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Koln 3-2 Bayern Munich: Initial reactions and observations

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Nagelsmann loses his first game in charge of Bayern.

FBL-GER-BUNDESLIGA-BAYERN MUNICH-TRAINING Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images

Initial reactions and observations

  • Bayern Munich’s defense is still a mess. Koln scored three goals with ease, and it doesn’t look like there’s any chemistry between the defenders yet. Nagelsmann will need to work on that.
  • Buona Sarr is a huge liability for this club. Shipping him off will be impossible, so we’re stuck with these performances.
  • Tanguy Nianzou, Torben Rhein, and Armindo Sieb showed promise today. None of them were perfect, but Nagelsmann may have some options in the coming season if he’s looking to youth.

Full time: Bayern Munich lose 3-2.


56’ — Goal. Uth scores again to make it 3-2. Bruh.


45’ — The second half is underway!


Halftime observations and analysis

  • Bayern Munich showing good flowing football going forward, but the defense is still a mess.
  • Armindo Sieb looks like he has something to prove out there.
  • Scott’s injury makes him the fifth Bayern player injured before the season. Not a good sign for the coach.
  • Omar Richards with a mixed half — he still needs some polishing.
  • Chris Richards and Dayot Upamecano lack chemistry, which is to be expected. If Richards stays this summer, then hopefully they can work on it to build some kind of partnership.

HT: 2-2.


33’ — GOAL! Joshua Zirkzee makes it 2-2 for Bayern!


27’ — Goal. Mark Uth scores an acrobatic goal by getting between the center backs. Koln take the lead.


19’ — Goal. Jan Thielmann scores. No Clean sheet today, Bayern concede their first goal of the Nagelsmann era.


7’ — GOAL! Armindo Sieb makes it 1-0!


Kickoff: We’re underway!


One hour until kickoff: We have our first XI under Nagelsmann! Expect plenty of changes as the game goes on.


The first (unofficial) game of the Julian Nagelsmann era is finally upon us! With less than a month to go until the new season of the Bundesliga gets underway, we’re set to get our first glimpse of Bayern Munich under the new coach. Although most of the first teamers are still out on vacation after playing in the Euros, there’s still plenty to watch for:

  • The formation: Is it going to be a 4-2-3-1 or a back-three? If it’s the former (which reports indicate it will be)
  • Dayot Upamecano’s first appearance in a Bayern shirt — how will he look?
  • Which youngsters impress. Should any of them be promoted to the first team?

Feel free to discuss the game below!


Match Info

Location: MS Technologie-Arena, Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany

Time: 4 pm local time, 10 am EST

TV/streaming: ESPN+, Find Your Country

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