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Bayern Munich 2-0 Bayer Leverkusen: Initial reactions and observations

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With another win, Bayern Munich is getting closer to another Bundesliga title

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Initial observations and analysis

  • Bayern’s midfield won the match. One of the best performances from the three players in midfield I’ve seen in a while.
  • Jamal Musiala could and should be a more regular starter next season. He is one of the best talents that Bayern had in years and it’s quite an experience to watch him develop right in front of our eyes.
  • Bayer Leverkusen didn’t go down without a fight. Bayer tried to jeopardize Manuel Neuer’s goal in the second half, but Bayern’s captain kept a clean sheet.
  • Tanguy Nianzou finally shows glimpses of his talent.
  • Leroy Sane is still wasteful. Hopefully next season we will see his full potential.

Full time: Bayern Munich 2 — 0 Bayer Leverkusen

81’ — Cristopher Scott and Bouna Sarr come in for Jamal Musiala and Benjamin Pavard

66’ — Choupo Moting scores a goal, but he was offside...

63’ — Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sane, and Tanguy Nianzou come in for Jerome Boateng, Kingsley Coman, and Thomas Muller

45’ — The second half is underway!

Halftime observations and analysis

  • Bayern’s defense wasn’t that secure. Although they did play well, there were some situations where Bayern’s defenders could have reacted better. For example, that one time Boateng lost a ball and literally gave it to Bailey.
  • Bayern’s midfield is playing very well. Alaba, Kimmich, and Muller have all been exceptional tonight, so far. All three of them have been very cohesive and the link-up play with the wingers was superb and gave Bayer’s defenders a lot of trouble.
  • David Alaba getting better and better as a defensive midfielder.
  • Bayern capitalizing on Bayer’s mistakes, which is very good, especially in Lewandowski’s absence.

Halftime: Bayern leads 2:0 at Allianz arena

13’ — Joshua Kimmich scores and makes it 2:0!

7’ — GOAL! Choupo-Moting scores after Muller’s shot was saved.

Kickoff: We’re underway in Munich!

One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Leroy Sane finally gets a rest, Jamal Musiala and Kingsley Coman start on the wings. David Alaba is in midfield, no Leon Goretzka yet.

It’s only been a few days since Bayern Munich last played a game, but the football world has changed drastically since then. Those changes haven’t had time to have an impact on the Bundesliga yet, but this may be one of the last few games of the old era of football. Let’s brace ourselves.

Bayern Munich host Bayer Leverkusen at the Allianz Arena — a team that was top of the table in Christmas, but now finds itself struggling to make it into Europe. Peter Bosz was fired and Hannes Wolf took over as coach, meaning this team will have a very different look to the one Bayern faced in the Hinrunde.

For Hansi Flick, this will be a somber occasion, as he hopes to cap off an incredible (but short) run at the club with one last Bundesliga title. With a number of players still missing from the roster, most notably the ever-prolific Robert Lewandowski, every game is a struggle. Still, any title is worth fighting for, especially when you have no idea what the future holds in this brave new era of football.

It’s Bayern time.

Match Info

Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Time: 8:30 pm local time, 2:30 pm EST

TV/streaming: ESPN+, Find Your Country

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