipation of a Haaland shot.
While on the ground and his back turned, Boateng managed to block Haaland’s shot using his arm, sending the ball for a corner.
There was practically no protest from the hosts and Bayern came out with one. While it remains one of the game’s main topics, it doesn’t take anything away from Boateng’s superb efforts at the heart of Bayern’s defense.
Erling Haaland has graced his lines
One of the battles underway before Tuesday’s shock was the comparison of the prolific goalscorer of each team: Haaland vs Lewandowski.
The two have been on fire in the Bundesliga this season, with Lewandowski leading the league table with 27 astounding goals in 28 games while Haaland has hit the ground since moving from RB Salzburg in January, scoring 10 goals in as many games. come. Der Klassiker.
Haaland’s minutes-to-goals ratio was also higher than that of the Polish forward, the two opposing in the biggest Bundesliga game of the season.
Erling Haaland struggled to replicate his fine scoring form when it counted on Tuesday
Haaland’s day ended miserably when he limped with an injury in the second half
But for Haaland, nothing fell for him. The Norwegian starlet was isolated and often lacked service in advance. When he had a chance to score, his efforts were blocked or he wasted the opportunity.
It would be totally unfair and unjustified to strike him out after the match, but it has shown that he still lacks the vital experience and maturity to win a game of this caliber.
The 19-year-old day ended on a damp note when he limped with an injury, which effectively ended Dortmund’s chances of returning to the game.
Bayern boss Hansi Flick said Tuesday before the match that Haaland should not be compared to Lewandowski. While the comparisons are understandable, it is clear from Tuesday’s no show that the youngster certainly needs a lot more time in the Bundesliga before he can sit with Lewandowski at the top table.
Bayern are kings of Klassiker
Another Der Klassiker, another victory for Bayern Munich.
On their way to winning an eighth consecutive Bundesliga title, their rivalry with Dortmund was fairly one-sided in their favor during their dominant championship race.
In the time they have racked up seven consecutive titles, Bayern have played Dortmund 16 times in the league and have lost three. Three more matches were drawn, making 10 wins for Munich in their league matches since 2012-13.
Joshua Kimmich’s brilliant chip won Bayern Munich’s three points at Signal Iduna Park
While the absence of famous Dortmund support may have played a role in the outcome, that does not change the fact that Bayern have been dominant in this match in recent years.
As long as the yellow wall brings intimidation. Bayern excel in and out of this match.
Munich won in Dortmund in 2020, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2013. It is not a fortress for these teams.
Although not their best performance to date, it does show that Bayern are still the best dog in the league and are some of the favorites to win another league title. For Dortmund, it was a tough dose of reality.