Bayern have now recorded back-to-back wins since the return of Jupp Heynkes with a 1-0 victory over Hamburg.
The Bavarians put on a truly dominant display as they refused the hosts any opportunity to get into the game. Heynkes’ side was given an enormous advantage early when relegation-threatened Hamburg saw themselves go down to 10-men. Gideon Jung was given a red card in the 38th minute for a poor challenge and the team’s task was made even more difficult.
Despite this huge disadvantage, Hamburg managed to hold their own against Bayern. They rarely created scoring opportunities themselves, but defensively they scraped by as Die Roten failed to convert easy chances into goals.
Eventually they caved in, however, when Corentin Tolisso opened the scoring shortly after the beginning of the second half. Despite this, Bayern still stuttered in attack and were unable to find any more goals for the rest of the game.
Kingsley Coman shines
Despite Bayern’s poor form in front of goal, Frenchman Kingsley Coman put on a brilliant performance for his new manager. The youngster was involved in almost every attack and displayed wonderful skill on the ball. His dribbling, passing and vision was truly excellent and showed Heynkes why he deserves to stay in the first team. Performances like this have given reason for supporters to draw comparisons between Coman and club legend Franck Ribery, with every passing game proving that comparison to be more than accurate. Both the French wingers fulfill similar roles in the Bayern squad and with Ribery on his way towards retirement, fans can rest easy knowing they have the perfect replacement.
Hamburg in danger
Hamburg sit just three points away from the relegation zone, but their poor performances might see a slow decline towards the very bottom of the table. Die Rothosen should not be expected to beat a team like Bayern, but their effort was reckless and losing a player so early was extremely detrimental. Hamburg must play with a much better mentality than usual moving forward, as if they keep this up they will surely be relegated. The oldest team in the Bundesliga usually have their ways of escaping the drop each year, but their luck could run this tine around. It has been a hugely disappointing start to 2017-18 and Hamburg must find a way to turn themselves around.
New players flourish under Heynkes
It is still early days to make any judgement calls on Heynkes, but it seems as though the veteran coach is already managing to do what Carlo Ancelotti refused to during his tenure. Many fans criticised the Italian for being far too reliant on veteran players and not allowing fresh faces like Renato Sanches any time on the pitch. Ancelotti is now gone and Sanches is on loan, but Heynkes is looking to new players to freshen up the starting line-up. The manager’s choice to play newcomers Niklas Sule and Corentin Tolisso paid off and they proved to be some of the best players on the pitch. This could be the start of a much better outlook regarding young and new players at Bayern, which is crucial for maintaining the club’s lost reputation after the way they handled Sanches.