es laughed a lot on Wednesday night at the Munich football arena. Robert Lewandowski did it. Coach Niko Kovac as well as Thomas Müller laughed, as did Manuel Neuer. With 2: 0 goals Bayern had defeated in the Champions League just AEK Athens. Even in the past season, such a narrow mandatory victory in the protagonists would not even have caused a weary smile. But times have changed in Munich. The first home win in 53 days has been widely regarded as a relief. You can really enjoy it once.
After the 3-1 victory over Leverkusen in mid-September, there were three 1-1 at home against Augsburg, Amsterdam and Freiburg given, in addition the crashing 0: 3 against Gladbach. No wonder the facial features relaxed. "We deserved to win," Kovac told TV broadcaster Sky after winning two goals from Robert Lewandowski. First, the Pole scored a penalty (31 minutes), then artistically after a corner (71). "We have not allowed anything and in the second half we have to reward with more goals," said Kovac and smiled nonetheless. "It was not a bad game, but not outstanding," said Joshua Kimmich.
Only once drove the Munich on and off the court the shock in the limbs, as the Athenian defender Vassilis Lampropoulos missed the Bayern goal by a centimeter after a corner (5th). An early goal could have had unforeseeable consequences for the ailing German champions. So it should remain in 94 minutes, the only sticky situation for goalkeeper Neuer. Athens was offensive just too harmless. And the Bayern? "At the moment, the lightness is not there, we have to work everything out. But we've finally played to zero, "Kovac said, and" Wins are always good for confidence. "
There were other positive findings. On Lewandowski you can rely. He scored his 13th goal in the 15th game this season, plus three assists. He has now scored 56 goals in 100 European Cup games; and he has turned all eight penalties on the international stage. It was controversial against Athens. Lewandowskis opponent had plucked slightly on the jersey, the striker was happy then fallen. "If a referee wants to help a team, there are such scenes in a game. Bayern is a big name and a great opponent, "said AEK coach Marinos Ouzounidis. The Munich now have a very good position in the premier class. Only one point left from the remaining games against Lisbon and in Amsterdam is missing to be finally qualified for the knockout stages. That should not be an insurmountable hurdle even for Bayern in autumn 2018.
"We took a step forward," said Lewandowski. "Today we controlled the game except for one situation. But of course we can do better. "That will be necessary. On Saturday (6.30 pm in the F.A.Z. Liveticker for the Bundesliga and Sky) an opponent in black and yellow outfit is waiting again. But Borussia Dortmund will not be as harmless as Athens. "That clear victory was important to the team, also with regard to Saturday. Dortmund has a good form, but we have to fight, accelerate and try everything, "said Lewandowski.
Will that be enough? The Munich game showed on Wednesday also aspects that provided a clear finding: The result was true, but the performance is still far from what Bayern have been able to afford in recent years. Bad passes, lost duels, lack of coordination in the defense and gaps in the midfield were also seen against Athens. But the Greeks were unable to extract even a little capital from it. BVB can do that, even if they had their first defeat this season at Atlético Madrid on Tuesday.
And so at some point on Wednesday evening in Munich, the thoughts and statements no longer revolved around Athens and the Champions League, but only to Dortmund and the Bundesliga. There is a lot at stake for the Munich in the duel in Westphalia. A defeat and Borussia would have seven points ahead. This is in the current shape curves is not a value that the Munich could casually put aside. Seven points could barely catch up until the end of the first half. It would probably take until spring to think back to first place. At best.
For the first time in many years, the Bavarians go into a game on a national level, in which they would not be the natural winner. "We have to read the table and say that Dortmund have four points ahead and a much better goal difference. That means they're favorites, "Kovac said. And President Uli Hoeneß said: "We do not drive as a favorite to Dortmund, but as outsiders – for the first time in a long time. You can not drive to Dortmund and say, I want to drive in a threesome. Dortmund has played a very good season so far, no question. "Well, no trace of" Mia san mia "? Kovac did not want to make his own so small. "Bayern can beat any opponent. We are positive and want to win. "It will be exciting to see who laughs on Saturday.