Bayern Munich: Philippe Coutinho crowns his week against Werder Bremen

Saturday, December 14th, 2019
6:20 p.m.

Goals for soul and statistics: Heroes' stories were celebrated at FC Bayern from the 63rd minute. Philippe Coutinho shone in that minute with a dreamy lob in the goal, a quarter of an hour later the Brazilian hit yet again, making his strongest week so far in the FC Bayern jersey perfect. Robert Lewandowski also scored another goal (72nd minute) and has now scored 220 goals in Bundesliga history – as many as Jupp Heynckes; only Klaus Fischer (268) and Gerd Müller (365) cheered more of their own goals.


Result of the game: FC Bayern had already scored two more goals in the first half, Thomas Müller also scored in the final phase. The club can still win in the Bundesliga. After two defeats, the record champions won on match day 6: 1 (2-1) against Werder Bremen. The match report for this and the other games in the Bundesliga can be found here.


Permanent duel: For the 107th time Bayern and Werder faced each other in the Bundesliga, it is the "good times, bad times" of football. But while this game was once a top duel (good times) and has become more and more one-sided in the past decade (most recently 17 league wins by Bayern in series), this time only the table seventh, Munich, and table 14th, Werder, should face each other , So currently rather bad times.

The beginning: FC Bayern is just as wasteful with its chances as a racing driver in second gear on a long straight track with petrol. The fifth minute showed: This time Serge Gnabry headed freestanding over the gate. And because Gnabry came to the header despite being only 1.75 meters tall, this minute also reminded how much the defense chiefs Niklas Moisander and Ömer Toprak are missing at Werder.


Luckily Rashica's run: FC Bayern not only deals generously with chances (after Gnabry Robert Lewandowski gave more opportunities), he also invites the opponent to goals. The 24th minute: After winning the ball in midfield, Werder countered, Milot Rashica made Jérôme Boateng look old with his speed. While the Bremer was already sprinting, the Bayern defender had to turn first, then only ran on the side and also had to work gently – he had seen yellow just before and would have flown off the pitch in the event of another foul. Rashica had a comparatively easy game – and still nobody will imitate him 1-0: Rashica hit the goal from 18 meters.

Coutinho can do it: in the past few weeks, people had already said that Coutinho wasn't that good after all. So far, he was only a "PR gag", wrote the "kicker" about the loan from FC Barcelona last Monday. Then came the Brazilian’s appealing game against Tottenham on Wednesday (one goal), now in the 45th minute he let his first of three goals follow that day to 1-1. It was the starting signal for the Munich Festival. Shortly before the half-time whistle, Lewandowski (assisted by: Coutinho) struck the lead goal, who also ended his personal "goal crisis" after three games without a goal in the league.

The second half: continued without Boateng, for him offensive force Ivan Perisic came on. Benjamin Pavard and David Alaba subsequently played in the center of the defense, Joshua Kimmich moved out of the center to the right back. So if you were still waiting for proof that trainer Hansi Flick can influence the events with personnel changes – here was the proof. Bayern were now more stable, also in counterattacking with Leon Goretzka and Thiago before the defense. And at the very front? Was conjured up. Bavaria's new club president Herbert Hainer was able to celebrate his first victory in the third Bundesliga game of his term.


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The past on the right, the future on the left: Bavaria's ex-president Hoeneß next to the new boss Hainer

Pizarro, oho: The eternal Claudio Pizarro felt like he was part of half of the 107th Bundesliga games between Bayern and Bremen, in reality there were 27 duels, 13 times in Munich's jersey, 14 times as Bremen. There was no 28th appearance in the Bundesliga classic, the 41-year-old followed the Bremen debacle from the bank. After the season, the striker should be over.

Knowledge of the game: FC Bayern recently had a problem with the exploitation of opportunities, but it is more important that serious mistakes are repeated in a template. And not just individual, as in the Mönchengladbach victory goal by penalty (Javi Martínez previously with the foul) or against Bremen in the 0-1 (Boateng). There are too often large gaps between midfield and defense, the opponents too easily come to counter goals, as in the 1: 2 against Leverkusen. The defensive weakness becomes particularly clear when you compare the number of goals conceded with the goals in the historic triple season 2012/2013 after matchday 15. It is currently 21, at that time there were only six goals conceded after 15 rounds.


Knowledge of the game II: If FC Bayern hits first, it can also become an omnivorous monster, as in the 4-0 win over Dortmund or 6-0 in Belgrade in the Champions League. Better times could now begin again for the Munich team, Bremen is experiencing bad times – the team is only three points ahead of a relegation zone.

Bayern Munich – Werder Bremen 6-1 (2-1)
0: 1 Rashica (24.) 1: 1 Coutinho (45.), 2: 1 Lewandowski (45. + 4) 3: 1 Coutinho (63.) 4: 1 Lewandowski (72.) 5: 1 Müller (75. ) 6: 1 Coutinho (78.) Munich: Neuer – Pavard, Boateng (46. Perisic), Alaba, Davies – Thiago, Kimmich – Gnabry, Goretzka (70. Thomas Müller), Coutinho (82. Singh) – LewandowskiBremen: Pavlenka – Gebre Selassie (45. + 2 Friedl), Groß, Veljkovic – Lang, Sahin, Augustinsson – Maximilian Eggestein, Klaassen – Osako (67. Bittencourt), Rashica (86. Bartels) Referee: Schröder Spectators: 75,000 (sold out) Yellow cards: Pavard, Boateng / Groß, Friedl

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