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A goal and the support of Thomas Müller pulled Bayern over the line, but the performance was a huge improvement

Although almost everything goes wrong at certain points this season, Bayern Munich still wins game after game.Usually, it would be attributed to the incredible mentality of the team or the quality of the players at our disposal – but to be honest it’s really up to a group of five key players

Thomas Müller, Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, Kingsley Coman and Manuel Neuer These five have been carried by Bayern on their backs this season.Unlike last year, when everyone played a key role in victories, it now seems as if one of the players named above would pull Bayern over the line again and again

Today Müller scored and assisted while Lewy bagged the opener. On other days, Neuer saves sure-fire goals or Kimmich dominates the midfield (and scores clutch goals) You get the picture These five players have an extraordinary impact on the Bayern system and it’s honestly scary how much we rely on them.Last year, people like Alphonso Davies, Leon Goretzka, David Alaba and Serge Gnabry regularly shared the praise – no more

In a way, it seems like Bayern are less of a team right now. These five individual players are just amazing to look at, but you can’t help but miss the days when the whole team contributed as a cohesive unit, get me not wrong, the posts are still there, but they are a bit subdued and have far less impact – which is perhaps why Bayern have been struggling so much lately

Today’s schedule was far more conservative by Hansi Flick.While the backline didn’t have the changes people were asking for – David Alaba and Jerome Boateng continued to start via Niklas Sule while Benjamin Pavard repeated his role as right-back – he left that The defensive line fell back a few yards and had the strikers pushing much more aggressively than in previous games

Freiburg made it through the first half with almost no attack on their name and they didn’t get much better in the second. Sure they scored a goal, but it was an unlucky set piece. Their biggest chance came in the night last minutes of the game when Nils Petersen hit the crossbar – but by that point Hansi Flick had lost all of his starting midfield and probably wanted to see the game

The xG card for the game (via Understat) shows that Bayern had the overwhelming advantage in this game and should score a lot more points given the chances they had:

Overall, this was a good response from a Bayern team that has been under fire lately. Freiburg came into play as a team in form and they were played solidly despite what was going on, which is a good way to build confidence for the players – hopefully Flick can now inspire the team for the second half of the season

Benjamin Pavard didn’t make any catastrophic mistakes in this game, but he wasn’t good either.It feels a bit reductive to keep mentioning this after every game, but Bayern’s right-back position is a source this season Countless Problems When Pavard plays, he is not active enough in the offensive phase and is far too easily bypassed in defense. The less that is said about Sarr, the better

It comes to a point where Chris Richards should really look more at the right-back, the American may be green, but he has a lot of potential and can only get better with minutes after Bayern had a narrow lead on the weekend Flick might play against Augsburg in the middle of the week. Or maybe not – outside of Jamal Musiala, the coach was very reluctant to entrust his younger players with key roles in the squad

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Source: https://www.bavarianfootballworks.com/2021/1/17/22235861/bayern-munich-vs-freiburg-observations-match-analysis-thomas-muller-robert-lewandowski-kimmich-alaba