It wasn’t always pretty, but Bayern Munich used a strong second half to break away from the FC Barcelona game. Here are some of the quick hitters in the match:
- Two of Julian Nagelsmann’s interesting choices were in central defense and in attack. Dayot Opicano and Matisse de Ligt were fighting us for the defensive spot, while Jamal Musiala and Serge Gnabry were the finalists in attack. In the end, Nagelsmann went with Upamecano and Musiala:
- Upamecano on De Ligt was not shocking after De Ligt’s big slip against VfB Stuttgart on Saturday. As for Musiala and Gnabry, Musiala has been the better of the two this season, but Gnabry is the more proven commodity. Sure, both Gnabry and De Ligt wanted to be on the court, but they weren’t selected in the starting lineup.
- The opening minutes were spent with both teams trying to get an idea of what the other team would bring to the match. But Musyala already looked like he would be a handful.
- In the ninth minute, a very careless and avoidable rotation from Joshua Kimmich almost led to a goal in Barcelona’s favour, but Manuel Neuer superbly saved an attempt from Pedri.
- In the 17th minute, Thomas Muller decided to attempt a pass into the penalty area instead of a shot and just a minute later, Robert Lewandowski missed putting Barcelona close to the crossbar by an inch.
- At this point, Bayern Munich looked offensively out of sync and very volatile in defence, there was a lot of scrambling by the midfield and the defenders, who were all squabbling at that point in the match. It seemed like a matter of time before Barcelona could take advantage of Alphonso Davies falling too far on the field, but the Catalans will never be able to take advantage.
- In the 21st minute, Benjamin Pavard was forced to leave the match and was replaced by Nassir Mazraoui. As you know by now, this wasn’t Bayern Munich’s last injury of the match. Lucas Hernandez and Upamecano also messed up. Hernandez could be out for a while longer.
- Mazraoui had a good chance in the 27th minute, but he hit a weak shot that was easily saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen. It came right after Rafinha missed (by an inch) giving Barcelona a 1-0 lead. On that day, Mazraoui proved to be a competent replacement for Pavard.
- Marcel Sabitzer received a feed from Leroy Sane in the 31st minute, but fired on goal. It was a great lineup from Sane, who showed off some great work to make the play happen. Perhaps the Austrian should have done a better job with it, especially since he won’t be in the game for much longer.
- Joshua Kimmish had a very shaky first half. One of the worst halves of it that I can honestly remember. Kimmich bounced back with a good second half. Ironically, we saw a story earlier in the week, which stated that Kimmich preferred playing Sabitzer over Goretzka, but Goretzka’s addition appears to have set Kimmich on fire a bit.
- Thomas Muller and Sadio Mane collided in the 40th minute with a pass inside the penalty area. Say what you want, something is broken in connectivity, fluidity and concurrency when attacked. Something is off.
- Bayern Munich defenders have been bullied at times by Lewandowski (who wouldn’t?).
- Mazraoui would end up making a huge impact, simply because he tracked Lewandowski, before the pole was about to put Barcelona ahead and step in to save the goal.
- Just before the break, Sane was going off on a break, but he was hesitant and ended up dribbling across the finish line – it was that kind of halftime with Bayern Munich.
- If there was a silver lining to the first-half effort, it was that Neuer held up well under pressure and Alphonso Davies returned to look like one of the best left-backs in the world.
- Nagelsmann made a shocking move early in the second half to pull Sabitzer down for Goretzka. Sabitzer actually got a yellow card in the first half, and that’s probably why. Kimmich later received a yellow card as well.
- I didn’t feel Sabitzer was bad, but maybe the yellow card worried Nagelsmann – or the manager just wanted to turn things around.
- Shortly after Goretzka fired a laser beam at Ter Stegen, the German pushed her away into a corner. However, Kimmich delivered a perfect ball and Lucas Hernandez headed the ball to take a 1-0 lead.
- I want to say this again, Muller must be better than he was in attack. Is he uncomfortable with his role? Does it fight confidence? Something seems to be up on it – at least with his offensive performance. Simply put, it also needs to produce more.
- Speaking of production, Sunny has done it again! What an effort after feeding from Musiala. Sane got such a good finish after some quick dribbling to give Bayern Munich a 2-0 lead. At this point, FC Barcelona had to wonder what was going on.
- Sane has faced his ups and downs since joining Bayern Munich – and not everything was perfect against FC Barcelona – but he has advanced dramatically when the team needed him.
- Pedri missed an opportunity (and Lewandowski opened wide in the process) in the 64th minute, representing Barcelona’s offensive effort of the day. Close…but not good enough.
- It was clear that Bayern Munich was more assertive and aggressive in the second half. The mentality of the team has definitely changed.
- Mane was substituted for Serge Gnabry in the 70th minute. It was a strangely quiet display for Mane. Over the course of the second half, FC Barcelona went into a severe attacking slump, eliminating all the good things the Catalans did in the first half.
- Sane was called up in the 80th minute and wasn’t too excited about it. Sunny later admitted that he was unhappy with his performance and took her on that innocent water bottle.
- It looks like De Ligt has been penalized for his costly late error in the Stuttgart match, Upacano and Hernandez certainly did well together, but De Ligt didn’t even get the token late in the substitution.
- Overall, Bayern Munich did what it needed to do and went through some ordeals with poor performances in the first half. The team needed to win this match for a variety of reasons, but with all the madness circulating in the media, the three points provided at least some normality. She was far from perfect – but she was good enough and that was all she needed to face Barcelona on the day.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone at the Harry Kane camp,” Salihamidzic told Sport1. “We have confidence in our players. Serge [Gnabry]Sadio [Mane]And the [Eric Maxim] Chubu Moting and also [Mathys] phone. These are the guys who should grow in it. We have eight players in four positions. Ultimately you have to see what the market has to offer and we didn’t find anyone better than what was already on our team.”
However, Sky’s Florian Plettenberg and Marc Behrenbeck have reported that Bayern Munich has made Kane his priority – if the club wants to return to playing with the real No.9:
Max Cross Union Berlin should not have left.
At this point, Kruse now thinks he’s the kind of internet celebrity when most people probably can’t pick him from the police lineup. What a series of amazing missteps for a talented player:
While Julian Nagelsmann has done a good job managing his staff, the recent lack of accuracy, efficiency and synchronicity in the attack has some fans mildly concerned.
As always, there’s a lot to talk about – including those issues listed above. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this week’s episode:
- Why training gets harder every year (as Thomas Tuchel and Domenico Tedesco have discovered – and as Jürgen Klopp may soon learn). Also, did we mention that there are some unhappy players at Bayern Munich right now?
- The F.C.B The match will tell us a lot about where Bayern Munich is at this point.
- Matisse de Ligt and Lucas Hernandez look great together.
- Midfield mystery: Leon Goretzka wants to start but Marcel Sabitzer was great? What will happen there.
- Bayern Munich and Harry Kane may be really interested in a relationship in 2023.
Liverpool Wanted to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer over the summer transfer window, but it cannot be accomplished. This appears to leave open the possibility that Liverpool will chase Laimer next summer when he is a free transfer:
Liverpool were really interested in Konrad Laimer as a new midfielder, but it was impossible to negotiate with Leipzig in the last week of August. #LFC
– Fabrizio Romano September 12, 2022
RB Leipzig may take a calculated risk on developing Joško Gvardiol. Red Bulls He reportedly turned down a €90m offer from Chelsea, but he may already be willing to sell Gvardiol…only for a higher fee later. Chelsea and Manchester City are still rumored to be interested:
RB Leipzig rejected Chelsea’s offer to buy Josko Gvardiol in deadline week [it was for summer 2023] Because they are convinced that other clubs will join the race next summer, including Man City. #CFC
New deal until 2027 but Chelsea are still around and the race is completely open. pic.twitter.com/Df4IHOgMFD
– Fabrizio Romano September 12, 2022
It’s been over a month since the season and Bayern Munich They tied three games in a row. Those matches were awarded only in the German Bundesliga, and were punctuated by victories against Victoria Köln at Bochal and intermilan In the Champions LeagueBut it remains a poor return for a team looking for their eleventh consecutive title. Now, Bayern faces the possibility of a reunion with Robert Lewandowski in the middle of the week, when F.C.B Come visit. Lots to talk about.
In this episode, INNN, Samrin, and Marcus discuss:
- What is behind the terrible level of Bayern in recent times?
- The problem of attacking at the moment – finishing, creating an opportunity, or not having a real striker?
- How do we solve the problem of the front line before facing Barcelona?
- Moving on to the Barcelona match preview – which coach is Xavi?
- How Barcelona can line up and our impressions of their team.
- Aside from Robert Lewandowski, who is the Danger Man on their side? Dembele, Badry, Gavi, and more.
- How can Xavi prepare his midfield to neutralize Thomas Muller.
- Will the fact of Barcelona attack help Bayern Munich attack?
- How will Bayern stop Barcelona’s attack? Should Matthijs de Ligt or Dayot Upamecano start?
- Should Nagelsmann give Goretzka another chance, or should he stay with Marcel Sabitzer?
- Marcus makes an unsuccessful attempt to argue that Gnabry should start before Jamal Musiala’s attack. Is it successful?
- Should we still trust Julian Nagelsmann if he loses to Barcelona in the middle of the week?
What Arthur Gomez of Sporting Lisbon did against Tottenham Hotspur here was cruel: