Bayern Munich endured yet another difficult matchday in the Bundesliga as they succumbed to 2-1 defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt. The German Champions has dropped five points in the league this week. They were also held for 3-3 draw at Allianz Arena by Arminia Bielefeld on Monday.
It was a poor performance for Rekordmeister as they once again were too sluggish in one half of the game. The fight shown in the second half was not enough to do a turnaround and take something from this game. Despite a poor collective performance in Frankfurt, there was some silver lining on Saturday as these three players delivered good individual performances.
Leroy Sane was one of the better Bayern forwards against Eintracht Frankfurt despite having only one very good half. In the first half, the German winger was making basic errors such as losing the ball when there is zero pressure on him. He also didn’t track the run of the wide player for the first goal.
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However, Sane did make up for that poor first half with a riveting performance in the second half. He looked more threatening in the box with his dribbling and crossing.
The German international showed sublime dribbling skill to set up Robert Lewandowski for the first goal in the 53rd minute. He also created two good chances for Kingsley Coman with his crossing, but the French winger couldn’t head those crosses into the net. Flick will be hoping that Sane makes that second-half performance a norm rather than a rarity.
Irrespective of how the team is doing, Robert Lewandowski keeps scoring. The Polish striker was not afforded many opportunities in the first half, but he worked hard for the team on and off the ball. Just when he got one rare chance in the second half, he pounded on it without hesitance.
Lewandowski continues to be an efficient goalscorer for the team, but he cannot rescue the team on his own. His red-hot goal-scoring streak bodes well for Die Roten’s hopes of doing well against Lazio next week. Flick would look to address the chance creation issue in training to make sure that Lewandowski gets more chances every game.
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Manuel Neuer has been consistently making outstanding saves in the past three months. He has often helped Die Roten to clinch narrow wins. The German goalkeeper has been let down by the defensive unit for making individual and collective errors.
On Saturday, Neuer couldn’t have done anything for two goals as defenders were not proactive. He made a big save to deny Almamy Toure at the end of the first half to keep Bayern in the game. The German international doesn’t have enough clean sheets to his name this season, but like Saturday, Neuer has been consistently pulling off saves. His good form bodes well for the knockout rounds of the Champions League.