The good run of form in the Champions League continued for Bayern Munich on matchday three. The defending Bundesliga champions managed to take a big step towards sealing a spot in the round of 16 by smashing five goals past Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday. Courtesy of the win against Plzen, Bayern remained top of Group C with nine points.
Leon Goretzka thrives in a box-to-box midfield role
Julian Nagelsmann used a completely different midfield pivot against Plzen. Joshua Kimmich was ruled out for Tuesday’s game after testing positive for coronavirus. Kimmich’s unavailability allowed Ryan Gravenberch to get his first Champions League start for Die Roten. Meanwhile, Leon Goretzka replaced Marcel Sabitzer in the box-to-box midfield role.
Forwards getting goals to boost confidence
Apart from the results in the last two competitive games, Bayern and Julian Nagelsmann will be pleased with the fact that all of their forwards have got onto the scoresheet. After scoring against Bayer Leverkusen, Sadio Mane delivered a very accomplished performance on the left flank against Plzen, contributing with one goal and an assist.
Sadio Mane turns creator for Bayern
The Bavarian faithful was able to witness Sadio Mane in a different role against Plzen. The Senegalese forward played on the left flank throughout the game. After tripling Die Roten’s lead in the 21st minute with a brilliant bit of skill, Mane largely operated as a creator in the front four.