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Hertha Berlin vs Bayern Munich: Gamethread

Willy Sagnol takes charge of his first game as coach of FC Bayern.

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Bayern Munich travel to Berlin in the midst of a crisis. Following an abject performance in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain, the Bavarians decided that enough was enough and parted ways with head coach Carlo Ancelotti. Assistant coach and Bayern legend Willy Sagnol will take his place on the touchline as the interim while the record champions scramble to find a new manager to take over the first team.

Bayern go into the Berlin game with problems all over the pitch. While very few players are injured (for a change) the team will likely be under pressure to bounce back from the 3-0 defeat in Paris, especially since league rivals Borussia Dortmund have already carved out a three point lead at the top of the table. The Bavarians’ goalkeeping situation gives cause for concern - with Manuel Neuer’s understudy Sven Ulriech giving a very poor account of himself in his last two outings. With Bayern’s only other options being 17 year old Christian Fruchtl and 36 year old (formerly retired) goalkeeper Tom Starke, a keeping a clean sheet could be a very legitimate worry for the Bavarians - even if World Cup winning center back pairing Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng both start.

In the buildup to an international break, Bayern desperately need to bounce back. But will they be able to? Is it Bayern time?

Location: Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany

Time: 3:30 pm local time, 9:30 am EST


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