To say that round 20 of the German Bundesliga did not go the way of record champions Bayern Munich would be an understatement. The Bavarians themselves gave away a 1-0 halftime lead on Saturday afternoon to lose 3-1 to Bayer Leverkusen.
At the same kickoff time, league leaders Borussia Dortmund played to a 1-1 draw against current German Cup winners Eintracht Frankfurt. Despite failing to win, Dortmund thus gained a point on Bayern and extended their lead to an impressive seven points.
To make things even worse, Borussia Mönchengladbach defeated Schalke 04 2-0 in the evening game, putting the former into second place ahead of the Bavarian giants on goal difference.
Without wanting to make excuses for the Munich-based team, one has to point out that Bayern was missing Thiago Alcantara and Manuel Neuer due to injury along with the two veteran wingers Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben, who had already been unavailable for weeks.
These absences considerably weakened Bayern Munich against a strong Leverkusen team that has a squad that should be able to compete against the top teams in Germany. Especially now that they finally have a coach who encourages the attacking style that they need to play, in Peter Bosz.
Bosz has already proven himself as capable to develop young players at Ajax Amsterdam. Leverkusen has a similar philosophy at the moment to what Ajax does.
Leon Goretzka, arguably Bayern’s best player since the end of the winter break, gave his team the lead late in the first half. In added time of the opening period, Robert Lewandowski thought he had doubled their lead, only for the Video Assistant Referee to take it back due to an offside position that was not noticeable with the naked eye.
Instead, Leon Baily scored the equalizer from a long-distance free kick, before Kevin Volland and Lucas Alario decided the match in their team’s favor.
While everyone seems to say that the Bundesliga finally has a title race this year, I beg to differ. Dortmund’s current seven-point lead should be more than enough to get them the title. If Bayern Munich were seven points ahead instead, everyone would agree with me that it is over.