Bayern Munich finally responded to their defeat to Borussia Dortmund earlier in the season with a comfortable 4-1 romp as they picked apart the visitor’s weakened side.
Franck Ribery and Robert Lewandowski scored two lovely goals to put the home side in a comfortable position, early on in the contest.
Raphael Guerreiro pulled one back for Dortmund to give his side an element of hope, but it proved to be short-lived.
Thomas Tuchel’s defence seemed completely helpless in the second half as Robben joined in on the action with a goal of his own. To rub salt into the wound, Roman Burki conceded a penalty to allow Lewandowski to seal the result.
Here are the main talking points following the clash:
Dortmund slip further down the table
It has been a strange season for Dortmund. After making a number of excellent acquisitions in the transfer market they have failed to translate their off-field success into results and have spent most of their time struggling to stay in the Champions League positions. With a number of key players injured and a young defence, it was never likely that they would beat Bayern away from home, but slipping down to fourth place is worrying nonetheless. While they are nine points ahead of fifth-placed Freiburg, settling for fourth place is simply not enough for one of Germany’s most successful clubs.
Bayern hit their stride
Bayern has been winning games all season but this match against Dortmund was a true show of strength from the home side’s front three. The Robben and Ribery combo was devastating and Lewandowski provided the icing on the cake. With their attacking half running like clockwork there aren’t many teams that can stop Bayern. This is the kind of performance they will need for their next challenge – Real Madrid. They will not be an easy opponent, but judging by recent performances Bayern will be more than ready to meet the challenge. If Die Roten can maintain as much possession as possible against Madrid they will have an excellent chance of progressing to the semi-finals of the Champions League.
A dreaded afternoon, but hope remains
Dortmund’s fairly young team were severely punished against Bayern. Marc Bartra and his defensive team did nowhere near enough to keep the wings safe from “Robbery” and conceded far too many goals. Ousmane Dembele, the up and coming French star, did not have much to do and when he was given the ball he failed to penetrate the Bayern defence. It was an overall poor performance from this side of newcomers, but the loss is only set to hold them in good stead. Getting this experience early on in their careers can be beneficial for their development, but for now they have to contend with Dortmund wallowing in fourth place.