VfL Wolfsburg – Bayern Munich: vintage Lewandowski performance helps Bayern beat hapless Wolfsburg (1-3)

Bayern proved to be in the most luxurious variation of a crisis. Despite some looming long-term issues, there is still plenty of superstar talent to lift the team up in harder times. The individual brilliance of the trio Robert Lewandowski, James Rodríguez and Thiago Alcântara proved way too much to handle for an at times tactically inept Wolfsburg, even though Bayern had to play with ten men in the final 35 minutes.

Do not let the strongly-worded, very weird - you might even argue: hypocritical -  press conference of club director Uli Hoeness convince you otherwise. Bayern Munich were in a real (mini) crisis. Three Bundesliga games in a row without a win, wherein they managed to score only once, and a 1-1 home draw in the Champions League against an opponent that does not even play in one of the big five European leagues (Ajax) is not a normal situation for the Bayern-of-this-decade to be in.

And the results were not even the most worrisome part of this four game winless drought in Munich. Although we are apparently not allowed by Hoeness to criticize Bayern players individually, some of them have looked out of sorts for quite some time now. The center-back pairing of Mats Hummels and Jérôme Boateng . . .

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Sam Planting (27) writes for various Dutch media about football (VI Pro, Het Parool, Hard Gras) and does some stats stuff for television. Records ‘De Voetbalpodcast’ with his two best buds. Born and raised in Amsterdam. Former basketball player. Current aficionado of stand-up comedy and rap music. [ View all posts ]

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