Bayern Munich are German champions for the eighth consecutive time. He beat Werder Bremen with Robert Lewandowski’s 31st Bundesliga goal and sent Borussia Dortmund to -10 tomorrow’s game against Mainz in a useless game for the national title: 180 ‘from the end of the championship, Borussia is arithmetically overcome even if it wins. Flick’s team, technician in the first national title, did not play an extraordinary game, he risked to equalize when he remained in ten for the expulsion of Davies, but also this time it was too much stronger.WITH THE HOLDERS – Flick has deployed the best possible Bayern at the moment, but until Lewandowski’s goal something did not work for the Bavarian team. A step away from his eighth consecutive Meisterschele, from the 29th Bundesliga, from the thirtieth German title, Bayern played without the usual fluency and brilliance. He saw the finish line right there, at hand, but he didn’t seem to have the strength to get there. It is true that there were few spaces, the Werder closed well, 5-4-1 in the defensive phase, always ready to start with the quality of the Bittencourt and Rashica exteriors and arrived with some danger at the conclusion. Speaking of exteriors, those of Bayern just didn’t go: Coman was on the sidelines of the race, Gnabry often made a mistake in crosses and passages and from behind rose a strangely confused Davies. Müller was also a little undertone and the team stood as usual on Kimmich, the real boss of the Bayern game, helped by Goretzka. In the absence of spaces, it would have been up to Coman and Gnabry, with their imagination, to create numerical superiority.
LEWA ALWAYS THINKS – Bayern risked staying in 10 after less than 20 ‘due to a stupid reaction foul by Davies (only warned: it went very well) on Bittencourt. He did not have what he deserved (the penalty kick) for an elbow in the area of Gebre Selassie on Lewandowski, who eventually thought of solving all his team’s problems in his own way. After an action developed from a corner kick, Boateng put the ball back into the area with an assist worthy of Pirlo (and he is a central defender …) on which the best center-forward of Europe of this period slung, Robert Lewandowski: shot on the offside, chest check and before the ball touched the soaked grass of the Weserstadion he put it behind Pavlenka. Lewa-style goal, to be sire of the penalty area.
BALL AT BAYERN – In the second half Bayern increased the ball possession (after 20 ‘it touched 70 percent) and raised the ball recovery line even more. The Werder now went out less and less. Lewandowski scored another anthology goal with a heel strike, but Müller was offside at the time of the assist. Shortly after, the real news: the Pole missed an easy header. It is not news, however, that the assist was from Müller. Rashica and Bittencourt, the best of Werder in the first half, had run out of energy and were replaced, but the game did not change until Davies’ expulsion.
ROSSO DAVIES – Not happy with the risk taken in the first half, the Canadian full back thought it well to be hunted in the 33rd minute with the second yellow for a foul on Veljkovic. Flick removed Gnabry to bring Hernandez in as a left back and deployed Bayern with 4-4-1, moving Müller to the right wing. Coman suddenly woke up to create a goal-ball, rejected by Pavkenka. In numerical parity the Werder had … defended the 0-1 thinking of the goal difference, decisive in the Bundesliga in case of equal points. With one more man, he instead attempted the coup and Neuer placed the parade of the phenomenon on Osako’s header. As Bayern celebrated, Werder saw the specter of relegation approaching.
52 DAYS OF PAUSE (OR ALMOST) – Meisterschele’s early victory paradoxically raises a problem for Bayern Munich. The resumption of the Champions League is 52 days away and in this period the Flick team is planning only one really demanding game, the German Cup final on July 4th against Bayer Leverkusen. In practice, Bayern have to prepare for the final in 18 days with two training matches in the Bundesliga, against Freiburg and Wolfsburg. Then, after the National Cup final, he will have another 34-35 days off before the return of the Champions League round of 16 against Chelseaended 3-0 for the Bavarians in the first leg. If we consider that this season Bayern have already stopped two more times, the first for the 27-day winter break, the second for the 70-day coronavirus, it is reasonable to wonder how his tear-off season will end.
Werder Bremen-Bayern Munich 0-1
WERDER BREMEN (5-4-1): Pavlenka 6.5; Gebre Selassie 6 Veljkovic 6 (43 ‘st Pizarro sv) Vogt 6 (1’ st Langkamp 6) Moisander 6 Friedl 5.5; Bittencourt 6 (17 ‘st Sargent 5.5) Klaassenn 5.5 (38’ st Fullkrug sv) Eggestein 6 Rashica 6 (17 ‘st Bartels 5.5); Osako 5.5. Subs not used: Kapino, Bargfrede, Gross, Selke. Manager: Kohfeldt 6BAYERN MONACO (4-2-3-1): Neuer 7; Pavard 6 Boateng 7 Alaba 6 Davies 5; Kimmich 7 Goretzka 6.5; Coman 5 Müller 6 Gnabry 5.5 (36 ‘st L. Hernandez sv); Lewandowski 7.5. Subs not used: Ulreich, Batista Meier, Cuisance, Odriozola, Richards, Singh, Wriedt, Zirkzee. Coach: Flick
REFEREE: Osmers 5
MARKERS: 43 ‘pt Lewandowski (B)
EXPULSED: 33 ‘st Davies (B) for a second yellow card, both for foul play
ADMONITES: 11 ‘st Eggestein (W), 43’ st Langkamp (W) and 44 ‘st Kimmich (B) for foul play