Initial reactions and observations
- Bayern Munich somehow win the game thanks to a Lewandowski penalty. The attack looked as flat as I’ve ever seen it, and the game was an overall miserable experience. If Bayern plays like this in the Champions League, we’re headed out for sure.
- Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane offered nothing during their time on the pitch. Guess we know who shouldn’t start against Villarreal.
- Thomas Muller has been more or less invisible these last couple games. Strange thing to say for a guy who’s normally so involved, and might explain some of Bayern’s attacking woes.
Full time: Bayern Munich 1-0 Augsburg.
81’ — GOAL! Lewandowski converts the penalty he won! Phew.
70’ — We’re seventy minutes in and Bayern have done nothing.
57’ — Subs: Alphonso Davies and Marcel Sabitzer are on for Richards and Goretzka.
45’ — The second half kicks off! Nagelsmann subs Musiala on (but for whom?).
Halftime: Mediocre. Very mediocre.
30’ — Not a great game so far. Lewandowski has to fight for every touch and the team looks mediocre.
Kickoff: We’re underway in front of 75,000 fans in Munich!
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Julian Nagelsmann has chosen to field Bayern Munich in a 4-2-3-1 with Coman and Hernandez rested. Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski both start.
⚪ Mit dieser starten wir gegen Augsburg. #FCBFCA #packmas #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/6lXeyIRKrC— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 9, 2022
After that absolute debacle in midweek against Villarreal, Bayern Munich need to get back on track versus Augsburg or things could get really ugly. Julian Nagelsmann has to balance the urge to pummel Augsburg into the next century and hold some players back so that they can be fresh for the second leg of the Champions League, which is never an easy thing to juggle.
Thomas Muller, Alphonso Davies, Lucas Hernandez, and Kingsley Coman could all be rested, while Robert Lewandowski pretty much has to start due to a lack of any other options. Julian Nagelsmann needs to keep winning if he wants to clinch an early Bundesliga title, but he’ll also want to try and test some changes to give Lewandowski more service and freshen up the attack. The UCL could depend on his ingenuity.
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