Initial reactions and observations
- This was completely mad. Yann Sommer pulled off one of the greatest goalkeeping performances of all time to keep Bayern Munich from winning this. 3.2 xG for only a single goal scored is just madness.
- You have to feel for Dayot Upamecano. He was more than solid all game, but his single mistake near the end of the first half cost Bayern two points today.
- Sadio Mane’s offside addiction is becoming a problem now.
- Jamal Musiala’s addition breathed some much-needed life into the attack. His assist for Sane was sublime.
- Thomas Muller is owed several assists and a couple of goals tonight. Damn Sommer.
- Matthijs de Ligt playing CF at the end of the game is one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever seen as a Bayern fan. Maybe that’s Nagelsmann admitting that he needs a true CF sometimes?
- The referee was totally abysmal. Just so bad. He’s not the reason Bayern lost, but I felt the need to mention it.
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Full time: Bayern Munich 1-1 Gladbach.
90’ — Six minutes left, and Matthijs de Ligt is playing CF.
82’ — GOAL! Leroy Sane makes it 1-0! Finally someone scores.
80’ — Sane and Nagelsmann both get yellows for dissent.
74’ — Pavard with an amazing shot, but Sommer saves again.
71’ — Two more shots from Gnabry and Muller, Sommer saves both.
67’ — Subs: Gnabry and Musiala on for Mane and Sabitzer.
64’ — HOW IS THIS HAPPENING? Sane was 1v1 with the keeper and Sommer makes the save.
61’ — HOW DID SOMMER DO THAT? HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? HOOOOOOOOOOOOW?
45’ — Second half kicks off. Bayern have 45 minutes to rescue this.
Halftime: Bayern are losing 1-0.
43’ — Goal. Marcus Thuram makes it 1-0 right before half time. Was that their first shot?
38’ — ANOTHER Sadio Mane goal ruled offside.
34’ — Sadio Mane scores but VAR rules it offside.
32’ — Sane somehow gets past the entire Gladbach defense but is denied by a last-minute tackle by Itakura.
15’ — A pitch invader runs onto the field and tries to tie themselves to a goalpost. The stewards are trying to remove them.
Kickoff: We’re underway!
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Julian Nagelsmann reprises his usual 4-2-2-2 formation for Bayern Munich with Lucas Hernandez and Dayot Upamecano in the center. Leroy Sane and Kingsley Coman start up top with Thomas Muller and Sadio Mane, while the rest of the starting XI is as expected.
Bayern Munich have had an unbeaten start to the season, but all that could come crashing down today. Borussia Monchengladbach are the Bavarians’ bogey team, a side who they have not beaten in well over a year now. Julian Nagelsmann has presided over two defeats and a draw to the Foals in his short Bayern career — will this week be more of the same?
Well, maybe not, if the players can help it. They are in such good form right now. New signing Sadio Mane is integrating well into the team, while Thomas Muller remains a lethal threat even without the towering presence of Robert Lewandowski to aim for. Serge Gnabry seems to have rediscovered his treble year form somewhat, while Leroy Sane is just coming off a MotM performance against Bochum. And that’s just the attack. Players like Alphonso Davies, Joshua Kimmich, and Marcel Sabitzer have all had excellent starts to the season.
If any Bayern team can beat Gladbach, it’s this one here. Of course, if any team can beat this Bayern, it’s Gladbach. They have this uncanny ability to give 200% when facing off against their longtime rivals, which arguably makes them a much tougher opponent than the likes of Inter Milan or Barcelona. Let’s see if the squad is ready for them.
It’s Bayern time.
Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Time: 6:30 pm local time, 12:30 pm EST
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