Soccer News: Bayern Munich 5-0 Freiburg: Give five to the champions as normal order restored

    Julian Nagelsmann saw the Bayern Munich he was looking for when the defending champions thrashed Freiburg 5-0 to overtake their guests in second place in the Bundesliga.

    Serge Gnabry, Eric Maxime Choupo-Moting, Leroy Sané, Sadio Mane and Marcel Sabitzer scored goals in a rout at the Allianz Arena as Bayern maintained their outstanding home record against Freiburg.

    Bayern have never lost at home to Sunday’s Bundesliga rivals and this success means they have won 20 wins and three draws in 23 matches in Munich.

    Results and performances in the Champions League were good for Bayern, but they were inconsistent in the Bundesliga. Now perhaps, after last week’s push that saw Borussia Dortmund snatch a 2-0 lead, we could start to regularly see coach Nagelsmann’s men at their best domestically.

    Bayern started this game two points behind their guests, only the third time they have entered a Bundesliga game against Freiburg trailing them in the standings.

    A strong start from Bayern saw them lead for 13 minutes thanks to a fine Gnabry header after Mark Flecken knocked the ball down from close range, sending the ball flying towards the penalty spot.

    The hosts doubled their lead in the 33rd minute when Mattias Ginter didn’t quite close the Choupo-Moting in the box and the striker shot low over Flecken and into the left post.

    Gnabry hit the left post before Sané fired in the 52nd minute to effectively kill the game as a furious 22-yard left-foot shot swept past Flecken into the left corner.

    With the pressure off, Mane stepped in with a neat cross after Philippe Linhart made a disastrously unsuccessful attempt to cut off Gnabry’s pass from the right flank. Sabitzer added fifth in the 80th minute, capitalizing on more defensive confusion before scoring from 15 yards.

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    Oliver Kahn, Bayern’s goalkeeper-turned-CEO, made it clear on social media and later at the club’s annual general meeting on Saturday that he expects more from this team. In turn, this inevitably applies to Nagelsmann, a manager who has struggled to make the most of the talent at his disposal during the first two months of the season.

    Bayern came into this game having won just one of their last six Bundesliga victories (D4 L1) and Nagelsmann knew that a string of Champions League victories could not continue to patch up the cracks in the team’s internal form.

    It was, after all, a walk against a team that was unbeaten in their last 11 games in all competitions (W8 D3), as Bayern’s four-forward team helped themselves to a goal before Sabitzer captured the fifth. Bayern took the lead in shots on target 8-0.

    Dynamic Davis

    Alphonso Davies suffered a bruised skull in Bayern’s previous Bundesliga game, a 2-2 draw against Dortmund, but the Canadian left-back proved worthy to feature here and was visible early on, delivering a scorching blow just before striking Sane. the kick that led to the first goal.

    He had 94 touches, third among Bayern players, and won four of five duels, completing 63 of 68 passes (92.6%).

    The burrowing trio leave Freiburg upside down

    In between, the three Bayern players who played alongside striker Choupo-Moting scored 12 shots on goal in this one-shot game. Sane had five, Gnabry had four and Mane had three, with Sane and Gnabry both claiming an assist to score their goals.

    It was Bayern somewhere close to their exuberant best when the rest of the Bundesliga can’t handle them. They are four points behind shock leader Union Berlin, but don’t expect it to be that way for long.

    What’s next?

    These teams are waiting for the mid-week DFB-Pokal: Bayern will travel to Augsburg in the DFB Cup on Wednesday, while Freiburg will host St. Pauli on the same day.

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