Bayern Munich: Takeaways from 1-0 win against Augsburg

Bayern Munich players celebrating Robert Lewandowski's goal against Augsburg on Saturday. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich players celebrating Robert Lewandowski's goal against Augsburg on Saturday. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) /

With a nine-point lead at the top of the points table, Bayern Munich hosted Augsburg on Saturday The hosts clinched a narrow 1-0 win against their Bavarian rival. It was a special occasion as it was a full capacity crowd at Allianz Arena for the first time since November 6, 2021.

Lewandowski calmly scored a  penalty in the 82nd minute to break the deadlock and win the match for the Die Roten. Bayern’s first half was quite dull but it was a much more effective performance in the second half. The Bayern defenders had a great match with brilliant performances by Upamecano and Pavard. It was the best possible way to bounce back from a midweek setback against Villarreal in the UEFA Champions League. Let us look at the key takeaway from Saturday.

Robert Lewandowski finds rhythm for Bayern Munich

The Polish Striker had a decent game against their Bavarian rival with good attempts on the goal including a brilliant header which was saved by Augsburg’s goalkeeper. Lewandowski had two consecutive games without scoring a  goal, but he finally managed to break the deadlock from the spot. He scored the only goal in this match by a penalty kick which was awarded by VAR.

The Bavarian striker did not have a great start to the match but eventually performed better in the second half. Lewandowski had now scored 32 goals for the Die Roten this Bundesliga season. The Polish International will be now looking to keep its momentum in the big game against Spanish Side Villarreal on Tuesday.

Joshua Kimmich delivers a top-quality performance

Undoubtedly, Joshua Kimmich was the best player in this match. He created many chances for his teammates and dominated the proceedings in the midfield. He made a brilliant pass to Lewandowski, but eventually, Augsburg’s goalkeeper proactively blocked the move. He also hit the bar later in the match and had one other great shot, which was saved by Rafał Gikiewicz.

Kimmich had a 91% of pass accuracy in the match, which included a great number of passes playing in attacking moves. The German midfielder was also defensively solid, making crucial interceptions and winning most of the duels he participated in.

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Poor linkup between midfielders and forwards

With a big match coming this week against Villarreal,  Rekordmeister once again had a poor linkup between the forward and midfield against Augsburg. Bayern struggled to create chances in the first half and lacked coordination. Nagelsmann’s side lacked creativity in the midfield despite having 68% possession during the match.

Youngster Jamal Musiala came as a great substitute in the second half with a great performance. Bayern improved in the second half after some crucial substitutions. However, the defending Bundesliga champions need to improve in terms of creating chances on a consistent basis