It has been a season of highs and lows for Bayern Munich in this season’s Bundesliga. Matchday 22 was one of those highs for Die Roten as they clinched a comfortable 3-0 win against high-flying Union Berlin. The Bavarian club desperately needed this win after last weekend’s 3-2 defeat against Borussia Monchengladbach.
The win against Union Berlin made sure Die Roten remained at the top of the Bundesliga table. They are currently level on points with Borussia Dortmund. A superior goal difference has made sure that Bayern reclaimed the top spot from Dortmund.
Bayern has come up with a big result whenever they are under pressure this season. After going on a winless run of four games in September, they hammered four goals past Bayer Leverkusen. The win against Leverkusen turned out to be the springboard for an unbeaten run until the start of the World Cup.
The start of 2023 has been shaky for Die Roten by their lofty standards. They were involved in three consecutive 1-1 draws before winning the first league game of the year against Wolfsburg. However, they suffered a setback against Monchengladbach after seeing a player sent off early in the game. While talking to Bild, Bayern president Herbert Hainer praised the team’s character in the win against Union Berlin and backed them to defeat PSG in next week’s second leg of the Champions League round of 16.
"“The team showed against Union and also in Paris that they’re there when it matters most. They will show that again in the second leg. I’m absolutely confident for Paris.”"
Despite odd results in the Bundesliga this season, Bayern is leading the title race. Nagelsmann’s side has been at their best in cup competitions. They have cruised to victories in the two rounds of DFB Pokal. The Bavarian club will face Freiburg in the quarter-final at the start of April.
Meanwhile, Bayern has enjoyed sublime results in the Champions League. They won their group by winning all six games, which included two games against FC Barcelona. Die Roten currently holds a 1-0 advantage against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of 16.
Nagelsmann has done a fine job in navigating through Bayern’s poor patches of form this season. Despite setbacks in the league, he has made sure that team bounced back strongly to remain in contention for the title. He has done a much better job in cup competitions compared to last season. Hainer and Bayern will hope to see more consistency in performances and results in the final three months of the season.
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After the win against Union Berlin, Bayern has a complete week to prepare for the trip to Stuttgart. A convincing win against Stuttgart will boost the confidence of the team before the big game against PSG on March 8.