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The Bundesliga is starting to wrap up as after this weekend, every team has four matches left on the season. The race for Champions League qualification continues to be competitive and Bayern Munich continue to flex their muscles as the kings of the Bundesliga once again. After another matchday in the book, here are my takeaways.
- Monchengladbach not seizing the opportunity to grab UCL qualification
Yes, Monchengladbach is still in fourth place. However, if they end up missing the UCL next season, their 1-0 loss Friday night to SC Freiburg will be one they wish they could have back. They won the possession battle 61-39 and had 18 shot attempts; but only had four on target. Freiburg, who are fighting for a chance to qualify for the Europa League, looked like they had more urgency and used their possession well as they had 16 shots.
Alassane Plea picked up a red card in the 65th minute and that was all she wrote for Monchengladbach. The reason this loss hurts is that they will face the machine known as Bayern Munich next weekend. They are tied with Bayer Leverkusen, who lost 4-2 to Bayern themselves, for fourth place and with Leverkusen’s loss, Monchengladbach could have put themselves into a solid position. Alas, they failed to do so and now they themselves get to deal with Bayern who have not lost since play resumed.
- Bayern Munich looks like a UCL title contender
Bayern has not lost or tied since play resumed and they have looked dominant while doing so. Only against Borussia Dortmund did they win by a single goal and even in that game, Bayern was easily the superior team. Their playmaking has been off the charts. In Saturday’s win over Leverkusen, forward Thomas Muller notched two assists and midfielder Leon Goretzka provided a goal and an assist. This on top of leftback Alphonso Davies continuing to be a superstar with his elite pace and stellar defense that frustrates all opponents.
Bayern can look forward to the UCL as UEFA has a plan to resume UCL play in August. Bayern had a 3-0 lead on Chelsea in the UCL knockout round of 16 before the suspension of play and with how they are currently playing, I don’t think there is a team that wants to play Bayern in the UCL. They have everything you want in an elite football team and they are in top form.
- Chelsea fans need to calm down about Timo Werner’s miss
RB Leipzig shockingly dropped points to last place SC Panderborn as they drew 1-1. Star striker Timo Werner, who has 25 goals in the Bundesliga this season, has agreed to sign with Chelsea pending his medical. He certainly did not make the strongest impression on his new fanbase this weekend. Up 1-0 in the 69th minute with 10-men due to a red card, Werner got past Panderborn goalkeeper Leopold Zingerie and had an open net but missed the shot wide and it wasn’t even close.
While it was a bad miss and Chelsea fans may feel some concerns, Werner is still going to be fantastic for Chelsea. Scoring 25 goals in the Bundesliga is impressive and I have no doubt that he will fit in nicely at Chelsea, giving them their best striker since Didier Drogba. I will have more on that transfer once the medical is complete.