Ancelotti’s men run riot over Mainz as Lewandowski shuts the critics with a brace
After a disappointing defeat to Hoffenheim , Bayern are back in winning ways as they demolish Mainz 4-0.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men were in a lot of controversies and a lot of negativity had been spread in the recent days but thanks to the players who left all those negativities behind and managed to put up an impressive performance.
Robert Lewandowski marked his 100th league appearance for Bayern and scored a brace to celebrate the occasion, he has now scored 82 times in 100 outings.
Thomas Muller was finally placed at his most favourable position which is right behind the striker in a supportive role. His performance today has spoken a lot about his capabilities and hopefully he can hold on to this form.
The visitors started positively and did force Neuer to make some saves but their positive start slowly faded away as Bayern start to impose their dominance on the game.
Thomas Muller claimed his first goal of the season after 10 minutes, despite Arjen Robben providing a decisive deflection to take it past goalkeeper Rene Adler.
Adler made two good saves in succession to deny Robben and then Arturo Vidal from the rebound, but it was only a matter of time before the lead grew.
Robben scored minutes later, a rare goal with his right foot after Joshua Kimmich sent him through. The Dutch winger ran to the sideline to celebrate with substitute Franck Ribery, suggesting Tuesday’s frustration was over. Ribery had thrown his jersey at the dugout after he was taken off against Anderlecht, and Robben had sharply criticized the team’s performance.
Just five minutes after the restart Bayern made the game safe as Muller’s excellent low delivery from the right was calmly dispatched by Lewandowski, making it 3-0.
Lewandowski then failed to connect with an overhead kick from Muller, with Fabian Frei providing Neuer with work to do at the other end with a vicious volley from outside the area.
Adler was kept busy throughout as he denied Ribery and then Vidal could only manage to hit the crossbar, although Bayern did make it 4-0 as Lewandowski was on the end of an excellent cross by Kimmich.
Sebastian Rudy will be disappointed as his stunningh volley struck the woodwork as Bayern celebrated their emphatic and much needed victory after a controversial week.