Initial reactions and observations:
- Augsburg bounced back! Bayern dominated the first half and Augsburg the second. Augsburg created some interesting chances but luckily failed to capitalize.
- Augsburg showed how vulnerable Bayern is. Bayern is not coping well with heavy pressing. Combined with an ineffective attack, you get this result.
- Right-back still the eyesore of Bayern’s defense. Benjamin Pavard was the worst defender on the pitch, which is, unfortunately, becoming a frequent observation. The worse part is, there is no backup.
- FINALLY A CLEAN SHEET!
Final whistle! Bayern Munich 1 — 0 Augsburg
89’ — Javi Martinez in for Thomas Muller
80’ — Jamal Musiala in for Kingsley Coman
76’ — Augsburg misses a penalty!
66’ — Leroy Sane and Corentin Tolisso come in for Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry
46’ — The second half is underway!
Half-time observations and analysis:
- Strong first half by Bayern. They attacked the whole first half and gave Augsburg very little room to breathe.
- Defensive stability (again). Bayern has shown that they can hold the backline together, although Augsburg didn’t offer any significant threat.
- Things are going well for Bayern, and you can see that they have the team chemistry back, but the attack should be a little more efficient.
Halftime! The score is 1:0 for Bayern
14’ — Lewandowski scores from the spot and Bayern take the lead!
Kickoff: We’re underway!
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups!
An English week in January? What is this, England? No but seriously, this schedule is grueling. Just days after beating SC Freiburg at home, Bayern Munich travel to Augsburg to take on their Bavarian neighbors.
The big storyline of the game concerns David Alaba and Lucas Hernandez. With Hansi Flick basically admitting that Alaba is about to leave, will he finally bench the Austrian for the younger (and arguably more in-form) Frenchman? Of will the coach opt for stability like he claimed, and run with the same defense that got him the win against Freiburg. If he does, then Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski might have to bail out the team again.
It’s Bayern time.
Location: Augsburg Arena, Augsburg, Germany
Time: 8:30 pm local time, 2:30 pm EST
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