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RB Leipzig 2-2 Bayern Munich: Initial reactions and observations

These are the two best teams in Germany right now.

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Initial reactions and observations

  • The game ends at 2-2, which is a fair enough result given the chances at both ends. Only Bayern Munich fans have to ask themselves — is this it? Is this the best that Tuchelball can do?
  • One side had Harry Kane and Leroy Sané and the other one didn’t. Even then, the game was this close. It’s just like with Leverkusen — seems like Bayern are not able to beat the best teams at the moment.
  • Credit to the coach where it’s due. The second half substitutions definitely changed the game in Bayern’s favor. RBL probably thought they had won after the first half they had. Certainly many of the fans (on both sides) probably did.
  • Harry Kane continues his streak of zero service from the Bayern attack. Did we spend 100m on a specialist penalty taker? He needs more from this system if he’s going to justify his price tag. A single penalty in a game this big is not enough.
  • Bayern Munich have now slid down the table after starting the matchday in first place. What will the standings look like by the end of October? Not many Bundesliga games next month, but it’s still hard to predict.

Looking for more thoughts and analysis after Bayern Munich’s come-from-behind 2-2 draw against RB Leipzig? Then give a listen to our Postgame Show featuring Cyler and Marcus as they break down everything on the match — the good and the bad. Check it out on Spotify or below:

Full time: Bayern Munich 2-2 RB Leipzig.

70’ — GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Leroy Sané makes it 2-2!

56’ — GOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Harry Kane steps up and makes it 2-1!

45’ — The second half kicks off with Bayern making two HT subs. Tel and Guerreiro are on for Coman and Goretzka.

Halftime: Bayern Munich are losing 2-0. It’s a disaster.

26’ — Goal. Disaster for Bayern, Leipzig make it 2-0 thanks to a major error from Ulreich.

19’ — Goal. Openda makes it 1-0 to Leipzig. Well that was expected.

Kickoff: We’re underway!

One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Bayern Munich once again feature a standard 4-2-3-1 with Harry Kane up top, Jamal Musiala behind him, and Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sané on the wings. Konrad Laimer starts against his former club at right-back.

Going to be an interesting game for sure.

Many people think the top two teams in Germany are Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. However, in recent seasons, RB Leipzig have seriously challenged that notion. While BVB did come within a single point of the title last season, it was Leipzig who actually challenged and beat Bayern on the pitch to make that possible.

In terms of squad, tactics, and overall quality of play (not necessarily results) these are the two best teams in Germany right now. Which is why Thomas Tuchel needs to beat them. He needs to prove he can beat high level opposition while in charge of Bayern Munich. He’s never beaten Leipzig before (in two attempts) so this is a good time to start.

Meanwhile, for certain other players, it could be personal. Konrad Laimer is a former RBL man, so he may want to play at his best against his previous employer. Harry Kane, meanwhile, had his debut in Germany ruined by the cans in a humiliating defeat during the DFL Supercup. In fact, that Supercup game and last season’s title race should be on the minds of a lot of the players.

It’s Bayern time.

While you’re waiting for the game, why not check out our our preview podcast, which also contains a review of Bayern’s win over Preußen Münster as a bonus. Listen to it below or on Spotify.

Match Info

Location: Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany

Time: 6:30 pm local time, 12:30 pm EST

TV/streaming: ESPN+, Find Your Country

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