Bayern’s struggles continue, but Tel sets goalscoring record


Bayern are struggling

Bayern Munich’s struggles in the Bundesliga continued on Saturday. The Bavarians dropped points in their third game in a row with a draw against visitors Stuttgart, 2-2.

The visitors scored a late goal in added time with a penalty to tie the game. Newcomer Matthijs de Ligt fouls in the box. Then, Serhou Guirassy was not mistaken on the spot.

Bayern’s three draws in their first six league games are historically unusual for the club. Currently, the club have 12 points at this stage of the season. Although it ended the day at the top of the table based on goal differential, it was Bayern’s lowest points tally after six Bundesliga games since 2010. That year, Bayern finished third of the table as Bayer Leverkusen finished top ahead of Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern’s pole position in the table is partly due to Dortmund dropping points. In fact, Saturday was an opportunity for Dortmund to extend their lead over their rivals. However, a 3-0 at the hands of RB Leipzig kept Dortmund on 12 points, now level with Bayern.

On Sunday, Freiburg can usurp Munich’s monopoly at the top of the table with a result against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

A silver lining in Bayern’s struggles

A bright spot of the day for Bayern was Mathys Phone. The 17-year-old striker scored the opening goal of the match against Stuttgart. In doing so, he became the club’s youngest goalscorer in the Bundesliga. Tel, a highly regarded prospect, moved to the German champions earlier this summer in a massive $22million move from French club Rennes.

He has goals in his two starts this season. Previously, he put his name on the scoresheet in Bayern’s 5-0 win over Viktoria Koln in the DFB-Pokal.

Many fans and pundits were interested to see how Bayern could fare without superstar striker Robert Lewandowski. The Poland international recently left the club after eight hugely successful seasons with Bayern. Lewandowski has scored an incredible 344 goals in 375 total games for the German side. Barcelona have signed the 34-year-old striker away from Bavaria in a deal worth nearly $50 million.

Although Bayern are off to an unusually slow start, they still boast a solid 14-goal differential in the league. No other Bundesliga team even comes close to that impressive number. The defending champions will be hoping to stabilize the ship next weekend as they travel to Augsburg for their next Bundesliga fixture. However, an interesting game with Barcelona and their former star Lewandowski is scheduled for Tuesday.

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