Bayern Munich – Hertha BSC: Lewandowski Hits Four As Bayern Outlast High Flying Hertha (4-3)
An exhilarating game at the Allianz Arena ended in a win for Bayern Munich after Robert Lewandowski grabbed the winner in stoppage time. Bruno Labbadia’s Hertha BSC were superb in the second half as they twice erased the defending champions’ lead, but Lewandowski’s four goal display proved just enough to steer Bayern to a win prior to the international break.
Tactical analysis and match report by Manasvin Andra.
With Bayern Munich adding to their trophy cabinet after the midweek win over Borussia Dortmund in the DFL-Supercup, they might have been forgiven for viewing Hertha as an easier exam. However, manager Hansi Flick was aware of the visitors’ threat, and put out a strong side even as he rotated to preserve the team’s fitness.
David Alaba and Jérôme Boateng returned as the center-back pairing, flanked by Lucas Hernandez on the left and debutant Chris Richards on the right. Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich were restored as the double pivot, Two central midfielders next to each other. with Alphonso Davies, Thomas Müller and Serge Gnabry supporting Robert Lewandowski upfront.
Hertha suffered defeat at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt in their previous outing, but arrived with a strong plan against the home side. Manager Labbadia made some crucial changes, as the visitors moved to an asymmetric back five for the game.
The defense consisted of Dedryck Boyata, Niklas Stark and newcomer Deyovaisio Zeefuik, with Peter Pekarík and Maximilian Mittelstädt selected as the wingback pairing of choice. Ahead of them sat the midfield three of Vladimír Darida, Lucas Tousart and Dodi Lukebakio. Matheus Cunha and new signing Jhon Córdoba led the . . .