Bayern Munich failed to overcome Tottenham Hotspur in a match of two halves. Lining up with youth in the first half, Die Roten gradually improved as time went on. As experience was introduced, the home side improved. Ending in penalties, the Bavarians return to Säbener Straße empty handed.
Jersey Swap: Erik Lamela
Seeking to take advantage of the youth of FC Bayern, Tottenham and Erik Lamela in the initial stages dominated possession. Controlling the midfield, Lamela often cut into the central areas of the pitch. Taking advantage of the space available, the Argentinian combined with Spurs’ midfield to control the match in the first half. Scoring Tottenham’s first goal after running in behind Alphonso Davies on the counter attack, Lamela have the London club the advantage at the Allianz Arena.
Tip of the Cap: Youth
Niko Kovač sent out a youthful line-up against Tottenham Hotspur. While overwhelmed in parts in the first half, with Tottenham domination possession in the initial stages, the youth of FC Bayern gradually settled into the match. Consisting of players such as Jonas Kehl, Paul Will, Alexander Nollenberger, Ryan Johansson, and Sarpeet Singh, Die Roten sought give the youth much needed experience with the first team. They undoubtedly showed glimpses of their potential, something they will put to use at their respective level in the youth setup.
Golf Cap: Sarpeet Singh
Recently named New Zealand Player of the Year, Sarpeet Singh enjoyed a positive performance against the London outfit. Showing glimpses of his attacking ability, combined with exciting energy, the 20-year-old held his own and ultimately gained further experience in the red shirt of FC Bayern. Playing for FC Bayern II for the upcoming season, Singh has the potential to develop and flourish in 3. Liga.
Standing Ovation: Jann-Fiete Arp
Scoring his first goal for FC Bayern, Jann-Fiete Arp took advantage of the change in line-up and formation in the second half. Connecting with Alphonso Davies, the 19-year-old seized on a pass from the Canadian. Driving into the box, Arp strode past defenders, putting the ball in the back of the net. While the German is undoubtedly talent requiring development and the coaching of FC Bayern, Arp has experienced a positive preseason which he can use to his advantage.
Meister of the Match: Alphonso Davies
Starting at left back, Alphonso Davies’ performance against Tottenham Hotspur was impressive. Despite not being his natural position, the Canadian showcased his defensive abilities. Using pace this his advantage, Davies was able to withstand the pressure, especially in the first half. While the 18-year-old was perhaps caught off guard in the London clubs first goal, the Canadian put in a solid performance. Scoring an impressive strike in the second half to take the match to penalties, Davies can be more than happy with his outing at the Allianz Arena.
What a goal by Davies! 'weaker foot' pic.twitter.com/B0PpxvCnoK— Bayern & Die Mannschaft (@eMiaSanMia) July 31, 2019