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Bayern Munich 4-1 PSV: What did we learn?

Propelled by goals from Thomas Müller, Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben, Bayern Munich dispatched PSV Eindhoven with ease Wednesday night at the Allianz Arena in the Champions League. GGFN’s Jack Grimse recaps what we learned in the match.

Only a few teams stand a chance of stopping the Bayern juggernaut…

It didn’t take long for the home side to find a breakthrough, as Thomas Müller opened the scoring on 13 minutes after nightmarish defending from the visitors. The Bayern man blasted a shot at Jeroen Zoet from a yard away and calmly buried the rebound when the PSV goalkeeper was unable to hold the initial effort. Then, Joshua Kimmich headed in from close range just after the 20 minute mark, making it 2-0.

…But they’re still vulnerable on the counterattack

Although PSV only registered two shots in the first half, one of them found the back of the net. Luciano Narsingh pulled a goal back for Phillip Cocu’s team shortly before the break, and Manuel Neuer made some big saves in both halves to preserve the win.

Joshua Kimmich is a centre forward in disguise

With seven goals in his last eight games for the Bavarians, Carlo Ancelotti has found a goal outlet from an unexpected source. The 21-year-old had impressed in the past, but is really making his mark this year – and holding down a spot in the Bayern midfield. While Renato Sanches was brought in as a big-money signing this summer, Munich found a rising star in a player they already owned.

The gap continues to grow in Group D

Two more goals from Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben in the second half made it look simple for the Bavarians. Following the Group Stage Draw we knew that Bayern and Atlético Madrid were the class of this group, but the margin widened after Matchday 3. The Spaniards weren’t overly impressive, but secured a 1-0 away win against FK Rostov to stay atop the group with three wins from three. Bayern have six, and both PSV and Rostov have one, with the Dutch side edging it on goal difference.

Matchday 4 sees the reverse fixtures of these matches, with Bayern traveling to PSV and Atléti hosting Rostov.

Lineups:

Bayern Munich (4-3-3): Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Hummels, Alaba; Kimmich (Martinez 86′), Alonso, Thiago; Robben (Sanches 87′), Lewandowski, Müller (Costa 71′).

PSV Eindhoven (4-4-2): Zoet; Brenet, Schwaab (Zinchenko 85′), Moreno, Willems; Pereiro (Bergwijn 77′), Pröpper, S. de Jong, Guardado (Isimat-Mirin 61′); Narsingh, L. de Jong.

Goals:

Bayern Munich: Müller (13′), Kimmich (21′), Lewandowski (59′), Robben (84′).

PSV: Narsingh (41′).

 

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