Initial reactions and observations
- What a performance by Bayern Munich. This team just looks sooooooooo good right now, Hoffenheim didn’t have a chance to do anything. Nagelsmann has created a machine.
- Robert Lewandowski missed like 3 sitters today. Extremely poor by him, he could’ve easily had four goals in total.
- All of Bayern’s super subs played well. Great to see that the whole squad seems to be in form, and not just a few players in the XI.
- Omar Richards proved himself a capable backup to Alphonso Davies, we can expect his minutes to start increasing now. Good to see.
- Onward to Gladbach! Let’s hope Nagelsmann can keep this winning run going.
Full time: Bayern win 4-0.
86’ — GOAL! Kingsley Coman has made it 4-0! What a pass by Upamecano.
82’ — GOAL! Choupo-Moting makes it 3-0!
75’ — Subs: Sane and Tolisso come on for Sabitzer and Gnabry.
69’ — Subs: Musiala off for Kingsley Coman.
64’ — Subs: Thomas Muller comes off for Choupo-Moting.
45’ — The second half is underway! Niklas Sule comes on for Lucas Hernandez.
Halftime observations and analysis
- Bayern Munich have 2 goals, but it could have been so much more. Lewandowski alone has missed two surefire chances.
- Omar Richards and Jamal Musiala have had a great performance playing in the place of some rested starters. Good to see Bayern’s young depth pieces performing well.
- Lethal Gnabry is back! Good news for Bayern fans, bad news for everyone else.
- Benjamin Pavard and Marcel Sabitzer have been soooooooooo much better than their outing against Benfica. Good to see them reply to the criticisms on the pitch.
- More Bayern goals in the second half please!
Halftime: Bayern Munich lead 2-0.
30’ — GOAL! WHAT A MULLENDOWSKI GOAL! INCREDIBLE! 2-0 to Bayern.
16’ — GOAL! Gnabry makes it 1-0, and no way the refs can rule this one out.
8’ — VAR strikes again! An early Gnabry goal has been ruled out.
Kickoff: We’re underway in Munich! Can the super-rotated XI beat Hoffenheim!
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! It’s a lot more rotation than we expected! Omar Richards and Jamal Musiala come into the lineup. Leroy Sane is finally rested.
Bayern Munich are back in action, and it’s time for Julian Nagelsmann to face the monster he created ... over a Zoom meeting, presumably. Yes, the fans are back, Hoffenheim are here, but Bayern will be missing a key figure in the dugout as Nagelsmann sits at home in quarantine.
Still, that’s no excuse for a lax performance. Dino Toppmoller proved himself a capable understudy in the midweek game against Benfica, and if all else fails the coach can always contact his team through the wonders of modern technology. Meanwhile, player-coach Thomas Muller will be on the case as usual, as well as the supremely experienced squad Bayern have at their disposal — it’s not like Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, or Manuel Neuer need any tips on winning games.
It’s Bayern time.
Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Time: 3:30 pm local time, 9:30 am EST
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