Munich (dpa) – After his crazy goal show, Robert Lewandowski shuffled proudly and exhausted into the arena catacombs. With his four-pack, Europe’s Footballer of the Year saved Bayern from the next Bundesliga setback in the crazy 4: 3 (1: 0) against Hertha BSC.
“Compliments to the team on the mentality,” said coach Hansi Flick, who praised Lewandowski for its “unique quality”.
A week after the 1: 4 at 1899 Hoffenheim, the thrilling game against the Berliners documented that the Munich team should strengthen their overstretched ensemble in the turbulent final spurt. “The way we played football, we all know that it’s not Bayern-like,” admitted Flick. Leon Goretzka said: “In the current situation after the successes, we may take our foot off the accelerator a little too early.”
Lewandowski with his 100th league goal in the Allianz Arena (40th minute) and a three-pack after the break (51./85./90.+2) made Flick cheer. The brave Berliners came back through Jhon Cordoba (59th), Matheus Cunha (71st) and Jessic Ngankam (88th). “It’s very annoying how we let it go after we came back three times,” said goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow.
Flick was also pleased about the signing of Spaniard Marc Roca from Espanyol Barcelona announced shortly before the start of the game. In the remaining hours before the end of the changeover period on this Monday (6 p.m.), the people of Munich want to add more. The defensive midfielder Roca, who is allegedly committed for nine million euros and receives a five-year contract until 2025, should not be the only entry in the final purchase. Above all, an attacking winger and a right-back are wanted.
It was precisely in these positions that Flick had to improvise something against the Berliners. Left-back Alphonso Davies played offensively on the wing this time. In the back right, 20-year-old American Chris Richards was allowed to play for the first time in the Bundesliga from the start. He was involved in two Lewandowski goals.
After the cross from Richards, who had been signed up two years ago and has so far been part of the amateur squad, Lewandowski failed with a header at the brilliant parrying Schwolow. But via Gnabry the ball came back to Lewandowski, who gave Schwolow no chance this time with his full shot. But also Hertha sniffed a hit in the ghost game. Again and again, the courageous team of coach Bruno Labbadia switched quickly – ultimately without success.
Bayern quickly followed suit in the second round, but Hertha also had penetration up front, as the three hits against a shaky Munich defense showed. “As soon as we are in the lead, we have the feeling that it is going somehow,” said Thomas Müller. And Flick also admitted: “We know that we can work better as a team on the defensive. There are currently a few percent missing.”
The Hertha game again documented that the Bayern ensemble could use more staff in a glorious and stressful year. The people of Munich don’t have much time left, last-minute purchases or rentals are expected. Rumors abound. Andrej Kramaric (1899 Hoffenheim), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea FC), Bouna Sarr (Olympique Marseille), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (without a club), Thomas Lemar (Atlético Madrid) and Douglas Costa (Juventus Turin) have already been traded. Mario Götze (without a club), who had already been talked about at the record champion, remains an issue at Hertha.