It was a stalemate at the Allianz Arena this Saturday as Bayern were held by Hertha Berlin. However, the result isn’t that effective as the Champions have a twenty-point lead at the top.
The following are the Five major talking points to highlight the significance of the match.
The winning streak ended
The Bayern Munich juggernaut was slowed by stubborn Hertha Berlin on Saturday as the Bundesliga leaders’ 14-match winning run came to an end with a goalless draw.
Jupp Heynckes’ men had won 11 league games in a row and scored at least two goals in every match they have played since Christmas, including five against Besiktas in the Champions League in midweek, but found Hertha’s Norwegian goalkeeper Rune Jarstein in impressive form to hold them.
Robert Lewandowski’s scoring streak ended
Robert Lewandowski failed to score for a record 12th successive Bundesliga home game. The Poland international twice went close to creating history before the interval, with Jarstein keeping out a close-range header before then combining with defender Jordan Torunarigha to snuff out a one-on-one opportunity set up by Thomas Muller’s first-time through-ball.
Lewandowski made his 250th Bundesliga appearance. Only Gerd Müller scored more goals in his first 250 top-flight outings (216 to 171).
Hertha Berlin’s Defence impenetrable, as they keep another successful clean sheet
The visitors also defended in stoic fashion as they played the role of party poopers to perfection, in the process recording a third successive clean sheet on their travels.
For the first time since May 2015 against Augsburg, Bayern Munich has failed to score in a Bundesliga game at the Allianz Arena. A superb effort from Hertha Berlin who deserves their point for an outstanding defensive display, despite Bayern’s consistent pressure on Rune Jarstein’s goal.
Hertha has only lost one of their last nine away games in the Bundesliga and they have kept more clean sheets (eight) than Bayern (six) in their seven Bundesliga outings this year.
Thiago is back to his best
Thiago is back, which is great news for Bayern Munich and fans alike. In his second match back, Thiago showed some colourfull play, especially in the first half. A few beautiful touches and skill moves set him apart, but unfortunately, they led to nothing. Thiago is obviously at full confidence, however, which grew apparent with an attempted a self-set-up bicycle kick from outside the box. Thiago is back in full form, which is terrific news moving forward.
Kingsley Coman Suffers an injury blow
Kingsley Coman was hurt within moments of his introduction at Allianz Arena, He rolled his left ankle against Hertha Berlin as the Bundesliga leaders were held to a draw.
Head coach Jupp Heynckes said”He sustained an injury to his ankle. He rolled his ankle, it has to do with his capsule, He has big problems but his ligaments are okay. We’ll have to see how it develops over the next few days.”