Initial reactions and observations
- Bayern Munich have played a proper game of football here. The chance creation was amazing, the midfield never surrendered control, and the finishing was good (could’ve been better though). Freiburg didn’t have a leg to stand on.
- Potential injuries keep mounting. Noussair Mazraoui was seen getting taped up on the bench. Hamstring problems maybe? Hopefully it’s not serious, he could be needed in the Pokal.
- Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting had an excellent game once called upon.
- Sadio Mane is still struggling to compensate for the loss of his explosive pace.
- Leroy Sane gets another easy MotM for his performance tonight.
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Full time: Bayern Munich 5-0 Freiburg.
80’ — GOOOOOAL! Marcel Sabitzer makes it 5-0!
78’ — Sub: Final one, Noussair Mazraoui comes off holding his hamstring. Stanisic on.
75’ — Subs: Mathys Tel, Marcel Sabitzer, and Benjamin Pavard come on for Leroy Sane, De Ligt, and Leon Goretzka.
71’ — Official: Alphonso Davies is the fastest player in the Bundesliga this season with a top speed of 36 kph.
65’ — Sub: Jamal Musiala is on for Choupo-Moting.
55’ — GOOOOOOOOOOAL! Sadio Mane makes it 4-0 now!
52’ — GOOOOAL! Leroy Sane makes it 3-0! What a shot!
45’ — The second half is underway!
Halftime observations and analysis
- Bayern Munich have been cruising so far. This was probably the most comfortable half of Bundesliga football the team have played in weeks.
- Leroy Sane is the conductor tonight. The guy is orchestrating the entire attack in place of Thomas Muller and Jamal Musiala.
- Choupo-Moting performs better when he’s getting flack. Criticize him more!
Halftime: Bayern lead 2-0.
32’ — GOOOOOAL! Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting makes it 2-0!
13’ — GOOOOOOAL! Gnabry scores the header from the rebound!
Kickoff: We’re underway!
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Julian Nagelsmann opts to field Bayern Munich in the lineup we all expected, with zero major surprises (except one, keep reading). Alphonso Davies and Matthijs de Ligt being fit enough to start is good for the team, while Serge Gnabry and Leon Goretzka start over Jamal Musiala and Marcel Sabitzer.
Meanwhile Thomas Muller misses out due to muscular issues.
Thomas Müller is out of today's game with muscular problems— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) October 16, 2022
Winning games usually isn’t an issue for Bayern Munich, but things seem different this season. In the last six games, Julian Nagelsmann’s men have picked up only a single W and the same number of losses. For most coaches, that kind of form would get you sacked.
Nagelsmann, so far, has held onto his job and the faith of the Bayern top brass. However, if the points gap to the top of the league widens even more, the coach’s position will quickly become untenable. To prevent that, Bayern needs three points against Freiburg.
Thomas Muller and Matthijs de Ligt are back in action, though Jamal Musiala still isn’t fit to start. With Manuel Neuer sidelined with shoulder issues and Kingsley Coman missing due to a red card, Nageslamnn doesn’t have anything close to a full-strength team to take on this high-flying Freiburg side. Still, games like these are what build a champion.
It’s Bayern time.
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