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Flick outsmarts Favre in Bayern Munich’s Klassiker win

Bayern Munich outclass Borussia Dortmund at the Allainz Arena
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Robert Lewandowski continued his goal scoring exploits against Borussia Dortmund, scoring a brace in Bayern Munich’s 4-0 win.

Bayern Munich sacked Niko Kovac following their 5-1 capitulation against Eintracht Frankfurt. The Bavarians handed the reigns to Assistant coach, Hans-Dieter Flick. While a mid-term managerial change is never welcomed, the trick seems to have worked for now. Flick outclassed Lucien Favre in his first Bundesliga match, defeating the title hopefuls 4-0.

At the center of Flick’s BVB dismantling was Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker has not looked back since exchanging Dortmund for Munich. In his fifth season at the club, he is on course for another special season, scoring 23 goals in 18 appearances so far.

While Lewandowski has made sure Bayern remain competitive, it was the changes by the 54-year-old manager that caught the eye.

Davie and Kimmich’s doubt pressure

Bayern started with a a back line consisting of Alphonso Davies, David Alaba, Javi Martinez, and Benjamin Pavard. In the middle of the park, Thiago Alcantara gave way to Joshua Kimmich who partnered Leon Goretzka and Thomas Muller.

The German trio in the middle executed Flick’s pressing system to perfection. Die Roten’s passing was reminiscent of their performances under Pep Guardiola. However, it was the low defense line that seemed to be the master stroke. With the Reds vulnerable to counter attacks, the low line kept these threats away.

Meanwhile, Davies kept Jadon Sancho and Achraf Hakimi at bay for Bayern Munich. With Kimmich doubling up alongside him, the young Canadian gave a good account of his abilities. His daring runs forward and incisive passing were a treat to watch.

Gnabry and Lewandowski on the board

In attack Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman partnered Lewandowski. While Coman threatened on the wings without any end product, Gnabry joined Lewa on the score sheet. Ivan Perisic replaced Coman with his electric runs on the wings, as he makes claim for a starting berth.

It was the Bavarian side’s best performance since their 7-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur. Such was FC Hollywood’s prowess that they didn’t allow a single shot on target, the second match in succession. Two clean sheets in two matches. An incredible turnaround after struggling to keep a clean sheet under Kovac.

The win led to Bayern’s board extending Flick’s coach’s role until the end of the season. The manager has completed a remarkable turnaround following last week’s 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt.

At the moment Bayern are in third place, four points behind leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.

Die Roten travel to Dusseldorf after the international break. Flick have a tough task on their hands as he tackles a Dusseldorf side who have not lost at home since September.