Gnabry in seventh heaven
With the fabled lucky number seven on his back, Serge Gnabry continues to delight teammates, coaches and fans alike. The FC Bayern winger must be pretty happy with himself, too, after scoring a hat-trick in the 6-1 win over Werder Bremen on Tuesday.
Gnabry's star shining brightest at brilliant Bayern
Bayern's performance was hardly short of post-match talking points: Lucas Hernández's return to the starting line-up, the performance of Joshua Kimmich and goalscorer Leon Goretzka in the midfield engine room, another Jamal Musiala star turn, Leroy Sané's form and super sub Mathys Tel. Yet Gnabry was the real standout.
The Germany international is Bayern's blistering run of form personified. He started the season with a bang, experienced a mini dip, but is now hurtling towards the 2022 World Cup at his explosive best.
Gnabry: "The more goals, the better"
"It always does you good - the more goals, the better," Gnabry enthused after the full-time whistle. "It was a great win today."
Julian Nagelsmann elaborated on Gnabry's purple patch. "He believes in himself. He's an exceptionally good footballer - two-footed, a goal threat and has real composure as he showed with his third goal. I think really highly of him."
Gnabry showcased his feel for the ball with a sensational strike into the far corner for 2-1. He profitted from some selfless play from Sané to make it four, before slaloming through the Bremen defence for Bayern's fifth. Talk about confidence.
Seven Bundesliga goals
Gnabry's hat-trick takes him onto seven Bundesliga goals for the season. Only Musiala - with nine - has more among his Bayern teammates.
What's more, the Stuttgart native is the first Bundesliga player this term to score three times in a single game. He's also second to ex-teammate Robert Lewandowski (seven) for hat-tricks since the start of the 2021/22 campaign - his last three-goal salvo having come against boyhood club VfB Stuttgart in December 2021.
Now all Gnabry has to do is keep up the good work. Bayern go to Schalke in their final fixture of the calendar year on Saturday (kick-off: 18:30 CET), before Germany begin their World Cup campaign in Qatar. The record champions resume their title defence at the end of January, when they'll be looking to their peerless No.7 to keep them in seventh heaven.
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