Initial feedback and notes
- Three points, four goals and a clean sheet for Bayern Munich tonight – you couldn’t ask for more. Julian Nagelsmann and his men have been under pressure for the past two weeks and have responded in style. Yes, Leverkusen were in the dark, but Bayern finally showed that fluidity and sharpness that was missing in the last few Bundesliga matches. Let’s hope this continues.
- Words fail to describe Hassan Jamal Musical.
- Dayot Upamecano and Matthijs de Ligt both played solid matches without any errors – a good sign with Lucas still injured.
- Bayern pressed hard in the last 10 minutes is the kind of effort that leads to a goal. Yes, Hradecky got it wrong, but Thomas Muller doesn’t come close if he isn’t already putting pressure on the goalkeeper. The rate of work is not always rewarded, but it is satisfactory when it occurs.
- Matthijs Tal and Ryan Gravenberch won’t be happy with these marginal minutes, and it would be better if Nagelsmann gives them a goal against Plzen in midweek.
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84′ – Fantastic! THomas Muller makes it 4-0 thanks to a foul from Hradecky.
80′- Subs: Musiala and Upamecano come from Gravenbrich and Mazraoui.
73′- Subs: Choupo-Moting comes in at Leroy Sane’s place.
64′- Subs: Manuel Neuer saves a blank shot from Diaby. Meanwhile, Sadio Mane and Marcel Sabitzer are coming in for Serge Gnabry and Leon Goretzka.
57′- Sadio Mane scores thanks to an incredible dribbling by Musiala, but was ruled out by the VAR due to a mistake by De Ligt in reinforcements.
45′- The second half begins!
Half-time notes and analysis
- Bayern Munich is back! Except for Leverkusen looking very tough and they are leaving spaces all over the field. The whole team could do a little better, but that’s still a huge improvement from what we saw before the break.
- When Douglas Adams wrote that the number 42 was the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything, he was thinking about the beauty of Musiala. This child is not playable.
- Leroy Sane has a performance clinic now.
- It’s amazing to see Sadio Mane struggle with fitness in the Bundesliga.
- Does this kit make de Ligt look fat?
38′ – GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Sadio Mane makes it 3-0! finally!
17′ – Fabulous! Jamal Musiala makes the score 2-0! What a player!
3′ – GOOOOAL! Leroy Sane makes it 1-0 thanks to a assist from Musiala!
Starting: We’re on our way to Munich!
1 hour until kickoff: Lists are out! Julian Nagelsmann offered no surprises as Bayern Munich arranged themselves in a 4-2-2-2/4-2-3-1 with Thomas Muller and Sadio Mane leading, supported by Leroy Sane and Jamal Musiala. Leon Goretzka plays on the bench with Marcel Sabitzer in the middle of the field while the defense is as everyone expected.
Can this team beat Leverkusen?
The international break was a nice break from the proceedings (depending on your definition of a nice word) but Bayern Munich He should now be back in action in the Bundesliga, against fellow struggling Bayer Leverkusen.
Senior officers have given Julian Nagelsmann their full support in the media, which in football parlance means he is one bad game away from being sacked. Of course, the coach isn’t the only one feeling the pressure – the players have been heavily criticized for their lax performances in recent weeks. Sadio Mane and Thomas Muller need goals, while Joshua Kimmich has been criticized for his lack of defensive awareness. Serge Gnabry is entering the third year of his long-running funk, which almost makes you wonder if he was any good in the first place. Practically, the only player who performs well in every match is Jamal Musiala, who is one of the youngest members of the starting lineup.
Bayern started the season well, but these recent games have been in complete contrast to the quality of the squad and the level of talent on display. Given that Leverkusen are struggling themselves, this might be the time for the team to find their level and put their feet under them. If not, this season could be heading south very quickly.
It’s Bayern Munich time.
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Site: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
time: 8:30 p.m. local time, 2:30 p.m. EST
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