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RB Leipzig 0-1 Bayern Munich: 5 Talking Points as the Bavarians inch closer towards another league title | Bundesliga 2020-21

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Modified 04 Apr 2021
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#3 Leipzig put up a massive second-half show but to no avail

RB Leipzig v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga
RB Leipzig v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga

Though down by a goal, Leipzig looked the more confident side in the second half as they took the game to Bayern. The visitors conceded eight shots on goal in the first twenty minutes of the second half but kept their clean sheet intact.

Substitute Justin Kluivert, who replaced Emil Forsberg at half-time, was terrific for Leipzig in the second half. The Dutchman completed more take-one (4) than any other player on the pitch despite playing just 45 minutes.

Despite dominating possession and creating some good openings, Leipzig couldn't score past Manuel Neuer, who denied the home side a goal with a couple of brilliant saves. Leipzig simply weren't clinical enough in front of goal and are left to ponder the chances they missed in the game.


#4 Bayern's experienced back-line wins the game

Bayern players celebrate the win at full-time.
Bayern players celebrate the win at full-time.

An hour into the game, it was evident that Bayern's defense would make or break the game for them.

The visitors had a lot of defending to do in the second half and more importantly had to wait for their moment to attack as possession was scarce. Despite facing 14 shots on goal, Bayern's experienced defense ensured the champions kept their clean sheet intact.

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Bayern's defenders had plenty of help from Manuel Neuer, who kept the defensive structure in place. The club captain was constantly shouting instructions at his teammates and also slotted in as an outfielder between the two centre-backs when Bayern had possession to help beat the Leipzig press.


#5 Leipzig could win the Bundesliga next season

RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann arrives at the ground ahead of the fixture.
RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann arrives at the ground ahead of the fixture.

There is no shred of doubt that Leipzig displayed glimpses of a title-challenging side on Saturday night. In fact, they might have played even better than Bayern Munich on the night. But Bayern's superior squad and big-game experience came through in the end.

If Leipzig can sign a couple of match-winners and retain Julian Nagelsmann as head coach next season, we might just see the end of Bayern's dominance in the Bundesliga. The likes of Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, though, have shown how difficult it is to contend and keep pace with Bayern Munich.

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Nevertheless, with a seven-point gap between them and Bayern at the top, Leipzig are bound to fight until the end.

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Published 04 Apr 2021, 05:04 IST
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