Five takeaways from the 5-0 win over Stuttgart

Bayern Munich won their last away game of the calendar year with a dominant performance against Stuttgart. The defending Bundesliga champions scored four goals in the second half to move away from the hosts and win the final score of 5-0. This victory will allow Bayern to retain first place before the start of the winter break. Here are five takeaways from the massive away victory.

Serge Gnabry leads the way

It was an excellent performance from Serge Gnabry on Tuesday night as he scored three goals and recorded two assists. The winger was arguably the best player of the game as he was involved in all five of Bayern’s goals.

Gnabry’s hat-trick allows him to increase his Bundesliga goal tally this season to nine. He only needs one more goal in the current year to register his sixth consecutive season of ten or more goals in the German top flight.

This season appears to be the best campaign of his career so far in terms of goals. His career-best Bundesliga goal tally came in the 2019/20 season when he scored 12 goals in 31 appearances. With nine goals already scored in 16 appearances this season, it looks like he will easily surpass that career-best number if he can produce more goals in the months to come.

First white sheet outside

It was the first away clean sheet Bayern recorded in the Bundesliga so far this season. Although Stuttgart recorded a fairly large number of shots, of which 13 were recorded, only one of those 13 shots was on target. The lack of shots on target made life much easier for Manuel Neuer as he only had one save in the game.

Bayern’s total number of clean sheets in the Bundesliga this season stands at five. They need five more to improve last season’s count of nine clean sheets. Bayern will look to start recording double-digit clean sheets in the Bundesliga again this season, as last season was the first time since the 2010/11 campaign that they failed to register ten or more clean sheets.

Another double for Robert Lewandowksi

For the fifth time this season in the Bundesliga, Lewandowksi has scored two or more goals for Bayern in a single game. His two goals against Stuttgart brought his total league goals for the season to 18 as he continues to lead the league in scoring.

The big statistic of the match involving Lewandowski was that he equaled legendary Gerd Muller for most goals scored in a calendar year in the German top flight. With 42 goals scored in 2021, he only needs one more goal to set a new record. He will have the opportunity to set a new record against Wolfsburg on Friday.

Marc Roca gets his first start

Roca got his first start of the Bundesliga season and went on to have a stellar outing. The Spaniard recorded three tackles and two interceptions. In addition, he made 91.8% of his passes and rarely gave the ball in midfield. With Bayern playing with a reduced squad in midfield, Roca stepped up when he was called in to take on the starting role and he performed very well.

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Thomas Muller continues to record assists

Muller continues to have an amazing season when it comes to goal setting. The 32-year-old registered his 12th assist of the season in the game against Stuttgart. With 12 assists in 16 appearances, Muller is well on his way to having the highest total of career assists in the German top flight. His best total of assists came in the 2019/20 campaign when he finished with 21 assists, which is also the league record for assists in a single season.

According to Opta Franz, Muller is the first player to record 12 assists in the first half of a Bundesliga season since detailed data was collected in 2004/05. That sums up his performance in the first half of the season pretty well, as he’s on his way to a record season.