Initial reactions and observations
- Yeah, looks like Bayern Munich have some problems. The most notable one today was the toothless attack. What was going on up there? And only seven shots total with two on target? Not good enough.
- Julian Nagelsmann’s subs left a lot to be desired. Subbing off Musiala was a strange decision, but not even bringing on Thomas Muller for him ... well that’s just inexplicable. Muller and Tel didn’t come on until well after the 80th minute, by which point it was too late for them to make a game-changing impact. Poor game management from the Bayern boss.
- Yann Sommer’s distribution is lacking compared to Manuel Neuer and it’s plain to see. Bayern will need to adjust to that.
- Can someone please teach the wingers how to cross? So many wasted crosses.
- It feels bad to start 2023 like this. Bayern now need to pick themselves up and perform some introspection. PSG isn’t too far away.
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82’ — Sub: Thomas Muller comes on for Serge Gnabry. Way too late, this sub.
68’ — Sub: This doesn’t make sense. Jamal Musiala comes off for Kingsley Coman.
65’ — Dayot Upamecano is lucky to escape a red card for what looked like a last man challenge.
51’ — Goal. Halstenberg heads it in. Huge mistake by Kimmich to let that happen.
45’ — The second half is underway!
Halftime observations and analysis
- Neither team seems to be going at full throttle just yet, like they seem wary of each other. Bayern Munich have been the better team so far, but the rust from the long break is showing.
- Dayot Upamecano has given Yann Sommer very little to do at the back. Apart from a couple of missed passes, the Frenchman has been imperious at the back.
- Choupo-Moting keeps making it look easy. His goals feel almost as inevitable as Lewandowski’s sometimes.
- Without Mazraoui, Bayern are back to relying on Alphonso Davies for ball progression down the flank.
- Sommer has only had to make one save so far, and it was tame. Is he disappointed or relieved?
Halftime: Bayern Munich lead 1-0.
37’ — GOOOOOAL! Choupo-Moting makes it 1-0! First goal of the calendar year for Bayern!
29’ — Great finish by Goretzka! But it was offside. Or maybe it was a foul. Whatever, still 0-0.
20’ — No goals yet. Both teams look very rusty.
Kickoff: We’re underway!
40 minutes until kickoff: We finally have lineups! Julian Nagelsmann leaves Thomas Muller out of the first Bayern Munich starting XI of the year — bold choice. The formation is a 4-2-3-1 with Choupo-Moting up top, Musiala behind him, and Sane and Gnabry on the wings. new signing Yann Sommer starts in goal.
45 mins until kickoff: We still don’t have lineups. Apparently there are technical problems? This has literally never happened before. What is the Bundesliga doing?
Technical problems are currently preventing the lineups from being published. Even in the stadium everyone is waiting [@ransport]— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) January 20, 2023
After a longer-than-normal break, Bayern Munich finally return to Bundesliga action against the team that is most likely to challenge them for the title — RB Leipzig. Since hiring Marco Rose, the lawnballers have been surging up the table with solid performances that actually resemble how they looked when Nagelsmann used to be in charge.
Bayern have a few major injuries coming into the game. Noussair Mazraoui, Manuel Neuer, Lucas Hernandez, and Sadio Mane will all be missing the game for one reason or another. Meanwhile Leon Goretzka has a small ankle issue so he’s doubtful for the game. However, the coach has a new ace up his sleeve — Yann Sommer, freshly signed from BMG. His debut will be a trial by fire against one of the best offenses in the Bundesliga.
It’s Bayern time.
Location: Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany
Time: 3:30 pm local time, 9:30 am EST
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