Bayern Munich show heart of champions in win over Leipzig
If there was a lingering doubt that Bayern Munich's Bundesliga title might be one of those feats where the hipsters throw up a "yeah, but" and point to the performance of RB Leipzig, the Bavarians' 5-4 away victory presumably knocked that notion on the head.
The win left Bayern 13 points clear of second-place Leipzig with one game to go. They won both encounters by an aggregate score of 8-4. (If you're one of those people who swears by Expected Goals, the cumulative xG scoreline is 8.90 to 2.18.)
More important than the numbers was the comeback. Bayern were down 3-1 and 4-2 before scoring three times after the 85th minute. Think about it for a minute: This is a team of veterans who have clinched the title, have nothing to play for and might as well have been planning their summer holidays. But since they've missed out on both the Champions League and the German Cup, they made the second half of this game into their season-ending trophy.
The epitome of this were Phillip Lahm and Xabi Alonso, playing in their second-to-last professional games, plus Arjen Robben who simply never stopped running, keeping his 33-year-old legs pounding the pitch right to the very end. Oh, and his outrageous run that saw him skin two opponents and slip the winner into the back of the net.
I get uncomfortable when folks bring up metaphysical stuff like hunger, desire and personality. But Bayern showed on Saturday that they're not just about quality and talent. They have the heart of champions as well.
To read more of Marcotti's thoughts on what happened over the previous week, click here.