Dominant Bayern on a roll
FC Bayern earned every bit of adoration from the travelling fans after beating Hoffenheim 2-0 on Saturday. It was the latest in a string of dominant performances - to borrow the post-match chant that reverberated from the away end at the PreZero Arena - best filed as "Super Bayern" by name, "Super Bayern" by nature.
Nagelsmann: The first 35 minutes were world-class
It was Bayern's first-half display that really turned heads. Just like in the wins over Freiburg (5-0) and Augsburg (5-2, DFB Cup), the Munich outfit combined to devilishly good effect, created a hatful of chances and set a course for a deserved victory thanks to goals from Jamal Musiala (17') and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (38').
"The first 35 minutes were world-class - we had plenty of chances to score, the build-up was good and we won 71 percent of our challenges - that attests to our hunger," commented head coach Julian Nagelsmann.
Since the slight dip in form prior to the September international break, Bayern have been motoring through the hectic schedule, chalking up one win after another.
"It was one of those games where you have to stick to your guns if you want to keep the run going. It was a dominant and mature performance," said Nagelsmann.
Bayern's second straight Bundesliga win lifts them to within a point of leaders Union Berlin, who go to Bochum on Sunday.
The unpredictability factor
Bayern's trump card this season has been their unpredicability combined with their strength in depth. Some 13 different players have already found the back of the net in the 2022/23 Bundesliga, with the absence of in-form attackers Leroy Sané (muscular) and Thomas Müller (stomach) more than compensated for in Sinsheim.
Musiala scored his ninth competitive goal of the season - already a single-campaign personal best for the 19-year-old - while Choupo-Moting took his tally to four goals in his last three games, and 23 in 68 appearances in Bayern colours. That's more than he's managed for any other club. For reference, the Cameroonian totalled 22 goals in 106 and 81 outings for Schalke and Mainz respectively.
Wednesday night in Barcelona
Bayern now head to Barcelona on Champions League Matchday 5, having won six of their last seven competitive fixtures. Extending their purple patch in Wednesday's headline fixture is the next objective. Ominously for the Catalans, Bayern have a perfect record in this season's competition, and will rubber-stamp top spot in Group C with a win. Let's do this!
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