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    Lewandowski stakes his claim for the Balon d’Or as Bayern thrash Leverkusen 5-1

    Lewandowski stakes his claim for the Balon d'Or as Bayer thrash Leverkusen 5-1 
    Lewandowski stakes his claim for the Balon d’Or as Bayern thrash Leverkusen 5-1 


    Bayern Munich reclaimed first place in the Bundesliga with a 5-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday. It was a statement win for the Rekordmeister, who moved ahead of Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga rankings following the conclusion of this weekend’s round of fixtures.

    Bayern was the dominant team from the start, particularly after Robert Lewandowski scored an early goal with a clever flick. Bayer Leverkusen had been having a fantastic season up until this point, but Gerardo Seoane’s dubious tactics saw them try to push Bayern high up the pitch, exposing too many spaces in the process.

    Their defensive players were also shaky, struggling to play the ball out from the back and passing in a way that was far too predictable. Bayern took advantage of this weakness to put the game out of reach in the first half, with Lewandowski doubling his tally in the 20th minute, followed by goals from Thomas Muller and Serge Gnabry, who scored a brace to put the Bavarians up 5-0 at the break.

    After the restart, though, Leverkusen were a considerably superior side, with Seoane seeing his errors and opting for a more pragmatic approach. It also paid off, with Patrik Schick scoring a consolation goal, but the 42-year-old had no positives to take away from his humiliating defeat.

    Manuel Neuer: 6.5/10

    Manuel Neuer had nothing to do with the game as Bayer Leverkusen struggled to create many scoring chances. He couldn’t have done much to stop Schick’s effort, though he did make a great second-half save to keep Leverkusen from scoring their second goal of the evening.

    Niklas Sule: 7.5/10

    For the opposition, Niklas Sule’s tall frame is typically deceiving, and today was no exception. When he got forward in the right-back position, the German international showed off his silky movement while remaining resolute at the back. He also contributed a key assist, demonstrating his attacking abilities.

    Dayot Upamecano: 7.5/10

    Dayot Upamecano had a few issues with Schick, particularly in physical duels. His quickness, on the other hand, was a huge benefit for Bayern, as it allowed him to deal with any possible threat from Leverkusen long balls. The new signing continued to impress under Julian Nagelsmann with a brilliant defensive display.

    Lucas Hernandez: 7/10

    With another strong performance at the heart of Bayern’s four-man backline, Lucas Hernandez demonstrated his composure and tenacity. Along with his fellow countrymen Upamecano, the Frenchman appears to be establishing himself as the unquestioned first-choice centre-back for the Bavarians.

    Alphonso Davies: 7.5/10

    With his marauding runs out wide, Alphonso Davies posed a threat to the Leverkusen defence. It made Jeremie Frimpong’s life difficult, as he had a nightmare of a game. The Canadian international also assisted on Lewandowski’s second goal, but happily, for Leverkusen, his night was cut short when Nagelsmann came in to replace him around the 40th-minute mark, as a precautionary measure.

    Joshua Kimmich: 8.5/10

    Joshua Kimmich put on a midfield masterclass, controlling the middle of the pitch with his great ball distribution and poise. The absence of ball-winners such as Charles Aranguiz and Robert Andrich in the Leverkusen lineup made it even easier for the former Stuttgart midfielder to assert his dominance, with the midfielder also assisting on many goals.

    The fact that Kimmich was in charge of the middle of the park made it simpler for Leon Goretzka to show off his box-to-box skills. He was a frequent connector between attack and midfield, moving up and down the channels. Bayern was aided by his tenacity in regaining possession of the ball.

    Serge Gnabry: 10/10

    In this stunning effort, Serge Gnabry was without a doubt Bayern Munich’s best player. On the right side, he was a nightmare for Mitchell Bakker, causing all sorts of difficulties for him while joining up with his teammates in the final third. His finishing in front of goal was the most spectacular feature of his play, with the winger scoring two goals in the first half.

    Thomas Muller: 8/10

    Thomas Muller did what he does best in the final third: he found gaps. This time, the Germans were crucial in occupying the opposition defenders and allowing players like Kimmich and Goretzka greater leeway. His link-up play was also outstanding, and the veteran attacker rounded off an outstanding performance with a goal in the first half.

    Leroy Sane: 8.5/10

    With his quickness and cleverness on the flanks, Leroy Sane made another great impression. Frimpong, the former Manchester City winger, wasn’t directly involved in any of the goals, but his impact in helping Bayern Munich dominate their opponents in the first half was enormous.

    Robert Lewandowski: 9/10

    With a clever flick, Robert Lewandowski found the early opener, demonstrating why he is the best striker in the world. The Pole then displayed some mesmerizing abilities and link-up play with his teammates before scoring his second and taking the lead in the Torjagerkanone race. Nagelsmann, on the other hand, took him off early because he was focused on the upcoming game.


    Josip Stanisic: 7/10

    In the 40th minute, Josip Stanisic came in to replace Davies, providing much greater consistency in the build-up. Has the potential to be a first-team player for Bayern Munich.

    Marcel Sabitzer: 7/10

    Marcel Sabitzer, who came on for Goretzka at halftime, had a fantastic game. He was forceful in his challenges and provided his team with a few scoring opportunities.

    Jamal Musiala: 7/10

    Jamal Musiala probed and asked questions to the Leverkusen during the final half-hour of the game.

    Kingsley Coman: 6/10

    Kingsley Coman offered the pace and trickery after replacing Muller around the hour mark.

    Omar Richards: N/A

    A late replacement for Sule. Did not play enough to warrant a rating.


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      John Adeleke

      this one no be small thrashing

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    • #26407

      they have the baddest striker in the planet so i am not surprised

    • #26436

      Five unreply goals? That is serious thrashing.

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