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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 1-1 Villarreal; Bayern loses on aggregate (Champions League)

What an awful way to go out.

Bayern München v Villarreal CF Quarter Final Leg Two - UEFA Champions League Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images

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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