Saturday, August 28, 2021
Dardai: “It was shocking”
Hungry Bavarians outclass Hertha BSC
Coach Julian Nagelsmann does without Leroy Sané against Hertha BSC. The young Jamal Musiala is ahead of the game for the time being. He meets and inspires. Sané is late. Lewandowski sets new records. Bayern play in a league of their own, Hertha BSC remains at the bottom of the table without points.
After an intoxicating evening, Thomas Müller, Joshua Kimmich and Manuel Neuer grabbed three large flags with the words “Again Dahoam”. At her side in the lap of honor ran a grinning Robert Lewandowski, who stood out in the 5-0 (2-0) against Hertha BSC with three goals from a convincing team of coach Julian Nagelsmann. “The most important thing,” said the Pole at Sky, “is that the team plays well, then I benefit too.”
And the team played very well indeed. Bayern started well and they didn’t let up. With the second home win in a row, they moved up to one goal on league leaders Bayer Leverkusen, while Hertha offers the shocking contrast program: three games, zero points, last. “We didn’t offer anything,” said coach Pal Dardai. “We didn’t have a chance.” And that was formulated diplomatically. Later it became clearer: he expected more performance from his team. “I had no idea that we would come here and play in such a shocking way, with the ball and against the ball. The way it is is shocking,” he said. “The break is good for us,” he said about the upcoming international break.
The Bavarians are completely different. “Today it was once again good for us for once, we were in good flow as a team. That was probably our best game in terms of play, the other games were a bit wilder,” said Thomas Müller, who took the lead early on for the enthusiastic and vicious Munich team scored (6th). The national player was able to score because Lewandowski unselfishly let the ball through.
Lewandowski always scores
The omnipresent Lewandowski (35th according to video evidence) then scored in the 16th competitive game in a row and thus improved the record of Gerd Müller (15), who died two weeks ago, from the 1969/70 season. This was followed by a goal by Jamal Musiala (49th) and two more goals by Lewandowski (70th / 84th) – and so the harmless Hertha was still well served.
This time Musiala had been ordered into the starting line-up by coach Nagelsmann instead of Leroy Sané. Sané had started the first two Bundesliga games “and did well,” assured the coach, but said: “Today we have a different structure.” In addition, Musiala had imposed itself. This probably also applied to Josip Stanisic, who started out as a right-back. After an hour Sané came, Musiala left.
Victory could have been even higher
Musiala was previously instrumental in creating the first hit. His submission to Alphonso Davies fit perfectly across the Berlin penalty area – thanks to Lewandowski’s generosity, Müller no longer had much trouble. And afterwards too, Hertha, which initially had a good chance through Davie Selke (2nd), usually went too fast.
The Munich only failed to refill quickly. They mastered the ball and opponents, but initially found it difficult to find gaps in Hertha’s defense – until the goal scorer started work: Lewandowski, who was awarded the trophy for Germany’s footballer of the year before the game, scored with his head first the crossbar and then into the goal – from the Cologne basement it was reported: The offside position initially indicated was in fact not available.
The Berliners seemed overwhelmed and like a relegated early in the season. Dardai’s team did not take place offensively, among other things because the Munich team went into the duels more viciously and effortlessly bought the guts of their opponents.
Hertha was therefore primarily concerned with preventing further hits. She was very fortunate that Bayern often missed the last pass or didn’t get it too accurately, and because of their great superiority, they even scored too few goals.