With or without Lewandowski, Bayern is the boss. The Bavarians took a very big step on Saturday, winning the Bundesliga for the ninth time in a row. Four days before their meeting with the Paris SG of the Champions League, their runner-up Leipzig won 1-0.
The captain of Bavaria, Manuel Neuer, was obviously very happy. He said: “This is an important step towards the title, and we don’t want to let it go.”
However, the absence of Robert Lewandowski made “Rekordmeister” an obstacle. The 32-year-old Polish striker is currently in a life-and-death situation. He suffered a knee injury to the Polish team last week and may have to stay for another three weeks.
At the kick-off, coach Hansi Flick chose to replace him with former Paris SG Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who stayed in Munich during the international competition , Compared to the other forward candidate Serge Gnabry (Serge Gnabry) is fresher, all three of them are exhausted to play against the German team in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Three Frenchmen started from Bayern, Kingsley Coman, Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard, three Frenchmen started from Leipzig, Dayotte Upamecano, injured Returning from serious injuries, Christopher Nkunku and Notti Mukelle.
In his “Red Bull Arena” behind closed doors, RB is the strongest player, monopolizing the ball from the beginning until Bayern found a rhythm. But after 30 minutes of the game, the two goalkeepers still have nothing to do, and the intense and rhythmic battle is not necessarily spectacular.
Then there is lightning. Thomas Müller fouled in the area. Choupo-Moting pulled Leipzig’s central defense to the goal. Leon Goretzka took back Muller’s back pass on the rear curtain. At the end of the bright school action (1-0, 38th), the serve was out of control, tense and violent.
When returning from the locker room, Leipzig went all out. But RB subsequently showed its main weakness this season: there is no real shooter. Timo Werner’s departure from Chelsea was not compensated by players of the same level.
A few minutes later, Nkun (47th), Sabitzer (49th), Olmo (52nd and 53rd) found their own scorers. None of them framed their shots! Then Neuer saved his team from two long shots by Sabitzer (56th, 59th).
RB coach Julian Nagelsmann said: “We are clearly the best team. We have a huge opportunity. In all statistics, we are better than our opponents. We have to work hard to become more sober. And take advantage of the opportunities we have created for ourselves.”
The 33-year-old technician admitted: “Our chance to win the title has passed.”