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Five observations of Bayern Munich’s 6-1 win over Werder Bremen

Bayern Munich scored a lot of goals to cap off yet another victory over Werder Bremen (Bremen must be tired of seeing Bayern now). The team got off to a good start again and, although Bremen initially bet on Germany RekordmeisterBayern did the job in style.

Bayern are starting to master the art of chaos

In almost every Bayern match, there tend to be chaotic phases. The first 15 minutes of this game were no exception; however, despite Bremen’s resounding comeback, Bayern quickly scored a few goals to stabilize the ship. Bayern’s ability to moderate chaotic moments speaks well for the team. Look at the last game too – Hertha Berlin scored two quick goals, but Bayern managed to calm the game, hold on to the lead and see the result. (You can also see this with a glass half empty approach, but I see it as glass half full.)

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s most important contributions are not his goals

His goals mean a lot and helped Bayern secure a vital victory against Hertha Berlin. This does not mean that they are his most important contribution. Poplar-Moting sometimes operates as a second #10 and drops to the bottom to allow Serge Gnabry to advance further; sometimes he plays almost like a #11 with Sadio Mané. Overall, it’s his versatility, his ability to play big balls and his ability to pick his moments to play as #9 that add to this team – teams don’t always know how Choupo is playing and that makes this team more unpredictable.

Matthijs de Ligt foul

The small lapses in concentration in the back have increased a bit since De Ligt’s absence. With Matthijs de Ligt, Bayern’s defense looks like an impenetrable rock. Without De Ligt, they are still strong, but not quite the same. If anything, De Ligt makes Dayot Upamecano (who had a lapse in concentration today) a better defender.

Bayern wingers are uniting behind Choupo-Moting

Possibly at the worst possible moment, with the season set to be put on a break due to the World Cup, Serge Gnabry began to organize himself. Sadio Mané has been very bright lately, but he had to go out injured. Leroy Sané has been playing well consistently. Kingsley Coman never fails to disappoint when he shows up. Poplar-Moting gives the attack a focal point; the supporting act takes over and becomes the main act at times. It’s been an absolute pleasure to watch.

Jamal Musiala makes Bayern miss Thomas Müller less

Thomas Müller hasn’t played 90 minutes for Bayern Munich in about a month; you wouldn’t know from how prolific the team was while he was away. Much of this is due to Jamal Musiala quietly slipping into the role of Müller. That’s a huge credit to the young man. Müller will be needed for the biggest games; but for now, Musiala is holding the fort in excellent shape.


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