Initial reactions and observations
- Did Thomas Tuchel cook? The answer is yes. Bayern Munich played their best game of the year so far (not saying much since it’s only February) and vanquished a traditional bogey team in Borussia Mönchengladbach. It seemed like things would fall apart after Elvedi scored from a Neuer mistake after a long period of Bayern dominance, but the team kept it together and mounted a significant comeback win.
- How can Tuchel still doubt Thomas Müller after this? The guy took matters into his own hands to stage the comeback, creating both goals that overturned the deficit. He would have had more assists too, if not for some suspect finishing by Leroy Sané.
- Speaking of which, is it time to worry about Sané? He got another assist today, but his finishing has been abysmal for months now. He needs shooting practice.
- Aleksandar Pavlović is seriously impressive. If he played for FC Barcelona and was nicknamed Pavli he’d be worth 200 million euros by now.
- Alphonso Davies showed an incredible fightback after being benched for Guerreiro earlier in the campaign — he and Eric Dier were excellent at the back. We hope his injury isn’t serious.
- Solid debut by Sacha Boey, but he’s gonna find minutes tough to come by if Noussair Mazraoui keeps playing like he did today. The Moroccan was on FIRE.
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Full time: Bayern Munich 3-1 BMG.
85’ — GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Matthijs de Ligt makes it 3-1 from a free kick by Sané!
85’ — Sub: Guerreiro on for Alphonso Davies.
82’ — Alphonso Davies made an incredibly challenge to deny a cross from Koné, but seems to have gone off injured. We hope it’s not serious. Bayern down to ten.
70’ — GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Harry Kane makes it 2-1! That goal doesn’t happen without Müller.
61’ — Sub: Sacha Boey comes on for Noussair Mazraoui. Debut for the new signing.
45’ — The second half is underway!
Halftime: Bayern Munich 1-1 Gladbach.
45’ — GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Pavlović makes it 1-0 thanks to a great pass by Thomas Müller!
34’ — Goal. Elvedi makes it 1-0???? HOW? Where did this come from?
Kickoff: We’re underway!
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Looks like Thomas Tuchel didn’t want to use any of his new signings just yet, so Bayern Munich lines up in a standard 4-2-3-1 with Harry Kane up top. Thomas Müller finally returns to the lineup for the first time since the Hoffenheim game, while Noussair Mazraoui starts at right-back ahead of new signing Sacha Boey. Bryan Zaragoza also makes the bench.
Whoever came up with this schedule really knew how to amp up the drama. A week before Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen face off in a game that could determine the outcome of the title race, the Bavarians host the team that beats them more often than not.
Borussia Mönchengladbach, unlike the other Borussia, tend to be a serious obstacle for any Bayern Munich coach. And while Thomas Tuchel beat them in his first encounter earlier in the season, his current team is reeling from a slew of key injuries and the specter of yellow card suspensions. Leroy Sané and Matthijs de Ligt risk missing the Leverkusen game if they pick up another booking in this fixture, while players like Dayot Upamecano, Kim Min-jae, Kingsley Coman and others remain sidelined for one reason or another.
Tuchel has been handed a boost with the addition of new signings in Bryan Zaragoza and Sacha Boey, as well as the return of Noussair Mazraoui from AFCON. Will they make the difference, or will it fall to Harry Kane and co. again? Or will Gladbach manage another smash-and-grab victory?
It’s Bayern time.
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