After a tough week on the injury front, Bayern Munich had some joy on Saturday. The defending German champions took a big step towards retaining the league title as they clinched a narrow 1-0 win away at RB Leipzig.
Courtesy of this victory, Rekordmeister has opened up a healthy lead of seven points at the top of the league table. With seven games left in the Bundesliga, Die Roten should be able to coast to a ninth consecutive league title. Let us look at the top three performers for Bayern in the gritty victory in Leipzig.
In the absence of Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller has the responsibility of leading the attack. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting did start as number nine, but he was very well supported by Muller throughout the game. The German forward worked relentlessly for the team throughout the game.
Muller was also tenacious in terms of winning second balls in the midfield. His awareness in the final third was second to none. The awareness for setting up Goretzka for the goal showed Muller’s best qualities in the final third. Great run to latch on to the pass and then taking time to assess the best possible option in the box. Die Roten will need Muller to keep up this form to get Bayern through these challenging weeks.
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The good of Leon Goretzka continued on Saturday. The German midfielder has made a habit of coming up with big goals for the team. Since his return from coronavirus, Goretzka has scored three goals in the Bundesliga. He has also managed to get four assists during this run.
On Saturday, Goretzka scored a perfect goal for a midfielder. He timed his run in the box to perfection to sweetly strike the squared pass played by Muller. The German international’s passing was poor at times in the second half, but overall it was another influential performance in the center of the park.
After keeping Leipzig to zero shots on target in the first half, Die Roten was under the pump early in the second half. The home side was creating chances for fun by pressing Bayern’s four. However, they were not able to beat Manuel Neuer.
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The German goalkeeper pulled off a sensational save when Marcel Sabitzer unleashed a thunderbolt from outside the box. Apart from this save, Neuer also made some good saves look ridiculously easy. There have not been many league clean sheets for Neuer this season, so he will be over the moon by getting one in Leipzig. The club captain had a very big role in collecting this clean sheet.