If, as the outdated footballing adage goes, happiness off the field is reflected on the field, then it is really safe and sound to suppose that Bayern Munich’s James Rodriguez is on top of the world at the minute.
Following recently reaffirming his contentment in Bavaria considering the fact that swapping Real Madrid for Munich last summer season, the Colombian playmaker created a performance to underline just that in Der Klassiker towards Borussia Dortmund.
All through the 1st half specifically, James was majestic, scoring after an environment up a further two goals. Only three other Bundesliga players have managed to replicate this kind of a return in just one 45-minute spell so far this year.
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is worth recalling these goals: following Robert Lewandowski (himself the scorer of a hat-trick) experienced opened the scoring in commonly clinical vogue, James joined the Allianz Arena fiesta in design. Arriving late into the box from midfield in the 14th minute, the Colombian crisply fulfilled David Alaba’s small, left-wing cross, diverting it previously a helpless Roman Bürki to double the league leaders’ benefit
That James was arriving late into the box was a sign of just one of the additional delicate, decisive tactical decisions that described the most up-to-date Klassiker shorn of the wounded Arturo Vidal, Jupp Heynckes opted to field just one keeping midfielder, Javi Martinez, and questioned James to drop further together with the Spaniard when out of possession.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot winner recently talked about his adaption to a further midfield function in a job interview with UEFA: “When you play in that function a bit further, you have to operate a bit additional, and you’re further absent from goal. You generate additional, but score significantly less – you make your team-mates play, basically.”
Bayern’s third and next goal was a testament to how handsomely Heynckes’ choice compensated off simply because of how perfectly James has interpreted his further function
Getting himself in the keeping midfield position, inside of his have half, but pressing significant, James compelled his Dortmund counterpart, Gonzalo Castro, who experienced a torrid afternoon right before his early withdrawal, into an error. As Castro tried to nutmeg the Colombian, James was ready, promptly profitable the ball and launching a swift transition as a result of midfield.
A just one-two with Lewandowski later on and James was vast on the left, sending in an inch-best cross for Thomas Müller, whose title may well have gone on the scoresheet but who owed his 103rd goal for Bayern in the Bundesliga to James’ tricky perform and imaginative genius.
The most effective and ultimate act of a virtuoso 1st-half performance was nonetheless to appear: with the score at 4- following Lewandowski experienced bundled into the net from near selection, James delivered his piece de resistance. A fairly chic as a result of ball on the stroke of half-time released Franck Ribery, whose trademark chip presented the complete that the Cucuta native’s pass deserved.
The game proficiently more than by half-time, James could have added to his personal tally in the 62nd minute but fired powerfully straight at Bürki from a slim angle. His withdrawal moments later on – with just one eye on Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League meeting with Sevilla – was fulfilled with a deserved standing ovation James experienced touched the ball additional times (89) than any other player in the course of his sixty-five minutes, underlining his overall impact.
The display screen towards Dortmund was just the most up-to-date in a lengthy line of large-game performances from James, whose joyful knack of turning in decisive displays has by now aided Bayern to conquer RB Leipzig, Schalke and Dortmund (at the Sign Iduna Park) this time period.
Perhaps the only factor lacking from an by now-amazing debut year at Bayern is earning a real mark in the Champions League – the good thing is this week’s meeting with Sevilla, towards whom James has received 8 times in nine aggressive meetings, provides a possibility to brush absent that minor blemish and continue to keep the Bavarians’ treble goals alive.