After handily defeating Preußen Münster in the first round of the DFB-Pokal, Bayern Munich has now advanced to the second round of the competition. And after Sunday’s draw, made by none other than the one and only Shkrodan Mustafi, it was determined that third division side 1. FC Saarbrücken would be Bayern’s next opponent, with the fixture taking place on either October 31 or November 1, with the exact date and time to be revealed in the coming days.
Interestingly, the last time Bayern played Saarbrücken was just over 30 years ago, when Bayern hammered Saarbrücken 6-0, in a season in which Die Molschder ultimately got relegated. However, Bayern’s U-23 team, Bayern II, recently played against Saarbrücken in the 2020/21 season, with Saarbrücken coming out on top in this one by the score of 4-0, even though they only mustered six shots.
This upcoming fixture will likely be less about revenge, though, and more about putting an end to the trend of Bayern exiting in the second round of the DFB-Pokal. Defeats to Holstein Kiel and Borussia Mönchengladbach at this stage of the competition still smart, though Bayern did at least progress to the quarterfinals last season.
Can Bayern beat the 6th placed team in the 3. Liga? One would hope and expect for this to be the case, but never say never.