FC Nurnberg vs. Bayern Munich: 6 Things We Learned
Bayern Munich continued with winning ways today in what was the second Bavarian derby of the current Bundesliga campaign as Pep Guardiola's men overcame a stiff Nurnberg opposition by two goals to nil.
The Bavarian champions have struggled when travelling to their Bundesliga neighbours in the past with just one win in their last six trips to Nurnberg's Frankenstadion ahead of today's game. But through some grit and solid determination die Red were able to eventually take all three points.
Here is what we took from today's Bavarian derby.
New Records for Neuer and Muller
Bayern Munich have an impeccable record away from home in the Bundesliga this season, and today's win over Nurnberg added to such a feat. Yet it was the personal records of Bayern's two most prominent young players—Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller—who defined such an important win for the club.
Although the team's own away record is slightly larger, the goalkeeper and forward have now both taken part in 28 consecutive away victories for their club; tremendous records from two very important players.
Nurnberg's Transformation Is Still on
The headlines for today's game will undoubtedly be reserved for the might of Bayern Munich's continued excellence, yet what we must remember is just how well Nurnberg did and what Gertjan Verbeek's side accomplished despite relinquishing all three points.
In contrast to the manner in which Eintracht Frankfurt completely capitulated in the presence of the Bayern juggernaut, Der Club stood toe-to-toe with the current German and European champions and did themselves proud.
Strong Performance from Philipp Lahm in His 250th Game
Philipp Lahm has done well to characterise the unbeatable nature of Bayern Munich this season as Pep Guardiola's captain and new defensive midfield general.
Yet the performance he put in today was one that should encapsulate most of this current season as he took Nurnberg to task and ultimately scored the second goal to finish off the tie. Not bad for a player on his 250th Bundesliga appearance.
Mandzukic Scores... Again
On a matchday that saw Borussia Dortmund score five and Bayern Munich striker to be, Robert Lewandowski, score a brace, it was important for Mario Mandzukic to step up and again prove his worth to the Bayern first team.
As such we again saw the striker step in where others in the squad have struggled in the manner of performing as a competent and complete forward. Three goals and two assists in his last three starts will certainly make most think twice about offering Lewandowski as a straight swap next season.
Record-Breaking Start for Thiago
The plaudits for young Thiago Alcantara have been virtually non-stop over the past three or four weeks. But today's match, in which he started over fellow central midfielder Toni Kroos for the second match in a row, was something of a record in the Bundesliga.
Alongside Isaac Vorsah and Robert Kovac, Thiago has now equalled the record of winning his first 10 games in the Bundesliga. One more win in his next start for Bayern and the young Spaniards' bright start to life in Germany will go down in history.
Bayern Avoid Potential Upset to Stay Top
Bayern Munich were made to work for their three points today yet the victory ultimately proved to be somewhat inevitable due to the nature of their form this season.
With two goals at one of the trickiest away ties in Germany for the Munich side, Bayern have continued their 100 percent record in 2014 with four wins out of four as they continue to sit atop of the Bundesliga table with a comfortable 13-point lead.
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