Four thoughts on Bayern’s comeback win in Cologne
Four thoughts on Bayern’s comeback win in Cologne

Bayern’s second half comeback saw them win 3:1 against a speedy Cologne. Quick goals from James Rodríguez and Robert Lewandowski turn around a disastrous first half. 

Lethargic start

It looks like the Madrid blues still remained as Bayern Munich made a lethargic start to the match. Sloppy passes and general unenthusiastic style of play frustrated us and even Jupp Heynckes. The play was very muted with misplaced passes and no sense of urgency. This was very frustrating to watch as players looked disillusioned and simply put, did not want to play.

Shaky defence

Even though we only conceded a solitary goal, Bayern had a very shaky defence. Consistently vulnerable to long balls and direct play, it was overall a pretty average performance. Rafinha let the cross in which Niklas Süle inadvertently turned it inside the own net for his third own goal of the season. In a clash with nothing to play for, Bayern were very callous and simply disinterested.

Quick fire double helps

A half-time blowdryer treatment from Jupp Heynckes and the introduction of Thiago was instrumental in the way we attacked. A brilliant cross from the left. chested brilliantly by Thomas Müller was turned in coolly by James. Müller was also involved in the second goal again when he let Lewandowski have a free shot on goal to give Bayern the lead. Bayern scored a third goal late through Corentin Tolisso who got to the end of a magical cross from James.

Disappointing performances all round

Sebastian Rudy continued his downward spiral since the turn of the year in another anonymous outing. Youngster Frank Evina was a bit underwhelming after his electric debut last match-day. He was trying too hard but this will be a good lesson for the youngster. Javi Martinez was disappointing as well as he could not provide enough defensive stability.

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