Initial reactions and observations
- Duren played so well. They pressed hard and didn’t lose their shape. Much better than Barca or Schalke.
- Bayern have a good crop of youngtsers coming up. Musiala looks very promising.
- Armindo Sieb’s injury looked bad. We’ll bring you updates as soon as they become available.
- A brace and a penalty won marks Choupo-Moting’s debut at Bayern. Not a bad job, I’d say.
- All of Bayern’s last-minute signings had a good impact. Nice work by Brazzo.
Full time: Bayern win 3-0.
86’ — Huge blow for Bayern. Youngster Armindo Sieb, who was looking bright, has gone off due to an ankle injury.
74’ — GOAL! Choupo-Moting scores after a wonderful turn on the edge of the box.
60’ — Subsitution, Thomas Muller and Douglas Costa comes off for Armindo Sieb and Leon Dajaku.
45’ — Second half is underway!
Halftime: Bayern lead 2-0.
35’ — GOAL! Thomas Muller converts the penalty. Choupo is the one who won the pen, so he gets half the credit. Duren still doing better than Barcelona.
24’ — GOAL! Choupo-Moting scores on his debut. Lewandowski is shaking.
Kickoff — We are underway! Let’s hope Bayern have a good game!
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Thomas Muller dons the captain’s armband as Bayern play their first Pokal game of the season.
Bayern Munich have it all to do now. With the international break just barely behind us, the club enter one of the toughest stretches of the season. Kicking off a gauntlet of games every three days, we have 5th tier side FC Duren, who will be looking to shock the world by knocking the title holders out of the DFB Pokal.
Hansi Flick is no fool. He knows his international players won’t be available, so he has probably been preparing the reserves for some time now. Among the starters, only Jerome Boateng, Thomas Muller, and Alphonso Davies will be available — the others are all out for international duty or injury. New signings Douglas Costa, Marc Roca, Bouna Sarr, and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting are set to make their debut, while Alex Nubel will get a rare chance to show what he has due to an absentee Manuel Neuer.
Flick has a good collection of players at his disposal, but it’s a single legged knockout. Duren will fancy their chances of catching Bayern off guard, especially with all the espected youngsters and new players in the XI. The senior players must step up to the plate if the Bavarians are to advance.
It’s Bayern time.
Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Time: 8:45 pm local time, 2:45 pm EST
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