Bayern End Week With Strong Performance
Julian Nagelsmann made only one change to the side that dispatched Augsburg as Sadio Mané earned a rare day of rest with Kingsley Coman starting in his place.
It was a very good week for the left side of the pitch. Alphonso Davies in particular dominated Augsburg and had another good showing in Hoffenheim.
Both Coman and Mane worked well with the left back to apply a lot of pressure through their speed and passing generally wrecking havoc on the outside.
I have said it many times in the past, but when Davies is in this type of form, Bayern are at their best. Not only did he provide those dynamic runs forward but he made several key defensive plays to prevent goal scoring opportunities.
A lot has been said about our midfield this year. While most were very happy with Sabitzers performance early on, Kimmich was again a divisive topic amongst some of the fan base. There will always be a contingent that sees his best position at right back.
However he and Goretzka have once again proved to form a formidable midfield duo. Their strengths compliment each other in a way that, when they are playing well, allows Bayern to hit their peek form. In particular, Goretzka’s physical presence and strength allow Bayern to not get bossed around so much by physical opponents.
This past week is a perfect example as Augsburg played a particularly aggressive and physical match and Bayern were able to control things, after a shaky early ten minutes.
Again against Hoffenheim, the pair coupled with another strong performance from Musiala and performed very well to play a significant role in Bayern’s comfortable win.
The previous two points played no small role in Bayerns apparent return to form. Those are perhaps the two biggest keys to how well Bayern ultimately does in all competitions this season.
Who scores and the health of our backline are probably the next biggest factors. However, Bayern’s performance in the midfield and ability to create opportunities with their speed on the outside feel like the determining factors this season.
This past week has seen Bayern with very good performances overall and in both of those areas. If they can keep that up, I don’t think there is any real reason to worry for the remainder of the season. However, injuries and/or lack of form could easily derail things.
It still feels as though Nagelsmann will need to work on finding a way for Sabitzer and Gravenberch to provide useful minutes over the remainder of the season. Particuarly, Gravenberch providing some of the physical presence that Goretzka brings could be a huge factor if the German is forced to miss time.