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Bayern Munich 1-0 Union Berlin: Initial reactions and observations

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Initial reactions and observations

  • Bayern Munich clinched a much-needed win, but the performance was far from truly convincing. Many questions still remain about the attack, and the U-shaped pattern in possession simply refuses to go away. Tuchel has some thinking to do, especially with Augsburg and Gladbach coming up.
  • Guerreiro did rather well as an inverted left-back today, perhaps Alphonso Davies should worry about his spot from now on.
  • Bayern may have just lost both Dayot Upamecano and Joshua Kimmich to injuries in this game. This game extracts a massive toll if they’re out for a long time.
  • Harry Kane has just gone two games in a row goalless. Maybe Tuchel should start rethinking the idea of playing him like a DM and giving him more service.

Full time: Bayern Munich 1-0 Union Berlin.


74’ — Union Berlin’s coach gets sent off after a childish shove on Leroy Sané during a throw-in.


55’ — OFFSIDE. Harry Kane scores but Leroy Sané was ruled offside in the buildup.


46’ — GOOOOOOOOAL! Guerreiro makes it 1-0!


45’ — The second half is underway! Eric Dier is on for Dayot Upamecano.


Halftime observations and analysis

  • Bayern Munich have not scored for one-and-a-half games now. When was the last time the team suffered a drought like this? The attacking football just isn’t good enough.
  • Twenty minutes was all it took for Union Berlin to adjust to Tuchel’s new XI. Once they did, Bayern went back to the same old U-shaped football we’ve become used to.
  • Is Harry Kane even a striker at this point? De Ligt has more shots than him.

Halftime: Bayern Munich 0-0 Union Berlin.


44’ — Upamecano is down with a hamstring injury. Dier was ready to come on, but Upa seems to be toughing it out.


Kickoff: We’re underway!


One hour until kickoff: Lineups are out! Thomas Tuchel is taking no prisoners. Bayern Munich starts without Thomas Müller AND Alphonso Davies, with Jamal Musiala in for the former and Raphaël Guerreiro in for the latter. The rest of the XI is mostly unchanged, with the exception of Leon Goretzka being added to the midfield.


As recently as last season, this game would have been a major fixture on the Bundesliga calendar. However Union Berlin have collapsed this season, leading to their current position near the bottom of the league table. For Bayern Munich this game is a do-or-die moment, because losing here would open up a vast seven point gap at the top of the table.

Thomas Tuchel needs a win, ideally one where his team dominates from minute 1. To that end, he has almost a full squad available. Aside from Noussair Mazraoui and Kim Min-jae, there are no major absentees — that means the likes of Harry Kane, Leroy Sané, Jamal Musiala, Thomas Müller, and co. will all be able to play. Will that be enough? It wasn’t enough against Werder. Maybe the coach will show us a different approach.

It’s Bayern time.


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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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