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Manuel Neuer likens FC Copenhagen’s setup to cement in 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich

Copenhagen utilized a deep block to frustrate Bayern’s attack and it ultimately worked in the end.

Bayern Munich - FC Copenhagen Photo by Sven Hoppe/picture alliance via Getty Images

Bayern Munich’s winning run in the Champions League group stages came to an end with their frustrating 0-0 draw against FC Copenhagen at the Allianz Arena. Bayern had no shortage of their chances to break the deadlock, though it was actually the visitors that out-shot them in attempts on target, boasting four to Bayern’s two.

As expected with an away performance at the Allianz Arena, Jacob Neestrup had his Copenhagen side setup to utilize deep blocks to try to stifle Bayern’s attack, which worked to decent effect. Thomas Tuchel did make a handful of rotations to the squad that included playing some players out of position and playing players that have not clocked too many minutes so far this season, but there can be no taking away from the resiliency Copenhagen showed.

There were two separate claims for penalties for Bayern that were both waved away in the end by the referee, one of which was a handball decision that was not given, much to the bemusement of Thomas Müller. He had referenced a similar situation from the 1-1 draw between Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle United, during which a very similar situation was deemed to be a penalty, much to the chagrin of a very unlucky and unfortunate Tino Livramento.

Speaking to Copenhagen’s deep-lying and well-structured blocks, Manuel Neuer likened their structure to cement after the final whistle. It was difficult for Bayern to find spaces in between the lines and half spaces, causing Neuer to make the aforementioned reference. “We set ourselves up expecting a Copenhagen side that are very disciplined, they showed that tonight. It was a bit like mixing cement, it was hard for us and in the first half especially we were lacking a bit of activity. In the second half we were more active, but in the end it wasn’t enough because we didn’t produce the clear-cut chances,” Bayern’s captain explained (via @iMiaSanMia).

FC Bayern München v F.C. Copenhagen: Group A - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 Photo by Stefan Matzke - sampics/Getty Images

There are certainly no givens or formalities in any competition for Bayern Munich, but especially not in the Champions League. On paper, it is no surprise that Bayern has already secured top spot in group A, but the 0-0 draw against Copenhagen was a sobering reminder that there are no easy results, as Neuer shed light on. “We learn that you have to work hard for everything at this level. You have to stay on top of things, try to do damage to your opponents and that the wins don’t just get handed to you against good teams like Copenhagen,” he emphasized.

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