News : German champions Bayern Munich beat Borussia Mönchengladbach – The five stars
The scene of the game: It is part of the nature of the world class that it no longer has to prove itself – and yet does it all the time. Robert Lewandowski is a world footballer, he scored his obligatory goal against Borussia Mönchengladbach after just two minutes, and he and his teammates could look forward to the championship title before kick-off. Why, after 34 minutes, did Lewandowski throw a Müller pass, chipped into the penalty area, into the goal with a sideways puller? Because he can.
The result: Basically, FC Bayern Munich can usually do it. In the home game against Gladbach, they obviously wanted too. It was already 4-0 at the break, overall Borussia was beaten 6-0 by the Niederrhein. Read the match report here.
It is official: It has not been realistic for a while that Bayern would gamble away their championship. About an hour before kick-off, arch rivals Borussia Dortmund made it theoretically fix with a 3-2 win against RB Leipzig. For Bayern this means another star on the jersey. The 30th title in the Bundesliga era qualifies Bayern for the additional jewelry that is embroidered around the coat of arms. The shirt will no longer make it all the way to the Milky Way: The regulations do not provide for more than the quintet.
The first half: While it was no longer about anything for Bayern, Gladbach was still fighting for the Europa League or Conference League on paper – and even that is not yet certain. You didn’t notice anything on the square. Bayern not only dominated, they also made their superiority look incredibly easy. A dropkick by Lewandowski (2nd minute), a deflected shot by Thomas Müller (23rd), said side puller (34th) and a counterattack that Kingsley Coman completed (44th): The Munich break was not a goal too low.
Sabotaged record hunt: Even Thomas Müller can still reach for a historical record – namely his own from the previous season, when the current ex-national player made 21 templates. He almost screwed his assist number to 18 this year, but the preparatory work for Lewandowski’s second goal was not given to Müller due to minimal contact with the opponent. You can not have everything.
The second half: The Bavarian superiority was no longer quite as overwhelming as in the first half. However, this was solely due to the fact that the record champions withdrew a little. It was enough to score two goals: First Leon Goretzka headed the ball to Gladbach’s Florian Neuhaus, and Lewandowski used the penalty for a hat trick (66th). Shortly before the end, Serge Gnabry finally served Leroy Sané the ball on a silver platter, after 6-0, the Gladbach team finally survived the evening (86th).
In a nutshell: For two Bayern jokers, the game ended earlier than expected: Goretzka lasted ten minutes before he had to give way for Tanguy Nianzou. The French youngster was kept on the lawn for five minutes. Then referee Tobias Stieler pulled out the red card after the video evidence revealed an emergency brake against Breel Embolo.
The zero straddle: A compatriot Nianzous deserves a little special praise at this point: Benjamin Pavard only grabbed the ball from Denis Zakaria’s foot when it threatened to break through the Bavarian back four (56th). Pavard later threw himself into an Oscar Wendt shot and thwarted Gladbach’s perhaps most dangerous chance before she reached the goal (84th). This often goes unmentioned, we don’t want to be like that today.
One more: After his hat trick, Lewandowski now has 39 goals this season. He still has two game days to set or exceed Gerd Müller’s 40-goal record from the 1971/72 season, the opponents are Freiburg and Augsburg. It doesn’t seem advisable to bet against Lewandowski.
In the footsteps of Dynamo: If you only look at Europe’s top leagues, then with the ninth title win in a row, FC Bayern has discontinued the historic Juventus brand, which were always champions in Italy from 2012 to 2020. There is one club in Germany that has had a long run: Berlin’s FC Dynamo, now a fourth division, secured every championship in the GDR major league from 1979 to 1988. So even after this season there are still records that Bayern can strive for.