Bayern Munich – Borussia Mönchengladbach: Tuchel Traverses Traditional Tribulations (3-1)

Have Bayern bid farewell to fears of the past? The signals from this showing would suggest that transformation would be too great of a conclusion to claim. But at least the blues from the latest battle with Borussia Mönchengladbach did not produce the blowback they might have suffered.
Tactical analysis and match report by Emmanuel Adeyemi-Abere.

The reigning champions rally against a relentless rival in the hunt for the Bundesliga crown. But with minimal margin for more mistakes, the club that has troubled their recent exploits was their next foe.

Since the start of 2020, Borussia Mönchengladbach have won four and drawn two of the ten meetings between these teams. The guests lie near the middle of the table, languishing on just 21 points— their worst tally at this point of a campaign in 13 years. Yet not just performances against the Bavarians have been an impulse of inspiration. Indeed, many stronger showings over the last few months have involved fixtures with the best in the Bundesliga. Would this peculiarity puzzle their opponents?

Bayern Munich still sit in second spot in the standings. Their second league defeat to Werder Bremen at the Allianz Arena had briefly opened the distance to the summit to four points, but while the hosts have breached half of that gap, critique continues to come the way of Thomas Tuchel. Ten months of his tenure have passed without greater assurance . . .

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