Initial reactions and observations
- What a game by Thomas Muller. With Bayern Munich missing Lewandowski, Muller had to step up and he did. Muller was all over the pitch, pressing like a madman and using his physicality to disturb Leipzig’s play. Oh, and don’t forget his assist for Goretzka’s goal. Amazing performance from the Raumdeuter.
- Hansi Flick played it safe with his subs, bringing in Gnabry and Musiala only at the 70th minute, followed by Javi Martinez in the 80th. Will he regret not rotating more?
- Bayern were absolutely under the hammer for most of the second half, it’s a miracle that Leipzig didn’t score. If they had a real striker, who knows how this game could’ve gone. Maybe, if Timo had never left, he could be competing for a Bundesliga title right now.
- Choupo-Moting faded into obscurity in the second half — he needs to do better going forward. One half of good play doesn’t cut it.
- Bayern move onto PSG. With the Parisians losing to Lille this weekend, who knows how Wednesday’s clash will go?
Full time: RB Leipzig 0-1 Bayern Munich.
80’ — Sub: Javi Martinez on for Sane. Musiala moves to the wing.
71’ — Subs: Serge Gnabry and Jamal Musiala on for Leon Goretzka and Jamal Musiala. Hansi living dangerously.
45’ — The second half is underway!
Halftime observations and analysis
- Bayern Munich are playing a more conservative game than usual, and it’s kept Leipzig at bay. Lots of offsides from Nagelsmann’s men, which shows you they have a gameplan (that’s not working as of yet).
- In Lewandowski’s absence, Bayern’s second highest scorer steps up yet again. Thomas Mulelr got a brilliant assist to Leon Goretzka for Bayern’s opener. The Raumdeuter was having a quiet game until then, but he only needs a moment to change everything.
- Choupo-Moting has been having a great game so far — good holdup play, and a few scrumptious passes to release Coman and Sane on the counter. Bayern still miss Lewandowski, but the absence isn’t felt as strongly as expected.
Halftime: Bayern lead 1-0.
37’ — GOAL! Leon Goretzka makes it 1-0 from a great pass by Thomas Muller.
Kickoff: We’re underway in Leipzig!
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! As we predicted, Choupo-Moting in for Lewy. Let’s hope that he has a good game.
It’s one of those game again, where all the odds are against Bayern Munich. Hansi Flick’s men are tired, and the coach will be missing the services of Robert Lewandowski. Meanwhile Julian, Nagelsmann comes into the game with a motivated RB Leipzig side who are chasing their first ever Bundesliga title. Only 4 points separate these two teams in the table, with eight games left to play.
The last time Bayern met Leipzig, the game ended 3-3 with Bayern making a comeback courtesy of Jamal Musiala and Thomas Muller. The team can’t afford yet another slow start this time, especially with Lewy out. A striker who is good for a goal/game (at a minimum) is one hell of a safety net. A safety net that Bayern will have to do without.
Hansi Flick was coy about how he’ll deal with that particular issue, but he did mention Choupo-Moting in his press conference. The Cameroonian striker may have to start up top, which puts the onus of scoring on Bayern’s second highest scorer, Thomas Muller. Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman, and Leroy Sane will also have to be up to the task, because the offense is all Bayern have this season. Even with Manuel Neuer in goal, this team can’t help but concede. Anyway, let’s just hope that all the players are up for this one.
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