Key Talking Point
However, the huge gulf in quality between their respective squads showed in the second half as Bayern romped to victory. Once again, the manager had to rely on individual brilliance as Lewandowski and Coutinho bailed his side out yet again.
With the fans already split on whether Kovac is the right man for the job, this performance did nothing but give the doubters more fuel – despite the margin of victory.
STAR PLAYER - Despite superb performances from Kimmich and Lewandowski, the honour goes to the Brazilian loanee Philippe Coutinho. He and his teammates did struggle in the first half, but the Bavarians started dominating thanks to the diminutive midfielder.
He helped set up the first goal with a good dummy, won a penalty after a brilliant run and assisted Perisic with a great ball. His creativity was much needed – especially with Kovac resting Thiago – and Coutinho stepped up brilliantly.
Philippe Coutinho scores his first goal for Bayern Munich ✨ pic.twitter.com/MprdvidKdP— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 21, 2019
Philippe Coutinho looks to be just what Bayern Munich needed in the number ten position. He has been so lively ever since he made his debut and scores a goal against Koln.— Kaustubh Pandey (@Kaus_Pandey17) September 21, 2019
The Bundesliga is tailor-made for a player like him.
Coutinho today vs Koln:— Bayern mania (@Bayern_mania) September 21, 2019
- 1 goal scored
- 1 assist provided pic.twitter.com/5rPnBbu5K0
FC KOLN Key Talking Point
Die Geißböcke have yet to learn from their previous matches as
Beierlorzer can take away a few good things from this performance – notably how well his side played in the first half.
Starting XI: Horn (6); Ehizibue (4), Czichos (6), Bornauw (6), Hector (6); Hoger (6), Skhiri (6); Schindler (6), Drexler (6), Kainz (6); Cordoba (6*).
Substitutes: Mere (6), Terodde (6), Bader (6).
STAR PLAYER - There were no standout performers for obvious reasons but
Bayern just let off the hook with Cordoba's wide shot after a sloppy pass from Boateng...phewww #FCBKOE— Bavarian Football Works (@BavarianFBWorks) September 21, 2019
44' That Bayern slump when they score quickly is real, annoying and dangerous. Córdoba just nearly grabbed an equaliser.— Straight Red (@straightredblog) September 21, 2019
Koln with a chance through Cordoba. Sule blocks the shot behind for a corner. #FCBKOE— Bavarian Football Works (@BavarianFBWorks) September 21, 2019
Bayern managed to secure a much-needed win to go above Leipzig before the Saxony side play later in the day.