Bundesliga Week 24 Recap: Bayern v Dortmund 1-3

A deserved, yet rare home loss for Bayern. As predicted, Mats Hummels made Hoeneß and Rummenigge regret that transfer again. Louis van Gaal’s pregame decisions might have cost them the game, Luiz Gustavo scored his first goal for Bayern.

Starting Lineups

Dortmund started as expected, Jakub Blaszczykowski wasn’t fit enough so Robert Lewandowski replaced him. Bayern on the other hand used a slightly different lineup: Danijel Pranjic and Luiz Gustavo again switched positions so the Croatian started in midfield. A slight difference with a huge effect.

It became apparent very early that Pranjic was not the right choice for that position. He’s not a guy who can shut down the area he covers and with players like Nuri Sahin and Mario Götze constantly moving to the position a Bayern CM is supposed to cover, that’s instant death. I don’t know if Louis van Gaal was so afraid of Mario Götze that he decided to let the defensively better Gustavo play as left-back but the Brazilian was desperately needed in midfield. Add to that tactical mistake disappointing performances by Holger Badstuber and Bastian Schweinsteiger and you know why Bayern conceded three goals at home for the first time in 2 years (even though I’m not sure if I should take the Klinsmann-coached, all-offense season into account).

The first 20 minutes of the match were terrible to watch for every Bayern fan. Barrios scored an early goal because Schweinsteiger couldn’t handle an easy pass and Badstuber decided not to follow Dortmund’s only striker. Gustavo tied the game minutes later but that didn’t last long, Sahin’s beautiful shot made it 2-1 BVB. Bayern tried to equalize it once again and had some decent chances but missed all of them. During the second half, van Gaal fixed some of the mistakes but it was too late to change anything. When Mats Hummels’s header found the back of the net early in the second half, it was over. There was no chance that Dortmund gives up two goals. Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery were nullified all match long but should that be an excuse? It’s nothing new that opponents use 2-3 defenders against the wingers and that’s basically all that Dortmund did, too. But if your central midfield is having a day off, there’s no way that you win the game. The guests’ pressing was outstanding but a good ball movement can always be a key to success against pressing. Bayern usually is capable of that but not yesterday. Considering the other results, the upcoming matches have become even more important if this team wants to have any chance to qualify for the 2012 CL final at home.

Goals: 0-1 Barrios (9′), 1-1 Gustavo (15′), 1-2 Sahin (18′), 1-3 Hummels (60′)

Subs:

FC Bayern: Breno (Badstuber, 46′), Toni Kroos (Gustavo, 58′), Miroslav Klose (Müller, 78′)

Dortmund: Jakub Blaszczykowski (Barrios, 74′), Antonio da Silva (Großkreutz, 82′), Sebastian Kehl (Sahin, 89′)

Other Bundesliga matches:

Wolfsburg v Gladbach 2-1 (Diego x2; Daems)

Kaiserslautern v Hamburg 1-1 (Hlousek; Jansen)

Hoffenheim v Mainz 1-2 (Alaba; Ivanschitz, Soto)

Cologne v Freiburg 1-0 (Podolski)

St. Pauli v Hannover 0-1 (Schulz)

Schalke v Nuremberg 1-1 (Raul; Hegeler)

Next match: Wednesday v Schalke (DFB Cup), 8.30 pm local time

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