5-0 against Freiburg
Sun, 16/10/22, 23:53
Strong defence, free-flowing attack - FCB shine
Before the game against SC Freiburg, Bayern had said that they wanted to make a point. And boy did Julian Nagelsmann’s men make a point! In the game against the side that had started the weekend second in the league, Bayern did not let off from the start and ran away deserved 5-0 winners. Consequently, the German record champions leapfrogged their beaten opponents into second place, just four points behind leaders Union Berlin.
The strong performance against SCF was the reaction everyone wanted after a disappointing last-minute 2-2 draw against rivals Borussia Dortmund last time out, a result that had kept Bayern in an underwhelming position in the table after nine games. "We were challenged, the boys did very well and played great football. Huge credit to the team” said head coach Nagelsmann. Against an in-form Freiburg side, Bayern shone across the pitch, in both attack and defence.
“We showed from the first to the last minute who was boss. It was great fun,” said Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. The 33 year old striker scored and set up a goal, and was busy up front on a day of great attacking joy. Five goals, five goalscorers - Serge Gnabry (13’), Choupo-Moting (33’), Leroy Sané (52’), Sadio Mané (55’) and Marcel Sabitzer (80’) secured the result. “Great goals, and very nice moves that we finished off. I’m so happy with the manner in which we played today. We have to build on this” continued Choupo-Moting.
The defensive duo of Dayot Upamecano and Matthijs de Ligt, as well as goalkeeper Sven Ulreich - who once again deputised for the injured Manuel Neuer - were extremely alert and conceded virtually no chances of note. "We defended well, always focused," Nagelsmann said, summarising the defensive display. The performance saw a fourth clean sheet in the Bundesliga season picked up. Only Freiburg and Union Berlin (both five) have more.
Overall, Bayern were very satisfied with their performance against Freiburg. "It felt very good to produce a performance like that. It was an important sign from us after a few difficult weeks - and this is how we intend to continue," said Gnabry, who set up Mané's goal fantastically in addition to his own effort. "This is important for our confidence over the next few weeks," continued Gnabry, who immediately looked ahead to what's coming up: "We want to win every one of our games now. We dropped a few points unnecessarily, so we know the pressure is on. We want to pick up every available point up until the World Cup."
The match report: