Talking Points: Werder Bremen 1 Bayern Munich 2 – The winning streak...

Talking Points: Werder Bremen 1 Bayern Munich 2 – The winning streak continues

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Bayern Munich have shown no signs of slowing as Werder Bremen became their next victim as they continued their vicious winning streak. 

Goals from Arjen Robben and David Alaba handed the hosts a 2-0 lead half-time as they looked well on their way to yet another victory.

Bremen were not about to be walked however as they attempted to mount a noble come back on the back of Max Kruse’s goal, but it proved to be a mere consolation.

Here are the main talking points following another Bayern Victory:

Bayern’s defence a key strength

For all of the fanciful and brilliant attackers Bayern have at their disposal, Bayern’s most impressive asset is their backline. Even with star defender Jerome Boateng out due to injury, the back central defensive pairing of Mats Hummels and Javi Martinez have proven to be impenetrable when playing at their best.

Either side of the pair sit two of the best wing-backs in the world, Philipp Lahm a German veteran who has shown no signs of slowing down and youth product David Alaba who has grown to become one of the most sought after young players in European football. Together these four have kept Bayern’s backline as tight and well-oiled as it can possibly be. If Bayern are to win any trophies this season it will be directly related to the effort and ability of these defenders.

Bremen’s excellent performance still not enough

It was heartbreaking for many fans to see their side perform so well and still lose, especially when Bremen find themselves just one point above the relegation play-off spot. Many teams fall to Bayern even with great performances, but for Bremen a good performance won’t be enough as they look to pull away from FC Ingolstadt in the table. Max Kruse’s goal came from a wonderful piece of individual skill and unfortunately for Bremen they failed to create any chances from genuine team work.

Going forward they cannot simply rely on an excellent goal scorer to get them out of trouble, they require a collective effort to propel them from the relegation zone. The performance against Bayern may shown promise, but it will still not be enough for future matches.

Bayern’s individual talent on display

Bayern are one of the most disciplined and hardworking teams in Germany, but when it comes to individual talent they are second to none. Arjen Robben showed his skill and style with an incredible goal and David Alaba extended the lead with a sensational free kick. Of course, with this amount of talent, the players who are struggling for form are sticking out like a sore thumb. Thomas Muller has yet again been disappointing as his partnership with Robert Lewandowski seems to have almost completely dissipated. Lewandowski too seems like a shadow of his former self and it appears the bulk of goal scoring is put onto the wingers. Who knows what this could mean for future Bayern games, especially in the Champions League, but for now their system appears to work just fine.

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