Der Klassiker wasn't so much of a classic. It was fun, no doubt, as both teams did some tremendous things, but Bayern Munich were simply too good for Borussia Dortmund and picked up a deserved 4-1 win.
What did we take away from the showdown in Munich?
This is what we expected
Big rivalry matches can surprise you, but for all the hype, it was important to remember that Bayern Munich are well on their way to a fifth consecutive Bundesliga title. Meanwhile, BVB entered the match in fourth place, 15 points behind the Bavarians. This wasn't two equal powerhouses squaring off. It was one of the best teams in the world against a young, talented, but still growing team. And that's exactly how the match played out.
Experience topples youth
Borussia Dortmund have the most talented and exciting young team in the world, and those players could make them a powerhouse before long. But in this match, it was Bayern's old guys who got the job done.
Philipp Lahm was excellent, setting up Franck Ribery for the opening goal. That tally may eventually be awarded to Arjen Robben, who the shot appeared to deflect off of, but the Dutchman made sure he got on the scoresheet anyway with a typically Robben all-left-foot move and shot for Bayern's third goal.
All of Lahm, Ribery and Robben check in at 33 or older, but they all got the job done in Der Klassiker. The old dude ruled.
Raphael Guerreiro is so much fun
What position Raphael Guerreiro should play is still up for debate, and he can be a flawed player. But Thomas Tuchel regularly sends the Portuguese out there for good reason -- he can make magic happen. Just look at the blistering volley for BVB's goal at the Allianz, or the bombarding runs he made.
You can debate a lot about Guerreiro, but one thing is certain -- he is so much fun.
Christian Pulisic didn't get much of a chance
The American made a few nice defensive plays, showing why Thomas Tuchel so often praises the way he tracks back, and Pulisic was involved in the handful of BVB counterattacks, but he was never really involved in the match. That makes him like most of the Dortmund team, who couldn't play with brilliant Bayern and spent most of the match chasing red shirts.
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Don't go, Philipp
Philipp Lahm showed off just how good he still is against Dortmund. His ability to spot Franck Ribery coming in late and hit a perfectly timed low cross to set up Bayern's opening goal was incredible. He also spent the entire match pushing forward, as much to make Christian Pulisic defend and blunt the Borussia Dortmund attack as anything.
Nobody in the world is as smart a player as Lahm and he clearly still the legs to get it done. Don't retire, Philipp. You're too good to walk away.
Ousmane Dembele was terrible
There is no doubt who the worst player on the pitch was. Ousmane Dembele struggled to get past Bayern defenders all match, which is unusual for the fantastic dribbler. When he had chances to make passes, he often missed. He took unwise shots, too. It was an awful showing, and that's without taking into account that he ducked on Robert Lewandowski's free kick, ruining the wall and allowing Bayern to score their second.
The 19-year-old is still one of the best young players in the world and is undoubtedly going to be a superstar, but this was a match to forget.
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Lewandowski > Aubameyang
The Bundesliga's top two strikers squared off, but it wasn't much of a battle. Robert Lewadowski out-shined Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, scoring on a delightful free kick and helping bring his teammates into the game. It certainly helped that his team is better, giving him plenty of touches, while Aubameyang struggled to get the ball in decent spots, but even when the two traded good chances, we saw the difference.
Aubameyang was played in alone on goal, but scuffed his chance and couldn't find the back of the net. Then Bayern came back on the other end, put Lewandowski in alone on goal and Pole drew a penalty, that he proceeded to bury to jump on top of the league's goal scoring chart.
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It'll be OK, Dortmund
BVB weren't going to challenge Bayern for the league, even if they did win this one. But the Dortmund kids were undoubtedly hoping to grab a win and send a message that they were ready to challenge Bayern next season (or even in this season's Champions League). That certainly didn't happen, but BVB are still tremendously talented and with players like Ousmane Dembele, Christian Pulisic and Felix Passlack all still teenagers, they can get so much better. Dortmund's future is still incredibly bright, they're just not there yet.
Look out, Europe
Carlo Ancelotti has won the Champions League more than any manager in history and his teams often wait until the spring to really start clicking. Well, that's what Bayern Munich are doing now.
The Bavarians weren't great to start the season, but they've been magnificent of late and they very well could be the best team in the world right now. They were excellent in beating BVB, and this was with Douglas Costa, Kingsley Coman, Mats Hummels and Joshua Kimmich among those on the bench. This Bayern team is something to behold, and we'll get a look at just how good they are when they take on Real Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinals.