From Franck Ribery’s Historic Night to James Rodriguez’s Playmaking Wizardry: Everything We Learned From Bayern’s 3-1 Defeat of Leverkusen at the BayArena.
On Friday night, Jupp Henyckes men were back in business after the festive break and the Bayern faithful had a lot to be cheerful for as Die Roten picked up three points on the road to continue their impressive run under Jupp Heynckes
Here’s a couple of things we learned from the first Bundesliga game of 2018
Arturo Vidal’s Homecoming
Il Guerriero returned to his former home for about the fourth time in three years since his move from Juventus to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2015.
Old friends yes, but business is business, and the Chilean proved too hot to handle, getting in on the action in the build-up to Bayern’s opener after his strikes were parried away on two different occasions by Bernd Leno.
Sandro Wagner’s Debut
After over a decade away from his boyhood club, Wagner returned to the Allianz Arena from Hoffeinheim on a contract that runs till 2020.
On Friday night, 3785 days after his last appearance in an
#FCBayern shirt, the 30 year old was handed his second Bayern debut, coming on for Franck Ribery in the 73rd minute.
Coincidentally, the Munich native assisted Franck Ribery for Bayern’s opener in a Ligapokal game against VFB Stuttgart in the summer of 2007.
Franck Ribery’s Night to Remember
The Frenchman’s last goal under Jupp Heynckes came in Bayern’s 2012/13 treble-winning campaign. However, the clash with Leverkusen provided the perfect opportunity for the 2006 World Cup finalist to reopen his goalscoring account under his former boss.
Ribery doubled Bayern’s lead in the 59th minute to become the first non-German player to score in eleven consecutive Bundesliga seasons, a record that would take quite a donkey years to be equaled or surpassed.
Better Get Used to The ‘Heynckes Party’
Since the legendary German tactician replaced Carlo Ancelotti, he’s done more than just calm the storm and turn things around, the 72-year-old has reminded every one that under his management, Bayern will not be competing, they will DOMINATE!
Jupp Heynckes resumed his fourth stint with a 5-0 win against Freiburg in October, and has managed 10 wins in 11 league games so far, sending Die Roten back to the top of the log, much to Dortmund’s and Leipzig’s despair
Bayern’s 3-1 win over Leverkusen on Friday night was their seventh win in seven games, a winning streak that has no doubt restored the supporters confidence in a team that looked completely clueless in Carlo Ancelotti’s second season at the Allianz Arena
That’s The James Rodriguez We Know!
Since completing his loan move from Real Madrid to Bayern, ‘the Colombian everybody loves’ has found his form again, stepping out of the Dugout shadows that haunted him at the Santiago Bernabeu.
So far, James Rodriguez has been involved in a Bundesliga goal every 124 minutes he’s been on the pitch, but his latest contribution was yet another reminder that the 26-year-old still has a lot of magic in that menacing left-foot of his
The former AS Monaco no.10 was voted man of the match following a virtuoso performance at the Bay Arena.
After setting up Franck Ribery for Bayern’s second at the hour mark, James hammered the final nail in Leverkusen’s coffin with a stunning stoppage time free-kick from the edge of the area.
James Rodriguez's freekick goal! 👏😍
— Home Bayern (@HomeBayern___) January 12, 2018
Simply the James Rodriguez we ‘re used to, take a bow son.