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Galatasaray 1-3 Bayern Munich: Initial reactions and observations

3-1 is becoming Tuchel’s favorite scoreline.

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Initial reactions and observations

  • That was ... not good. Galatasaray ran out of steam at the 70th minute, but before that they dominated Bayern Munich in every aspect of the game. Yes, the scoreline reads 3-1, but you have to wonder how many times Thomas Tuchel can get away with performances like these.
  • Harry Kane makes so much from so little. Guess playing at Spurs will teach you how to do that, but he shouldn’t have to be begging for scraps on a team this talented.
  • Matthijs de Ligt and Kim Min-jae deserve credit for some excellent defending, they’re a major reason why Icardi and Galatasaray couldn’t actually score without a penalty.
  • Bayern are all but qualified from this group now. One more win should confirm it. The result of the Manchester United game practically doesn’t matter at this point — another group stage has been rendered a formality.
  • This referee was curiously averse to giving Bayern penalties. You have to wonder whether the home crowd atmosphere got in his head a little. Oh well, it didn’t affect the result.

Full time: Bayern Munich win 3-1.

79’ — GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Musiala makes it 3-1!

73 — GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Harry Kane makes it 2-1!

60’ — Can someone tell the coach he’s allowed to make subs? Please?

45’ — The second half is underway!

Halftime observations and analysis

  • Bayern Munich have been outshot, outfought, outhustled, and outplayed. It’s honestly a miracle that this is still 1-1 because Galatasaray should have scored more.
  • Konrad Laimer was signed on a free and it still looks like we overpaid.
  • Sven Ulreich has been having a monster game to keep this 1-1. The same can arguably be said of De Ligt and Kim, who’ve had their hands full.
  • Someone please pass to Harry Kane, poor man is starving out there.

Halftime: Galatasaray 1-1 Bayern Munich.

29’ — Goal. Icardi makes it 1-1.

8’ — GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Coman makes it 1-0, Sane with the assist.

Kickoff: We’re underway!

One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Looks like Thomas Tuchel has gone for a 4-2-3-1 with a fit Noussair Mazraoui at right-back, and no Thomas Müller anywhere in the starting XI. Konrad Laimer returns to his role in midfield in place of the injured Leon Goretzka, and otherwise it’s a bog standard starting XI that we’ve all gotten used to.

Bayern Munich are the kings of the Champions League group stage, a reputation that has been built thanks to an insane unbeaten run stretching back to 2017.

Thomas Tuchel has the task of extending that run to infinity, since this will the the last edition of the traditional CL group stage. However, he comes to Turkey with a severely depleted squad — Manuel Neuer, Leon Goretzka, Dayot Upamecano, Raphaël Guerreiro, and Serge Gnabry are all confirmed out, with Noussair Mazraoui considered doubtful.

Galatasary have already beaten Manchester United in this campaign. While it’s not exactly the statement that it used to be, it shows that they’re here to compete in the Champions League and can hold their own against teams from Europe’s top 5 leagues. Thomas Tuchel will have to find a way to muscle past them in their own stadium.

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Match Info

Location: RAMS Park, Istanbul, Turkey

Time: 7:45 pm local time, 12:45 pm ET

TV/streaming: Paramount+, Find Your Country

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