Bayern Munich took another big step forward securing their eighth consecutive Bundesliga title with their 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen at Bay Arena. After conceding a goal within the first ten minutes of Lucas Alario, goals from Kingsley Comman, Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski, they sealed three points for Bayern before a late consolation goal from 17-year-old Florian Wirtz, who became the youngest ever goal scorer in the Bundesliga.
It was obvious that Peter Bosz had set up his Leverkusen side to pressure Bayern in their defensive third to deny them time on the ball and the opportunity to play freely from behind. The Work itself did exceptionally well in the opening periods with heavy pressure, leading to Alario̵
In a post-match speech, Hansi Flick highlighted his side’s adaptability and response, saying that the early goal was actually a catalyst for them to sharpen up (FCBayern.com): “Football is about winning your matches. We have demonstrated it impressively in 2020. We had problems in the beginning, which rightly led to the opener. But we bounced back, we demonstrated our attitude and mentality. It was actually quite good to set a goal because the team picked up on itself. “
Neuer reiterated Flicks praise, noting that Bayern maintained the right mentality, despite conceding so early with a marginal (non) offside decision. Personally, Neuer made a total of 4 saves from Leverkusen’s 6 shots on goal, but he certainly would have preferred to collect another clean sheet.
Still, Neuer eventually recognized the quality of his side shining against a difficult, feisty opponent: “Our mentality made the difference today. We conceded a goal after nine minutes, we were up against strong opponents. But Wolfsburg won here, so we can certainly do the same. We showed it, we were the better team. We needed some time to get hold, but fought recklessly afterwards. “
Goretzka has been a force to be reckoned with since the Bundesliga was restarted, and he has been a key player in Bayern’s midfield. He interrupted his performance with a goal and an assist against Leverkusen, highlighting how much of an asset he has been to Flick since fighting resumed from the corona crisis.
Being able to fight through difficult situations, he said, is a big part of what made this Bayern team so successful, as was the case after drawing early against Leverkusen: “It was a good game. We didn’t start well, but that’s what characterizes us at the moment. Finding your way back by fighting hard and fighting one-on-one. It is not easy to turn the tide against strong opponents. We did well. We engaged in cruise control within the last 20 or 30 minutes. “