After an incredible 10-2 aggregate victory over Arsenal in the Champions League, Bayern Munich continued their dominant ways by beating Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0.
In truth, their opponents never truly stood a chance against a Die Roten side riding high on confidence and form. The first half, however, was an interesting story for Frankfurt, who were quite unlucky to miss some golden opportunities. The Bavarians managed to hold on until Robert Lewandowski turned the game around with his 20th goal of the season. It was against the run of play, but Niko Kovač’s men were asking for punishment after letting too many chances go begging.
Once they found a breakthrough, Bayern pushed the advantage and Douglas Costa added to the lead before half-time.
Lewandowski rounded out the evening with another goal – his 100th for Bayern Munich. It was a momentous day for the Polish striker as he finds himself back into his peak form just in time for the Champions League knockout stages.
Carlo Ancelotti opts not to rotate
With such a short turnaround, it would be expected that Bayern would keep their top players rested. Not according to Carlo Ancelotti though, with the Italian choosing to play a virtually full strength side. Some lethargy was clear to see, but they did just enough to fend off attacks from Frankfurt. It was an interesting tactical decision from the coach which appears to have paid off for now, but future tiredness could become a problem.
However, also in the Champions League, Dortmund chose to rotate their squad and were defeated on their domestic return.
Noble Frankfurt hard done by
It was a sensational performance from Die Adler and they were immensely unfortunate to leave with not even a goal to their name. While the lapses in defensive concentration deserve to be punished, the 3-0 scoreline is incredibly harsh on a side that is doing exceptionally well in the league this season. Frankfurt are still hanging on to their Europa League spot in the table by a margin of a single point, but after their performance tonight there is no doubt that they deserve to be there.
Allianz Arena truly a fortress
The Allianz Arena is one of the toughest away trips in football and in recent years Bayern Munich have ensured that it is their fortress. With barely any losses at home for the past five years, the Bavarians boast an astonishing home record that has continued through Jupp Heynckes, Pep Guardiola and now Carlo Ancelotti.
This season their home performances have been incredible, not because they were good but because of their uncanny ability to grind out wins. Even against a fired-up Frankfurt side Bayern still managed to record a seemingly comfortable 3-0 victory. As the season draws to an end, Ancelotti’s side will need their home strength more than ever to get past the challenges of the Champions League and Bundesliga.