Bayern Munich worked hard to grind out a 1-0 victory against a fighting Monchengladbach side, but managed to do so in a surprising fashion.
Thomas Muller, on his 250th appearance for Die Roten, scored a well deserved goal after a shocking drought in front of the net.
The visitors were desperate to maintain their vicious winning streak against Gladbach – who had recently changed management. With Dieter Hecking now in charge they are desperate to regain their confidence, following a poor season which has thus far left them in 10th place.
As usual Bayern dominated the game and controlled the pitch, but struggled to create anything in front of goal. In fact, Gladbach seemed closer to scoring despite being completely out-possessed.
The away side needed something desperately in the second half and, to the shock of his critics, it was Muller who popped up with the vital goal.
It was another day at the office for Carlo Ancelotti’s men, and Die Fohlen had their hard work tarnished by a moment of poor defending. Gladbach are sitting comfortably in the mid-table for now, but mediocrity will simply not be enough in future games.
Thomas Muller finally scores
Muller has been one of Bayern’s most criticised players this season. The German international appeared to not have been pulling his weight and was left out a number of times for Bundesliga games. Many fans were calling for him to be dropped from the squad altogether, but Ancelotti kept his faith in the World Cup winning striker and this finally paid off it seems.
In a game where Bayern desperately needed a breakthrough, the 27-year-old channelled his incredible form from campaigns past and scored a classic Muller goal, sneaking behind the defence and quickly slotting the ball away. It is not clear as to whether Muller has completely turned around his form yet, but this can only be a good sign.
Monchengladbach threatened by mediocrity
The Foals have fallen under the radar this season, which is surprising considering the amount of attention they received previously when they gained a Champions League spot under loved manager Andre Schubert. After his resignation due to poor form, Gladbach turned to Dieter Hecking who has managed to stabilise the club on the pitch.
Despite this, Gladbach have been mostly average. Even though they managed to put up a good performance against the league leaders, they simply could not find a way to get a game changing goal. There is little doubt that Schubert’s side will finish somewhere in the mid-table this season, but performances like these are nowhere near good enough if they have any future hopes of qualifying for European football.
Is Thiago Alcantara the player of the season?
Thiago has been Bayern’s strongest and most consistent performer throughout the entire 2016-17 campaign. While Many of the team’s stars like Robert Lewandowski have fallen in and out of form, the Spaniard has been one of the few players that has rarely dipped in performance.
The ex-Barcelona midfielder was again an attacking force, as he created a wonderful assist for Muller to put away. As the season draws to a close, it is time to start considering who the player of the season is, as a very strong argument could be made for Thiago – the midfield maestro.