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Basel 1-1 Bayern Munich: Initial reactions and observations

It’s the first game of the year!

FC Bayern München Training Session Photo by R. Mitterer/FC Bayern via Getty Images

Initial reactions and observations

  • Yeah yeah, we get it — it’s a friendly. Still, that was a pretty dang poor performance from Bayern Munich in the second half, and it’ll annoy Thomas Tuchel to no end. While the first half was a masterclass in control and only lacked a finishing touch, the 2nd was far more fraught with chances at both ends — especially for Basel.
  • Leon Goretzka had a terrible outing at center-back, surely this is enough for Matthijs de Ligt to return to the lineup?
  • Joshua Kimmich was the only player to play the full 90 minutes, and he swapped from right-back to midfield after subs. What is Tuchel planning to do with him?
  • Will the outcome of this game prompt Bayern’s bosses to spend a little in the transfer market this January? Unlikely, if previous winter windows are anything to go by.
  • It’s always disappointing to begin the year with a draw, even if the game is a friendly. Hopefully next week’s clash against Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga goes better than this.

Full time: FC Basel 1-1 Bayern Munich.


70’ — GOOOOOOOAL! Aséko Nkili makes it 1-1!


68’ — We have more subs. Not looking positive right now.


58’ — Goal. Basel make it 1-0 out of nowhere.


45’ — The second half is underway! We have a bunch of subs by Thomas Tuchel:


Halftime observations and analysis

  • Bayern Munich have been dominant on the offensive front, but been unable to convert. The team is passing way too much in the final third without taking the shot.
  • Bayern are defaulting to the U-shape on the ball again, not a good sign. Still, the overall offensive pressure is good.
  • Thomas Müller seems to be playing on the right while Jamal Musiala is at AM.
  • Why is Matthis de Ligt on the right and Upamecano on the left? It’s usually the other way around.

Halftime: Still 0-0.


Kickoff: We’re underway!


One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! In a shocking twist, it looks like Joshua Kimmich has been moved to right-back. Otherwise the usual suspects start for Bayern Munich, including Harry Kane, Thomas Müller, Leroy Sané and Jamal Musiala.

Looks like this is as close to a champagne XI as we might get.


As Bayern Munich gear up for the return of the Bundesliga, this test game vs FC Basel will be the team’s first and only chance to see how things are shaping up outside of training.

Thomas Tuchel has most of his squad available, with the exception of a fit right-back. Konrad Laimer has been training alone and Noussair Mazraoui has been whisked away to AFCON despite being injured, leaving the club with only youngster Adam Aznou to slot into the position.

Will we see a full star-studded lineup, or will Thomas Tuchel give some more fringe players/formations a chance? It’ll all depend on a few key names like Harry Kane, Leroy Sané, Jamal Musiala, and the like. If they start, you’ll know it’s the champagne XI.


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Match Info

Location: St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland

Time: 3:30 pm local time, 9:30 am EST

TV/streaming: Find Your Country

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