Robert Lewandowski once again demonstrated his worth for the record champions at FC Bayern’s 5-0 shooting festival against Hertha BSC. The 40-goal mark is possible again for the Pole this season. And Jamal Musiala evokes more and more memories of the young Franck Ribery. Three theses on the victory of Bavaria.
1. This Lewandowski is good for 40 goals again
One shot, one goal – Robert Lewandowski. There is hardly a chance that the world footballer from Poland misses. Even if he hits the bar, he continues and tries everything to get the ball into the net. This was also the case at the Munich 5-0 gala on Saturday against Hertha, to which he contributed three goals.
“He has achieved so much in the last few years and still remains so hungry. He’s incredibly constant, has a great ability to let himself fall between the lines and participates a lot in the game. What makes him special is his variability in the game Finished “, enthused coach Julian Nagelsmann after the final whistle. “He is incredibly dangerous because he can finish with all permitted body parts. He is also incredibly good in character. His greed is extraordinary.”
It was Lewandowski’s goals 299, 300 and 301 in the 333rd appearance for FC Bayern. After club legend Gerd Müller, he is only the second player in club history to break the 300-goal barrier.
In addition, he scored at least one goal against Hertha in his 13th Bundesliga game in a row, setting a personal record. Only “Bomber” Müller had a long run, and in the 1969/70 season even scored in 16 Bundesliga games in a row.
“I’m not thinking of records,” said Lewandowski after the game. “That is part of it, but I focus on my job every game. It is important that the team play well, then I benefit too.” If the 33-year-old is spared from injuries, he can again be expected to score 40 Bundesliga goals.
2. New crowd-pleaser: Musiala has Ribery potential
Not only Lewandowski, the entire Munich offensive worked on Saturday. Also Thomas Müller, the goal scorer for the early 1-0 in the 6th minute, who, in contrast to the previous games, was involved in many other attacks.
Substitute Leroy Sane, who prepared one of the three Lewandowski goals, also played a role. And of course: Jamal Musiala. The 18-year-old was in the starting line-up for Sane and rounded off a perfect week with another strong performance. Shortly after the break, he made it 3-0 with a remarkable flick.
“Jamal,” said Nagelsmann after the game, “justified my trust.” What is special about the super talent? His technical skills. “He has this football pitch mentality,” enthused Nagelsmann. “My biggest job is not to drive it out. He has to keep it.” In addition, Musiala is “incredibly modest” next to the square. Nagelsmann: “He doesn’t celebrate when he plays well or scores a goal.”
The fans also appreciate that. Musiala has long been a crowd favorite, and when he was replaced there were standing ovations for the bearer of hope.
These were scenes that were so reminiscent of the young Franck Ribery, who immediately captivated the fans in the Allianz Arena after moving from Olympique Marseille to the Isar in the summer of 2007 with his carefree style of play on the left wing. Musiala has the potential to become a similarly popular and influential player in Munich.
3. Hertha BSC meets all the criteria of a relegation candidate
FC Bayern showed their “best performance of the season so far” on Saturday, praised Nagelsmann after the game. However, the opponent also made it pretty easy for him. Hertha fulfilled all the criteria of a relegation candidate in the Allianz Arena: With a ball, she presented herself without a concept, without a ball she lacked classification, concentration and galling.
The best example: the 0: 2 from the perspective of the Berliners, when Niklas Stark and Dedryck Boyata switched off after Lewandowski’s crossbar and let the Pole jump over them without resistance. The fact that the alleged defense chief Stark ended the game with a duel rate of 0 percent said everything about the devastating defensive performance of Pal Dardai’s team.
“We didn’t have a chance today,” Dardai summed up afterwards. Except for a mini-opportunity by Davie Selke at the beginning of the game, they had “offered nothing offensively,” said the coach. “I didn’t think we’d come here and play so shocking. The body language, the insecurity – that’s not nice. You need leading players. We have to worry.”
The sporting management around managing director Fredi Bobic, sporting director Arne Friedrich and investor Lars Windhorst announced after the game that they wanted to get together and advise during the international break. Former Berlin coach Jürgen Klinsmann sees problems primarily on the front line. “Hertha is in danger of getting into the relegation battle again this season – if you don’t get people who score goals,” said Klinsmann ESPN.
If – with or without further signings – there will be no jolt through the team in the next few weeks, Dardai should also have to fear for his job.