Initial reactions and observations
- This was an insane scoring performance by Bayern Munich, but the clean sheet is arguably more important. Lucas Hernandez and Niklas Sule were imperious in defense, Bochum barely got a chance until Nagelsmann made some subs.
- Joshua Kimmich was finally rested for part of a game. He got two goals today, showing that even rest can’t keep him from being effective.
- It’s uncanny to see Bayern come out of a game with a 7-0 win with Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski with only two goal contributions between them.
- Buona Sarr wasn’t as bad as he could’ve been. Improvements are happening.
- Let’s hope that Nagelsmann shows more rotation going forward. Bayern have some easier fixtures coming up — maybe some youth players could net a debut or two.
Full time: Bayern Munich win the game 7-0.
78’ — GOAL! Choupo-Moting scores despite the best efforts of the keeper. Two saves but Choupo makes it in on the rebound.
64’ — GOAL! Kimmich gets his second of the game! 6-0 to Bayern now.
61’ — GOAL! It took a little while, but Lewandowski has his goal! He has a record now, not sure which. Hard to keep track nowadays.
45’ — Second half kicks off! Omar Richards has come on for Alphonso Davies.
Halftime observations and analysis
- Leroy Sane is well and truly back. He has a goal and assist for Bayern Munich already, and he’s been scoring and assisting regularly since he was moved back to the left. His partnership with Alphonso Davies has been especially lethal in this game, killing Bochum down the left.
- Bochum seem to have done their work on Lewandowski, but that’s left all the other Bayern players open to score. So much space on the pitch.
- That being said, they did get a singe shot on target, so maybe they’ve been better than Barcelona.
Halftime: Bayern lead 4-0.
43’ — GOAL! It’s a massacre! Bochum score an own goal, the credit goes to Muller for making it happen.
32’ — GOAL! Serge Gnabry makes it 3-0! Muller’s assist.
26’ — GOAL! Kimmich makes it 2-0! Sane with the assist!
17’ — GOAL! What a beauty by Sane! He fires it up and over the wall to make it 1-0!
Kickoff: We’re underway in Munich!
One hour until kickoff: Looks like Nagelsmann isn’t interested in resting players today.
It’s sad that Schalke got relegated, but thankfully another blue-and-white Ruhr district club has come up to take their place. In VfL Bochum, Bayern Munich find a team who are currently struggling in the Bundesliga, and Julian Nagelsmann is presented with the perfect opportunity to rotate his starting XI.
Still, it’s not going to be THAT easy (it never is). Remember that saying about cornered animals? That’s what Bochum is, and they’re almost certainly going to put up a better fight than Barcelona did in midweek. I mean, they will probably shoot at Manuel Neuer’s goal, for a start.
Nagelsmann will definitely start some lineup mainstays, like Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller. However, can he get away with resting a few of his more overworked players, like Joshua Kimmich or Alphonso Davies? Which bench players are ready to step up? Who will the coach rely on to get him through this one?
It’s Bayern time.
Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Time: 3:30 pm local time, 9:30 am EST
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