Bayern crushed a courageous Augsburg side scoring 4 goals and conceding an own goal to win an unprecedented 6th Bundesliga title. Here are some of the thoughts for today’s match.
Physical and high pressing from Augsburg
Augsburg have been playing a physical high-pressing game against top opponents for a while now. After a fighting draw against Leverkusen, it was time for Bayern. Augsburg pressed high and caused all sorts of problems early on in the contest. Not only did they cause problems for the defence and midfield, they also caused Sven Ulreich to play the long ball. The number of fouls committed and the physicality of the game scared me a little bit, to be honest. I was worried that the “April injury curse” would show up again. Fortunately, all went well for Bayern.
Midfield control the key
Corentin Tolisso and Sebastian Rudy had problems keeping control of the ball under the press early on into the contest. Indeed, they gave possession away quite a few times. Augsburg reduced their pressure substantially after Bayern’s first goal. This allowed a little more time and space for Tolisso and Rudy to create plays, resulting in the domination that followed and saw the game through.
Jérôme Boateng’s form
Boateng gave the ball away in the play that resulted in Augsburg’s opener. The error gave a much-needed wakeup call for Boateng. He has shown a clear dip in form. His impact on games grows as time progresses but he needs to switch on as soon as the game gets underway. Big games are coming for Bayern and Germany and Boateng is a key figure for both. This makes it extremely important for him to show his regular world-class performances.
Kimmich to the rescue, Robben’s back
Joshua Kimmich keeps surprising me with his brilliant consistency. He delivers world-class performances, one after another. Kimmich set up the first goal and nutmegged the defender to set up the second. The first half of this game completely belonged to him. Arjen Robben was maybe feeling a little left out and joined in the party in the second half. As per usual, he scored a scorcher of a goal. When the right-sided duo of Kimmich and Robben are buzzing, there is very little the opposition can do about it.
Forget all the flaws and negatives for today and revel in Bayern’s record-breaking Bundesliga title win. The team came back from a slump after Carlo Ancelotti’s sacking. Indeed, winning the league so convincingly is a testament to the quality of Die Roten. Now that the title has been sealed, it is party time. However, and knowing Jupp Heynckes, he will focus wholly on the Champions League return leg against Sevilla starting tomorrow.