Bayern Munich eased their way past FSV Mainz at the Opel Arena as Thiago Alcântara hammered the ball home to make it 1-2 in the 62nd minute. The match would’ve ended with a goal difference of two if the referee hadn’t disallowed the Spaniard’s first goal. With two consecutive victories in the Bundesliga, the reigning champions are now second in the league table with 19 points, just two less than Borussia Dortmund.
Niko Kovač made only three changes to the line-up at first, with Thomas Müller, Leon Goretzka and David Alaba finding a spot in the starting XI. Later, a few minutes before the game, Mats Hummels was replaced by Jerome Boateng as the former injured himself during the warm-up. The choice of players wasn’t so bad since the visitors were able to take home 3 points:Thomas Müller has been the scapegoat of everyone’s criticism for a while. Nobody thought that including him in the starting XI was a good idea before the kick-off. But it is safe to say that he didn’t disappoint anyone. He said that the team obviously wanted to have a bigger goal difference but emphasised the fact that Bayern is in no position to complain about anything currently:Joshua Kimmich, along with Thiago, has been performing really well for the past few matches. Although, the 23-year old didn’t seem to be very much excited about the victory. He is not ready to settle for less and it is exactly the reason why Kimmich is what the team needs now and in the future:Mainz played a relatively better game in the second half and they were looking for a draw after Bayern took the lead around the hour mark. Danny Latza said that a team can’t expect anything in a match against the Bavarians:Bayern will face SV Rödinghausen in the second round of DFB Pokal on 31st of October. Their next Bundesliga fixture is against SC Freiburg on 3rd November at the Allianz Arena.