Having resumed as early as May, the Bundesliga became the first major league to finish the 2019/20 season. We have broken down the key stats from the remaining games in the Bundesliga.
A lot more wins on the road
It is incredible how away teams could statistically perform better with their being no ‘home advantage’ for the home side. This pattern was prevalent in the opening couple of rounds of matches after the enforced break and played a big role in the outcome of some team’s ultimate league position. Out of the 82 games played between, the away team won 37.
That is nearly half of the games, and even when away teams were not winning, they were often securing at least one point with a draw. With 19 draws, the away teams were sealing one or three points in an extraordinary 68% of games.
Bayern Munich Perfection
Going into the resumption of Bundesliga action in May, Bayern Munich were in a rare position of being potentially tracked down by the chasing teams. Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Monchengladbach and RB Leipzig were all in and around the top four positions and just a few points behind the now eight-consecutive Bundesliga winners. After a 2-0 win away to newly promoted Union Berlin, FC Bayern would secure maximum points for the rest of the season.
The title-winning experience and elite win at all costs mentality that runs through the club prevailed, even with their supporters in the stands. The most crucial and season-defying game came against Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park in just the third game back. A Joshua Kimmich chipped effort was enough to shut out their title rivals and see out yet another championship winning season.
Is Robert Lewandowski the best striker in the world?
The Polish international and superstar striker did not mess around in making sure he topped the goal-scoring charts for the season once again. Having already netted 25 goals before the enforced break in the Bundesliga, he was looking to achieve his best domestic goal tally of 30. The 31-year-old smashed it, as he only failed to score against Borussia Dortmund, his former side, and missed out against Borussia Monchengladbach because of a one-match suspension.
That did not stop him from finding nine goals in the eight games he played, which included braces against Fortuna Dusseldorf and SC Freiburg. He finished the season with 34 Bundesliga goals. Other strikers who racked up the goals got fairly close to Lewandowski in the charts during the restart. Andrej Kramaric, the former Leicester City striker, netted four goals against Borussia Dortmund on the final matchday to take his tally after the break to five goals despite being injured upon the resumption.
The Chelsea-bound Timo Werner showed his qualities, netting seven times, including a hat-trick against Mainz. But it was never enough to overshadow what the Bayern Munich number 9 has managed this season, and what he still could do in the Champions League in August.
Muller delight as experienced forward break record!
Breaking a record set by Kevin De Bruyne must be a rare thing to achieve. The Belgian set the Bundesliga assists record in a single season at 20 during his incredible spell at Wolfsburg before joining Manchester City. A player who has proved once again how vital he is to the setup at Bayern Munich this season is none other than Thomas Muller.
The awkward, quirky footballer has always had the ability to produce and help his team despite his doubters who do not view the German as an elite player. However, under Niko Kovac and now Hansi Flick, the hard-working attacking midfielder has put 21 goals on a plate for his teammates in the Bundesliga this season.
He was battling the English star Jadon Sancho in the assists column upon the resumption, with the 30-year-old edging Sancho with one more assist on 16. In the nine remaining games, Muller managed five assists, and crucially got one on the final matchday against Wolfsburg to break the record and become the new assist king of the Bundesliga.
Not only that, he scored two goals to take his season total to eight goals, and he got to captain the side against SC Freiburg. It was a player for that opponent who matched Muller for assists during the resumption. Italian winger Vincenzo Grifo also managed five assists. That took his season total to nine.
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