Comeback, debut & top form
Sat, 11/11/23, 21:26
Five special stories from the Heidenheim match
Particularly towards the end, the match became really eventful. After the Reds had been comfortably in control of their Bundesliga home game against FC Heidenheim until the 65th minute, the visitors managed to turn a seemingly safe 2-0 lead for Bayern into a 2-2 stalemate with two goals within three minutes. However, the men from Munich found the perfect answer, switched into a higher gear and finally recorded a deserved 4-2 victory. Apart from the exciting succession of events, Bayern's duel with the promoted club had a few more interesting stories to offer.
Guerreiro's comeback with decisive effect
After recently sitting out the action with a muscle injury for nearly a month, Raphaël Guerreiro celebrated his comeback against Heidenheim after 61 minutes. And the 29-year-old showed how valuable he can be for Bayern. After Heidenheim had successfully equalised with a quick brace, Guerreiro showed great anticipation and scored the incredibly important 3-2 after 72 minutes, which finally paved the way to Bayern's victory. Additionally, the versatile Portuguese initiated several dangerous attacks from midfield and provided Bayern's attacking game with new energy towards the end of the game. “He was clever, creative, secure in possession, always had an idea and was super-precise in everything he did. We hope and have to do everything in our power to keep him healthy. Then he will continue to help us. To come back in this fashion today and score an immediate goal is obviously perfect,“ head coach Thomas Tuchel said in praise.
Super sub Choupo
With his goal after 85 minutes to make it 4-2, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who had also come on as a substitute (61'), finally decided the game. With this performance, the attacker emphasised how important it was for Bayern to be able to field fresh players off the bench following an intense past few weeks. “I'm glad we were able to add energy, a hunger for goals, and speed from the bench to collect the three points,“ said Tuchel. Choupo-Moting incidentally celebrated a special personal milestone today. With his goal, he is now the only player to have scored against each of the current 18 Bundesliga teams.
Sané's stunning form
Leroy Sané has been in outstanding form in recent weeks and continues to prove this with each new game. The Bayern attacker stood out with yet another strong performance against Heidenheim and assisted both of Harry Kane's goals. The 27-year-old has now been directly involved in at least one goal in each of the past seven Bundesliga matches (5 goals, 6 assists). It is the first time the number ten has achieved a run like that. Sané has now recorded six assists this Bundesliga season and is the league's joint provider together with Leipzig's Xavi Simons.
Busy Pavlović makes starting debut
Following his substitute appearance in Der Klassiker against Borussia Dortmund last week, 19-year-old Aleksandar Pavlović already gave a convincing performance with his calm and composed play in Bayern's midfield. In the home match against Heidenheim, the Munich-born player, who went through all of FC Bayern's youth teams, featured in Bayern's starting eleven for the very first time. And Pavlović delivered yet another good performance, providing stability in the centre of the pitch. The young talent can now rest assured he will be able to collect further minutes as a professional player following the international break, where he was invited to join the German under 20's national team for the very first time.
Kane's startling stats
“He is a phenomenon,” sporting director Christoph Freund accurately pointed out following the game against Heidenheim. At Bayern Munich, Harry Kane is the threat personified in front of goal. With his brace against Heidenheim the 30-year-old attacker increased his tally to 17 goals already this season. No other player in league history managed to score as many goals in his first 11 Bundesliga games. Additionally, Kane has already surpassed the total for the season of the last Bundesliga top scorers Christopher Nkunku and Niclas Füllkrug. Long may it continue!