The three gamers that ensured Bayern Munich’s 31st title
Bayern Munich won the 31st Bundesliga title on Saturday and the ninth in a row after Borussia Dortmund defeated RB Leipzig with three to two goals.
A double from Jadon Sancho and a third from Marco Reus meant that Bayern went into their game on Saturday evening with just seven game days ahead of RB Leipzig.
For Bayern head coach Hansi Flick, the title means the world before he leaves the club in the summer.
But which three players were decisive for Bayern, who again dominated a Bundesliga season?
It goes without saying that Robert Lewandowski is one of the – if not the best – center-forward in all of European football. Therefore, the Polish international and his goals were crucial to the Bayern league campaign.
The 32-year-old Goliath has scored an incredible 36 goals for the club in the Bundesliga in just 26 games this season. There are also six more templates for the older striker. Lewandowski has scored or scored 48% of Bayern’s goals in the Bundesliga.
Lewandowski not only scored the sheer number of goals, but also scored countless important goals for Bayern, which were scored when the team was certain of losing points or losing games completely. Lewandowski led from the front and often pulled Bayern to this title.
Joshua Kimmich: 7.4
With Thiago Alcantara’s move to Liverpool in the summer, Bayern knew they needed their central midfielders to fill in the gaps the Spaniard had left and that is exactly what Joshua Kimmich did for Flick’s side.
Although Kimmich is technically a defensive midfielder, he has developed into one of the undisputed leaders of this Bayern team and brought the team very straight forward with three goals and ten assists in just 26 league games.
Like Philipp Lahm before him, Kimmich does the simple things so well and quietly offers a self-confidence that encourages the players around him.
While Kimmich has taken on a more playful role for Bayern this season, the man who covers the space behind him has also shone and has improved in many ways as a central midfielder.
In Leon Goretzka, Bayern have found a real gladiator in the middle of the field who embodies everything an ambitious club could want from its box-to-box midfielder.
The German international can not only attack and harass every striker in his own half, but with five goals and five assists in the Bundesliga this season, Goretzka is just as crucial at the other end of the field.