Initial reactions and observations:
- Bremen played very well in the first half and, understandably, got ultra-defensive in the second. Their approach almost paid off, as Josh Sargent almost got the winner, but a wonderful from Manuel Neuer kept Bayern in the game.
- Bayern had a bad game. Even though they dominated possession, Bayern’s defence looked shaky and was lucky to only concede one goal. Offensively, Bayern lacked creativity and the goal from Kingsley Coman was quite random.
- Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane failed to make any effect once they were substituted in. This could be because of fatigue from the international games.
- All praise to Florian Kohfeldt’s Bremen - they were excellent tactically and was very close to win the game due to their excellent transitions offensively. Joshua Sargent, Ömer Toprak, Marco Friedl and Maximillian Eggestein were all brilliant.
60’— GOAL! Kingsley Coman scores the equalizer after a brilliant cross from Leon Goretzka!
45’ — Second half kicks off!
- Marco Friedl and Ömer Toprak has so far been the best players on the pitch.
- Florian Kohfeldt’s tactics have worked perfectly so far, excellent defensively and dangerous on the counter. Bremen deserves their lead.
- Jamal Musiala has shown his age and Douglas Costa has shown his inexperience with his teammates.
- Bayern has not created many chances, partially due to Bremen’s great defensive work and also partially due to the lack of creativity up front.
45’— Maximilian Eggestein scores for Bremen... 0-1 just before half-time
19’— Hernandez has to be substituted due to injury, Leon Goretzka comes on.
Kickoff: We’re underway!
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! What a surprise by Flick!
It’s been a painful two weeks, but Bayern Munich is finally back in action! Hansi Flick and his boys will be itching to get back in action against Werder Bremen, especially those players who had the entire international break to rest and recuperate.
We all saw how pathetic Germany looked without Joshua Kimmich on the pitch last week. His absence leaves a leadership vacuum in the middle of the pitch, which is hard for anyone to fill. Luckily, unlike Germany, Bayern have plenty of leaders to help out — chief among them being Thomas Muller, who Hansi Flick pointed out as one of the most vocal characters on the squad. Joining him are guys like Robert Lewandowski and David Alaba, players who know what they’re doing and how they’re gonna do it.
It’s Bayern time.
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