Three observations from Bayern Munich’s 3-2 win against Hertha Berlin

Bundesliga’s referees did their best to get Bayern Munich to drop points against a troublesome Hertha Berlin side that did NOT behave like a team that is part of the league’s Basement Boys™. The Bavarians managed to hold on for a 3-2 win against the lesser-known side from Berlin and go top of the table for the time being. Goals from Jamal Musiala and the legendary Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (x2) were just about enough to cancel out efforts from Dodi Lukebakio and Davie Selke. What were the highlights of today’s game?

It has to be Hertha!

As I said earlier, for a team in the bottom half of the Bundesliga, Hertha were exceptionally attacking and gave Bayern all sorts of problems, including Dodi Lukebakio. Man, this guy really has something against us and nobody knows why. Anyway, Hertha mainly attacked on the wings and found themselves good opportunities to press from and got two right before the break, both times they caught Bayern napping. The fact that they couldn’t capitalize on those chances was Bayern’s saving grace as everyone looked drained of energy, and it’s only November. I wonder why that is.

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FIFA indirectly pushes players to their limits

Holding a major international soccer tournament in the middle of the season has always been a bad idea, but now everyone can see the toll it takes on national team players at club level. Teams are forced to play matches in a shorter period resulting in a gap of as little as three days between matches. Increased workload means a greater chance of injury, and it appears that Alphonso Davies and Leon Goretzka may have done just that.

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Everyone is starting to express their disapproval of the World Cup soccer tournament, which will start in about two weeks. This was evident in today’s match where a large banner with the “Boycott Qatar 2022” banner was displayed. FIFA really needs to rethink their approach to these tournaments because its reputation could take a hit with the way things stand.

Bayern are the architects of their own downfall

I was going to say that we were finished by the ref and VAR falling that Hertha’s players fell over as if they were playing with laces from each shoe tied to the other, but this time I will take a different approach. Bayern simply need to put the game to bed before the other team has any chance of making a comeback. Bayern will not always get away with their inability to kill off games, with the Champions League resuming next year. This is a phenomenon that needs to be seriously addressed because it might be the thing that kills us instead of us the game.

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Interested in more analysis of the game? Why not check out our postgame podcast? We talk about the Davies injury, Mazraoui, Choupo-Moting for the Ballon d’Or, the World Cup, and more! Listen to it below or on Spotify.

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