A plucky VfL Wolfsburg side frustrated FC Bayern, but persistence paid off in the end for the Bavarians, who will benefit from squad rotation.
Shaky rotated lineup
The first major talking point of Bayern’s visit to Wolfsburg was the completely new lineup. There was evidence of clear miscommunication between the players. This allowed Yunus Malli and Daniel Didavi to combine and take the lead.
The lack of understanding was complete. Bayern only fired four shots in that first half, with only one from inside of the penalty box. There was little to no impetus to create something despite having a monstrous 77% of the ball.
Successful Thiago return
Thiago Alcântara has slowly but surely become the engine of Bayern’s midfield. His return from three-month long an injury is a welcome addition to Bayern’s morale. He played a good game, recycling possession and keeping the pressure on. A good return to competitive matches with 60 odd minutes on pitch is a good return for the Spanish magician.
Bayern returned from the break with renewed vigour. Quick passing with Wolfsburg’s dropping deep helped Bayern become more dangerous as the game carried on. This led to two goals for a complete comeback. A brilliant Arjen Robben cross headed in accurately by Sandro Wagner. Arjen won a penalty late on, drawing a foul from Gianluca Itter. Robert Lewandowski converted the subsequent penalty for the win.
Since the start of the Rückrunde, Bayern’s defence has looked shaky with a clear a lack of stability. Conceding goals has become frequent, caused by numerous mistakes. As we head into the business end of season, this needs to be rectified.
Sebastian Rudy has become a slight problem in the recent weeks. Sebastian looks more and out of place with each matchday. It is looking more evident that he will not be able to step up after all. Does he have what it takes to stay in Munich?