Bayern won 3 important points against Freiburg to continue this season’s Bundesliga title race with Dortmund. In terms of results, it is successful, but there are many problems hidden deep in it, especially in the attack. Before Freiburg, Bayern was exactly “rescued” by Matthijs de Ligt. The shining moment of the young Dutch midfielder with a melancholy long shot with his right foot helped the Gray Lobster break the balance and win.
Before that goal, coach Thomas Tuchel’s army played at a stalemate when Freiburg actively pulled down the “concrete” squad. The tight defense of the home team made Bayern almost only pass back and forth around the 16m50 round without doing much more. On the day Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was absent, Serge Gnabry was arranged to kick the plug, but left an extremely faint impression. Other spearheads of Bayern on the flanks like Sadio Mane or Leroy Sane are also completely harmless, lacking the ability to penetrate.
In fact, Bayern’s offensive ability was questioned in the 1-2 defeat against Freiburg in the quarter-finals of the German Cup on April 5. In that match, Bayern’s only goal also came from a central defender: Dayot Upamecano. Gray Lobster launched up to 16 shots, but only 4 times the ball hit the target.
That is enough to see that Bayern’s attacking “machine” is malfunctioning. It should be remembered that earlier this month, Bayern still played very jubilantly when they shot 4 goals against Dortmund in the German Super Classic match. Freiburg may be more certain than Dortmund, but it is unusual for Bayern’s attack to be empty in both matches.
Most worryingly, Bayern’s slowdown comes at the right time when they are about to march to Manchester as a guest of Man City in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals. This morning (April 9,), Pep Guardiola’s teachers and students “faced” Bayern with a strong 4-1 victory over Southampton, in which attacking stars like Erling Haaland, Jack Grealish or Kevin De Bruyne all played up. Hoa – in stark contrast to what the Gray Lobster performed in the last 2 matches. Of course, comparing the performances of the two clubs in two different leagues is disproportionate. However, relatively speaking, Man City’s attack is clearly superior. In the last 4 matches in all arenas, the Green Man hit the opponent’s net… 21 goals and only conceded 2 times.
When asked about the ineffectiveness of Bayern’s attack in the last two matches, coach Tuchel said: “We also scored a lot of goals against Dortmund, and then missed the opportunities we had in the National Cup. . Usually we have enough quality and chances to score more goals. But in the end it didn’t matter. Today, we had a centre-back to score again, which is a good thing instead of unusual.” The words of the former Chelsea captain show that he is trying to defend his students. However, be careful, because Man City is not Freiburg.
Haaland is the “fiendish god” of Bayern
In the previous 7 matches against Bayern, all from his time at Dortmund, striker Erling Haaland has 5 times to hit the opponent’s net. This is a remarkable statistic for Bayern, because the Norwegian star will almost certainly lead Man City’s attack in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League here.