Five thoughts on how Bayern fried Freiburg
Five thoughts on how Bayern fried Freiburg

A rotated Bayern came out 4:0 winners against Freiburg with a display of dominance that the locals could do little about, even against a weaker lineup.

Rotations rotations

Bayern fielded a first eleven with numerous changes mostly due to injuries. Juan Bernat took up the left wing position due to injuries to both Kingsley Coman and Franck Ribéry. Auturo Vidal, Sandro Wagner and Corentin Tolisso were also added to the fray as a Bayern Munich fielded in what was seen as a highly rotated side.

In fact, six of the 11 players who started the match did not play against Hertha Berlin the week before.

Freiburg’s fiery early counters

Freiburg, from the beginning of the match, used their counterattacks to produce all their chances. The sucked Bayern in and then pressed Bayern out of position. This was followed by a long ball up the field where they picked Lucas Höler, who used his pace to good effect, troubling the back line in the early parts of the first half.

These moves also forced an incredible save from Bayern keeper Sven Ulreich who produced a brilliant move to deflect the ball mere inches wide of the goal.

Bayern’s dominance

Bayern gained a real strangle hold on Freiburg in 25th minute after a scrappy own goal which was a result of Thomas Müller’s persistence. After getting that goal, what little hope Freiburg had was thrown through the window after a screamer from Corentin Tolisso three minutes later.

Bayern controlled everything after that moment, even with what could be seen as a weakened side. It really shows that the Bavarians are really on another level above the entire Bundesliga and how stacked the squad is.

Bayern now open up a 20-point lead in the league with this win. To put that into perspective, Hamburger SV and FC Köln are in 17th and 18th places and they do not have that many points.

Tolisso continues to shine

Corentin Tolisso had a brilliant match. He created numerous chances while maintaining his box-to-box work. His performance will be notably remembered for an absolute screamer scored from about 30 yards out of the box. The goal is certainly reminiscent some of the bangers Bastian Schweinsteiger once had Bayern’s faithful cheering for.

It is only a matter of time before Corentin’s great performances cement his place in the side. Sadly, as Corentin Tolisso continues to perform, the more the future of Renato Sanches at Bayern looks bleak.

Bayern’s improving defense

Keeping former striker Nils Petersen quiet is something many teams have failed to do this season, but against Bayern, he looked like a passenger as he hardly featured in any of the chances created.

Bayern are definitely spoiled when it comes to defensive options and everyone will continue to see games like these, where star players are given nothing.

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