Kingsley Coman was Bayern Munich's "king" in Sunday's Champions League final victory over Paris Saint-Germain.

That is the view of former Bayern midfielder Owen Hargreaves, who lauded Hansi Flick's decision to include Coman in his starting line-up in Lisbon.

Coman capped a lively display with a second-half goal, his header proving decisive as Bayern – a club Hargeaves believes are at the dawn of a new era – sealed the treble.

And Hargreaves, who won the competition with the Bundesliga giants in 2001, was full of praise for both the head coach and ex-PSG star Coman.

"Hansi Flick has found all the right decisions at the key moment and today that decision was Kingsley Coman," Hargreaves, who expects much more to come from his old club, told BT Sport.

"They call him the king – that's what they call him around the training ground and he was the king today.

"This is one of the greatest Bayern teams ever. Flick's turned this team into an absolute machine.

"Everyone in Germany is blown away, the football has blown everyone away.

"Last year Liverpool outplayed them and we thought it was the end of an era and now it's the start of an era. Leroy Sane is still to come into this team."

Kingsley Coman savoured the "extraordinary" feeling of scoring the winning goal in the Champions League final after Bayern Munich beat Paris Saint-Germain to complete the treble.

Coman headed the only goal of the game after 59 minutes at the Estadio da Luz on Sunday as Bayern were crowned champions of Europe for a sixth time.

The forward was the first Frenchman since the legendary Zinedine Zidane in 2002 to score the decisive goal in the biggest game in European club football.

Unstoppable Bayern won the final 21 games of an incredible season and became the first side to win every game in a Champions League campaign.

Coman was in dreamland in Lisbon, but also expressed sympathy for his former club.

He told RMC Sports: “It's extraordinary, a great happiness. A little sadness for Paris, they have had an extraordinary journey. we must respect what Paris has done. 

"We tried to put a lot of pressure on them. They played on the counter, but didn't concede a goal, that's the most important thing. 

"Paris played a great game, so did we. It was a great final."

Bayern Munich clinched their sixth European Cup/Champions League trophy on Sunday, as Kingsley Coman's goal saw off Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in Lisbon.

It completed a wonderful season for Hansi Flick's side, who have completed a domestic and European treble.

Bayern's slender victory also saw the Bundesliga giants make history, as they became the first side to win every match on the way to triumphing in the European Cup or Champions League.

They may have been helped by the fact that – due to the coronavirus pandemic – Bayern only had to play four knockout games prior to the final, though it is still a remarkable feat.

Here is how their perfect run to Champions League glory panned out.

A record-setting group campaign

History was made by Bayern in Group B, as they racked up a maximum 18 points and a goal difference of +19 – the best performance by a team in the Champions League group stage.

Robert Lewandowski scored 10 goals in the process, a tally only bettered by Ronaldo for Real Madrid in 2015-16, with the highlight display of the group stage coming in October, with Bayern – then coached by Niko Kovac – hammering Tottenham 7-2 in north London.

Chelsea no match

Bayern went up against another Premier League side in the form of Chelsea in the round of 16, and again they came out on top with flying colours. A 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge occurred just before football went into lockdown, with Flick's side then dispatching the Blues 4-1 at Allianz Arena earlier in August. 

Lewandowski was directly involved in all seven of Bayern's goals in the tie, scoring three and providing four assists.

Barca cast aside

Any doubt over Bayern's credentials were cast aside in emphatic fashion in the last eight, as they humiliated Barcelona 8-2 at the Estadio da Luz – a result which ultimately resulted in Quique Setien losing his job at Barca, with Ronald Koeman taking over.

Bayern became the first side in Champions League history to score eight goals in a knockout match, and the first in Europe's premier club competition since Madrid defeated Wacker Innsbruck 9-1 in the last 16 in 1990-91.

Lyon downed in style

A 3-0 victory over Lyon sent Bayern into the final, and it equalled the longest winning streak by a team in the Champions League – achieved by the Bundesliga side in 2013 and Madrid in 2015.

Lewandowski was on target for a ninth straight Champions League match, as he became only the second player in the competition's history to net 15 goals in a single campaign.

Coman crowns Bayern as kings

It was far from a classic Champions League final, but a cagey encounter was settled by Coman's header in the second half, following a wonderfully crafted move as Bayern crowned themselves kings of Europe.

Eyebrows were raised when Ivan Perisic, who scored in the last 16 and the last eight, was dropped for Kingsley Coman for the Champions League final.

When you look at the winger's pedigree, it was an obvious choice.

Coman has won nine league titles across three different countries. He has won 10 domestic cup competitions. He was a runner-up at Euro 2016. Now, he is a Champions League winner, a final goalscorer, the man who delivered the second treble in Bayern Munich's history, a feat only Barcelona have achieved in Europe's top-five leagues.

He is 24 years old.

The clash in Lisbon, Paris Saint-Germain's first final in Europe's top competition, was supposed to be about another young French forward. Kylian Mbappe has set European football alight but he wilted in the glare of the Estadio da Luz, his golden first-half chance fired straight at Manuel Neuer.

Coman made no such mistake. A fine Thiago Alcantara pass, a clever Thomas Muller lay-off, a pinpoint cross from Joshua Kimmich, and Coman steered a header beyond the reach of Keylor Navas, the decisive blow in a heavyweight contest where each feared the weapons of the other.

It was not the match-winner people imagined, it was not the goal-fest many craved, but it was the Coman and Bayern we have come to expect: victorious.

When Niko Kovac left in November, they had just lost 5-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt, were fourth in the table, four points off the lead in the Bundesliga and teetering on their perch at the top of German football. The work of Hansi Flick since December has been nothing short of spectacular, a single-season impact of the likes we have rarely witnessed before: no defeats in 2020, 22 wins in a row, and Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League trophies.

In this season's Champions League, Bayern won six from six in the group stage and finished with a goal difference of plus 19, the best of any team ever. Robert Lewandowski scored 15 times in the tournament. They scored seven against Tottenham and eight against Barcelona. They are the first team in European Cup history to win every game en route to the trophy.

If their first treble seven years ago was dramatic, this one was emphatic.

Neymar was disconsolate after the final whistle, the €222million PSG poster-boy unable to complete the script of their season, but even he must reflect on this game, this tournament, and accept Bayern were the very best. Flick's unstoppable force will look to do it all again in a month's time when the new German season begins, and few would bet against them.

For now, they'll head back to Munich, their empty-stadium celebrations a good dress rehearsal for the moment fans are allowed to revel in their triumph. And Coman should be front and centre: the winningest winger of them all.

Bayern Munich have completed a second treble in eight seasons after Kingsley Coman scored the decisive goal to secure a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday's intense Champions League final.

Hansi Flick's men were second best for periods of the match at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, but Coman made the difference to deny his former club a historic first Champions League title.

His well-placed header ensured Bayern emulated their treble-winning side coached by Jupp Heynckes in the 2012-13 campaign.

Given the exploits of both sides en route to the final, the first half was somewhat lacking the deadly touch many might have expected in the final third, with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Robert Lewandowski all spurning decent chances.

Coman, a PSG academy product, broke the deadlock in the 59th minute and that caused the contest to open up significantly.

But, while the Parisians might feel they were incorrectly denied a penalty in an incident involving Mbappe and Joshua Kimmich, Bayern held on to seal their sixth European crown.

Keylor Navas returned but Marco Verratti was left out of the Paris Saint-Germain line-up for the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, who benched Ivan Perisic for Kinglsey Coman.

After sitting out the semi-final against RB Leipzig with a hamstring injury sustained in the prior round against Atalanta, Navas was deemed fit enough to take his place in goal back from Sergio Rico.

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said in his pre-match news conference Verratti was in contention to start but would not be able to play 90 or 120 minutes due to the calf problem with which he has been struggling.

The Italy international was subsequently named among the substitutes, with Ander Herrera, Marquinhos and Leandro Paredes in midfield for the Ligue 1 champions.

Bayern likewise made no changes to midfield, with Thiago Alcantara keeping his place as Joshua Kimmich continued at right-back, Benjamin Pavard fit enough only for the bench after battling a metatarsal ligament injury.

Hansi Flick opted to bring in former PSG winger Coman for Perisic, though, despite the France international having not started the quarter-final or semi-final wins over Barcelona and Lyon.

Kingsley Coman will advise Bayern Munich's defence on how to stop Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe in the Champions League final.

Mbappe's fitness was a cause for concern ahead of the mini-tournament in Lisbon due to an ankle injury sustained in the Coupe de France final success against Saint-Etienne.

The 21-year-old attacker, a France team-mate of Coman, set up a late winner after coming on as a substitute in the quarter-final success against Atalanta and started the 3-0 victory over RB Leipzig in the final four on Tuesday.

Bayern managed to shackle Lionel Messi during an 8-2 thrashing of Barcelona in the last eight and Coman will attempt to help them limit the damage Mbappe does at the Estadio da Luz on Sunday.

"I have played with him several times, so I will try to give any advice I can give," Coman said of Mbappe.

"There is also the video and the instructions of the coaches. With all this, we'll try to stop him. He is an attacking player who creates a lot. Like when we played Lionel Messi, we have to hope he plays the worst possible game.

"We will try to put him under pressure and to make sure he touches the ball as little as possible.

"But he is a plyer who can always be decisive, like Neymar and [Angel] Di Maria."

While Mbappe was part of the France team to win the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Coman missed out due to injury.

The Bayern winger says that disappointment is in the past and will not provide added motivation to achieve success in the Champions League.

"The two competitions are not linked. The disappointment of the World Cup has long passed. They are two completely different things," he said.

"I would still like to win the World Cup, but today I am with my club. I want to win the Champions League and I hope we will lift the cup on Sunday."

Kingsley Coman said his "heart is 100 per cent" with Bayern Munich ahead of facing boyhood club Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League final.

Coman came off the bench as Bayern recorded a 3-0 win over Lyon in the semi-finals in Lisbon on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old came through PSG's youth system and made four senior appearances for the club before joining Juventus and then Bayern.

Coman said he was entirely committed to Bayern despite the connection to PSG, who they face in Sunday's decider.

"It's a nice poster," he told RMC Sport.

"My heart is 100 per cent Bayern."

Lyon were left to rue missed chances against Bayern before Serge Gnabry scored a brace and Robert Lewandowski sealed the win.

A five-time Bundesliga winner with Bayern, Coman is eager to add the Champions League to his collection.

"It's a great moment, we really wanted to go to the final. Now you have to win it," he said.

"The work is not finished, we have to win it otherwise we will have done all this for nothing. 

"We knew it was going to be complicated, they played on their qualities, luckily they didn't score and we were efficient."

What does the future hold for Quique Setien at Camp Nou?

Setien replaced Ernesto Valverde in January, however, the ex-Real Betis head coach saw Barcelona dethroned as LaLiga champions by bitter rivals Real Madrid.

After leading Leeds United back to the Premier League, Marcelo Bielsa is reportedly wanted by countryman Lionel Messi.

 

TOP STORY – MESSI URGES BARCA TO SIGN BIELSA

Lionel Messi has called for Barcelona to replace Quique Setien with Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa, according to The Sun.

Bielsa guided Leeds to the Premier League for the first time since 2004, ending the club's 16-year exile from England's top flight.

Now, superstar captain Messi – who is reportedly unhappy with Setien at Camp Nou – wants the dethroned LaLiga giants to bring the former Argentina and Athletic Bilbao head coach to Barcelona.

 

ROUND-UP

- Leicester City star James Maddison has agreed a contract extension at King Power Stadium, according to The Sun. Maddison has reportedly committed himself to Leicester until 2025 following previous links to Manchester United.

- Mundo Deportivo claims Inter are eyeing Barcelona's Junior Firpo if they are unable to sign Emerson Palmieri from Chelsea.

Tottenham are leading the chase to sign forward Callum Wilson if Bournemouth are relegated from the Premier League, says The Sun.

- Calciomercato reports Milan and Napoli are considering moves for Salzburg sensation Dominik Szoboszlai. The 19-year-old has been linked to the likes of Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid.

Roma are considering a contract renewal for star Nicolo Zaniolo, according to Calciomercato. Zaniolo – who arrived from Inter in 2018 – has found his future in doubt amid talk of a falling out with head coach Paulo Fonseca and others. An Inter return has been touted, while Juventus are also reportedly interested.

- United are seriously targeting Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes. Le10 Sport claims the Red Devils are making a last-minute attempt to sign Gabriel, who has been linked to Napoli among others.

- Kicker reports PSG are targeting Hertha Berlin attacker Matheus Cunha. Inter are also believed to be eyeing the Brazilian.

- Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman is on a shortlist of players United are eyeing on loan should they miss out on Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, says Sky Sports News. Bayern, however, have no intention of parting with Coman. Liverpool and Real Madrid have also been credited with interest in Sancho.

Manchester United are reportedly keeping an eye on Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak, while Real Madrid want to raise €180million in transfer funds.

Amid pressure on David de Gea, United could look elsewhere for a goalkeeper.

It seems one of the world's best is on their radar.

 

TOP STORY – MAN UTD CONSIDER OBLAK

Manchester United are keeping tabs on Atletico Madrid star Oblak, according to The Sun.

Oblak, 27, is widely considered one of the world's best goalkeepers after starring across six seasons at Atletico.

The speculation comes with De Gea under pressure at Old Trafford following several mistakes this season.

 

ROUND-UP

- Real Madrid want to raise funds in the transfer market. Marca reports they are looking to make €180m, with James Rodriguez and Luka Jovic potentially making exits. It says a potential move for Gareth Bale, who is contracted until 2022, is more complicated.

- Kingsley Coman is reportedly a target for Manchester United. However, Sport Bild reports Bayern Munich rejected an approach from Manchester City for the attacker and they would do likewise to United.

- At rivals Barcelona, the focus seems to be on renewing some young stars. Sport reports the LaLiga giants are trying to re-sign Ansu Fati, Ronald Araujo, Riqui Puig and Alex Collado.

- Manchester United want to resolve the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Chris Smalling. Sky Sports reports the Premier League club will not extend the loans of Sanchez, at Inter, and Smalling, at Roma, but are looking to seal permanent deals. Meanwhile, the Daily Record says United want to remain informed about offers for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes.

- Amid speculation over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal may need a forward this close season. Le 10 Sport reports the Premier League club are considering a move for Wolves star Raul Jimenez.

- Victor Osimhen is set for Napoli. CalcioMercato reports a deal for the Lille forward is done and Napoli will pay €60m for the Nigeria international.

- After six seasons at Liverpool, Dejan Lovren is reportedly set for an exit. The Guardian reports the Croatian defender is close to joining Zenit for €12m (£10.9m).

Thomas Muller made Bundesliga history as Bayern Munich capped off their triumphant campaign by defeating 10-man Wolfsburg 4-0 on Saturday.

Having clinched an eighth straight title 11 days earlier, Bayern finally got their hands on the trophy following a comfortable victory at the Volkswagen Arena on the final day of the season.

Muller laid on a record 21st assist of the season as Kingsley Coman got Bayern up and running, before Mickael Cuisance doubled their advantage on the stroke of half-time.

Josuha Guilavogui was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Cuisance and Robert Lewandowski scored the resultant penalty in the 72nd minute, with Muller adding Bayern's 100th Bundesliga goal of the season in the closing stages.

With second-placed Borussia Dortmund defeated at home by Hoffenheim, Bayern finished the season with a 13-point cushion and Wolfsburg slipped to seventh and missed out on automatic Europa League qualification.

Coman got the celebrations started in the fourth minute, latching onto a brilliant throughball from Muller and guiding a fine finish across Koen Casteels and into the bottom-left corner.

Manuel Neuer kept out Josip Brekalo, and Casteels made a good save from Serge Gnabry at the other end.

Lewandowski was denied by Casteels but there was nothing the Wolfsburg goalkeeper could do to stop Cuisance's left-footed, 20-yard curler from finding the top-left corner.

Casteels survived a VAR review of a potential handball outside the box, while the video assistant upheld the decision to rule out Daniel Ginczek's stoppage-time goal at the end of the first half for a foul on Alvaro Odriozola.

After being denied by Casteels again, Lewandowski finally hit the target in the 72nd minute. The Poland international scored his 34th league goal of the season after Guilavogui felled the impressive Cuisance.

Bayern made the most of their numerical advantage by scoring a fourth seven minutes later, Muller drilling home at the back post and the celebrations stepped up a gear after the final whistle.

 

What does it mean? Bayern maintain momentum

A treble is well and truly on the cards for the Bavarian giants, who extended their club-record winning run to 16 games.

However, after the DFB-Pokal final next weekend they face a month off before continuing their Champions League campaign with the second leg of their last-16 tie against Chelsea.

With teams from the Premier League, Serie A and LaLiga having far less time to rest before Europe's premier club competition returns, Bayern will hope to continue riding this wave during their break.

History for Muller

Hansi Flick has brought the best out of Muller since taking over at Bayern. The World Cup-winning attacking midfielder surpassed Kevin De Bruyne's Bundesliga record of 20 assists in a single season by setting up Coman for the opener.

Gnabry not on form

There was nothing riding on the game for Bayern, but it would have been a far more comfortable finale had Gnabry been able to finish the chances that came his way. He missed a pair of great openings in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

What's next?

Bayern will aim to seal the second part of a prospective treble when they face Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB-Pokal final next Saturday.

Manchester City are already planning for life without Leroy Sane.

Although there remains a chance the Germany winger could see out a contract running until June 2021 at the Etihad Stadium, Pep Guardiola's announcement on Friday that Sane will not sign a new deal means a long-mooted exit to Bayern Munich is likely to be imminent.

A key performer as City claimed back-to-back Premier League titles in 2017-18 and 2018-19 is on the way out and speculation will mount over who Guardiola will pursue to bolster his attack.

The City manager has suggested he could simply operate with the forward options he has, as has been the case this season due to Sane's cruciate knee ligament injury.

However, the near-surrender of their domestic crown to Liverpool in his absence tells its own story, while the decision not to secure a specialist replacement for departing captain Vincent Kompany last year might weigh heavily upon the prospect of a similar route being taken.

The twin factors of the coronavirus pandemic's expected economic impact on football and City's two-season Champions League ban, which is currently under appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), could also influence whether any of the names listed below can be brought to Manchester.

MIKEL OYARZABAL

Real Sociedad star Oyarzabal hit double figures for league goals in both of the past two seasons, netting 12 in 2017-18 and 13 in 2018-19 – outstripping the 10 Sane netted in each campaign.

Naturally left footed and, unlike City attackers Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez, at home operating on that flank, the 23-year-old has nine this time around. A €75million release clause means he fits the model of signing up-and-coming LaLiga stars with sensible valuations in their contracts that saw Aymeric Laporte and Rodri end up at Eastlands.

LEON BAILEY

Livewire Bayer Leverkusen winger Bailey was first linked to City in 2018, when Guardiola ultimately plumped for Mahrez to bolster a title-winning forward line. The Jamaica international's output has dwindled since – scoring five times in each of the past two seasons and supplying a total of four assists. In 2017-18 he boasted nine goals and laid on a further six.

Bailey's considerable natural gifts – electric pace, excellent one-against-one dribbling and a sweet left foot – means he retains admirers and, as a stylistic fit for replacing Sane, Guardiola might consider the 22-year-old to be a diamond worth polishing.

FERRAN TORRES

Torres, who turned 20 in February, has enjoyed a stunning breakout campaign at Valencia after starring in Spain's European Under-19 Championship triumph last year. He scored both goals in the final win over Portugal after dispatching the decisive penalty in the shoot-out to see off semi-final opponents France.

Super Deporte reported last month that Torres heads the list of possible Sane heirs compiled by City's director of football Txiki Begiristain. A skilful and direct winger capable of operating on either flank, his big move is probably a matter of when rather than if.

KINGSLEY COMAN

Guardiola's declaration and Sane's contract situation mean Bayern might sniff an opportunity to get their man on the cheap. A gruelling round of negotiations could await both parties and Coman would certainly have value as a makeweight in the deal.

Familiar with Guardiola's methods having played for his Bayern side, the France international generally attempts dribbles (6.4 per 90 minutes this term, 8.9 in 2015-16 under Guardiola) more frequently than Sane, whose direct approach has been missed by City this year. However, the 24-year-old's persistent injury woes would be a major concern.

JADON SANCHO

From the over-arching CAS situation to Sancho's fractious departure from City in 2017, there are plenty of good reasons to assume the hottest property on the European transfer market is far more likely to end up on the other side of Manchester. However, City retain a "matching right" on Sancho – meaning Borussia Dortmund must inform them of any bid received – and must be tempted to try their hand.

The England star, 20, boasts a staggering 33 goal involvements (17 goals, 16 assists) in 31 Bundesliga games this season, dwarfing an impressive 26 (12 goals, 14 assists) from last time around. City have tended not to get involved in astronomical one-off deals – Rodri, at £62.8m, is their record buy – but Sancho presents a case that demands they make an exception.

ADAMA TRAORE

"It was always clear it would happen one day, and now it has," Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp observed earlier this season as Traore shifted rapidly from frustrating potential to a player wrecking defences across England on Wolves' behalf. Despite being a graduate of Barcelona's academy, the powerhouse wideman's seemingly off-the-cuff style could frustrate Guardiola as much as it delights.

But added precision to his play means the 24-year-old is now one of the most dangerous attackers in the Premier League. Three of his four goals this season came in wins over City, a wonderful assist for Raul Jimenez in Saturday's win at West Ham was his eighth this term and his dribbling output of 9.1 per 90 minutes is relentless.

Kingsley Coman insists he has no problem with Leroy Sane potentially coming in to compete with him at Bayern Munich.

Sane has been a long-term target of Bayern, with the Manchester City winger having reportedly been keen on a move to the Bundesliga giants.

A possible transfer at the start of this season was derailed by Sane suffering a major knee ligament injury in the Community Shield against Liverpool in August, which has kept him out for the entirety of the campaign so far.

Bayern president Herbert Hainer recently reinforced the club's interest in signing the 24-year-old, who has a year left to run on his deal at City.

Sane's potential arrival would likely see him competing with Serge Gnabry and France international Coman for a place on the flanks, yet the latter is not concerned about a new challenger for his spot in the team.

"When I came to Bayern Munich we had Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Douglas Costa and me, and I was still a young player, compared to the legends Ribery and Robben," Coman told Bild.

"You can see that that's not a problem for me, it is better for the team if there are many players at this level.

"If Sane came, it would not be a problem! Except the club says to me that they no longer need me, but I think the club knows what it has in me.

"The situation of Leroy Sane has nothing to do with my own future."

Bayern Munich's ominous charge towards an eighth successive Bundesliga title continued with a crushing 4-2 win at Bayer Leverkusen, as Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller reached impressive personal milestones.

Hansi Flick's side - wearing 'Black Lives Matter' armbands - looked rusty during the opening exchanges on Saturday yet rallied to overpower their hosts and go 10 points clear of Borussia Dortmund at the summit.

It all began so well for Leverkusen, who opened the scoring early on through Lucas Alario, but they capitulated and conceded three goals in less than 20 minutes – Kingsley Coman, Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry all punishing the hosts.

Lewandowski added a fine header to set a new personal best of 44 goals in a single season, turning in a cross from Muller, who equalled the Bundesliga assists record for a solitary campaign.

Despite not being able to call upon Kai Havertz, missing with a muscular issue, Leverkusen began positively and deserved the lead nine minutes in – Alario prodding past Manuel Neuer after being released by Julian Baumgartlinger.

But their confidence soon vanished and Bayern duly restored parity just before the half-hour mark, Coman slotting past Lukas Hradecky after Goretzka robbed Moussa Diaby to set up his team-mate.

Leverkusen then fell apart late in the half. Goretzka rounded off a well-worked move with a left-footed effort than squeezed under Hradecky's hand, while Gnabry lobbed the goalkeeper to make it 3-1 after a punt up the pitch by Joshua Kimmich.

Peter Bosz took the drastic step of making three changes at half-time, and while chances became slightly harder to come by for Flick's team, Leverkusen did not improve a great deal going forward.

Bayern looked the more threatening and eventually got a fourth just past the hour – Lewandowski belatedly getting in on the act with an emphatic header from Muller's pinpoint cross.

Florian Wirtz, who was introduced at the break, opened his Leverkusen account in style with a curling effort late on to become the Bundesliga's youngest ever scorer at 17 years and 43 days, but it was a mere consolation for the hosts.

 

What does it mean? Bayer's remorse

While Bayern's place at the top was secure regardless of the result, this was an opportunity – albeit a difficult one – for Leverkusen to take charge in the race for fourth after Borussia Monchengladbach's 1-0 defeat to Freiburg on Friday.

They could not do so, though, meaning they remain fifth and outside of the Champions League spots. As for Bayern, they strengthened their grip on the title.

Muller delights

It was another wonderful performance from the Bayern maestro. He teed up Goretzka in the first half and then supplied a lovely assist for Lewandowski to take his tally to 20 for the campaign, matching Kevin De Bruyne's Bundesliga record.

Bailey hooked

It was a difficult day for Leverkusen, particularly their attackers. Diaby was woeful, his end product proving continuously frustrating, but at least he was lively. Leon Bailey, in contrast, offered little before he was withdrawn at half-time.

What's next?

Bayern return to the Allianz Arena for their DFB-Pokal semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday, then host Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga three days later. Leverkusen are also in cup action in midweek, against fourth-tier Saarbrucken on Tuesday, and then go to Schalke at the weekend.

Thomas Muller and Alphonso Davies were once again pivotal figures for Bayern Munich as the champions saw off Eintracht Frankfurt 5-2 on Saturday, restoring their four-point cushion at the Bundesliga summit ahead of Tuesday's Klassiker. 

Muller and Davies have been revelations for Bayern this term and both were as crucial as ever with a goal and an assist each, though their side's defending left plenty to be desired prior to a potentially pivotal match against Borussia Dortmund. 

There was nothing surprising about the pattern of the first period at the Allianz Arena, however, and Bayern were fully deserving of their comfortable half-time lead of 2-0, the excellent Muller setting up Leon Goretzka before then getting on the scoresheet himself. 

Defensive lapses early in the second half showed a chink in Bayern's armour, however, as Martin Hinteregger netted twice in quick succession from corners after Robert Lewandowski had made it 3-0, but Davies' well-taken goal in the 61st minute was followed by an own goal by Frankfurt's Austrian centre-back to ensure a home victory. 

Although Frankfurt managed to avoid a repeat of last week when they were behind after just 34 seconds, they were fortunate to keep Bayern at bay for as long as they did, Lewandowski hitting the crossbar and Benjamin Pavard going close in the early exchanges. 

But there was no denying Goretzka in the 17th minute, the Germany international emphatically steering in a first-time effort after arriving on to Muller's inch-perfect cross. 

Muller made it 2-0 just before the break, running clear of Frankfurt's offside trap as he collected Davies' left-wing delivery and squeezing the ball past the approaching Kevin Trapp, despite an awkwardly high bounce. 

Lewandowski headed Kingsley Coman's cross in within a minute of the restart, seemingly wrapping up the points, but Bayern conspired to give Frankfurt a chance. 

Hapless defending allowed Hinteregger to tee himself up for a close-range finish in the 52nd minute - and he then netted again a few moments later from another corner. 

Yet Davies restored a modicum of calm to the Bayern bench just past the hour, finding the bottom-left corner after the ball broke kindly for him. 

Hinteregger converted for a third time with 16 minutes to go, albeit it came in the wrong net as the ball ricocheted on to him and then into the goal following a driving run from Serge Gnabry. 

 

What does it mean? Der Klassiker set up nicely 

If any single match is to determine where the Bundesliga title ends up, it will surely be Tuesday's meeting of the top two – and what a contest we have in prospect. 

Dortmund have looked solid upon the resumption, and while Bayern appear ruthless going forward, their defending on Saturday left a lot to be desired. Goals are surely guaranteed. 

Coman keeps it classy 

While Davies and Muller were obvious stars for Bayern, Coman was also impressive. The France international was a constant threat out wide and supplied six key passes, the most in the game. He also got himself a goal, too. 

Ndicka hooked

Frankfurt full-back Evan Ndicka failed to make a single tackle or interception before his half-time withdrawal. Though, to be fair to him, the visitors were not much better without him.

What's next? 

The big one is on the horizon for Bayern – Tuesday sees them go to title rivals Dortmund in the Klassiker, and a victory will take them seven clear of BVB. As for Frankfurt, they will be hosting Freiburg on the same day. 

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