Initial reactions and observations
- The scoreline might not show it, but Greuther Furth gave Bayern Munich a serious scare. Some timely substitutions from Nagelsmann and a tweak in the tactics eventually took them down, but this kind of play leaves a lot to be desired.
- Great performance by Marcel Sabitzer today, he was finally involved in the way we want him to be. Hopefully he starts showing his quality more often from here on out.
- Lewandowski gets service, he gets goals. It really is that simple.
- Serge Gnabry was much better in the second half once he stopped trying to constantly cut inside and dribble into the box. His assist to Choupo came off a well timed run and he created Lewandowski’s first goal as well. Not an amazing game, but definitely a step in the right direction for him.
- Leroy Sane maybe shouldn’t play so far inside. He was more effective holding his wide left position.
Full time: Bayern Munich win 4-1.
90’+1’ — GOAL! Choupo-Moting makes it 4-1! Gnabry with the assist.
81’ — GOAL! Lewandowski makes it 3-1 from a corner, assist to Sule.
67’ — They’ve hit the post! This game isn’t over yet!
60’ — GOAL! Furth get an own goal, putting Bayern on 2-1.
46’ — GOAL! Lewandowski draws it level in the first minute of the 2nd half.
45’ — The second half is underway. Choupo-Moting is on for Richards.
42’ — Goal. Well, crap. A free kick is deflected in from Furth.
25’ — Sub: Gnabry on for Tolisso.
21’ — Tolisso looks like he’s injured, being reviewed on the sidelines.
Kickoff: We’re underway in Munich!
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Julian Nagelsmann chooses to field Bayern Munich in what looks like a 4-3-3 formation with Omar Richards and Marcel Sabitzer finally getting starts. Looks like Thomas Muller and Leroy Sane are the wingers today.
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Can you believe that it’s been over two weeks since Bayern Munich last won a game? Yes, shocking, I know. Julian Nagelsmann is on the verge of being fed to the bears if he can’t find a win soon — luckily, he has a home visit from the worst team in the league to set things right.
Leon Goretzka, Alphonso Davies, and Manuel Neuer are still out. Those are all big issues, but not as big as the calamity that is the team’s defense. Sven Ulreich isn’t a world class keeper by any stretch of the imagination, but many of the goals we concede aren’t his fault. Nagelsmann has to figure something out quick, because the games will only get harder from here on out.
Worryingly, Bayern’s attack didn’t look too hot against Salzburg in midweek, with Robert Lewandowski completely taken out of the game. Furth aren’t exactly a Champions League caliber opponent, so let’s hope there’s some improvement on that front as well. Basically, we need to see some positive signs against Furth.
It’s Bayern time.
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