Initial reactions and observations
- A perfect performance. Robert Lewandowski never ceases to amaze us. Today, he did what relatively few have done by scoring a perfect hattrick. One left-footed goal, one right-footed goal, and a headed goal. Lewy now holds the record by himself for most goals through five games – ten. As he continues to do this week in and week out, we can only wonder, what will he do next?
- Bayern’s lead allowed for key players to get a rest and others to get valuable time on the field. Riding Lewandowski’s goals, Hansi Flick made a line change around the 70th minute. It was great for Bayern that they were able to keep the lead and not let Eintracht back in so that the starters didn’t need to remain in. Sane and Musiala both scored goals that didn’t mean much to the game, but could mean a whole lot for their confidence. This grueling schedule is just getting started for Bayern. We need everyone as rested and as confident as possible.
- Hansi Flick had a perfect defensive plan. Obviously the players had to execute the plan, but Hansi was ready for everything that Eintracht Frankfurt was going to throw at Bayern today. Eintracht wanted to counter, and Bayern knew that. Bayern’s high line caught them offsides numerous times. Any time that the ball did get through there was a Bayern defender running with them to stop the attack in its tracks. As much as we praise Bayern’s offense, we also need to give praise to the team defending as well.
Final — Bayern Munich 5-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
90’ — GOAL!! Bayern. Jamal Musiala makes it 5-0!
73’ — Bayern substitution. Musiala comes on for Coman
72’— GOAL!! Leroy Sane scores from outside the box.
68’— Bayern substitutions. Sane, Choupo-Mouting, and Martinez come on.
Costa, Müller, and Lewandowski exit.
61’ — GOAL!! Bayern. Lewandowski completes the hattrick. Assisted by Douglas Costa
47’ — Yellow card. Joshua Kimmich for a bad foul
46’ — The ball rolls again in Munich
Eintracht substitutions: Chandler and Younes come on at the half for Zuber and Kamada
Halftime observations and reactions
Bayern dealt well with early adversity. Alphonso Davies’ heartbreaking injury in the first minute was a tough blow to the team and the game plan. However, this team under Flick is resilient enough to make adjustments on the fly. Hernandez came in and the defense didn’t miss a beat. We wish the speediest of recoveries for Alphonso Davies.
Lewandowski is the man. Lewy countered the tough blow of a first minute injury with two first half goals. He already has nine Bundesliga goals in five games for the second consecutive season. Both goals today have come off of textbook finishes. You cannot ask more from him, but yet he continues to give us more than we expect.
Bayern is dealing with Eintracht’s attack really well. Eintracht are conceding possession to Bayern and looking to counter. Their passes are early and often, and would probably we effective against any other team in Germany, but Bayern has sniffed out each pass brilliantly to keep them without any real threats in the first half from. Look for Eintracht to push the boundaries even more in the second half and to look to capitalize on set pieces.
Halftime — Bayern 2-0 Eintracht
45’ + 2 — Yellow Card. Jerome Boateng picks up yellow for a bad foul.
26’— GOAL!! Bayern Munich. Lewandowski heads in a goal from Bayern’s first corner.
17’ — Yellow card. Leon Goretzka picks up a yellow for a bad foul
10’ — GOAL!! Bayern Munich. Robert Lewandowski makes it 1-0. Assisted by Coman
Bayern 1-0 Frankfurt— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 24, 2020
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1’ — Alphonso Davies is down with an ankle injury.
Substitution: Davies out, Hernandez in.
Kickoff — We’re underway at the Allianz Arena! Can Hansi’s rotated lineup get the job done?
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! It’s an attacking lineup from Flick as Alphonso Davies, Douglas Costa, and Kingsley Coman all start, with Bouna Sarr coming in for Pavard.
MATCHDAY! After an impressive win over Atletico Madrid in midweek, Bayern Munich are provided no respite as the tam gets a visit from Eintracht Frankfurt. The Eagles are unbeaten in the Bundesliga so far this season, including a win over a formidable Hoffenheim side who beat Bayern 4-1. These guys are essentially Atletico 2: Electric Boogaloo — they will make Hansi Flick’s life a living hell. It’s up to the players to figure something out against them.
Making matters worse, the game against Eintracht is the last home game Bayern will have for the next two weeks. In that time, the Bavarians will face a gauntlet of four away games, including a clash with Borussia Dortmund in two weeks time. With Serge Gnabry out because of quarantine, Leroy Sane only just recovering from his knee injury, and Corentin Tolisso suspended for two league games due to a red card, Flick will have to rely on his established core more than ever. That means it’s up to the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, and Joshua Kimmich to get the job done.
It’s Bayern time.
Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Time: 3:30 pm local time, 9:30 am EST
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