Initial reactions and observations
- I didn’t pay for this game but I want my money back. Bayern Munich completely phoned it in. The players and coach should apologize to fans, because that was a shameful display.
- Bayern’s pressing without Thomas Muller isn’t that great.
- Good on Robert Lewandowski breaking one last record before he goes to Barcelona.
- Marcel Sabitzer had another invisible performance. It’s not looking good for the Austrian’s prospects in Munich.
- Given how many shots Mainz had, it’s a miracle they didn’t score more. Only 3 goals on 3.7 xG? Usually that kind of chance creation precedes a hammering.
Full time: Bayern lose 3-1.
58’ — Goal. Another one for Mainz, it really isn’t getting better.
45’ — The second half kicks off, Musiala coming on for Sabitzer, and Sane on for Goretzka.
Halftime: Bayern are losing 2-1. Rubbish performance.
33’ — GOAL! Lewandowski turns and shoots! Great assist by Choupo-Moting.
26’ — Goal. Yeah, Bayern are not playing today. Mainz score from a corner with Nakhate getting the final touch.
18’ — Goal. Mainz score, what a lame goal to concede. Bayern are asleep.
Kickoff: We’re underway!
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Julian Nagelsmann surprises all of us by benching Manuel Neuer, with Marcel Sabitzer, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, and Serge Gnabry all getting a start. The formation looks like it’s a 4-3-3.
Now that three points don’t matter anymore, only pride remains on the line as Bayern Munich travel to Mainz to close out one of the remaining games of the season. There’s a sense of purity to matches like these — no silverware on the line means that you can enjoy the football for what it is, and not the implications it’ll have on a title somewhere down the line. For the players, it’s the time to play freely. For the coach, it’s a chance to experiment.
Bayern Munich will be without Thomas Muller for the game, while Kingsley Coman (ankle) and Dayot Upamecano (personal reasons) are both doubtful. Choupo-Moting is set to start in Muller’s place near the front of the lineup, while numerous other bench players can expect to see some action against Bo Svensson’s side.
It’s Bayern time.
Location: Mewa Arena, Mainz, Germany
Time: 3:30 pm local time, 9:30 am EST
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