Initial reactions and observations
- Daniel Peretz is a fantastic goalkeeper and should start for Bayern Munich moving forward. The man was on a mission and was sometimes the only thing that stood between Bayern’s midfield and the goalpost. And he delivered.
- Mathys Tel is unstoppable and he can win Bayern Munich the Champions League. This needs no explanation if you watched the game.
- Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich are absolute machines. Their workrates and passing was crucial to securing the win, and this needs to be the starting midfield partnership moving forward.
- Thomas Tuchel’s team actually pressed and attacked with intent. How the times change!
- Some really bright debuts for Krätzig and Fukui.
FT: Bayern Munich 4-0 Preußen Münster.
85’ — GOOOOOOOOOOOAAL!!! Mathys Tel smashes the ball into the net off an assist from... Bouna Sarr?!!!! What on earth?!
63’ — Taichi Fukui makes his Bayern Munich first-team debut, while Bouna Sarr and Raphaël Guerreiro also enter the pitch.
46’ — And we are underway again!
Halftime: Bayern Munich lead 3-0.
45’ + 5’ — GOOOOOOOOOOAL! Franz Kratzig makes it 3-0!
40’ — GOOOOOOOOOAL! Konrad Laimer makes it 2-0!
39’ — HOW DID SCHENK STOP THAT? Incredible save by the loanee keeper to deny Goretzka.
30’ — Okay, the game has been stopped again. The Bayern Munich fans seem to be protesting something. Tennis balls have been thrown on the pitch.
10’ — Sub: Serge Gnabry subbed for Franz Kratzig.
8’ — GOOOOOOOAL! Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting makes it 1-0!
7’ — Gnabry is back on the pitch.
5’ — As if things couldn’t get worse for Bayern Munich, Serge Gnabry is down. He landed on his arm after a challenge from Johannes Schenk, and he might have hurt it rather badly. Bayern are down to ten.
Kickoff: You can barely see anything, but we’re underway!
Game delayed: The kickoff has been delayed due to an insane number of fireworks. There’s so much smoke, you can’t see anything out there.
Meanwhile, according to Tuchel, Noussair Mazraoui and Leon Goretzka are at center-back.
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! It’s a little bit ridiculous, because Bayern Munich start with exactly zero first team center-backs. Mathys Tel and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting start up top, supported by Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry. Joshua Kimmich is captain and might be at center-back with possibly Konrad Laimer, and Goretzka and Musiala may be in midfield (or it’s a 4-1-4-1 or even a 0-3-4-1 because why not).
Dayot Upamecano and Thomas Muller aren’t even in the squad.
Bayern Munich are back in action in the DFB Pokal and reaaaaaaally want to win it this time. This competition has arguably been harder than the Champions League in recent seasons, ad Bayern usually at least make it to the quarter-finals in those.
Against Preußen Münster, Bayern Munich look to kick off what will hopefully be the club’s first successful Pokal campaign since the 2020 treble under Hansi Flick. However, given that this is going to be a game against a lower-ladder 3.Liga club, some new faces are expected in the starting XI. Israeli goalkeeper Daniel Peretz may get a start, as might the likes of Mathys Tel and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. It’ll be fun to see a different sort of lineup — a breather before fixtures get intense once again.
It’s Bayern time.
While you’re waiting for the game, why not check out our newest podcast episode! We talk about whether Thomas Tuchel is still the right guy for Bayern Munich, and how Julian Nagelsmann might fare in charge of Germany. Listen to it below or on Spotify.
Location: Preußenstadion, Münster, Germany
Time: 8:45 pm local time, 2:45 pm EST
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