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Friday’s Bundesliga Review: Bayern Thrash Freiburg

Anatoliy Tymoschuk Is Reborn At Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich produced another strong home display following their 2-1 win over Werder Bremen in the DFB Pokal. One of the poorest, more drab first-half displays I’ve ever watched ended with a sweet Demichelis goal to put Bayern Munich 1-0 up from the very first corner of the game. After the break, Bayern Munich played with a little bit more attacking impetus, and despite a few tricks from Papiss Cisse at the other end, Die Roten went two to the good after Mario Gomez headed home from just the second corner of the game.

Just a few minutes later, Freiburg put themselves back into it after Stefan Reisinger headed home from close range to beat Hans-Jorg Butt at the back post. On 72 minutes, Bayern were on the counter-attack, and when Mario Gomez was closed down by two Freiburg defenders, the striker cut it back to Anatoliy Tymoschuk who smashed it into the bottom corner from just inside the 18-yard box. Toni Kroos sealed the win on 80 minutes, when he slotted one in from nearly 25 yards from out wide. Freiburg grabbed their consolation through Edson Braafheid! The Dutchman’s own-goal is certainly only going to add to the growing reputation the left-back is getting for being a bit of a shambles.

Bayern Munich’s big win will definitely calm any of the remaining nerves around the camp, and a high-scoring game will give some freedom to the squad on the pitch. Louis van Gaal’s early season slump appears to be coming to an end, which will delight Die Roten fans and pacify the Bayern Munich board. With Borussia Dortmund playing Mainz this weekend, it was imperative that Bayern Munich got all three points tonight. While the reigning champions are still a whopping twelve points away from the Bundesliga summit, if they can keep their current form up and then get Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery fit and firing again, they still have every chance of winning the league title once again, despite what Franz Beckenbauer says!

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  1. Peter Hans

    October 31, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    I would certainly listen to a podcast. Great idea.

  2. Peter Hans

    October 30, 2010 at 1:09 am

    That was an awful first half. The TV commentator had it right when he said Bayern lacks pace without Ribery and Robben. Bayern deserved to win, but that’s not saying much. Their defense remains suspect at best.

    • Dylan Thomas

      October 30, 2010 at 3:56 pm

      Agreed! It’s unfortunate that a side as big and as strong as Bayern Munich rely so heavily on two players, but they’ve been scraping by lately. Once Robben and Ribery do return, the priority will be to both keep them both fit, and keep them both on top form. We all know what they can do; it’ll just be a matter of timing for Louis van Gaal. If Robben and Ribery come back soon enough, Bayern Munich will still be able to challenge for European and domestic honours this season. Right now, they’re just a bit of quality too short of being able to do that.

      • Peter Hans

        October 30, 2010 at 7:22 pm

        You’re right on with those insights. As a Bundesliga in the middle of America, I love being able to read your blog.

        • Dylan Thomas

          October 30, 2010 at 8:53 pm

          Thanks a lot! Would you be interested in a bundesligatalk podcast or phone-in show?

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