German Bundesliga: Bayern Munich Is Winning But Not Dominating Games

By Aydin Reyhan
Bayern Munich
Photo courtesy of Bayern Munich’s official Facebook page

Bayern Munich is still the team to defeat in the German Bundesliga, as they are the only remaining undefeated side in that region. With Pep Guardiola leading them in the adapted 4-1-401 formation, the team has finally adjusted after the Super Cup mauling to Borussia Dortmund by a score of 4-2. Hey, they certainly proved that they had learned from their mistakes.

This Munich team took a 3-1 victory at the Etihad against a tough Manchester City team, but are barely winning games in the Bundesliga. In fact, they only won by a score of 2-1 at Hoffenheim earlier today. This was just one of many close score lines from the season, as the team is struggling to play a perfect passing, defending and abundant scoring game. With the likes of Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller, Franck Ribery and Mario Manzukic, it is hard to believe that this is so.

The main reason for this is that teams are playing a 4-2-3-1, which is defensive-minded and always ready to pounce on the counter. By no means is this a great attacking formation, unless the team has a bunch of brilliant attack-minded guys who can change a game in an instant. Munich does have these sorts of players, but the German game is about playing defense first and attacking later. Well, at least that is how their opponents play in the Bundesliga.

Regardless, after their recent success in the league, the match coming up sometime later this year against Borussia Dortmund is being eagerly anticipated, as they should now have a better lock on how to play against them with the 4-1-4-1 style of play.

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