Another record has fallen by the wayside in the Bundesliga. FC Bayern München has established a new record for the highest number of wins in the league.
The win over Düsseldorf turned out to be much easier than initially expected. Fortuna’s defence had been broken only thrice this season. They had lost only one match prior to this one —Mainz had beaten them by scoring a late goal. Düsseldorf today was welcomed harshly to the Bundesliga. They improved in the second half but ultimately conceded a hatful of goals.
Bayern produced dazzling football in the first half. Düsseldorf had absolutely no answers as Bayern passed their way through the defence. Franck Ribery in particular had a brilliant day. He set up Mario Mandzukic for a relatively easy finish for the first goal. The second goal, strangely enough, came off a set piece.
When Bayern scores off a set-piece, you know virtually nothing can go wrong on the day!
A Toni Kroos free-kick saw the ball reach Thomas Müller. Müller’s header was parried by Fabian Giefer; the ball rebounded off of Luiz Gustavo into the net. A third goal came in the second half when Ribery set up Müller again. The strike was wonderful as the ball simply shot into the net.
Three substitutions later, the other two goals arrived. With Lille Metropole (isn’t that a lovely name!) in mind, Jupp Heynckes replaced Kroos with Javier Martinez, Mario Mandzukic with David Alaba and Bastian Schweinsteiger with Rafinha. The two goals arrived extremely late. David Alaba busied himself immediately upon his arrival onto the pitch. He found Müller, who in trademark "Thomas" fashion, awkwardly bundled it in.
Herr Franck produced his final assist of the match as he found Rafinha. Rafinha scored coolly and then produced an exquisite somersault. The goals were perhaps deserved but did mask the one or two troubles that Bayern had at the back. We were assured of a Bayern victory of-course (and no Sweden like comeback). However, seeing Holger Badstuber getting turned out wasn’t pleasant.
Manuel Neuer made a great save to deny Düsseldorf after Badstuber’s error. Düsseldorf could hardly muster anything. Hence, matches can be perfectly clean defensively. Bayern has only conceded two goals this season and scored twenty six.
Nonetheless, one can understand that errors can be forced out of the back four.
Dante’s defensive performances have been flawless though and thus his chances of starting even upon David Alaba’s return remain high.
Alaba by the way replaced Mandzukic as I mentioned earlier allowing Müller to play as a false nine, Bayern has tried this a couple of times this season and it has worked splendidly each time. If Bayern can get a healthy lead on second placed surprise package Frankfurt, they can try this from the start of a match. It was lovely viewing.
Claudio Pizarro was absent from the roster today which can only mean one thing —trouble following Peru trip. Mario Gomez might be seen pretty soon as he is up and running. Just about everybody is back! The lead on Dortmund was extended to 12 points today as the current Deutsch Meister lost the Ruhr derby to a very determined Schalke.
Here is me looking forward to a wonderful two weeks as Bayern takes on Lille, Leverkusen, Kaiserslautern and old bogey side Hamburger SV.