Four Takeaways as Bayern Munich hammer Werder Bremen

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14 December 2019, Bavaria, Munich: Soccer: Bundesliga, Bayern Munich – Werder Bremen, 15th matchday in the Allianz Arena. Jerome Boateng from Munich plays the ball. Photo: Sven Hoppe/dpa – IMPORTANT NOTE: In accordance with the requirements of the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga or the DFB Deutscher Fußball-Bund, it is prohibited to use or have used photographs taken in the stadium and/or the match in the form of sequence images and/or video-like photo sequences. (Photo by Sven Hoppe/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Jerome Boateng is a liability

There has been a reoccurring negative theme in defense for the past few weeks as playing Jerome Boateng in central defense is a problem for Bayern, and opposing teams are punishing us for it. Today it was Rashica who targeted Boateng as he received a ball in an attacking position and just ran at the defender. Boateng did not do anything to stop the attacker and allowed him to shoot outside of the box resulting in a brilliant strike for the opening goal.

Throughout the first half, the opposition attacked Bayern’s right side of the defense, where Boateng was stationed.  After receiving a yellow and committing a couple of other fouls, the defender was subbed off at halftime.

As soon as this switch was made, Bayern’s defense became solid and allowed the attack to punish Bremen. The German defender has been on a steep decline for the past few seasons. The opposition targets him as he struggles to keep up with swift forwards.

With Flick giving appearances to youngsters recently, at what point will we see Lars Lukas Mai on the field? Surely he can’t play worse than Boateng right now.

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