RB Leipzig Plan Bayern Munich downfall in Lewandowski's absence

RB Leipzig Plan Bayern Munich downfall in Lewandowski's absence

It's been rather well documented that Robert Lewandowski's ligament injury couldn't have come at a worse time for Bayern Munich, with a crucial two-legged battle against Paris Saint-Germain to come in the Champions League, yet domestically there is also the small matter of a top-of-the-table clash with RB Leipzig this Saturday, in which the underdogs can now sense a famous victory.

There are four points separating Julian Nagelsmann's side from the summit of the Bundesliga table, and a victory over Bayern would cut the gap between the two teams to just one solitary point with seven matches left to play.

Nagelsmann may have endured criticism this season for his team's defensive openness against Manchester United and Liverpool in the Champions League, but it has been yet another season of stellar work which has put the German coach in the sights of Barcelona.

Dayot Upamecano may well be swapping Leipzig for Munich in the summer, but the injury to Lewandowski provides RB Leipzig with a priceless opportunity to break Bayern's dominance of the German top flight.

A lack of striking focal point is a concern for Hansi Flick, especially with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting or Thomas Muller the realistic candidates to fill-in through the centre.

Moving Muller has the potential to disrupt the entire system which Flick has worked with since arriving at the club, and it doesn't require too good a memory to recall just how poor Carlo Ancelotti and Niko Kovac's teams were without Muller in his best position.

Whilst the best option may well be to play Serge Gnabry through the middle and hope the number of chances created for him doesn't decrease too much, there is an inescapable sense that Leipzig believe they are facing a severely weakened Bayern.

Their model is built on the sale of star players for a huge profit. We've seen it with Timo Werner, Upamecano and we will see it again with Ibrahima Konate and Dominik Szoboszlai in the future, thus it would be fair for the club to feel that this year is their best chance of winning the title before having to build their next team.

Leipzig haven't lost a Bundesliga match since January 23, whilst Bayern slipped up as recently as February 20 in a 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Nagelsmann's charges are in more encouraging form, although not by a huge amount, and there is no reason why they can't beat Bayern and blow the title race wide open, especially without the threat of Lewandowski, who has rescued so many points in the Hansi Flick era.

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