Bayern Munich unthinkably played to a 1-1 draw with Villarreal, which put the Spanish club through to the Champions League semifinals and sent the Bavarians packing from European play for the season.
There is a lot to unload from this match, so let’s get right to it. Here is what we have on tap for this episode:
- The starting XI featuring a back-three was probably the best call for Julian Nagelsmann to get things started — it worked in terms of putting Villarreal on its heels and applying massive amounts of pressure.
- Despite all that, Bayern Munich came away emptyhanded in the first half. There was plenty of urgency, but no end product.
- The elation of Robert Lewandowski’s second half goal and why it seemed like Bayern Munich was going to pull through.
- The big decision: Nagelsmann pulled Lucas Hernandez in favor of Alphonso Davies in a move that could define the young manager’s first season in Munich.
- The aftermath and why this season is a failure that was set up by the events of last season.
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