LEVERKUSEN. Bayern Munich crushed Bayer Leverkusen (5-1) on Sunday to rise again to the leadership of the Bundesliga after eight dates, with one m
LEVERKUSEN. Bayern Munich crushed Bayer Leverkusen (5-1) on Sunday to rise again to the leadership of the Bundesliga after eight dates, with one more point from Borussia Dortmund, who won on Saturday at Mainz (3-1).
October 17, 2021 – 4:42 PM
The ‘Rekordmeister’ offered a humiliating show of force against Leverkusen by scoring five goals in the first 38 minutes, with a double by Robert Lewandowski and another by Serge Gnabry.
The Bavarians know how to bring out their roller in these types of games, when it comes to reminding their rivals who is the boss in German football. The last time they came 5-0 at halftime in the Bundesliga was against historic rival Borussia Dortmund in March 2018.
“Bayern do not defeat their opponents, they destroy them,” Borussia coach Hans-Joachim Watzke had launched months later.
Leverkusen, who had committed the ‘recklessness’ of being in the lead tied on points with Bayern before this day, can give new proof of this.
“The first half was brutal,” acknowledged local coach Gerardo Seoane, “Bayern clearly showed us why they are the best team in Germany.”
The ‘Rekordmeister’ had starred in an impressive start to the season (45 goals in nine games between all competitions, before the 2-1 home loss against Frankfurt the previous day), but Julian Nagelsmann’s pupils played their best first half since the arrival of the young German coach on the bench.
Double by Polish Robert Lewandowski after half an hour (3, 30), goal by veteran Thomas Müller (34), and Serge Gnabry also twice (35, 37).
Czech Patrik Schick made up the result diffusely with a goal in the 55th minute.
Lewandowski’s double allowed him to return to the level of Erling Haaland (Dortmund) at the head of the scorers’ classification, with 9 goals.
Bayern are leaders with 19 points, one more than Dortmund and two more than their rival this Sunday.
“Five goals in 45 minutes, that shows the quality of football we’ve played,” said Robert Lewandowski.
Hernandez to prison?
The second goal of the Polish star unleashed a torrent of four goals in nine minutes, in which the locals did not have much more contact with the ball than when it came to removing it from their nets; Thomas Müller (34) and Gnabry (35 and 37) killed the game culminating good collective plays.
“I’m not surprised, I believed that the team was capable of doing this,” confessed Joshua Kimmich, “we were always well positioned between the rival lines, we put pace, we found depth and we were dangerous in front of goal.”
With such an advantage to the break, Nagelsmann made rotations to refresh his pupils before the trip to Lisbon to face Benfica on Wednesday in the Champions League.
Müller and Lewandowski were some of the five starters who did not finish the clash.
Bayern French international Lucas Hernandez was the topic of conversation among all the groups. Summoned by a court in Madrid on Tuesday for not having respected a restraining order imposed in 2017 after a fight with his partner (later turned into his wife).
He was sentenced to six months in prison for that case in 2019, but never set foot in jail.
“Of course this matter has occupied us a lot,” the club’s general director Oliver Kahn acknowledged before the game, “but it is a private matter and a judicial process, and they will understand that we do not rule on it.”
The club confirmed that Hernandez will attend the summons of the judge.
In the last clash of the day, Augsburg (16th) and Arminia Bielefeld (17th) put an end to the eighth date of the German championship this Sunday with a draw to one that does not allow the former to abandon the playoff position or the seconds to get out of the descent.