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Wolfsburg 2-3 Bayern Munich: Initial reactions and observations

Even with the Wolfsburg-slayer out, Bayern Munich still managed to get all three points this week.

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Initial reactions and observations

  • Bayern Munich took three points against a dogged opponent. While Wolfsburg mounted a counterattack in the second-half, Bayern held on and managed to take all three points. Wil RBL dropping points this weekend, this has huge implications for the title race.
  • Leroy Sane’s poor finishing form continues. While the player often got into good positions and put in a great defensive shift, his lack of end product in front of goal will worry fans.
  • Lucas Hernandez limped off late in the second half — let’s hope he isn’t seriously injured, because Bayern are almost out of center backs to play.

Full time: Bayern squeeze past Wolfsburg 3-2.

72’ — Substitution: Kingsley Coman on for Jamal Musiala.

53’ — Goal, now Max Phillip scores to make it 3-2. Wolfsburg are back in the game.

45’ — The second half is underway! Can Bayern hang onto this result?

Halftime observations and analysis

  • Jamal Musiala is so special. If he had started against PSG in the second leg, Bayern Munich would be through to the semis of the Champions League today.
  • Leroy Sane’s finish is shocking. Thomas Muller should’ve had at least two more assists today based on the passes he gave the winger. The guy needs to figure it out — he’s been Werner-esque.
  • Bayern’s defense has been relatively stable, but there’s no clean sheet. All these conceded goals have really cost this team this season.

Halftime: Bayern lead 3-1 at Wolfsburg.

36’ — GOAL! Musiala heads home! Thomas Muller finally gets his assist.

34’ — Goal, Wolfsburg get one back courtesy of Weghorst. Dammit.

23’ — GOAL! Choupo fires home from a howler from Casteels.

14’ — GOAL! What a strike by Musiala! He makes the Wolfsburg defense look like a bunch of chumps.

Kickoff! We’re underway at Wolfsburg!

One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Jamal Musiala and Lucas Hernandez start — that’s a good sign.

With only three points separating first and second and Bayern Munich in the grip of a tremendous injury crisis, this edition of the Bundesliga is looking like it could be the closest in recent memory. While RB Leipzig face a relatively simple excursion to Hoffenheim this weekend, the Bavarians face the tall order of taking on VfL Wolfsburg in their home ground.

Wolfsburg have been the second best defensive team in the league this season, and their game against Bayern comes at the worst time. The team is reeling from a slew of injuries plus post-Champions League fatigue, while the Wolves come into the game perfectly well-rested. Hansi Flick will also miss the services of the Wolfsburg-slayer himself, Robert Lewandowski, as the Poland international races to be fit in time for the final games of the season.

This game is really one of those rare cases where Bayern have the odds truly stacked against them. Can the players show the champions’ mentality that this team is known for? We’ll just have to find out.

It’s Bayern time.

Match Info

Location: Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg, Germany

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

TV/streaming: ESPN+, Find Your Country

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