Bayern celebrates Bundesliga triumph
Bayern celebrates Bundesliga triumph
The buildup to Der Klassiker, the “German Clasico” if you will, was all about one man — Mario Goetze. So it was a big surprise when Josep Guardiola opted to start Goetze on the bench in his highly-anticipated return to Dortmund.
Turns out, maybe Guardiola just wanted to set the stage for some second-half fireworks.
Goetze scored a brilliant outside-the-boot goal against his former club — and refrained from celebrating — to lead Bayern to a 3-0 victory, their first in Dortmund since November 2009 and first league win over their rivals in the past seven meetings. Bayern also extended their lead over third-placed Dortmund to seven points.
It never looked as if the result would be this clear-cut. For all of Dortmund’s injury problems, Jurgen Klopp’s men actually fared quite well to start. BVB let Bayern dominate possession but earned themselves the better share of chances in a scoreless first half. The makeshift back line of Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Manuel Friedrich (unemployed before this week), Kevin Grosskreutz and 21-year old Erik Durm held their own against Bayern’s vaunted offense.
But Guardiola’s moves to bring Goetze on for Mario Mandzukic and Thiago Alcantara for Jerome Boateng in the second half paid off almost immediately. Bayern began to look more comfortable in the short passing game, and ten minutes after coming on, the man who was greeted by deafening rounds of boos drove a stake right through Dortmund fans’ hearts.
Goetze refused to celebrate, but his goal hurt Dortmund fans plenty enough (Image: Getty)
Dortmund pushed back and found themselves with several excellent chances to grab an equalizer, but each time Manuel Neuer was up to the task. A pair of late goals by Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller in quick succession then brought Dortmund to their knees.
The resounding win could almost be considered a preliminary decision in the Bundesliga title race, even though it’s only November and second-placed Bayer Leverkusen are just four points off the pace. Bayern could lose two matches this season — which would already be one more than the previous year — and still stay ahead of their biggest challengers.
Well… this is awkward…
Bayern Munich had to explain to kit maker and minority owner Adidas why new signings Mario Gotze and Jan Kirchhoff showed up to their official introduction wearing…Nike shirts of all things!
The faux pas was explained away as a small oversight in the midst of the media frenzy surrounding the high-profile unveiling of $37m man Gotze.
Yeah, real tiny slip-up there, FCB. Not noticeable at all.
By: Thomas Hautmann
Start of a new dynasty?
Bayern Munich flexed its powerful financial muscle once again in the Bundesliga by triggering the €37 million buyout clause for Dortmund star Mario Gotze, considered the greatest German talent in a generation. While the move itself isn’t very surprising, the timing of it certainly is.
The news broke late Monday night and into Tuesday morning, the day of Bayern’s gigantic home match against Barcelona, and just two days before Dortmund’s critical clash against Real Madrid. Dortmund’s team, and especially the fans, must now show incredible resolve and togetherness in a difficult situation. They must beat Real at home to have a chance at the Champions League final where, of course, they could potentially face Gotze’s new team. What a game that would be!
When Germany beat Kazakhstan 4-1 on Tuesday, all four German goals were scored by Dortmund players Marco Reus (2), Mario Goetze, and Ilkay Gundogan. Which may not sound all too odd, except that the German side has traditionally been anchored and led by a large contingent of Bayern Munich players.
Now, with Reus, Gotze, Gundogan, and Mats Hummels, Dortmund players look likely to form the spine of Germany’s future, as Bayern veterans Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philip Lahm are getting older, and Mario Gomez is falling out of favor. Just recently, German media have been speculating that Gundogan will soon replace Bastian Schweinsteiger in the center of the pitch full-time.
"FC Bayern Deutschland," as many have joked over the years, may soon turn into Borussia Deutschland!