One of the most striking matches of the 22nd round of the Bundesliga was the meeting in Bochum, where the newcomer of the Bundesliga created a sensation by shipping four goals into the champion’s goal. Robert Lewandowski scored twice, but this was not enough: the Munich team went home on the shield. At the same time, we note that in the first-round match at the Allianz Arena, Bayern won with a score of 7:0.
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Bochum head coach Thomas Rice made several substitutions compared to the match against Hertha a week ago. In particular, the main goalkeeper Riemann (covid), Teshe, Asano and Pantovich (remained on the bench) were not included in the starting lineup. The said group of players were replaced by Esser, Losilla, Ostehage and Antwi-Adjey. Bayern didn’t do without substitutions either, releasing Ulreich instead of Neuer and switching from the 3-4-2-1 formation to the more familiar 4-2-3-1.
The recipe for Bochum’s victory over Bayern is simple: fast delivery of the ball to the attack and wild pressure throughout the first half.
Before the match with Bayern, Bochum coach Thomas Reis repeatedly recalled the last meeting between these two teams. The specialist noted that the 0-7 defeat was very instructive for Bochum, provoking several changes in the team’s playing structure. The words of the coach turned out to be not unfounded, as Bochum started the match very actively.
Bochum is a team that does not stand out with long and sweeping positional attacks, therefore, after taking the ball away, the players started the attack with lightning speed due to a long pass. In most of these cases, the right winger Gerrit Holtmann was the recipient.
Thanks to his technique and ball play, the German-born Filipino scored two points on the “goal + pass” system, earned a penalty and harassed Pawar along with Upamecano throughout the first half.
It is not the first time this season that Bayern have conceded several goals in a row in a short period of time.
Bayern Munich will be remembered for the 2021/22 season duels where they allowed the opponent to turn the outcome of the matches over the course of several minutes. So, Bochum’s three goals fit in the interval from the 38th to the 44th minute. Prior to this match, Bayern allowed Cologne to score two goals within two minutes, Augsburg in a similar manner scored twice within 12 minutes. And Borussia M in the 18th round was able to score two goals in less than four minutes.
Bayern will play the 1/8 finals of the Champions League against Salzburg in a week and Julian Nagelmann needs to work on the mistakes until that time, otherwise the problems that Bochum revealed may come out sideways to Munich in another tournament where everything is decided in knockout matches.