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Bayern Munich 3-0 Hoffenheim: Initial reactions and observations

We return to action in 2024.

Aus 1. BL Saison 1971/72 1. FC Koeln - Bayern Muenchen 1:4 . Am Ball Bayern Spieler Kaiser Franz Beckenbauer Photo by Rust/ullstein bild via Getty Images

Initial reactions and observations

  • Three goals and a clean sheet looks pretty good on paper, but Hoffenheim made this a hard game for Bayern Munich. If not for the brilliance of Manuel Neuer and two key goals by Jamal Musiala (which he practically set up for himself), it’s hard to say what the outcome would have been. It was a comfortable win, but not a comfortable performance.
  • Harry Kane will be glad to get that goal at the end, he had a miserable game trying to get service.
  • Manuel Neuer has to play until he’s fifty. How will Bayern ever replace him?
  • Konrad Laimer is a weak link at right-back, Mukiele or Boey can’t come soon enough.
  • Reminder: If you haven’t signed it yet, you can leave a message of condolence for Der Kaiser in the club’s online condolence book.

If you are looking for more thoughts and analysis on the match, check out our Bavarian Podcast Works — Postgame Show with Chuck and Marcus on Spotify or below:

90’ — GOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Harry Kane makes it 3-0!

74’ — Red card! Prömel is sent off. Hoffenheim are down to 10 men.

69’ — GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Musiala makes it 2-0!

63’ — INSANE saves by Manuel Neuer! This game could easily be 1-1 by now.

45’ — The second half kicks off!

Halftime observations and analysis

  • Despite scoring a goal, Bayern Munich have been lacking ideas in possession. The attack did sustain pressure for much of the 1st half, but the U-shape reared its ugly head once again. Harry Kane did not get a single opportunity.
  • Jamal Musiala looks so much better on the wing, he can really cook when given that extra margin of space.
  • Dayot Upamecano is having a quiet masterclass. He’s been imperious at the back and 90% of Bayern’s buildup on the right goes directly through him. Beckenbauer would be proud.

Halftime: Bayern Munich 1-0 Hoffenheim.

18’ — GOOOOOOOOOOAL! Jamal Musiala makes it 1-0!

Kickoff: We’re underway!

One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Bayern Munich seem to have opted for an interesting starting XI this week. Harry Kane, Thomas Müller, Leroy Sané, and Jamal Musiala all start up top as expected, but the midfield is the real surprise. Raphaël Guerreiro benches Leon Goretzka, but is he partnering up with Joshua Kimmich in midfield, or is it Konrad Laimer in the pivot with Kimmich at right-back? Or is it a Kimmich-Laimer pivot with Guerreiro at fullback?

We’ll just have to wait an see. No other surprises in the starting XI otherwise. Oh, and Eric Dier is not on the bench yet. You’ll have to wait another week for his debut.

Bayern Munich return to action in the new year while mourning the loss of Franz Beckenbauer.

In the shadow of Der Kaiser’s passing, Thomas Tuchel will be working hard to secure a win. He will miss the services of Noussair Mazraoui and Kim Min-jae, both of whom are out for international duty, but otherwise has a fit and well-rested squad to choose from. Harry Kane, fresh off the first winter break of his career, will start up top, with the likes of Leroy Sané, Jamal Musiala, and Thomas Müller likely to join him. They will all wear black armbands during the game.

Meanwhile, there are various events and ceremonies planned to commemorate the passing of Germany’s greatest footballing legend. The Allianz Arena will be lit up with the words “Danke Franz” on the side, and condolence books have been made available throughout the stadium for fans to write their final goodbyes to Der Kaiser. If you haven’t already, you can go to the club’s website and sign the online condolence book available there.

It’s Bayern time.

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

Match Info

Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Time: 8:30 pm local time, 2:30 pm EST

TV/streaming: ESPN+, Find Your Country

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