Bayern Munich just need to win their next two games to become Bundesliga champions as they host an unpredictable Borussia Monchengladbach side who defeated them earlier this season. They barely managed to scrap a 2-1 win, and now are in need of three more points to be crowned as champions.
After a bit of a nervy start, the hosts received an absolute gift in the 26th-minute when Gladbach goalkeeper Yans Sommer’s botched clearance allowed youngster Joshua Zirkzee to score into an open goal, giving his side the lead. The visitors piled on the pressure and received a lucky equalizer when Benjamin Pavard scored a ridiculous own-goal while trying to intercept a cross.
Bayern were extremely static after the break and found it hard to break down Gladbach’s defence. However, they regained their lead out of absolutely nowhere when Pavard sent in a superb cross into the box, allowing Leon Goretzka to score in the 86th minute.
Despite being relatively disappointing for most parts of the game, the Bavarians still managed to get the job done and can now seal the title in their next game against Werder Bremen!
Bayern Munich Player Ratings
Hans-Dieter Flick (7.0) –
Flick was without his biggest assets Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller today. His decision to rest Kinglsey Coman and Alphonso Davies didn’t backfire with the players holding their own. Of course, his side weren’t as vicious or high-octane as usual, but he still pushed them enough to get the job done. Did what top managers do to grind out another precious win.
Manuel Neuer (6.5) –
Neuer shows incredible reflexes by pulling a superb save off Breel Embolo’s lightening header in the 25th. Pulled off some solid saves to hold his ground against Gladbach’s early pressure in the second half. His timely saves kept Bayern in the game and ultimately allowed them to get the win towards the end.
Benjamin Pavard (6.5) –
Pavard showcased impressive awareness by holding a tight defensive-line which allowed Hoffman’s 16th-minute goal to be ruled out. But then he had a moment of disaster as he mistimed his challenge to put the ball into his own net. Had a chance to redeem himself in the 63rd, but his header went over the post.
He did redeem himself in the 86th minute when his pitch-perfect cross was converted by Goretzka. A mixed game for Pavard, who recovered quite well after the blunder.
Jerome Boateng (6.5) –
Boateng is holding his defensive line pretty well and his concentration-levels look high today. Made a few crucial challenges, used his physical strength very well and frustrated Gladbach’s attack. A very professional performance once again.
David Alaba (6.5) –
Alaba is determined to undo his mistakes from last week and is sniffing out the opposition’s attacks really well. While there were a very nervy moments for him, the Austrian was very disciplined at the back with his timely challenges, impressive distribution and clever defensive work helping keep the opponents quiet.
Lucas Hernandez (5.5) –
Hernandez is playing in his natural position with Alphonso Davies rested. Had a big chance to open the scoring in the 22nd-minute after charging his way into the box, but his attempt was well saved. Should’ve done better to stop the cross from coming in through his wing leading to the equalizer.
Showed signs of promise going forward, but couldn’t be as clinical as Davies – who replaced him after the hour-mark.
Joshua Kimmich (6.5) –
Kimmich has a formidable battle ahead today against Gladbach’s proactive midfield. Getting trifled by Gladbach’s intense pressing style on occasions. His set-pieces were brilliant but unfortunately none of them could be converted. A decent performance nonetheless in which he moved the ball around well and showcased a lot of spirit again.
Leon Goretzka (7.5) –
Goretzka is playing a deeper role today and couldn’t contribute much to the attack in the first-half. However, he turned up his tune in the second-half and showcased his predatorial instincts by tip-toeing into the box before a clever finish in the late stages.
His interceptions and timely tackles helped Bayern keep most of the possession, but the German’s never-say-die attitude ultimately won his side the match.
Michael Cuisance (6.0) –
Cuisance’ gets his first Bundesliga start for Bayern against his former side. Had a big chance to score in the 11th minute but slotted his volley wide. Played a sleek pass to Gnabry for his chance a few minutes later.
Showcased a lot of swagger with his passes but again missed a clear scoring chance in the 38th when his free header went wide. Unable to fill the creative gap left by the suspended Thomas Muller.
Ivan Perisic (6.0) –
Perisic comes in for Kingsley Coman today and is using his unpredictable off-the-ball movement to his advantage. Showcased fancy skills in the 11th by laying off a shot for Cuisance with his chest. Struck a looping header that almost crept into the goal before the half-time break. Aided his side defensively, but unable to create much chances as the game went on.
Serge Gnabry (7.0) –
Gnabry looks extra focused today, snapping around the final third with menacing intent. Struck a header straight at the goalkeeper in the 17th. Struck a brilliant volley in the 66th but saw his attempt saved very well.
Despite not getting on the show, he was definitely Bayern’s most dangerous attacker on the day, with his sparky runs and unpredictable threat keeping Gladbach on their toes.
Joshua Zirkzee (6.5) –
The youngster has big boots to fill slotting in for the suspended Lewandowski. He received a free goal when Gladbach’s goalkeeper’s botched pass allowed him slot the ball into an open net. Zirkzee lightened up the game with a few exciting forward runs and linked up well with his peers, but couldn’t carve many more chances after that.
Alphonso Davies (6.0) –
Bayern’s road-runner concentrated more on his defensive work today, restricting Gladbach’s movement through his side. Made a few nice challenges to help Bayern see the game through.
Kingsley Coman (6.5) –
Coman added that missing spark to the game with his bursting forward runs, troubling the opposition’s defence. Added a unique threat after coming on and helped Bayern takes things up a gear.
Kwasi Okyere Wriedt (N/A) –
The 25-year-old received a run out today but was relatively quiet in his short cameo.
Javi Martinez (N/A) –
The Spaniard helped Bayern see through the win after Goretkza’s late goal.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Goreztka proved to be the match-winner once again for Bayern! His elite mentality is the reason they got the winner, while his tenacious work in midfield helped them get a grip on the game. He’s my man-of-the-match for today!