Initial reactions and observations
- Bayern Munich struggled terribly against Frankfurt’s defense — incisiveness we’ve come to expect from the offense simply wasn’t there. Disappointing result.
- Dayot Upamecano had a nightmare game. Let’s hope this is a blip on the radar.
- Kevin Trapp went god-mode today, much like Jann Sommer on MD1. What a away to lose this — everyone had chances, but no one could get past Frankfurt’s keeper.
- Jamal Musiala come on a bit late to have an impact. Maybe Nagelsmann held him back too long.
- Bayern enter the international break with a loss — a lot of thinking to do for Nagelsmann.
Full time: Bayern Munich lose at home, 1-2.
83’ — GOAL! How did that happen? Kostic has scored and made it 2-1 to Frankfurt!
80’ — Leroy Sane comes off for Choupo-Moting. Let’s hope for some Choupo heroics.
65’ — Kevin Trapp keeps frustrating Bayern’s efforts. Some subs from Nagelsmann seem necessary.
45’ — Second half kicks off!
Halftime observations and analysis
- Bayern Munich dominated most of the first half but find themselves level. The team have had more than enough chances but haven’t been able to convert.
- Robert Lewandowski has been isolated this game. Almost no passes seem to be getting to him.
- Dayot Upamecano made two big mistakes and one of them was punished for a goal. A poor showing from the usually-solid Frenchman — he’ll need to be better in the second half.
- The Allianz Arena pitch still sucks.
- Goretzka has his goal but he should really stop shooting from long range.
Halftime: 1-1 to both teams.
42’ — Incredible save by Neuer to deny Toure! Keeps it 1-1.
31’ — Goal. Hinteregger has made things level from a corner.
28’ — GOAL! Leon Goretzka makes it 1-0 courtesy of a deft touch by Lewandowski.
Kickoff: We’re underway in Munich!
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Looks like we’re not getting to see Musiala in action from the start — Gnabry starts once again, with Sane on the left.
Mit dieser 1️⃣1️⃣ starten wir ins Heimspiel gegen Eintracht Frankfurt! #FCBSGE #FCBayern #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/LWWJSPEBY6— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) October 3, 2021
Julian Nagelmann has had a good start to life at Bayern Munich thus far, but people only care until the first loss. His job as a coach means that he cannot afford to relax even one bit, even against teams like Eintracht Frankfurt. The Eagles haven’t had a good start to the season after losing star striker Andre Silva, but they still have the weapons to hurt the Bavarians if they’re not careful.
Without Benjamin Pavard in the side, Nagelsmann will need to choose someone else to be right-back for this game, with Niklas Sule being the prime candidate. The big German was imperious against Dynamo Kyiv in a wide role, as his style of play perfectly complements attackers like Serge Gnabry and Thomas Muller. Against Frankfurt, however, he’ll have to be wary, because they have Filip Kostic playing on that side and he could be extremely lethal if left in space.
It’s Bayern time.
Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Time: 5:30 pm local time, 11:30 am EST
TV/streaming: ESPN+, Find Your Country
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