Bayern Munich has made significant attempts talismans Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller, ensuring a crucial victory 2-1 over Borussia Mönchengladbach thanks to goals from Joshua Zirkzee (26th) and Leon Goretzka (86th). They would have been able to win the title in the Bundesliga with three points against the team of Marco Rose, but Borussia Dortmund beat Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-0 earlier in the day of the match. Bayern, however, can win the title in the middle of the week against Werder Bremen at the Weserstadion.
After the match, there were mixed reactions of the two camps, reflecting on what was far from a good performance according to the standards of one team or the other. Die Fohlen only recorded a total of two shots on target to six Total chances, but they have been threatening to a handful of occasions and has had to deal with losing the man before Marcus Thuram to the injury in the tenth minute.
Pavard gets bought out
Benjamin Pavard has given a lifeline to Gladbach just before half-time when he hit the ball in the back of the net of Manuel Neuer, leveling the match at 1-1. He had to make an attempt to permission that Jonas Hoffman was waiting to put a foot on patrick Hermann’s well-placed cross. Hansi Flick has praised the professionalism of his at right-back continue to hold despite this error (TZ): “Benji is simply 100 per cent professional. All the more pleasant that it helped the goal today.
Flick believed that miss Müller and Lewandowski who has gone Müller and has also been a blessing in disguise for them to have time to rest and recuperate before another week of English: “In the end, it is a victory. Three real big points. I’m not speaking of players who are not there now. It is obvious that Robert and Thomas help us always. Now, they can recover for a few days and then it is clear that they will be able to play against Bremen. “
Disappointment for Lucas Hernandez
The two substitutions flick made it half way in the second half really helped to trigger Bayern in front when he brought on Alphonso Davies and Kingsley Coman to replace Michael Cuisance and Lucas Hernandez.
It was an early rare for Hernandez at the back left, and he looked disappointed when he was subbed off, but Flick explained that it was a decision that he had to take to change the game: “It is simply the case that Alphonso helps us extremely with his dynamism. Lucas did a good job and I am sure he was sad when he had to withdraw. Bring the two players was the decisive factor for us.
Goretzka and Neuer recognize the passive approach
Leon Goretzka has again been one of the most powerful Bayern. His goal in the 86th minute was well deserved and sealed three important points. After the match, however, he admitted that his team was a little off today due to the change in tactics that they were trying to deply: “Otherwise, we play really 90 minutes of pressure. Today, we wanted to come over to a compact configuration. It is well that we have won at the end. On the physical plane, it was an extreme challenge today. Also because we have made life difficult in the second half.
Neuer also said that the game Bayern was different against ‘Gladbach, similar to the way they played against Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-final DFB-Pokal earlier in the week (FCBayern.com): “It was similar after the semi-final of the DFB Cup. You are even more happy when it is a little tight and you earn at the end of the day. We have made a step closer to the title. We are good to seal the victories of battle also. We played differently today, we do not have dominated possession so much, we focused on our press middle of the pitch. We leave the ball in a certain extent. It was our plan today.
From the point of view of Gladbach, they may feel as if they deserved at least a point at the Allianz Arena. Marco Rose was left to rue the chances missed by his team at the beginning of the game, and also in the phases of the arrival after the goal of Goretzka: “We conceded goals avoidable against us, but they have also been the result of our daring play. We would have had to score one or two more goals today. If you want to take something away from Munich, you must make the most of your chances. It is simply the way Bayern believe in to be able to achieve the maximum success until the end. This is what we want to achieve.