Bayern Munich 4-0 FC Koln: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Coutinho and Lewandowski Shine

Bayern Munich got back to winning ways at the Allianz Arena on Saturday with a 4-0 win over FC Koln as the reigning Bundesliga champions return – however briefly – to the top of the table.

Die Roten quickly opened the scoring through Robert Lewandowski after some good build-up play in midfield, but failed to create any further great chances in the opening 45 minutes bar a Philippe Coutinho free kick which hit the crossbar.

Robert Lewandowski,Philippe Coutinho,Joshua Kimmich

Lewandowski started the second half in a similar fashion to the first, nodding home a Joshua Kimmich corner to double Bayern’s lead. Coutinho won and then dispatched the penalty for his first goal for the club, with Kingsley Ehizibue being sent off for the foul

The Brazilian then set up Ivan Perisic for the fourth of the game as Bayern cruised to a victory in front of their home fans.


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Key Talking Point

Despite the scoreline, ​Bayern’s performance was not without its problems. Having started in both halves in brilliant fashion, Die Roten were lethargic and lacklustre in possession and were open to counter attacks from Koln – especially in the first half.

However, the huge gulf in quality between their respective squads showed in the second half as Bayern romped to victory. Once again, the manager had to rely on individual brilliance as Lewandowski and Coutinho bailed his side out yet again.

Niko Kovac

With the fans already split on whether Kovac is the right man for the job, this performance did nothing but give the doubters more fuel – despite the margin of victory.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Neuer (7); Pavard (7), Boateng (7), Süle (7), Lucas (7); Tolisso (8), Kimmich (9); Gnabry (7), Coutinho (10*), Perisic (9); Lewandowski (9).

Substitutes: Martinez (6), Muller (6), Cuisance (6).


STAR PLAYER – Despite superb performances from Kimmich and Lewandowski, the honour goes to the Brazilian loanee Philippe Coutinho. He and his teammates did struggle in the first half, but the Bavarians started dominating thanks to the diminutive midfielder.

He helped set up the first goal with a good dummy, won a penalty after a brilliant run and assisted Perisic with a great ball. His creativity was much needed – especially with Kovac resting Thiago – and Coutinho stepped up brilliantly. 



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Key Talking Point

Die Geißböcke have yet to learn from their previous matches as Achim Beierlorzer’s side kept up their record of going behind in every ​Bundesliga fixture they’ve played this season.

They did create a lot of half-chances after a poor start and limited the Bavarians to just a handful of opportunities. However, in the second half, Bayern’s quality was too much and Koln were beaten away to a much expected defeat.

Achim Beierlorzer

Beierlorzer can take away a few good things from this performance – notably how well his side played in the first half.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Horn (6); Ehizibue (4), Czichos (6), Bornauw (6), Hector (6); Hoger (6), Skhiri (6); Schindler (6), Drexler (6), Kainz (6); Cordoba (6*).

Substitutes: Mere (6), Terodde (6), Bader (6).


STAR PLAYER – There were no standout performers for obvious reasons but Jhon Córdoba was perhaps their best player on the day.

He squandered some difficult half-chances, but his movement was great and had he had his shooting boots on, the Colombian could have been on the scoresheet.

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Looking Ahead

Bayern managed to secure a much-needed win to go above Leipzig before the Saxony side play later in the day.

Die Roten next go to Paderborn in what should be an easy win for the Bavarian giants as they look to start to motor at the top of the table. Koln welcome Hertha Berlin next, and need to be at their best in what could already be considered a relegation six-pointer. 

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Wilfried Zaha Responds After Claims He Criticised Crystal Palace Teammates

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has taken to Twitter to ridicule reports that suggested his Eagles teammates aren’t pulling their weight.

The Ivorian has endured a tumultuous summer of speculation, with his Selhurst Park future consistently called into question amid strong interest from Arsenal, Everton and Bayern Munich.


It’s been claimed that Zaha is far from happy at being forced to remain in south London, after Palace stood firm on their valuation, thought to be around the £80m mark.

Zaha has acknowledged his disappointment at how matters were handled, but he’s hit out at quotes reported by The Sun and Sky Sports that suggest he is unhappy with the contributions of his teammates so far this season.

“As much as I do on the pitch, I can’t play in every position,” Zaha is quoted to have said. “I give 100 per cent, but there are eleven on the pitch and everyone needs to pull their weight. I do my job, but everyone else needs to do theirs.”

The former Manchester United star has hit back, though, insisting his words had been ‘twisted’, with people simply looking for an excuse to be negative and abuse him.

Wilfried Zaha

​Palace fans will feel reassured after ​Zaha’s tweets that there is no unrest among the dressing room, and Roy Hodgson was keen to stress in the lead up to this weekend’s clash with Wolves that he wasn’t worried about his mindset.

“His attitude in training and the way he has approached the games, especially the last three, has been very good.

“That, after overcoming the disappointment of not getting his way in the transfer window. Once he came to terms with that he has buckled down for his club, his team-mates, manager, coaching staff and for himself. He has been very good.”

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Twitter Reacts as Manchester City Obliterate Watford in Five-Star First-Half Display

​Never anger Pep Guardiola. That’s what the whole world discovered after only 20 minutes at the Etihad Stadium, as Manchester City put Watford to the sword in the most humiliating of fashion. 

The Sky Blues were on the receiving end of some heavy criticism following their disappointing 3-2 defeat to Norwich, which saw Liverpool stretch their lead at the top of the league to five points. 

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Many questioned if Guardiola’s side had the heart, stomach or strength to battle it out at the Premier League summit for a third consecutive season, and the Spanish boss seemed rattled in his post-match comments. 

We have our answer. Man City are in it to win it. 

The Premier League Champions took the lead inside the opening minute of the match, ​Kevin de Bruyne doing Kevin de Bruyne things and laying it on a plate for David Silva. 

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Luis Miguel Echegaray was right. Watford were in for a very long afternoon indeed. 

​Sergio Aguero doubled the scoreline five minutes later, as he continued his incredible scoring record this season. 


Don’t say we didn’t warn you either. 

As the goals rained down at the Etihad Stadium, some of you had some interesting theories behind ​Man City’s destructive display. 


Mahrez added a third and Bernardo Silva tucked away a fourth, as ​Watford seemingly decided to just pack it in for the day and move on with their lives. 


It wasn’t all good news though, as Fantasy Football managers up and down the country simultaneously put their heads in their hands when Guardiola’s team was released. 



If things couldn’t get any worse for Watford fans, Nicolas Otamendi, the guy who looked like he’d won a prize to be on the pitch at Carrow Road last week, scored a fifth for the home side, who probably had the game wrapped up at this point. 



Five goals down after 20 minutes, just stop the game already. 





In fairness, Guardiola will be fuming his team didn’t score 91 goals in this game. 

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West Brom in Legal Dispute With Fanbase Over £3.7m Loan to Former Owner Jeremy Peace

West Brom have found themselves in a legal argument with their own fans after making a controversial £3.7m loan to Jeremy Peace back in September 2014.

Peace was the former owner of the club, but he ended up selling the Baggies to Guochuan Lai for £200m.

Jeremy Peace

​The Daily Mail report that WBA Holding Ltd – Peace’s company – are yet to repay the loan, which has now defaulted, leading to some fans and shareholders to protest and demand answers.

Shareholders 4 Albion hold around 6% of the shares at the club, and have since written to chief executive Mark Jenkins to demand an extraordinary general meeting about the issue.

The loan had huge effects on the future of the club, as Peace used it to up his stake in the club from 65% to 88%, which meant he was then able to sell the club for £200m two years later.

The shares where trading at £24,000 apiece, which was eight times what the company had initially paid.

Mark Jenkins

The anger has intensified due to the fact that West Brom announced recently that they are unable to repay the loan and any subsequent interest, because of restrictions of the Chinese Government. 

The club simply say that the loan was to take advantage of favourable rates of interest, but both the hierarchy and Peace have failed to provide a comment. As well as that, West Brom are yet to reply in regards to a meeting with the fans.

S4A issued a Section 303 notice under the Companies Act, as a result demanding a meeting. West Brom have disputed the notice, and due to the 21-day period for a club to call a meeting in the Companies Act now running out, the fans and club are stuck at legal loggerheads.

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6 Youngsters Arsenal Should Play Against Nottingham Forest in Upcoming Carabao Cup Clash

​Arsenal begin their Carabao Cup campaign on Tuesday night when they host Nottingham Forest at the Emirates Stadium.

Given that this game comes just two days after they face Aston Villa in the Premier League, Unai Emery will be forced to rotate his squad, and will be expected to name a youthful side. 

What will that team look like? Who will be rested? Who will get a chance? Those are all questions that still need to be answered, but in the meantime, here are six youngsters who should be blooded from the start…


Joe Willock

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The 20-year-old has been a revelation so far this season. He broke into the squad at the back end of last season, and appeared off the bench in Arsenal’s 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Europa League final.

He missed a big chance in that game, but showed enough in his cameo appearance to indicate that he was here to stay. He has not looked back since. Having impressed throughout pre-season, he started the opening three Premier League games of the campaign. 

He has been moved to the bench in recent weeks, but was in fine form on Thursday night, scoring in a 3-0 win against Eintracht Frankfurt. An exciting prospect, who should get the chance to dazzle again on Tuesday.


Robbie Burton

Robbie Burton

Given the busy schedule, Emery will likely have to look to make a number of changes in midfield. This is where Burton comes into play.

The Welsh attacking midfielder was heavily involved throughout pre-season, but has dropped back down to the Under-23s ​since August. He has scored twice in the first four games of the season, indicating how he offers a goal threat from midfield, something that Arsenal could do with. This could be the type of game where he gets his chance to show what he can do in the first team.


Reiss Nelson

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This could be the match to get Nelson back into the picture. There was plenty of excitement surrounding the teenager when he returned from his loan spell at Hoffenheim over the summer.

He started the opening two Premier League game of the season, but was hauled off at half time in the second match and has had to settle for a place on the bench since. Nelson showed the talent that he possesses whilst in Germany last season, and he now needs the opportunity to shine in his homeland. Tuesday night could be his moment.


Gabriel Martinelli

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Not a great deal was expected of Martinelli when he arrived from Brazil over the summer. He was clearly a player bought for the future, not the present.

Indeed, he has only featured in one Premier League game so far, and was an unused substitute on Thursday even when Emery opted to name an inexperienced side. All players need to feel wanted though, and that they can contribute to the side, and this could be his chance to show what he can do. 

He is able to play from the wings or up front, and with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in need of a rest, and Alexandre Lacazette injured, it makes sense to hand Martinelli a rare start.


Emile Smith Rowe

Emile Smith-Rowe

It has been a difficult few months for Smith Rowe, who has had to battle with injuries throughout 2019. Yet he returned to action on Thursday, getting an hour under his belt, and showed glimpses of the quality that he has.

Now it is important for the winger to stay fit and get regular game time if possible. Another start here would boost his confidence and ensure that his fitness continues to improve.


Bukayo Saka

Bukayo Saka

​Saving the best until last. It has been a long time since an Arsenal teenager broke onto the scene in such spectacular fashion.

Saka was outstanding in the Europa League on Thursday night, scoring once and providing two assists. Given that he is still only 18, Arsenal fans will have to be patient with him, as he now needs to produce those kind of displays on a consistent basis.

However, every supporter will have gone away from that game looking forward to seeing Saka play again. They ought to get their wish on Tuesday.

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