Initial reactions and observations
- Bayern Munich did not look like they were going to turn this game into a BBQ with the way the 1st half went, but Thomas Tuchel seems to have picked up a knack for getting it done in the second half. Eight goals and three red cards — this may be one of the craziest games in Bundesliga history.
- Harry Kane with the tiniest bit more service and space would be right up there with Guirassy on the scorer charts — he’s on his way to catching up after his second hat trick in a Bayern shirt today.
- Leroy Sane is the best player in the world. We’ll keep saying it until people start listening.
- Thomas Muller came on and the goals went into overdrive. He easily could have had a hat trick of assists if not for Choupo’s miss — even so, it shows what he can contribute to the team at this level, handing the likes of Kane and Musiala the service they need to be even more lethal.
- Manuel Neuer made an excellent comeback. A few saves in the first half showed he’s still HIM, and he got to enjoy the fireworks in the second. So good to have him back.
Interested in more analysis of this crazy game? Is Harry Kane suffering from Erling Haaland syndrome? Why doesn’t Thomas Müller play more? We talk about all that and more in our postgame podcast! Listen to it below or on Spotify.
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Full time: Bayern Munich 8-0 Darmstadt.
87’ — GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Harry Kane scores his third! Sane with the assist!
76’ — GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Jamal Musiala makes it 7-0! Muller assist!
71’ — GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Thomas Muller makes it 6-0!
68’ — GOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Kane makes it 5-0 from the halfway line!
64’ — GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Sane makes it 4-0!
60’ — GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Musiala makes it 3-0!
56’ — GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Leroy Sane now makes it 2-0!
51’ — GOOOOOOOOOOAL! Harry Kane makes it 1-0!
45’ — The second half is underway!
Halftime: What the hell was that. If red cards are the new goals, then the score reads Bayern Munich 1-2 Darmstadt.
45’+1’ — Offside. Leroy Sane gets the ball in the net but it’s ruled offside by VAR.
41’ — RED CARD! Kane brought down right outside the box! Darmstadt with ANOTHER red!
20’ — RED CARD! Laimer brought down and it’s a red to Darmstadt! Their man advantage is gone!
5’ — RED CARD! Joshua Kimmich has been sent off!
Kickoff: We’re underway!
One hour until kickoff: Bayern Munich have Manuel Neuer back in the starting XI, but otherwise Thomas Tuchel has opted for zero rotation. Not much to say here other than he’s playing a dangerous game with the fitness of his players.
It's nice to win games, but it's even nicer when you play well. Under Thomas Tuchel this season, Bayern Munich has experienced plenty of the former, but very little of the latter. It all came to a head against Galatasaray in the Champions League this week, where the Turkish Champions nearly outplayed the Bavarians only to succumb to an eventual 3-1 defeat.
Now, back home in Munich, people will expect more from FC Bayern in front of their home crowd, especially against 12th placed Darmstadt. Thomas Tuchel has an excellent starting XI despite all the injuries — no team in the Bundesliga can boast the likes of Harry Kane, Leroy Sané, Jamal Musiala and co. on their roster. It's about time he made his system click.
It’s Bayern time.
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