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    Musiala guides Bayern to win over Leverkusen

    MUNICH, GERMANY (AFP) – A masterclass from Jamal Musiala, as well as a first goal in five games for Sadio Mane, helped Bayern Munich thump hapless Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 at home on Friday.

    Musiala scored one and set up two more, leaving the field to a rapturous reception when substituted after 81 minutes.

    Asked after the game if the win removes pressure from manager Julian Nagelsmann, Musiala said simply “the pressure was on us all”.

    “We (the players) are focussed on ourselves. We all want to win and be number one – and we showed that today. The pressure is always there at Bayern. We need to deal with it.” Bayern, who had failed to win for four games in a row, got out of the blocks early, with Musiala sending a low cross directly into the path of Leroy Sane, who opened the scoring after just two minutes.

    Musiala then got on the scoresheet himself after 17 minutes, combining perfectly with veteran forward Thomas Mueller for his fifth goal of the season.

    Leverkusen’s Brazilian and Burkinabe defenders Wendell and Edmond, and Bayern Munich’s German midfielder Jamal Musiala vie for the ball. PHOTO: AFP

    While the play looked spontaneous, Musiala smiled after the match when he said “yeah, we’ve been trying to do that one for a while”.

    Musiala turned provider again in the 39th minute, guiding a ball to Mane who scored for the first time since August 21 – which was Bayern’s last victory in the Bundesliga.

    Mueller added a fourth in the 84th minute thanks to a howler from Leverkusen keeper Lukas Hradecky, who slipped while trying to pass, sending the ball directly into Mueller’s path. The goal was the Bayern and Germany forward’s first of the campaign.

    Nagelsmann told DAZN “there was a lot written about the relationship between the team and the manager.”

    “I’ve always said that you can tell when players leave the dressing room if they respect the manager. And you can see in each game (we have played recently) that the players were fully into it. That was very satisfying today.”

    The loss compounds Leverkusen’s misery, with the visitors having won just one game from eight attempts this campaign, in addition to an embarrassing first-round German Cup exit to third division SV Elversberg.

    Leverkusen midfielder Kerem Demirbay told broadcaster DAZN after the game his side keeps “losing games in a brutal fashion”.

    “It’s very, very difficult for us at the moment. We need to stay positive – the season is long.”

    Leverkusen have now conceded 16 goals this season – the second most in the Bundesliga – heaping pressure on Swiss manager Gerardo Seoane.

    The win sees Bayern go second in the table, with the rest of the weekend’s games to play.

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