A unilateral competition for the first 50 minutes
Bayern dominated Eintracht Frankfurt throughout the match. Not having the advantage of being the home team, Bayern have shown why they have the best team and why they are 13 places above Frankfurt in the Bundesliga table. The first twenty minutes were so dominant that it was only a matter of time when the first goal came. Thomas Müller brilliantly opened up the messy defense of Frankfurt and Leon Goretzka finished the attack nicely. Muller himself entered the game sheet four minutes before the end of the first half in a typical Muller finish inside the penalty box. After Lewandowski scored Bayern’s third goal and his 27th of the season a minute after referee Marco Fritz whistled to start the second half, Frankfurt was out of shots. The game, as a contest, watched.
A timely 3-minute brain shift
Frankfurt then had two corners and Martin Hinteregger, who had scored six Bundesliga goals this season before the match, scored both. Two turns and three minutes left a game that was so one-sided completely over his head.
The marking of Bayern is completely delimited for the two corners. Alphonso Davies stopped scoring Hinteregger for the first goal, and Benjamin Pavard had to slow down to pressure the Eintracht’s top scorer this season for the second.
A 3-minute brain shift sometimes occurs. The time had come today, with Bayern leading 3-0 on Tuesday.
The second half of Bayern was not as good as the first. Even though Frankfurt reduced Bayern’s lead, the result was never really in doubt. Alphonso Davies took advantage of Captain Gelson Fernandes’ brain shift and any idea of a miraculous comeback was over almost before it started.
Hansi Flick hesitates to give playing time to non-runners
Mickael Cuisance and Joshua Zirkzee only had five minutes of play in a period in which Bayern had led by three goals for eleven minutes. Could this become troublesome before the match against Borussia Dortmund? Thiago was rested throughout the match today, possibly due to the limited break before Dortmund’s match. If Bayern win against Dortmund, they will be seven points ahead of them in the league. In other words, a win over Dortmund means the league is more or less won.
Therefore, it is surprising that Flick decided not to give Cuisance or Zirkzee any substantial playing time. Using only four of the five possible submarines, Flick decided not to use Javi Martinez, Alvaro Odriozola, Lukas Mai or Oliver Batista Meier.
If Bayern win against Dortmund, Flick’s reluctance to let these players win more minutes doesn’t matter. The best players in Munich play and it will not change if Bayern continue to score.
Although we are at unprecedented times, lack of stamina is a real possibility for players who have been locked out for two months. Will Hansi Flick regret having played Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski for 90 minutes after the Dortmund match?