Returning to Bundesliga motion after winter hibernation, Bayern Munich stretched their benefit on the prime to 14 factors with a Three-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen, courtesy of objectives from Javi Martinez, Franck Ribery and James Rodriguez. Kevin Volland’s deflected shot on 71 minutes proved not more than a comfort for the house facet.
Bayern’s sixth-consecutive Bundesliga title appears to be like a mere formality, beginning as they imply to go on after the winter break and ending Leverkusen’s 12 sport unbeaten run with the mercurial Ribery notching his first league aim of the season.
Bayern made heavy climate of it after going 2-Zero up and would have been dragged degree if not for an excellent saving sort out by Jerome Boateng.
Supervisor ranking out of 10
eight — Delivered a primary league win in Leverkusen for the reason that final time he visited as Bayern coach again in 2013. Lacking two of his greatest gamers in Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski, victory can be very candy in opposition to the facet Heynckes coached between 2009-11.
Participant rankings (1-10; 10 = greatest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking)
GK Sven Ulreich, 7 — Hardly examined however when known as upon Bayern’s participant of the month for December fulfilled his duties with authority.
DF David Alaba, 7 — Teamed up with Ribery on the left-hand facet as he has finished for a lot of the final decade. Caught the attention extra within the first half earlier than concentrating on defence late on.
DF Jerome Boateng, 7 — Boateng’s final ditch problem prevented Volland from scoring the equaliser as Bayern endured a nightmare five- minute spell after conceding.
DF Niklas Sule, 6 — Changed his Germany teammate Hummels within the beginning XI and headed narrowly broad from a nook as Bayern repeatedly uncovered Leverkusen’s Achilles’ heel from set items. Sule had his issues in opposition to the tempo of Leon Bailey however it’s all a part of the educational curve.
DF Rafinha, 6 — A priceless squad member who continues to show his versatility, filling in at right-back for Joshua Kimmich. Nonetheless, the Brazil worldwide can provide little of the German Wunderkind’s attacking verve and ahead surges. After seeing yellow for a careless foul on Julian Brandt on the stroke of half-time, Rafinha did nicely to flee additional censure.
MF Javi Martinez, 7 — Good within the first half, topped as he rammed dwelling the opener from a nook after 32 minutes. He adopted up with a bullet header which fizzed narrowly broad 5 minutes later. He fizzled out within the second half, with some uncustomary lapses and gave away the ball too usually.
MF Arturo Vidal, 7 — Filled with objective in opposition to his former employer the place he spent 4 years between 2007-11. At all times a risk from corners, enjoying his half within the opening aim scramble earlier than Martinez bundled the ball dwelling.
MF Franck Ribery, 7 — Largely nameless earlier than coming to life on the hour mark, dispatching a certain end to double Bayern’s lead and notch a treasured his first aim of the season in his 10th Bundesliga sport. Good timing from Ribery together with his contract up in the summertime and the previous France worldwide saying he’d like to complete his profession in Bavaria.
MF James Rodriguez, 9 — On the coronary heart of Bayern’s greatest work all through, organising Ribery’s aim with an intuitive first-time cross and curling in a pleasant free kick in added time to safe the three factors. James is proving a superb acquisition by the departed Carlo Ancelotti.
MF Arjen Robben, 5 — One among his quietest ever video games in a Bayern shirt because the Dutch grasp slowly builds as much as full health after one other damage enforced absence.
MF Thomas Muller, 6 — Bayern’s captain toiled feverishly with little finish product and picked up a harsh yellow card for a foul on Volland in his personal penalty field.
MF Kingsley Coman, 6 — Equally as quiet as the person he changed Robben.
FW Sandro Wagner, N/R — Changed Ribery with 11 minutes remaining for his first sport in a Bayern shirt sport since showing as a 19-year-old over 10 years in the past for Bayern Munich.
MF Corentin Tolisso, N/R — Bayern’s file signing got here on for the skipper Muller in added time.
Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Comply with him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.