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Bayern win over Mainz: After the drinking break again thirsty


A convincing performance on the offensive, a mixed performance by Philippe Coutinho and a subtle challenge by Thomas Müller: The 6: 1 of Bayern against Mainz provides insightful insights.

In game analysis is later often the decisive turning point the speech. From just the one moment a game turned, the game toppled. Mostly it is about the substitution of a certain player. A place reference. Or, of course, for a goal, just before the half-time break. The turning point in the game of FC Bayern against Mainz 05 was, as Niko Kovac, Manuel Neuer and Thomas Müller later unanimously confirmed: the drinking break after 22 minutes.

Because of the high summer temperatures referee Markus Schmidt had interrupted the game briefly, sent the teams for refreshment to the sidelines, the guests led there 1: 0. But the one minute was enough for the initially confused and tired Bayern to shake. To finally wake up. Then to shoot half a dozen goals.

In addition to the significance of the said drinking break, the ultimately safe 6: 1 of Bayern delivered but above all four crucial findings.

First: Especially in the offensive, the squad of Bayern is now very well placed. Ivan Perisic made a strong home debut on the left attacking side, scoring the crucial 3: 1 just after the break. When Perisic left the field after 67 minutes, his replacement Alphonso Davies raced up and down the field and rewarded himself with the goal to 6: 1. On the right, on the other hand, Kingsley Coman, the scorer of the fourth goal, whirled as always, though sometimes over-motivated. This was joined by Benjamin Pavard, David Alaba and Robert Lewandowski. Six different scorers in six matches, the last was in 1998 against Hansa Rostock. At that time Effenberg, Helmer, Lizarazu, Zickler, Jancker, Elber met. Long ago.

Conclusion: If you think of Serge Gnabry and Leon Goretzka, who sat against Mainz only on the bench, coach Niko Kovac in attack has numerous options. This should give Bayern much pleasure.


Philippe Coutinho has to get used to a lot in Munich

Second, Philippe Coutinho still has room for improvement. Ironically, the most spectacular new addition offered Bayern the staggering performance. For the first time from the beginning and for the first time against a home crowd, the Brazilian showed the finest ball treatment, but his passes landed too often at the opponent, even in duels he could only rarely prevail. Coutinho still needs time, he will increase and he must increase, so that the Bayern draw at the end of the season for the borrowed from Barcelona loaner purchase option and pay 120 million euros.

Extremely remarkable was the phase after substitution of Coutinho, as after 67 minutes Thomas Müller came for him on the court. Müller, who was predicted after the Coutinho transfer a difficult future and a regular place on the bench, ran at the level of 4: 1 on the field, conducted and gesticulated, drove his teammates and prepared on top of that also the last two goals by Lewandowski and Davies beautiful before.

Müller showed that he does not want to be signed off, that he does not think to settle for the reserve role on the bench. "There will be a lot of different lineups throughout the season," said Müller calmly, "I've also been in it for a bit longer, there are few periods when matches are played in one go with the same team." What should mean that Müller soon reckons with an assignment in the starting eleven. Then Coutinho is sitting on the bench.

Lino Mirgeler DPA

David Alaba has a lot to thank for the moment

Third, David Alaba's free kicks are unsustainable. Like Robert Lewandowski a week ago on Schalke now also the Austrians circled a free kick in the angle. With seven directly transformed free kicks Alaba is now with Marvin Plattenhardt record holder among the current Bundesliga players. After the final whistle, Alaba revealed not only that he often practiced free kicks for half an hour after training during the week, but also why he celebrated his goal with the pacifier gesture: in November he becomes a father.

Fourth, the next game will be the hardest one. After the international break FC Bayern travels to Leipzig in two weeks, to the summit duel against the team of Julian Nagelsmann, which brought three wins in the first three games and just played on Friday at 3-1 in Mönchengladbach strong. As Niko Kovac could emphasize so much on Saturday, having already had "three hardness tests" this season with Berlin, Schalke and Mainz: The top match in Leipzig will be the first real yardstick this season. An evening game, the long-term weather forecast says 17 degrees and rain ahead.

Bayern can not rely on a heat-related drinking break.

Source: spiegel

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