Like fine wine, Pizarro seems to have gotten better with age. Now 35 and playing a squad role for the defending champions, Pizarro rarely gets called on to start. But when he does, as was the case this weekend against Hoffenheim, he shows that he is still capable of dominating a game.
Pizarro started only his fourth game of the season in all competitions. Bayern had already wrapped up the title midweek, but coach Pep Guardiola still demanded perfection and for his side to maintain their impressive unbeaten record.
Taking advantage of the absence of key players rested ahead of their Champions League encounter with Manchester United, Hoffenheim sought out to surprise Bayern and put them under pressure all game long. In the end, they managed to score an unprecedented three goals against the defending champions.
Fortunately, though, Bayern had a response through Pizarro. The Peruvian scored two fantastic goals and set up their third in a great all-around performance. It was the 32nd brace of his Bundesliga career. This season, he has averaged a goal every 80 minutes, an incredible feat for a 35-year-old squad player.