Bayern Munich were able to overcome a draw with RB Leipzig during the weekend, as the team comfortably secured a 3-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade at the Allianz Arena. This was not an outstanding match but it did do enough to keep Bayern supporters on a happy note. Red Star were keen on keeping form and not letting Bayern enjoy an easy game. Surprisingly, they were able to accomplish this task to a relatively higher degree.
Marko Marin had one of the best chances for Red Star but he was unable to convert his shot. This was one of the few bright moments for the visitors in the attacking department. They were pinned down by Bayern for most of the game. The Bavarians ended up having an incredible 10 shots on target and a 74% possession. Yet, the team required two late goals – in the final 10 minutes – in order to put a glossy look to the score. This will be one of the worrying aspects for Niko Kovac, who saw his team get a 1-1 draw with RB Leipzig at the Red Bull Arena.
Kovac will have reasons to be happy with certain aspects of the game – like the performance of Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian is slowly settling into this Bayern team and he was able to come up with some brilliant passes and shots. If not for such a defensive minded opposition, the former Liverpool forward might have helped himself to a couple of goals.
At the back, Bayern were quite comfortable and it was to be expected when playing against a team that was so defensive. Yet, there was always the possibility of losing concentration and committing some poor errors, which can be capitalised by pacey forward players like Marko Marin. Benji Pavard had a strong game and he was able to come up with answers to every question asked of the defence. There was not too much joy for the visitors in the opposition penalty box.
Pavard was especially crucial for the team with his versatility, as he was able to bring out his ability of playing at centre back and right back. Meanwhile, Lucas Hernandez has continued his strong form with a delightful performance.
The defence might have appeared well organised on the night, but there will be a string of more difficult opponents in the coming weeks.
Niko Kovac’s biggest criticism has been his inability to get substitutions right. However, he was able to put this criticism to a side and come up with great decisions during the game. Ivan Perisic was replaced by Serge Gnabry while Corentin Tolisso was replaced by Javi Martinez. Even though Ivan Perisic was industrious, he was unable to get an end product on the night. Gnabry, meanwhile, was able to make a strong impact with his pace and powerful running after coming on. Meanwhile, Thomas Miller once again showed that he remains vital in the team by coming on as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho and scoring one of the three goals.