Initial reactions and observations
- Bayern’s midfield dominated the match and dictated the tempo. Kimmich was probably the best midfielder tonight and gave another amazing display.
- Bayern’s defense showed character, but David Alaba’s form is worrying. His head is simply somewhere else. On the other hand, Süle, Hernandez, and Pavard were amazing.
- Coman had a phenomenal match and was probably the best player on the pitch. He has improved in recent months, but the competition on the wings might have made him a better player.
FULL TIME! Bayern Munich 4-0 Atletico Madrid
83’ — Davies, Martinez and Choupo-Moting in for Muller, Goretzka and Lewandowski
73’ — Bouna Sarr and Douglas costa in for Pavard and Coman.
72’ — ANOTHER WONDER GOAL! Coman scores his second tonight!
66’ — Tolisso scores a wonder goal!!!
45’ — The second half is underway!
Halftime Observations and Analysis
- Kimmich is crazy good. The midfielder was all over the pitch in the first 45 minutes and made a world-class assist for Coman.
- Coman looking refreshed. The Frenchman was lethal so far. He scored and assisted and made some dangerous runs on the left flank.
- The defense was shaky in the beginning but got better as the game progressed.
- Good job for dealing with a team like Atletico. Bayern usually has certain difficulties when playing against teams like Atletico, but for now, the Bavarians are managing to keep them at bay.
Halftime: Bayern lead 2-0.
41’ — Leon Goretzka scores and makes it 2:0
28’ — Kingsley Coman scores after Kimmich’s perfect pass!
Kickoff! New season of the Champions League is underway
One hour until kickoff: Bad news, Muller is on the wing. Even worse, Davies isn’t playing. Hansi, why?
THE CHAMPIOONS! It’s the very first match day of the new season, and defending champs Bayern Munich face the giant-killers — Club Atlético de Madrid, scourge of Europe, ender of UCL seasons. With Serge Gnabry confirmed out due to the coronavirus, Hansi Flick has lost one of his best weapons against Diego Simeone’s men. How will Bayern fare?
Well, first of all, figuring out a role for Alphonso Davies is the best idea for cracking Atlético Madrid open. Whether he starts on the wing or at left-back, the young Canadian’s pace is crucial in the absence both Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry. The other keys to the puzzle will be our blockbuster duo of Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller, who’ve been unplayable since the season started. With them, the Bavarians have a nigh-unstoppable battering ram that will definitely make Oblak and co. pause and consider their options.
It’s Bayern time.
Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Time: 9:00 pm local time, 3:00 pm EST
TV/streaming: CBS All Access, Find Your Country
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