Bayern Munich may have statistically had their worst start to the Championship season in twelve years, but they are now second in the standings after 10 days, chasing leaders Union Berlin, who remain four steps ahead after their success against in Dortmund (2-0) a little earlier. Ten-time defending champions, the Bavarians are slowly regaining their tactical consistency with the presence of a true centre-forward on Sunday, Cameroonian international Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting.
In this configuration so far voluntarily released by coach Nagelsmann, and despite the absence of Thomas Müller and Manuel Neuer, injured, of Kingsley Coman, suspended, but also of Benjamin Pavard, who remained on the bench at kick-off until reaching the right of Dayot Upamecano in the defense of four planes (76th), the Munich team quickly finished Freiburg on Sunday (5-0). His offensive animation, associated with the return of his efficiency, prevailed in this game at the top of the Bundesliga, which showed, if necessary, that Bayern know how to impose their personality on big domestic games.
Freiburg had only lost once this season.
Already qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League, with four hits in four European games, the Bavarians went ahead from the 13th minute after a good team build. In the area, Leroy Sané ran into Mark Flekken for the first time at close range. But the ball returned to Gnabry in the area. Launched, the German striker managed to deceive the Dutch goalkeeper with a powerful header placed (1-0).
That is the number of goals scored by Bayern in sixteen official games since July 30, in all competitions this season.
The break materialized twenty minutes later thanks to the quality of Sané’s pass, which found Choupo-Moting deep on the outside of the right foot. The former PSG striker shielded the ball from him on his forward run against Matthias Ginter, before hitting his low cross shot (2-0, 33rd).
Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting scored his first Bundesliga goal of the season (StefanMatzke/Witters)
2nd in the standings at the start of the match, Freiburg have only had one loss this season before reaching the Allianz Arena. And it is also the first time this season that the Black Forest club, impressive in the Europa League at Nantes on Thursday (4-0), was led so quickly. And again, Flekken had avoided the worst for this third trip in just a week by repelling a point-blank shot from Gnabry (39th) with his right shin.
Precious Choupo-Moting on pivot
The second period quickly confirmed the Bavarian attacking force and, in particular, the active participation, as a pivot, of Choupo-Moting in Bayern’s game. A heel fall by Gnabry allowed the latter to shoot across the post (52nd). With the same gesture, the Cameroonian opted for Sané in the following minute. Out of his shaft percussion, the German striker attempted a grazed shot out of Flekken’s reach (3-0, 53rd).
And the Austrian defender Philipp Lienhart did not appreciate a deep ball, forgetting Sadio Mané behind his back. Only at the penalty spot did the Senegalese easily dispatch the Dutch goalkeeper (4-0, 55th). At the end of the match, Marcel Sabitzer completed the demonstration against (5-0, 80th).
Since July 30, Bayern have played sixteen games in all competitions. And he already has 53 goals. His trip to the second round of the German Cup in Augsburg on Wednesday, the only place where he suffered a defeat this season (0-1, September 17), offers him the prospect of a great revenge.
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