The truce was good for Bayern, back in steamroller mode. In a jam-packed Allianz Arena, the Munich club corrected Bayer Leverkusen on Friday at the start of the 8th day of the Bundesliga (4-0). Leroy Sané (3rd), Jamal Musiala (17th), Sadio Mané (39th) and Thomas Müller (84th) were the architects of the success of the Bavarians, weaned from victory for four league games before kick-off. This return to business allows the defending champion to get back on the provisional podium, two points behind the Berlin leader (2nd, 15 points). On the other hand, Leverkusen continues its descent into hell and plunges to 16th place, on the edge of the red zone.
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Mané finds colors
Four games without a win for Bayern, obviously, that makes people talk. Rumors swirling in the press around the future of Julian Nagelsmann have probably not allowed the German coach to apprehend in the best way this shock of the 8th day, although the start of the Leverkusenois season is similar more like a Way of the Cross. This Bayern seemed unperturbed from the outset by the turbulence around their mixed start to the season at the local level. The clouds even evaporated under the effect of an anticyclone named Jamal Musiala.
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In legs and never stingy with strokes of genius on the ball, the German international midfielder unblocked the situation after three minutes of play by serving Leroy Sané perfectly after a projection on the right flank (3rd). A quarter of an hour later, Musiala himself was responsible for increasing the mark after a combination with Thomas Müller (17th). The Bavarian attacking sector has long been swimming in total osmosis, sometimes supported in its works by the Sabitzer-Kimmich duo. Set back and less found from his left wing, Sadio Mané joined the party with a nice goal thanks to two fake strikes (39th). An achievement, his 4th in the league, which puts an end to a scarcity of five games without scoring for the Senegalese.
Too alone, Diaby struggled
For its part, Leverkusen tried to sting on the counter or on set pieces, as on this shot on target from Moussa Diaby (34th) or this header from Jonathan Tah narrowly repelled by Manuel Neuer in front of the opportunist Robert Andrich (44th) . Left with better intentions in the second half, the Werkself had several chances, but Manuel Neuer did not show his age (36) in the Bavarian goals (64th). The most impactful offensive player, Moussa Diaby was his team’s main weapon, until his replacement (74th).
In the meantime, Mané, in line with his goal, regained color and constituted a permanent threat on the goals of Lukas Hradecky (47th, 49th, 55th). The Finnish goalkeeper could however only bow to the Senegalese (56th), even if the goal was canceled after revision of the VAR for a foul by Matthijs de Ligt at the start of the action. Rarely caught at fault on his line, Hradecky had more difficulty with the recovery, evidenced by this slip in front of Thomas Müller, who only had to tackle the leather in the back of the net (4-0, 84th).
Unusable situations due to technical clumsiness, flaws in commitment and concentration: there are many evils for Gerardo Seoane who must feel that his time on the B04 bench is running out. 16th in the Bundesliga, Leverkusen has only a meager victory after 8 days. A crisis that Julian Nagelsmann (2nd, 15 points) avoided with this great success in preparation for the Champions League and the meeting against Plzen (next Tuesday).
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