Initial reactions and observations
- An incredible game by Bayern Munich. The way the players came after Stuttgart after the red card, you’d think they were a man up rather than a man down. That’s not iron mentality, that’s adamantium mentality.
- Robert Lewandowski got his hat-trick, but he’ll be upset to not get more. Let’s hope he channels that disappointment into a great game against Leipzig. He still needs 5 more for the Gerd record.
- Leroy Sane had an incredible game. Stuttgart gave him just the tiniest bit more space than average, and he made full use of it. It’s actually incredible how he only has one assist to show for it — he had multiple chances to score in the first half. His chemistry with Thomas Muller was especially notable.
- Benjamin Pavard, Jerome Boateng, and David Alaba all had excellent performances at the back, helping Manuel Neuer keep his first clean sheet in ages. Imagine getting a clean sheet in a game where a defender was sent off.
- Choupo-Moting is settling very nicely into his role as a human victory cigar. Let’s hope that continues, because it’s amusing to watch.
FT — Bayern Munich win 4-0!
69’ — Substitution: Choupo on for Lewandowski. No more goals today.
59’ — Substitution: Goalscorer Serge Gnabry comes off for Kingsley Coman.
45’ — Second half kicks off!
Halftime observations and analysis:
- WHAT A PERFORMANCE. Stuttgart just got a bit overconfident about the red card and dropped the intensity a notch, and Bayern capitalized like lions. Pellegrino Matarazzo doesn’t know what’s hit him.
- Robert Lewandowski is the best striker in the world, probably the best player too. He’s torn Stuttgart apart with little effort — that Gerd record is getting closer and closer.
- What a game by Alaba so far. He’s been doing well covering for Phonzie in his pseudo LB role.
- Sane and Gnabry living up to their shirt numbers so far — great game from both of them.
- Both Davies and Boateng are suspended for the Leipzig game. What will Hansi Flick do for that one?
45’ — HT. Bayern 4-0 up with ten men.
38’ — GOAL! We should play with 10 men more often. Lewy makes it 4-0! Hat-trick!
23’ — GOAL! WHAT IS HAPPENING? Lewy makes it 3-0!
22’ — GOAL! Who’s 1 man down? Gnabry makes it 2-0!
17’ — GOAL! Lewandowski makes it 1-0!
11’ — Alphonso Davies sent off! Bayern Munich are down to 10 men!
Kickoff: We’re underway in Munich!
One hour until kickoff: Lineups are out! No Kimmich, as we thought. Alaba moves into midfield. No Lucas either, surprisingly.
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MATCHDAY! With midweek UCL action out of the way, Bayern Munich return to the Allianz Arena for their bread-and-butter, the Bundesliga. This week, we have VfB Stuttgart visiting on the back of a five-game unbeaten run.
American coach Pellegrino Matarazzo is one of the big success stories of this season, getting his team up to 8th place so far, despite only just getting promoted. Hansi Flick, who may be missing Joshua Kimmich for this tie, will have his work cut out finding an answer to the Swabians. While the attack keeps humming along with the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller leading the line, Bayern’s defense remains catastrophically error prone. As fans, we dream of a clean sheet. Hopefully it will come.
It’s Bayern time.
Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Time: 3:30 pm local time, 9:30 am EST
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