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Bundesliga: Bayern Munich Leave No Doubt Against Borussia Dortmund

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Bundesliga: Bayern Munich Leave No Doubt Against Borussia Dortmund

Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich are closing in on yet another Bundesliga crown after taking Thomas Tuchel’s Borussia Dortmund to the cleaners, 4-1, at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. Robert Lewandowski led the way with a brace in the 10th and 68th minutes. Also scoring for Bayern were Franck Ribery (4′) and Arjen Robben (49′). Raphael Guerreiro scored for Dortmund in the 20th minute of play.

Ribery was a menace for the Bavarians, outdueling Felix Passlack by using an inside game and roaming in the central midfield. Robben was matched up with Marc Bartra and Marcel Schmelzer and the lack of communication between Bartra and Schelmer allowed Ribery to take advantage of the space generated to dial in. Finally, the lack of Julian Weigl for Dortmund meant they had no one capable of generating enough possession to be a factor against Thiago Alcantara, Xabi Alonso and Arturo Vidal.

“It was a very good match,” said Ancelotti. “The first half was hotly-contested as Dortmund were dangerous up front, they had good chances. Robben’s goal was decisive, we were in control of the match after that. But it was balanced before his goal. It’s a good result for us after a good performance.”

“We really turned in a very good and intense display,” Robben said. “It’s nice if you’re up against so strong opponents and play like this. We’re in for a nice month. We have to be up for it then, and we were today. We left our opponents no chance. With a little more luck we could have scored more goals in the first half. A 4-1 scoreline, a clear-cut, superb win. It’s fun. It boosts our confidence.”

 

“We wanted to lay down a marker after Tuesday,” added Jerome Boateng. “We played well against strong opponents today, we controlled the match. Dortmund only had one gilt-edged chance. We were in the lead, it was 3-1, but Dortmund had a big chance. We had to be highly alert, we should have stifled their counter-attack. We mustn’t attack recklessly.”

 

“All in all, there was no way of competing with Bayern at that level today,” concluded Tuchel. “We started brightly, played very well for the first ten minutes and curiously found ourselves 2-0 down from Bayern’s first two shots. That made the task we were facing extremely difficult, especially in view of our personnel situation, and turned the game in a direction that it was more or less impossible to reverse.”

Up next for Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are the first rounds of the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals. Dortmund are at home to AS Monaco on April 11, while Bayern host Real Madrid on April 12. Both matches kick off at 11:45 a.m. PT/2:45 p.m. ET.

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