Bayern Munich 4-0 Hoffenheim: Bundesliga leaders maintain lead at the top

Thomas MUELLER and Robert LEWANDOWSKI of Bayern Munich -Bundesliga
Thomas MUELLER and Robert LEWANDOWSKI of Bayern Munich -Bundesliga

Bayern Munich continued their impressive start to the Bundesliga season by defeating Hoffenheim 3-0 on Saturday.

The league leaders continued from where they stopped last week when they beat Bayer Leverkusen, by beating 10th placed Hoffenheim at the Allianz Arena.

Goals from Serge Gnabry, Robert Lewandowski, Chupo-Moting and Kingsley Coman gave the Bavarians their seventh win of the league season and ensured that they ended the day on top of the table.

Bayern were without their coach Julian Nagelsmann, who was unable to face his former side after testing positive for COVID-19. But they did not allow his absence to stop them from putting on a good performance.

The visitors began the game well and could have opened the scoring in the second minute, only for Lewandowski to miss from six yards out. Serge Gnabry scored six minutes after Lewandowski missed, but the goal was disallowed by VAR, who adjudged that Musiala had fouled Grillitsch in the build-up to the goal. 

But Bayern did not wait too long to get their opening as they scored in the 16th minute through Gnabry, who fired a shot past Baumann after Jamal Musiala had picked him out with an incisive pass. 

Lewandowski doubled his side’s lead 15 minutes before the halftime break. The Polish striker picked the top right corner with an unstoppable strike from outside the box after receiving the pass from Muller just on the edge of the box.

Although the visitors tried to respond, it was the hosts who ended the half on top.

After the restart, both teams continued to threaten and fashion out chances. But for all their hard work, Hoffenheim could not break down a stubborn Bayern defence. 

With the game gradually coming towards its end, the hosts decided to mix things up, by bringing on Chupo-Moting in place of Thomas Muller while Kingsley Coman replaced Musiala.

It wasn’t long before the substitutes changed the game for Bayern and effectively killed the morale of Hoffenheim, who were threatening to score.

First, it was Chupo-Moting who scored eight minutes from the stop before Coman added a fourth to complete the rout three minutes before the full-time whistle.

New goal record for Bayern

It is difficult to describe this team and their love for goals. 

Despite hiring a new coach, and even missing the same coach on Saturday, the Bavarians still produced a great attacking display.

Nagelsmann’s side are going about setting a record this season. By scoring four goals against Hoffenheim, they became the first side to score 33 goals in just nine Bundesliga games. 

The result also gave them their 11th win in the last 12 games (L1) and was also the 11th time they had scored 3+ goals in their last 12 games. 

It will be difficult to imagine what this team cannot do at this rate.

Milestone appearance for Manuel Neuer 

While Bayern Munich attackers were about breaking the Bundesliga goal-scoring record in nine games, Manuel Neuer was about setting a personal record. 

The German number one didn’t have much to do on Saturday but was available when he was required to make saves. He followed up his clean sheet against Benfica in midweek with another clean sheet here.

Saturday’s win was also his 300th win in the Bundesliga in 447 appearances. Only Oliver Kahn has more wins in Bundesliga history (310) than Neuer, who at 35 years still has enough time on his side to better the record.