Die Folgen: Bayern blows a 2-1 lead late, but loses far more
Martin Schmidt has extended his record of infuriating Bayern Munich with inferior teams a little further. The Fuggerstädter — that is, Augsburg — scored an incredible opening goal in 27 seconds!
- The loss of Niklas Süle would have made it a Pyrrhic victory even if Bayern had won. Süle’s injury will have major repercussions on the team going forward. If Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard will presumably the regular starting center-back pairing if Joshua Kimmich stays at right-back. If Kimmich plays in the midfield, Jerome Boateng will have to return to the starting lineup with Pavard out right.
- ACL injuries take the better part of a year to heal. Süle’s situation is compounded by his injury history: he tore his ACL in the same knee at Hoffenheim in 2014.
- Serge Gnabry had an amazing game and Bayern threw it away. Gnabry scored, provided an assist, and had a phenomenal volley bounce off the post, among other things.
- Coutinho had an assist (to Gnabry)... and not much else. Was it worth it to start Coutinho immediately after returning from his international break in the Far East? His performance left much to be desired, especially in the first half.
- But that does not mean Thomas Müller had it any better. He completely flubbed the decisive goal and blew another chance. We all may feel for our Raumdeuter, but he absolutely has to make every minute count — he didn’t. It’s hard to say who might start on Tuesday against Olympiakos, but Müller did not help his case today.
A picture worth ein Tausend words: Hoeness on his way to the locker room
I presume some very direct words were said.
Have goals like Lewandowski
The league record he just equaled, scoring in all of his team’s first 8 Bundesliga matches, was set by his erstwhile teammate and rival Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who accomplished the same feat with Borussia Dortmund in 2015. No player has ever scored in the nine first games of the season, but Lewandowski will have a very good chance of doing so: Bayern plays newly promoted Union Berlin next weekend.
Trainload of Freiburg fans catches fire (Kicker)
It was not a great day for the unlikely Champions League contender SC Freiburg. Christian Streich’s men fell 2-0 away to Union Berlin. But it was Freiburg’s fans who got the worst of things in Berlin. A car near the front of a train leaving Berlin caught fire, filling with smoke.
On their Facebook page, the Supporters Crew Freiburg e.V., which had presumably organized the train ride, wrote:
Shortly after the begin of the trip home, a fire broke out in one of the cars. All passengers left the train. According to our information, two people were brought to the hospital as a precaution (difficulty breathing).
Jadon Sancho suspended for Dortmund’s game against table-leader Borussia Mönchengladbach (Kicker)
Niko Kovac is not the only coach who cannot stand it when players arrive late. Lucien Favre suspended Borussia Dortmund’s English superstar Jadon Sancho for their crucial fixture against current table-leader Borussia Mönchengladbach because the young star returned late from international duty.
Favre himself declined to talk about the measure, but BVB sporting director Michael Zorc told the press, “It’s an ugly situation, but after weighing all the factors we decided not to included him for this game.” Sancho is a good boy, he added, “but he has grown up fast and still has to learn a few things.”
Pochettino admits 7-2 loss to Bayern Munich still affecting Spurs (talkSPORT)
Things still aren’t right with Tottenham. After Bayern crushed the Spurs 7-2, they were blown out again 3-0 by lowly Brighton. Yesterday, Tottenham managed a 1-1 draw against Watford. The Spurs were behind most of the game until Dele Ali equalized late. Pochettino said,
...of course after the defeat against Bayern Munich it’s tough for the team and when you concede in Brighton and concede today.
But today obviously the game was different, the team showed the character and then we score.
Very happy, very happy because I think step by step we are going to build to be solid and then start to show our quality.