It was well and truly one way traffic at the Weserstadion as Bayern Munich eased past Bremer SV 12-0 in their first round DFB-Pokal encounter that had been rescheduled from the beginning of the month due to coronavirus quarantine protocols for Bremer SV. Four goals from Eric Maxim-Choupo-Moting, a brace from Jamal Musisla, an own goal from Bremer’s Jan-Luca Warm, and goals from Malik Tillman, Leroy Sane, Michael Cuisance, Bouna Sarr, and Corentin Tolisso rounded out the scoring for Julian Nagelsmann’s side.
For what it’s worth, Nagelsmann arguably fielded a much stronger starting eleven than what was anticipated for the occasion with the gulf in class between Bayern and Bremer SV. Joshua Kimmich was among a handful of Bayern players that also started in last weekend’s Bundesliga win over FC Koln, and speaking after the match, he stressed that his side wanted to take this match as seriously as possible, despite who their opponents were (Sport1).
“We wanted to take the whole thing seriously, we succeeded very well. I was impressed that we scored so many goals. That was good for our rhythm. Especially the players who don’t usually play that much did really well. That was very important,” Kimmich said to reporters after the full time whistle had gone. Bayern’s new recipient of a contract extension until 2025 started and clocked a total of 45 minutes before Nagelsmann made a handful of halftime changes as Bayern was leading 5-0 at the break.
Now, Nagelsmann has his first Bundesliga with Bayern, his first piece of silverware (DFL-Supercup), and his first DFB-Pokal win. Tactically, we’ve seen similar lineups and personnel aside from the changes he made for the win against Bremer SV, but Kimmich said it’s still going to take some time for Nagelsmann’s tactical touch to truly come to full fruition. “In general, you need some time before all ideas are implemented on the pitch. I think we’ll need a few more games, but I hope it gets better with each game,” he explained.
Kimmich was also asked about Sane, who was the subject of whistles from a portion of spectators at the Allianz Arena during the first half of the 3-2 win over Koln. It wasn’t a positive first half showing from the winger, and he was replaced by Musiala at the halftime interval. A handful of his teammates and Bayern’s front office personnel came to his defense and expressed their distaste for the mid-match jeering and Kimmich reiterated his support for the winger after the Bremer win. Sane had a brace of assists to go along with his goal against Bremer. “It is important that Leroy knows that we are behind him. He is one of us, we know what he is capable of and we are sure that he will show it many more times this season,” Kimmich stressed.
Lastly, Kimmich also said that it really wasn’t a difficult decision for him to extend his contract with Bayern, and that he’s now fully focused on planning for and working towards the future of the club. “It didn’t come in much. I am glad that the signature is placed. Now you can plan for the future and concentrate on the here and now,” he said.