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Bayern Munich 1-1 Union Berlin: Initial reactions and observations

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Bayern Munich drop points in a game that was practically won already.

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Initial reactions and observations

  • Dropping points like this hurts. Union barely created any chances and Bayern deserved the win. A draw isn’t the worst result given the state of the squad, but three points were up for grabs today.
  • Jamal Musiala needs to start against PSG. The kid is in waaay better form than either Sane or Coman at the moment. Not subbing him on in the first leg was a blunder by Hansi.
  • Hansi Flick failed to give Kimmich any rest today. That could backfire badly.

Full time: Bayern Munich 1-1 Union Berlin.


85’ — Goal, Union equalize right before the game ends.


67’ — GOAL! Musiala makes it 1-0!


65’ — Substitutions: Scott and Pavard on for Dantas and Boateng.


57’ — Substitution: Alaba on for Choupo-Moting. A strange one by Flick.


45’ — The second half is underway. Coman has been replaced for Sane.


Halftime observations and analysis

  • Hansi Flick should sub of Coman and Kimmich ASAP. This game isn’t important enough to waste their fitness.
  • Tiago Dantas is TINY but he can pass well. The jury’s still out on whether he’s Bayern quality, though.
  • Jamal Musiala is Bayern’s best player so far. Another great performance from Bayern’s golden boy.
  • Buona Sarr had his best half of the season so far. Good, positive performance from the Frenchman.
  • The fact that Bayern aren’t trailing with a lineup like this is good.

Halftime: Bayern 0-0 Union.


33’ — Update, Coman is back on the pitch. Sane keeps warming up in case.


31’ — It gets even worse. Kingsley Coman injured. Leroy Sane is set to come on.


Kickoff: We’re underway!


One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! There’s even more rotation than expected, but Kimmich still starts. He should’ve been rested, in my opinion.


Bayern Munich are in a tough spot at the moment. The club is trailing in Champions League, and almost half the squad is injured in some way or another. Meanwhile, a budding feud between Hansi Flick and Brazzo threatens to boil over and lead to the coach’s departure from the club where he won a treble.

In the midst of all this chaos and turmoil, Union Berlin arrive in Munich looking to take some points off the wounded giants. With Flick missing key players like Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry, Alphonso Davies, and more — today’s lineup will be more makeshift than ever. Can the coach really find a way through this situation? Well, no matter what, he and his players will certainly give it their best shot.

It’s Bayern time.


Match Info

Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Time: 3:30 pm local time, 9:30 am EST

TV/streaming: ESPN+, Find Your Country

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