Bayern Munich – Schalke 04: Bayern Assert Total Control After Benefitting From Schalke’s Mistakes (3-1)

Bayern Munich dominated this match from start to finish, even though Schalke made them work for all three points, for some parts of the game at least. However, individual mistakes cost the away side dearly, as they were unable to truly make Bayern worry that they would drop points in this encounter.

Tactical analysis and match report by Carl Carpenter.

To say that for both Bayern Munich and Schalke 04 this season has been a disappointment would be an understatement. Last season’s second place earned Schalke Champions League qualification and manager Domenico Tedesco plaudits for revitalizing the club. Schalke probably expected to be way above the twelfth place they currently reside in.

At Bayern Munich, of course, nothing less than first in the table is acceptable. Niko Kovač has faced stiff criticism for Bayern’s uncharacteristically patchy and poor form, resulting in them trailing Dortmund in the league. Despite all this, Bayern versus Schalke has always been an important and highly anticipated fixture thanks to the stature of both clubs. And in this case, both from a points and perception perspective, the two clubs badly needed a positive result.

Considering the importance of Champions League fixtures for both clubs next week, it would have been no surprise to see a number of changes with this in mind. However, thanks to the shock of Dortmund throwing away a 3-0 lead earlier in the day, the decision of both Kovač and Tedesco to play close to full strength line-ups was a . . .

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