Initial reactions and observations
- Boneheaded defending cost Bayern Munich the win tonight. It’s weird how many times the defense switched off with Salzburg in possession, given how the team were otherwise pretty dominant.
- Julian Nagelsmann needs to end this experiment with Thomas Muller as a striker. It just doesn’t work and it never has.
- Dayot Upamecano doesn’t seem to have missed a beat from the World Cup.
- Mathys Tel and Arijon Ibrahimovic — what a pair of youngsters! Based on this game, they need to play in the second half of the season.
- Joshua Kimmich being the only player to play 90 mins is such a Joshua Kimmich thing to do.
Full time: Bayern Munich 4-4 RB Salzburg.
89’ — Goal. Salzburg make it 4-4. Bruh.
88’ — GOOOOOOOOOOAL! How has Tel shot from there? Anyway, he’s done it! 4-3 to Bayern!
70’ — GOOOOOOOOAL! Kingsley Coman makes it 3-3!
68’ — GOOOOOAL! Arijon Ibrahimovic makes it 2-3! Can Bayern still win this?
62’ — Subs: Too many to list. Only Kimmich remains on the pitch.
53’ — Goal. That was a goalazo really. But honestly, what is going on? Salzburg lead 3-1.
51’ — Goal. Salzburg take the lead now from a corner. Poor defending.
45’ — The second half kicks off!
Halftime: Bayern Munich 1-1 RB Salzburg.
16’ — Goal. Koita makes it 1-1. Totally against the run of play there.
9’ — GOOOOOOAL! Leroy Sane makes it 1-0! Wonderful run and pass by Gravenberch for the assist.
Kickoff: We’re underway! For the first time in 2023, we will see Bayern take to the pitch!
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Julian Nagelsmann opts to field a strong Bayern Munich XI for this part of the friendly. You can be sure that there will be lots of substitutions.
So it’s finally time for the first Bayern Munich game of 2023. Honestly, we’ve been so starved of content in the last few months that any kind of football is a godsend. The Bundesliga is admirable for its winter break allowing the players to rest, but combined with a World Cup break the hiatus was almost unbearable.
We’re almost back, though. Bayern are having its first friendly much later than most other German clubs, probably because the club had a much higher percentage of stars attending the World Cup. Lucas Hernandez and Manuel Neuer miss out due to long term injuries, while Julian Nagelsmann confirmed that Matthijs de Ligt will sit out as a precautionary measure.
This will be our first time to see the squad in action since the WC break. How much has changed in that time?
Location: Bayern Campus Stadium, Munich, Germany
Time: 6:00 pm local time, 12 pm EST
TV/streaming: FC Bayern YouTube
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