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Kovac, Neuer, Muller reflect on Bayern Munich’s 2-1 friendly loss to Arsenal

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It’s not like the result really matters, but there were some key takeaways.

Arsenal v FC Bayern - 2019 International Champions Cup Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Bayern Munich opened their pre-season International Champions Cup campaign with a 2-1 loss to Arsenal in Los Angeles. Niko Kovac fielded two separate teams in each half, comprised mostly of first team players mixed with a handful of youth and/or reserve players while Arsenal fielded a close-to full strength squad. After going 1-0 down in the 49th minute through an own goal from Louis Poznanski, Robert Lewandowski’s 71st minute equalizer was cancelled out by Eddie Nketiah’s winner in the 88th minute.

After the match (via kicker), despite the loss, Kovac, Manuel Neuer, and Thomas Müller highlighted some of the bright spots they saw. Kovac, in particular, was happy with some of the things he saw in the attacking third for Bayern:

I liked a lot what I saw on offence. [It was] an entertaining game with a great deal of dynamism and speed.

Captain Manuel Neuer echoed what Kovac had said about Bayern’s offensive production and really felt that they should’ve come out on top:

The chances were there; we could have beaten Arsenal. It was a little unlucky toward the end.

Müller also felt that the positives he saw in the match overshadowed a disappointing result. The hard work the squad has put in thus far in pre-season shouldn’t be defined by one friendly result. The Raumdeuter also had high praise for Kingsley Coman, who was a lively, energetic presence on the left wing for Bayern in the second half and created chances for both himself and his teammates:

When you lose, it doesn’t feel super cool, but we did many things really well. The focus for us was not on having our season highlight in this game. It was like a very good training session. [Coman] had two or three super plays.

Next up for Bayern is a friendly against Real Madrid in Houston, Texas, this weekend in what will likely prove to be a bit more difficult of a test than Arsenal. We’ll have to see whether Kovac employs the same tactics in his lineup selections and whether Bayern shows the same attacking prowess they did against Arsenal. Regardless, we’ll be looking for some more bright spots regardless of the result.