It was not long ago that Borussia Dortmund sat atop the Bundesliga table, but under Jupp Heynckes Bayern Munich have the upper hand and are now points ahead following a decisive 3-1 victory on Sunday morning.
Despite their recent turmoil, Bayern wrangled control away from the hosts in the opening stages of the game. While they faced pressure themselves, Die Roten shocked Dortmund with two goals in the first 40 minutes. The two thunder strikes from Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben punched the life out of BVB and virtually decided the contest then and there. Peter Bosz‘s men valiantly tried to restore parity and missed a number of golden opportunities, but were forced to head into the break two goals down.
The second half was even worse for the home side, as David Alaba continued the scoring with a botched cross that found its way into the net. Dortmund managed to restore some pride with a late finish from Marc Bartra, yet it was far too little too late.
Dortmund slide downwards
After such a great start to the season, the loss to Bayern marks another failure for Borussia. A few weeks ago they went down to RB Leipzig and in the previous league outing Dortmund lost again to Hannover. This has been one of the worst patches of form the club has been in for a while and if they do not pull their act together, BVB could find themselves slipping further and further down the table. The defeat against the Bavarians only punctuated their issues – a failure to score easy chances and a haphazard defence, but with some work Dortmund can return to challenge the top of the table.
Bayern show growth from the Ancelotti era
Carlo Ancelotti left the team in a mess, players and management alike were angry and Bayern’s performances were dropping rapidly. Jupp Heynckes has managed to stem this drop in quality and the victory over Dortmund is his latest triumph. Die Roten were far from perfect, yet a performance like this clearly shows just how much improvement has been made, also finally managing to prune any negative tension that Ancelotti created. It is an extremely important win for Bayern and their confidence and faith in the team may finally be restored after many months of soul searching.
The gap widens
Dortmund were on top until the end of October, but now Bayern have asserted their dominance on the Bundesliga by clutching a six point lead over second placed RB Leipzig. It was looking at though the Bavarians were slipping, perhaps even falling out of the Champions League places, but Heynkes not only stopped the rot, he has now defeated RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund on his way to restoring Bayern’s position at the summit. Dortmund and Leipzig do not have too big of a gap to cross, but if Die Roten’s form continues like this, then it will be a long time before someone overthrows them.