Bayern Munich defeat Olympiacos 2-1 at home with second-half goals in their first match since manager Niko Kovac resigned.
The Important Highlights
A cross from Kingsley Coman into the penalty box meant all Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski had to do was tap the ball in for us to get the first goal of the match. The Polish has officially scored 21 goals in 17 games across all championships. He now sits in fourth place in the Champions League Top Scorers list.
The second goal came late into the second half from Ivan Perišić’s first touch in the game. After being substituted in for Serge Gnarby, the midfielder on loan from Intermilan found the back of the net after Corentin Tolisso’s failed attempt saw the ball deflect off of an Olympiacos’ player.
Observations from the game:
– Hans-Dieter Flick’s Strategy
Unlike under the reign of Niko Kovac, David Alaba and Javi Martinez were pushed into new positions as centre-back which in turn meant Benjamin Pavard and Alphonso Davies took over the full-back role. Robert Lewandowski remained as the only forward in the game and Philippe Coutinho was left on the bench to make room for Thomas Muller to remind the fans why we loved him so much.
– The stats were overwhelming
For anyone who had not watched the match, taking a look at the match statistics might give you a pretty good idea of how the game went down. Naturally, the reds had an average of 70% possession of the ball, 27 shots and 11 of them on goal. However, the shock would come from the fact that Olympiacos, a Champions League team, could only manage 3 shots with none of them on goal. They also only had one corner, compared to Bayern who had 14.
Bayern qualify for round 16
It may only be matchday four in the group stages but Bayern have qualified for round of 16. After winning all four matches in the game and receiving 12 points, they could lose both their upcoming matches and still be eligible.