The expectation for the resumption of the German Bundesliga was that Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund would dispute the title between now and the end of the season. While fans and experts were well within their rights to assume that would be the case, Bayern reiterated their status as clear favorites to win the title once again after winning 5-0 at Fortuna Dusseldorf this weekend.
Forcing the problem
Any hopes that Düsseldorf fans had about their ability to frustrate Bayern were quickly and effectively extinguished, with the current champions walking over them from the start. It was a goal by Mathias Jorgensen who managed to open the scoring for them, with Benjamin Pavard and Robert Lewandowski making it 3-0 before the halftime whistle.
Dortmund fans, who expected their rivals to slow down, had a rude awakening and, after the break, Bayern did not take their foot off the gas. Lewandowski scored his second goal in the game to equal his most prolific season of all time, and with five league games yet to play, he will certainly increase that total sooner or later.
One step closer
The punishing performance was completed when Alphonso Davies scored five, confirming what many fans already knew: it will take a lot of effort to prevent the Bayern team from winning eight titles in a row, with many club fans now turning their attention to the potential restart of the UEFA Champions League.
Still, while it may seem quite positive for Bayern at the moment, it is not as if they have no difficult clashes ahead. They are due to travel to face Bayer Leverkusen next weekend and thereafter they will host Borussia Monchengladbach – with both teams proving in the past that they can mix it up with the big boys. Fortuna Dusseldorf, on the other hand, will now regroup and prepare for the home games against Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund.
Bayern Munchen: Neuer (7), Davies (9), Hernandez (7), Alaba (7), Pavard (8.5), Goretzka (7.5), Kimmich (8), Gnabry (8), Muller (7.5) , Coman (7.5), Lewandowski (9.5), Odriozola (6.5), Zirkzee (6), Meier (6), Cuisance (6.5), Perísico (6)
Fortuna Dusseldorf: Kastenmeier (6), Zimmermann (6), Jorgensen (5), Hoffmann (6.5), Gießelmann (5.5), Bodzek (6.5), Skrzybski (6), Morales (5.5), Stöger ( 5.5), Thommy (6), Karaman (6), Berisha (6), Sobottka (6), Zimmer (6), Pledl (6), Suttner (6)
Judge: Robert Hartmann
Goals: Jorgensen OG, Pavard, Lewandowski x2, Davies
Yellow cards: Suttner, Karaman
Red cards: N / D