Bayern Munich vs Viktoria Plzen: 6 Things We Learned
Bayern Munich continued their march to retaining the European Champions League on Wednesday night with an intimidating 5-0 win over Czech side Viktoria Plzen at the Allainz Arena in Munich.
Pep Guardiola's side were truly at odds with the amount of chances they created throughout the game and in truth should have scored a lot more than just five goals, as Plzen simply held on for dear life.
Franck Ribery kicked things off with a penalty, after being brought down in the 25th minute, before David Alaba's exquisite individual run made it two before half time. Once the break was over, the gates truly opened and Bayern effectively went to town on their visitors for the evening.
To see what we took from the one-sided affair, click Begin Slideshow.
Bayern Wont Play an Easier Game All Season
With 35 attempts in total and 18 shots on goal, Bayern Munich walked through this game with a dominance that is almost never seen in professional football.
Equally as impressive for Guardiola's side is the fact that Plzen didn't even manage to amount a single shot on goal throughout the entire match, or even a solitary chance at all.
In a competition heralded as the greatest in the domestic sport, it's worth noting how rare such an easy victory will come about for the European champions.
Mario Gotze Continues Run of Form
In a match that showed much of Bayern's impeccable talents, it was Mario Gotze who came on and again stole the show with a goal and an assist despite only playing for around 25 minutes.
Wednesday night's performance takes the golden boy to a goal and three assists in just six appearances since coming back from long-term injury. A welcome sign for one of the Bayern's most important players this season.
Franck Ribery at His Best
With a simple pass from Arjen Robben to Franck Ribery on the edge of the box, the Plzen defenders shuffled toward the French attacker with notable nerves.
Backing off in their pair, the Parisian poacher continued his approach toward the defenders before jostling right only to turn back onto his left and shimmy into the box. The defenders were stunned as they watched in amazement. Ribery then tore down on goal and casually chipped the ball over the oncoming goalkeeper.
A moment of brilliance that Bayern fans are beginning to grow more accustomed to. Franck Ribery is playing some of his best football at the moment, and it's suiting the club perfectly well.
Contento Makes Surprise Start at Centre Back
With Jerome Boateng currently sitting through his suspension and Dante out injured, it was up to Guardiola to find two alternative choices to sit in the heart of Bayern's defence on Wednesday night.
Daniel Van Buyten was the obvious fill-in, but most didn't expect the new coach to opt for Diego Contento over the positionally suited Jan Kirchhoff. Yet the full-back did just fine and, as ever, the ex-Barcelona coach continues to surprise and impress in equal measures.
Alaba Continues Unusual Goalscoring Form
David Alaba is an excellent footballer. The 21-year-old left-back was in outstanding form on Wednesday night with a wonderful individual goal to put his side up 2-0, something that has become a signature move for the attacking defender.
Alaba's goal made it three for the season in just 10 games. Add to that another three assists, and you quickly realise just how outstanding this young man is at his game.
Bayern Move Closer to Qualification
With Bayern's emphatic 5-0 win over Viktoria Plzen, the German champions saw their 100 percent record continue with nine points from their first three games, and they hold on to their place at the top of Group D.
Although Bayern are still to travel to Russia to face CSKA and the Czech Republic for the return match against Plzen, they'll be more than confident of winning both games, as well as the home tie against Manchester City, and advancing to the next stage of the Champions League.