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Bayern Munich 0-0 FC Copenhagen: Initial reactions & observations

No win today.

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Initial reactions and observations

  • Bayern Munich rotate and draw the game. You wonder what conclusions will be drawn from this game — seems like some of the bench players will stay that way.
  • The attack remains toothless in more ways than one. Even with Harry Kane on the pitch, Bayern were begging for penalties in the dying minutes for a shot at getting the win. In fact, aside from the single Müller header in the first half, Bayern Munich struggled to create any chances at all.
  • Leon Goretzka put in a fine shift at center-back, maybe Julian Nagelsmann might be desperate enough to use him there for Germany.
  • The referee was a disaster and a half. Handball call aside, Thomas Müller was brought down in the box twice in a single play and she didn’t even whistle it. This is the kind of performance that can kill a game.

Looking for more thoughts and analysis on Bayern Munich’s disappointing 0-0 draw with FC Copenhagen in the Champions League? Check out our Postgame Podcast on Spotify or below:

Full time: Bayern Munich 0-0 FC Copenhagen.

63’ — Subs: Leroy Sané, Serge Gnabry, and Pavlović have come on for Guerreiro, Tel, and Coman.

45’ — The second half is underway!

Halftime: No, we didn’t fall asleep, there were really no highlights.

Kickoff: We’re underway!

One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Thomas Tuchel has opted to field a heavily rotated Bayern Munich lineup today, although Harry Kane still makes the starting XI. Mathys Tel and Thomas Müller come into the side, while Leon Goretzka slots in at center-back in place of Kim Min-jae. Alphonso Davies returns to the XI, and Raphaël Guerreiro makes his first start in ages.

With no one left to beat but themselves, Bayern Munich host FC Copenhagen in a game that is mostly irrelevant to the outcome of Group A, from Bayern’s perspective. Sure, losing here would mean Manchester United have a MUCH harder time qualifying to the Round of 16, but there’s not a single Bayern fan in the world who cares about that, and neither does Thomas Tuchel.

What really matters is the six year unbeaten run that Bayern Munich have going in the Champions League right now, as well as the fact that many players in the squad are in dire need of some rest. With Matthijs de Ligt and Jamal Musiala already out with injury, Thomas Tuchel needs to also deal with the potential absences of Noussair Mazraoui and Kim Min-jae, putting serious pressure on the team’s depth. Given that he made zero substitutions in the Bundesliga last Saturday, people will be watching the coach rather closely.

It’s Bayern time.

While you’re waiting for the game, why not check out our podcast? Listen to it below or on Spotify.

Match Info

Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Time: 9:00 pm local time, 3:00 pm EST

TV/streaming: Paramount+, Find Your Country

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