Bayern Munich wavered in their Bundesliga game with Hannover, but ultimately managed to hold fast and record a 3-1 victory on Sunday morning.
Jupp Heynckes‘s men had a tough time getting control of the game in the opening half. Arturo Vidal opened the scoring, but Charlison Benschop managed to equalise for Hannover after his side missed a penalty. The hosts were struggling to crack André Breitenreiter’s setup and they went into the break at a fair 1-1 scoreline.
The visitors put on a good fight during the second half, but were eventually tipped over with the talent in Bayern’s ranks. Kingsley Coman scored a wonderful goal to provide an edge over their opponents and when a defensive mishap saw Hannover give away another penalty, Robert Lewandowski took advantage and scored his seventh consecutive goal in the Bundesliga.
The scoreline looks comfortable, but make no mistake, Bayern had to work for this victory.
Kingsley Coman showing great promise
With all of Bayern’s mishaps in the transfer market recently, the one shining light is Coman. The Frenchman is clearly being prepared as a long-term replacement for Franck Ribery, who replaced him on the pitch against Hannover, and it seems as though he may finally be the player Bayern are looking for. Displaying guile and skill throughout the game, the winger was one of the key factors that allowed the Bavarians to get the edge over their opponents. Coman has a bright future of football ahead of him and should be one to watch in the upcoming World Cup.
Hannover sitting comfortably
While Hannover might feel hard done by with the loss, they can take solace in the fact that they are sitting comfortably in the Bundesliga standings this season. Usually they are flirting with relegation, but this time around they sit in a solid 10th with enough points to consider an attempt at breaking into the upper parts of the table. It has been a reasonable campaign for Hannover so far and while relegation is still a possibility, they can recover from these performances and motivate themselves to move even higher up the ladder.
James Rodriguez a great addition, but he may not last
The Columbian playmaker is on loan from Real Madrid and has had a rocky start at Bayern, however, against Hannover he played a full 90 minutes and illustrated just why he is such a sought after player. Linking up with Thomas Muller, the 26-year-old showed off his creativity and skill. It may not last for Die Roten though, as Rodriguez has allegedly expressed a desire to return to Real Madrid and many pundits have suggested that if Zinedine Zidane were to lose his job at the Bernabeu, then Rodriguez might be called back. It is all speculation at this time, but anything is possible.