Matchday 22 of the Bundesliga was pivotal for Bayern Munich’s hopes of retaining the league title. Bayern went into the game against Union Berlin on the back of a defeat against Borussia Monchengladbach. It was a must-win game to stay at the top of the points table. Julian Nagelsmann’s men not only got the right result, but they delivered a convincing display in a 3-0 win against Union Berlin.
The win against Union Berlin on Sunday saw Bayern regain the top spot in the Bundesliga. A superior goal difference has seen them pip Borussia Dortmund for this position. Apart from the result and overall collective performance, let us look at key takeaways from the win at Allianz Arena.
Kingsley Coman becoming MVP under Julian Nagelsmann
Kingsley Coman has been enjoying life under Julian Nagelsmann for the last 18 months. The French winger has slowly established himself as one of the most important players for the German coach. He marked his return to action on Sunday to further strengthen the claim of being the most valuable player under Nagelsmann.
Coman started the game in the right wing-back position. He was relentless in the final third, beating players with his dribbling and delivering dangerous crosses in the box. The French winger provided the assist for the first goal and scored the second goal on Sunday. Nagelsmann and the Bavarian faithful would like to see Coman fit for the rest of the season since his presence on the pitch significantly increases their chances of winning games.
Players continue to deliver in high-pressure games
Bayern players have delivered quality performances whenever they are under pressure this season. The game against Union Berlin was also a big pressure game since results have not been ideal for Die Roten in 2023 until now. They had won only two out of their six league games going into the clash against Union Berlin.
The Bavarian players not only got the much-needed win, but they did it in style. They responded to the pressure with an intense and convincing display. Die Roten was magnificent on and off the ball against Union Berlin. They blew away the visitors with three well-worked first-half goals. The scoreline in the first half was flattering for Union Berlin as Bayern created several clear-cut chances. This Bayern squad’s response to the pressure situation bodes well for the final phase of the season as they compete on all fronts.
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Nagelsmann can flex squad depth in the next three months
Julian Nagelsmann has been using several different systems this season. He has the luxury of having multi-dimensional players in the squad that can play different roles. The next few weeks are crucial for Bayern as they look to go deep in all competitions. The German coach can flex the squad depth during this crucial period as several injured players are returning at the right time.
Sadio Mane was back in action against Union Berlin after a three-month layoff due to a serious injury. The 30-year-old forward has a big role to play in the final phase of the season. Kingsley Coman was also fit to start after missing the game against Borussia Monchengladbach. Noussair Mazraoui is expected to make his return against VfB Stuttgart on Saturday. The return of several players back in action allows Nagelsmann to prepare well for upcoming big games in the Champions League, DFB Pokal, and Bundesliga.