Full time: Bayern make a statement by demolishing Fenerbahce. Here are some initial observations from the game:
- Thomas Muller was sublime, his positioning gave the Fenerbahce defenders fits throughout the game.
- Robert Lewandowski was great with his linkup (as usual) but strangely subdued in every other way. Hopefully, this was just a one-off as this is the first preseason game where the Pole has failed to score.
- Fenerbahce honestly weren’t the toughest of opponents. Tomorrow’s Spurs game should tell us more about the team’s preparation.
- Renato Sanches had a great game, he’s been a marvel to watch this preseason.
As for the goals, scroll down to see the highlights.
86’: Both teams look a bit subdued now, looks like they’ll take the 6-1.
80’: Come on Bayern! Make it 7-1 for the memes!
75’: Update: Fenerbahce’s captain tried to leave the pitch as he was booed by his own fans.
Wow! Nabil Dirar tries to leave the pitch after being booed by his own fans.. pic.twitter.com/coUqmHSis7— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) July 30, 2019
72’: Fenerbahce’s coach went ballistic at a player and it sparked a confrontation. Things seem to have calmed down now.
67’: Kruse up to his old tricks again. He brings Kimmich down with a hand to the face. Luckily Kimmich seems okay.
63’: Kruse gets one back for Fenerbahce.
58’: GOAL! Muller makes it 6-0 and gets his hat trick!
50’: Not much happening right now. Fenerbahce’s defense looks just as bad as it did in the first half.
45’: Kickoff! The second half kicks off! Sven Ulreich has come on for Manuel Neuer.
Halftime: Here are some observations from the half.
- Just how good is Thomas Muller? Fenerbahce looked like a compact defensive unit until he came on, since then Bayern have scored 5 goals.
- Lewandowski is going to want to get more involved in the second half.
- Niklas Sule looks back to his usual confident self.
- Kingsley Coman has been sublime. A goal and an assist rounds out his first half.
- Man, Leon Goretzka can really jump.
42’: Thomas Muller calmly slots it home. What a game from him so far.
Müller's penalty to make it 5-0 pic.twitter.com/ALG7JuQbcm— Bayern & Die Mannschaft (@eMiaSanMia) July 30, 2019
42’: Bayern win a penalty in the box after a ludicrous turn of play. Ridiculous defending.
40’: Kingsley Coman scores from a beautiful set of linkup plays. Catch a replay of that if you can because it was gorgeous.
37’: A header by Leon Goretzka goes in, but is ruled out because of a foul. Goretzka has been excellent in the box.
36’: Bayern Munich have been completely dominant since Muller came on. Goes to show how important he is to the team.
30’: GOAL! Thomas Muller slots it home to make it 3-0!
28’: GOAL Goretzka, Coman assist.
27’: A bullet header by Goretzka comes off a Fenerbahce defender.
22’: GOAL! Renato Sanches makes it 1-0!
20’: Thomas Muller comes on for Serge Gnabry. Nothing seemed to be wrong with him, maybe it was precautionary. Not a good sign.
17’: Coman dribbles past the fullback and gets a weak shot on target, which is easily saved by the keeper.
15’: Gnabry got the ball in a dangerous area and dribbled into the box, but simply couldn’t get the space to shoot. He passed to Goretzka who lost the ball.
9’: Leon Goretzka’s header sails over the bar on a corner. Bayern have grown into the game.
5’: Fenerbahce look strong thus far, with Bayern’s old enemy Max Kruse doing a lot of the damage. No goals as of yet.
Kickoff: We are underway! Reminder: whoever wins this will face Tottenham in the final, while the loser will get to face Real Madrid in the 3rd place playoff.
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! While Thomas Muller, Benjamin Pavard, and Corentin Tolisso sit on the bench, Bayern have started almost their entire best XI.
With just a few days left to go until the DFL Supercup, Bayern Munich will now host Turkish team Fenerbahce at at the Allianz Arena for the Audi Cup. The winner of this game will go on to face the winner of the Real Madrid-Tottenham Hotspur match in a final that is scheduled for tomorrow, while the loser will play a 3rd place game against the loser of that tie.
As far as preseason prep goes, facing off against opposition like this can only help Bayern in the quest to match fitness. However, one must wonder if scheduling two back-to-back games so close to the Supercup was a good idea. In order to prevent fatigue, expect Niko Kovac to use several youngsters and rotate a LOT.
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Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Time: 8:30 pm local time, 2:30 pm EST
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