Bayern Munich look to continue their march towards their eighth consecutive Bundesliga title when they host relegation contenders Fortuna Dusseldorf. They made a statement with a 5-0 thrashing off the minnows, extending their lead at the top to 10 points. The Bavarians started the game all guns blazing and got the lead in the 15th-minute thanks to an own-goal from Dusseldorf defender Mathias Jorgensen.
Benjamin Pavard, whose shot was put into his own net by Jorgensen, got his goal in the 28th minute by heading in a corner to give Bayern a comfortable lead. The floodgates opened after that and a beautiful string of passes led to Robert Lewandowski getting his goal in the 43rd minute to make it 3-0 before half-time.
The Polish goal-machine then got another one in the 50th minute by nutmegging goalkeeper Florian Kastenmeier from close-range. Alphonso Davies then got into the act, powering past a number of players before finishing in style to make it 5-0 in just 52 minutes!
They completely dominated an exhausted Dusseldorf after that and even after creating a ton of chances, couldn’t score any more. However, the win itself was enough to prove why they’re miles ahead of anyone else in the league.
Bayern Munich Player Ratings
Hans Dieter-Flick (7.5) –
Hans Dieter-Flick has really flicked a switch (mind the pun) in this Bayern team and helped restore their unstoppable status. He showcased his own competitiveness with a very strong team for this and ensured his side maintained their high level for the entirety of the game.
The way he’s gotten the players working harder and improve their chemistry was on show today. Bayern played a soothing, quick-passing style but showcased enough ruthlessness to validate how good a job Flick has done since becoming permanent manager.
Manuel Neuer (6.0) –
Neuer didn’t have anything much to do than play spectator but almost conceded from Dusseldorf’s first real chance before the hour mark. Made a smart save in the 65th to preserve his clean sheet.
Benjamin Pavard (7.5) –
The Frenchman saw some of his inviting crosses wasted in the early minutes. Cleverly slotted inside the area and saw his shot deflected into the net for the opener. But he earned his strike in the 29th-minute with an emphatic header through a sea of bodies. Pavard continued being a menace with his overlapping runs and deliveries and put in a strong defensive performance restricting chances through his side.
Lucas Hernandez (6.5) –
Hernandez’s first start after the season restart. Being forced to cover for the overlapping Davies. Did his job pretty well, restricting Dusseldorf’s attackers and making some promising challenges. Subbed after half-time to preserve his fitness.
David Alaba (7.0) –
The change in defensive partners doesn’t seem to bother Alaba, who maintained a disciplined defensive line for Bayern. Made some important challenges to stop Dusseldorf on their tracks and also aided his attackers with his efficient distribution. Played a beautiful cross to Muller after the hour-mark but robbed off an assist.
Alphonso Davies (8.0) –
Bayern’s own road runner is menacing as always moving down the left. Being caught out of position defensively early on, causing bit of trouble. However, he makes a goal-saving block in the 33rd-minute to undo early errors. Showcased great determination to win the ball outside the opposition box and skitted past a number of bodies to score a sweet goal.
Toyed with Dusseldorf’s defenders with that, often getting into promising areas and boasting his electric speed at regular intervals. Another blistering showing from the brilliant left-back.
Joshua Kimmich (7.5) –
The match-winner against Dortmund is being industrious and vocal sitting deep in midfield. Got an assist for Pavard’s goal when his accurate corner was flicked in. Slotted into as a makeshift centre-back after the break, but fulfilled his duties with utmost efficiency. His distribution, game-reading and precise challenges helped him dominate again.
Leon Goretzka (7.0) –
Goretzka continues to be a highly efficient midfielder for Bayern. Working hard to cover a lot of ground and distributing the ball well to force chances. Ensured his side were on top of things for the entirety of the game, moving the ball around and offering a lot of support in attack as well.
Thomas Muller (7.0) –
Bayern’s creator-in-chief looks hungrier to get things done today. Put in a beautiful cross to Gnabry to kickstart the opening goal. Hit a sweet volley in the 28th minute forcing a solid save. Get his assist by smartly finding Lewandowski for his goal. Scuffed a big goal-scoring opportunity in the 63rd minute by skiing his volley from close-range into the stands. Ran the show effectively in attack.
Kingsley Coman (6.0) –
Coman is troubling Dusseldorf with his unpredictable movement in the early minutes. Produced some sizzling moments with his electric pace but not really as influential as he’d like to be. Subbed after the hour-mark.
Serge Gnabry (7.5) –
Looks proactive in attack from the get-go. Superbly got behind Fortuna’s defensive line before assisting Pavard to force the own-goal. Showcased his trickery by dribbling past multiple defenders in the 38th-minute but his shot went over. Gnabry then got his ‘official’ assist after capitalizing on an error and cleverly finding Lewandowski for his second.
The German again turned up his engines in the 70th minute to go on a mazy run before his shot was saved. Tormented Dusseldorf with his unpredictable movement and caused chaos whenever in possession.
Robert Lewandowski (8.5) –
Lewandowski is looking to get back to scoring ways against the only Bundesliga team he’s yet to score against. After initial frustrations, he got his goal after a beautiful flick-on to start the move before finishing it with a tap-in. The Polish goal-machine has now scored against EVERY side playing in the Bundesliga currently. Got his second with a classy finish from close shortly into the second half.
Almost got his hat-trick in the 70th-minute but his swift flick was saved well. Worked hard to create chances and didn’t take many opportunities to score his own. An all-round lethal performance from Bundesliga’s top-scorer.
Michael Cuisance (6.0) –
Added that extra creative spark after being introduced in the second half.
Ivan Perisic (6.0) –
Created a few chances from the left after coming on for Coman.
Alvaro Odriozola (N/R) –
The Real Madrid loanee raced forward with intent and put in an energetic performance in his cameo.
Joshua Zirkzee (N/R) –
The youngster put in a proactive performance and could’ve scored if a bit more clinical.
Oliver Batista Meier (N/R) –
The 19-year-old winger makes his senior debut for the Bavarians. Unable to create anything memorable.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Lewandowski put on another masterclass with two very well-taken goals. With 29 goals in 27 Bundesliga matches, the 31-year-old is clearly the best centre-forward in the world.