Initial reactions and observations
- Bayern Munich have finally won a game under Nagelsmann, and it was the DFL Supercup against a formidable opponent like BVB. The coach will be pleased with this win because his gameplan really shone through, especially when it came to nullifying Haaland.
- Of course, Borussia Dortmund were hardly at top form. Mats Hummels and Raphael Guerreiro were major absentees that definitely affected their game, especially in defense. The next Klassiker will be even more intense.
- Corentin Tolisso looked sharp in his cameo. Is a comeback on the cards?
Full time: Bayern Munich win the DFL Supercup 3-1.
73’ — GOAL! Lewandowski slots it home after Tolisso wins the ball in midfield.
64’ — Goal, Marco Reus fires a bullet into the top corner.
49’ — GOAL! Thomas Muller makes it 2-0!
45’ — The second half is underway!
Halftime observations and analysis
- Bayern Munich probably deserve to lead, all things considered. The defense and Neuer have managed to deal with all of Dortmund’s attacks, and the goal by Lewandowski was unstoppable. Still, this game could’ve been very different by now if some chances were taken.
- Gnabry was having a torrid game until the assist for the goal came through. Let’s hope he’s prepping for a renaissance soon.
- Dortmund are playing some really dirty football. Fouls are flying everywhere, usually in the direction of Bayern players. Let’s hope we don’t see an injury today.
HT: Bayern Munich lead Dortmund 1-0.
40’ — GOAL! Robert Lewandowski makes it 1-0 from a thundering header. Great cross by Gnabry.
35’ — Moukoko played in by Haaland, but was offside.
19’ — Incredible save by Neuer! Reus is denied at point blank range.
Kickoff: We’re underway!
One hour until kickoff: Lineups are out! Nagelsmann has decided to bench Leroy Sane for Kingsley Coman. Interesting decision — wonder how this will work out.
Unsere XI für den #Supercup! #packmas #MiaSanMia #BVBFCB pic.twitter.com/eZKwdZVNIK— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) August 17, 2021
Yes, this may be a glorified friendly, but there’s a trophy on the line! Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund gear up for their first clash of the season with each side boasting a new coach. While Hansi Flick never lost to BVB, Nagelsmann’s overall record against the Bees is nowhere near as spotless.
Still, you can’t expect a team with the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, and Joshua Kimmich to step out onto the pitch demanding anything less than a win. Nagelsmann just needs to make some minor adjustments to his system, and the backline will need to be wary of the threat posted by Erling Haaland and Marco Reus. This game won’t be easy by any means, it could go either way.
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