Bayern blitz a les­son for Leipzig

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in Ber­lin

Man­ager Ralph Hasen­huettl said 10-man RB Leipzig was taught a “tough les­son” as leader Bayern Mu­nich ham­mered its near­est Bun­desliga ri­val 3-0 on Wed­nes­day.

Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti hailed a “perfect” open­ing 30 min­utes in which Thi­ago Al­can­tara and Xabi Alonso net­ted early goals be­fore Leipzig winger Emil Fors­berg was shown a red card for a dan­ger­ous tackle.

The send­ing-off steep­ened the visi­tor’s al­ready up­hill task in the top-of-the-stand­ings clash at Al­lianz Arena.

Leipzig goal­keeper Peter Gu­lacsi com­pounded his team’s prob­lems by foul­ing Dou­glas Costa to con­cede a penalty which Robert Le­wandowski con­verted in the 45th minute to make it 3-0.

The vic­tory meant Bayern reached the win­ter break with 39 points from 16 games, three ahead of Leipzig, which lost its sec­ond match of the sea­son. Hertha Ber­lin’s 2-0 win over Darm­stadt moved it to third, with 30 points.

“I’m very sat­is­fied. We were very ag­gres­sive and quickly got the game un­der con­trol,” said Ancelotti.

The Ital­ian’s Leipzig coun­ter­part, Hasen­huettl, rec­og­nized Bayern’s su­pe­ri­or­ity.

“That was a les­son for us and a top per­for­mance from Bayern. Our sys­tem only works when ev­ery­one is in

Bayern Mu­nich cen­ter­back Mats Hum­mels dyed his hair blond for Wed­nes­day’s 3-0 tri­umph against RB Leipzig af­ter los­ing a bet at the Ok­to­ber­fest beer fes­ti­val.

The 28-year-old World Cup win­ner, who usu­ally has dark hair, went per­ox­ide blond for the high-pro­file show­down at Mu­nich’s Al­lianz Arena which saw Bun­desliga leader Bayern open a three-point gap over sec­ond-place Leipzig.

Hum­mels said his strik­ing makeover was a for­feit af­ter los-

syn­chrony, and that wasn’t the case to­day.

“We had a few play­ers who weren’t 100 per­cent fit. You can’t do much to de­fend against Bayern when they play like that.

“I’m still proud of what the team has achieved un­til now. You don’t get a point de­ducted for los­ing 3-0.”

Any chance RB had of fight­ing back from 2-0 down was ended by Fors­berg’s dread­ful tackle on Philipp Lahm.

The Swe­den in­ter­na­tional trod on the Bayern cap­tain’s Achilles ten­don and rightly saw red.

“We don’t need to talk about the red card by Emil,” said Hasen­huettl.

“We all make mis­takes, so I’m not go­ing to de­mo­nize him, but I’m still proud of how the team has done so far.”

Prior to the show­down, Leipzig had kept Bayern off top spot for three weeks at the start of the month and the teams have been in a neckand-neck bat­tle since.

But Ancelotti’s men dom­i­nated and shut Leipzig out af­ter the break, us­ing 75 per­cent pos­ses­sion to dish out a mas­ter­class to RB’s young pre­tenders in their de­but topflight sea­son.

“We were very ag­gres­sive and quickly es­tab­lished con­trol,” said Ancelotti.

“Ev­ery­thing was in tune — the pace and the tac­tics, which gives us self-con­fi­dence, but we must still im­prove.”

ing a game of skit­tles dur­ing a visit to Mu­nich’s Ok­to­ber­fest,

Bayern stal­wart Lahm, 33, said the Bavar­i­ans wanted to prove a point to their ri­vals.

“All of Ger­many had an eye on this game and was look­ing for­ward to it,” said the coun­try’s 2014 World Cup win­ner.

“It was a duel between two teams who wanted to prove them­selves.

“We wanted to throw down a marker be­fore the win­ter break, which we man­aged to achieve, es­pe­cially in the first half.”

Leipzig cap­tain Willi Or­ban reck­oned his team was sim­ply out­played.

“We made a lot of plans, but it was not the game that we wanted,” said the cen­ter­back.

“Bayern was just bet­ter and re­ally de­served it.”

MATTHIAS SCHRADER / AP

Bayern’s Robert Le­wandowski (front) wins an aerial duel with Leipzig’s Ste­fan Il­sanker dur­ing their Bun­desliga match at Al­lianz Arena in Mu­nich, Ger­many, on Wed­nes­day. The league-lead­ing host won 3-0.

Mats Hum­mels

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