FC Bayern are merciless

With Joshua Kimmich as the sovereign chief strategist in midfield, Bayern Munich has kept pursuers Borussia Dortmund at a distance in the Bundesliga. At the end of the 20th matchday, the dominant record champions showed no weaknesses in the 4-1 (2-0) win at Hertha BSC on Sunday and are still six points ahead of BVB.

Corentin Tolisso (25th) and Thomas Müller (45th) scored before the break for the superior table leader, who only had to blame himself for negligently converting opportunities. Leroy Sané (75th) and Serge Gnabry (79th) increased. Jurgen Ekkelenkamp scored for Hertha (80′).

“It’s really fun to be back on the pitch,” said Kimmich at “DAZN”: “We controlled it for 90 minutes.” In terms of health, he was “completely fine again,” emphasized the national player. Looking to the next few weeks, he said: “We need a few more games like this, then there will be a good feeling and self-confidence.”

The Berliners missed a surprise win four days after the bitter derby defeat against Union in the DFB Cup and are dangerously close to the relegation zone.

An incident on Saturday showed how tense the situation around the club is: around 80 people from the organized fan scene confronted the team at non-public training. “We can understand the displeasure, but not the way,” said sports director Arne Friedrich before kick-off at “DAZN”.

Joshua Kimmich pulls the strings at Bayern Munich

At FC Bayern, during the week without games, a lot revolved around the question of whether Kimmich could return to his midfield boss in front of the defense. He was allowed to. For the first time since mid-November, the national player organized the game in his favorite position.

Kimmich, who was absent twice because of quarantine, then because of a lung infiltration as a result of his corona disease and lastly helped out as a full-back, was initially able to develop offensively. Because the record champion immediately took control. In the initial phase, the events took place almost exclusively in half of the Berliners.

Kimmich shone several times with precise passes in depth. But the fast outside Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman also posed problems for Hertha. Sane (12th), Coman (16th) and world footballer Robert Lewandowski (20th) initially failed because of the good Hertha goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow. Then Tolisso broke the spell.

Sané punishes Schwolow’s blunder

The first goal came at a time when Hertha had released some of the pressure from Munich. Manuel Neuer had to intervene for the first time when Ishak Belfodil headed the ball (21′). The goal, however, had an effect. Increasingly, the assignment was wrong, Bayern had too many spaces in the center. Coman (33′) and Lewandowski (36′) missed the resulting opportunities.

Bayern were also extremely generous with their chances after the break. Gnabry (48th/61st), Coman (54th) and Müller (66th) could have made the decision early on.

Instead, Sané made everything clear after a blunder by Schwolow and rewarded himself for a good performance. At Hertha, however, Vladimir Darida (52nd) missed the best opportunity to start a possible comeback.


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