Bayern Munich have regained their iron grip on top of the Bundesliga table after swatting away Hamburg SV with a resounding victory. The Bavarians have sent a message to the rest of the league that they will yet again claim Germany’s top football prize.
For Hamburg, the night was a disaster from start to finish. Arturo Vidal opened the scoring early on and Lewandowski effectively ended the contest by half time with a double. Hamburg were powerless to stop Bayern steam rolling them at the Allianz Arena as Lewandowski completed his hat trick in the second half.
The punishment did not end there for the relegation threatened side as David Alaba, Kingsley Coman and Arjen Robben piled on more misery with the Dutchman scoring a classic goal to round out the 8-0 win.
The result leaves Bayern in prime position to cruise to Bundesliga glory, leaving Hamburg behind to salvage their season as they sit in the relegation play-off spot separate by two points above and below.
Here are the main talking points following Bayern’s big win:
Underperformers show their value
Players like Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski have recently come under criticism with their poor displays this season, but against lowly Hamburg they used the 90 minutes on the pitch to show off their talents, reminding the manager and fans that they still have a high level of quality. Lewandowski collected his hat trick by the 55th minute showing off his ability to score in almost every situation. Muller, a player who has been particularly criticised this season, also sprung to life. Although he did not get on the score sheet, his presence on the pitch was incredible, involving himself in majority of the goals. Every player would have been proud of such a fantastic performance, but the big improvers are the ones who will especially benefit from this as Carlo Ancelotti looks to finalise his starting eleven for future knockout Champions League matches.
Too old to go down?
Hamburg are the oldest team in the Bundesliga and have never been relegated in their history. The so-called “dinosaurs” of the Bundesliga have been flirting with the drop for years as their management desperately attempts to create a consistent side. For years, Hamburg have orchestrated great escapes, but 2017 may be the year that their luck runs out. While there are still enough games for them to escape, their poor form is just not enough to warrant escaping the relegation zone, let alone escaping a relegation play-off. Expect Hamburg to be in the mix at the bottom of the table come the end of the season, it will be sad to see such a historic team go, but such is the nature of football.
There are still 12 games remaining in the Bundesliga season, and with so many points on the line anything could happen. Yet, it seems as though Bayern’s recent form indicates they have no intention of letting go of the spot that they lost to RB Leipzig for so long during the season. They sit five points ahead of Leipzig and the Bavarians rarely relinquish a lead. It would be reasonable to say, even this early, that Bayern have all but won the title. However, there are a number of tough Champions League games coming up and anything could happen.