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Energie Cottbus 1-3 Bayern Munich: Initial reactions and observations

Bayern Munich win their first official game of the season.

German DFB Cup: FC Bayern Munich v RB Leipzig Photo by Abdulhamid Hosbas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Full time: Energie Cottbus 1-3 Bayern Munich. Cottbus put up a great fight but in the end the Bavarians were too much for them. Here are some initial reactions from the game:

  • Kingsley Coman had a great game on the flank, and escaped Cottbus’ challenges uninjured (as far as we know). His finish on the second goal was a good reply to those who claim he has no end product.
  • Thomas Muller had a meh game and was far too isolated on the wings. Moving him back to the center should be a priority for Niko Kovac.
  • Benjamin Pavard is proving all his doubters wrong with his performances thus far. Beastly defensive shift from the Frenchman.
  • Renato Sanches had a strong outing in midfield, and looked far more impressive than either Tolisso or Thiago. Will he start against Berlin? On the basis of that performance, he deserves to.
  • Bayern Munich still looked to be in preseason against Cottbus. The Bavarians committed too many sloppy mistakes didn’t get punished simply because they were stronger and faster than their opponents. Friday’s Bundesliga opener against Hertha Berlin will be a chore if such lax performances continue.

90+2’: Cottbus score from a penalty. Leon Goretzka with the foul. Manuel Neuer won’t be happy about that.

88’: Substitution: Lucas Hernandez comes on for Niklas Sule.

84’: GOAL! Goretzka makes it 3-0. Assist by Gnabry.

80’: Cottbus aren’t dead yet. They force a save from Manuel Neuer on a counter.

72’: Bayern look comfortable with their 2-0 lead. Kingsley Coman subbed off for Serge Gnabry.

64’: GOAL! Kingsley Coman with an excellent finish after cutting inside. Shades of Robben there.

63’: Substitution: Leon Goretzka comes on for Renato Sanches.

61’: Benjamin Pavard shows a good account of himself handling Cottbus’ pacey striker.

57’: Corentin Tolisso won a free kick in a dangerous area, however David Alaba’s shot wenr wide of the goal.

50’: Bayern look strong in the half thus far. Only one blemish — Joshua Kimmich gets a card for a silly mistake.

45’: The second half has kicked off!

HT: 0-1 to Bayern at half time. Thiago Alcantara got a yellow just before the whistle.

39’: Kingsley Coman hits the crossbar from a cross by Thomas Muller. The Frenchman has been unlucky not to score so far.

32’: And it’s begun. Lewandowski scores from Coman’s rebound. 1-0.

30’: Cottbus have frustrated Bayern well so far.

16’: Bayern have had a long spell of possession, looking ominous for Cottbus.

14’: First chance to Bayern! Robert Lewandowski hits the crossbar, due to a nice save by the Cottbus goalkeeper.

7’: Cottbus are showing a decent display so far. Not an easy game for the Bavarians as of yet.

3’: Corentin Tolisso takes a blow to his ankle. He comes off the pitch for treatment.

Kickoff: We’re underway! Bayern will want to score early and avoid any scares.

One hour until kickoff: Lineups are out! Doesn’t look great. No minutes for Alphonso Davies, while Thomas Muller remains out wide. At least Sanches is on the team.

It’s been a while but we’re back! Bayern Munich take on Energie Cottbus to kick off their 2019/20 DFB Pokal campaign. Last season, Niko Kovac and his men made tough work of literally every opponent except RB Leipzig in the final, so let’s hope for a more smooth journey this time around.

A game against 4th tier team like Cottbus could be a great opportunity to give players like Alphonso Davies an outing in an actual meaningful game. As for the rest of the team — only Javi Martinez is confirmed to be out (with knee problems), so almost anyone else could feature. It’s probably still to early for Lucas Hernandez to start, but he could get a late-game cameo to get him up to speed for the Bundesliga opener against Hertha Berlin.

As for the rest of the team — we can expect to see all of the team’s star players, like Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Kingsley Coman, Joshua Kimmich, etc. Given how some Bundesliga teams have struggled against lower-tier opposition so far, it would be rather reckless for Kovac to treat his opponents lightly.

It’s Bayern time.

Match Info

Location: Stadion der Freundschaft, Cottbus, Germany

Time: 8:45 pm local time, 2:45 pm EST

TV/streaming: YouTube, Find Your Country

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