Bayern Munich: Takeaways from title clinching win against FC Koln

Bayern Munich players celebrating with the Bundesliga title in Cologne.(Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich players celebrating with the Bundesliga title in Cologne.(Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images) /

The final matchday of the Bundesliga was an enthralling watch as Bayern Munich somehow managed to clinch the league title. The Bavarian club scored a late winner against FC Koln to retain the title. Borussia Dortmund needed a win to get their hands on the trophy, but they could only manage a draw against Mainz at Signal Iduna Park.

The Bundesliga campaign has been far from ideal for Bayern, but it has ended in the best possible way. This title win will be sweet as they managed to beat their arch-rivals in the final minutes of the season. Apart from the enthralling victory, let us look at the key takeaways from Cologne on Saturday.

Jamal Musiala continues to astonish at young age

It was surprising to see Jamal Musiala starting on the bench against FC Koln. Thomas Tuchel preferred Ryan Gravenberch on the German youngster in the center of the park. Despite getting only ten minutes on the pitch during the second half, Musiala showed why he is going to be a key player at Bayern for many years.

The 20-year-old not only came up with the winner in the 89th minute but showed a lot of composure during his brief stay, which many players struggle to do in crunch situations. Along with having incredible talent, Musiala showed great calmness to score the title-winning goal for Bayern at the age of 20. The German international continues to astonish at such a young age.

Thomas Tuchel not afraid to make brave decisions

Tuchel will be relieved after getting the first trophy under his belt at Bayern. The German coach made some brave decisions with the team selections, which eventually paid off. He gave a rare start to Gravenberch. The Dutchman delivered a steady performance, vindicating Tuchel’s trust in him. Dayot Upamecano was also reinstated into the lineup at the expense of in-form Joao Cancelo. Die Roten largely looked unflustered at the back despite these changes.

The German coach showed a lot of bravery with his substitutions. He was not afraid to substitute Leon Goretzka after just bringing him on in the 71st minute. Tuchel wanted added dimension in the attack, so bringing Mathys Tel for Goretzka made sense. The team selection and changes on Saturday showed that Tuchel is not afraid to make unpopular decisions to get the team firing on the pitch.

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Bayern need to improve to avoid such scenario in future

Bayern chiefs and players should celebrate the title win for the next few days, but they need to make sure that they do not find themselves in a situation where they have to rely on other clubs to get the title win over the line. It has been a disappointing season for Rekordmeister by their high standards despite clinching the title on the final day.

The changes have been made in the club hierarchy to rectify the issues. Thomas Tuchel will also have to improve Bayern on the pitch as they have struggled to achieve consistency in performances over the seasons. The title win on Saturday is sweet, but there is a lot of work to do for Bayern to become a dominant force in Germany and Europe.