Bayern Munich I went out shooting all cylinders to start the 60th season of the Bundesliga. He was an absolute wreck for the current Europa League champions, something that should make Bundesliga skeptics rave. Let’s first enjoy the power of the show.
statement of intent
If there were any doubts about what Bayern Munich would look like this season in the Bundesliga, Joshua Kimmich’s daring free-kick goal – crossing a one-man wall some ways into the bottom corner – in the fifth minute gave an early answer. It should have raised the alarms, but Eintracht Frankfurt never woke up. Bayern were faster and more lively on every ball as they made their way through a hot first half.
Was Bayern that good or Frankfurt that bad? Maybe some of the two. Oliver Glasner’s 3-4-3 was an excellent advertisement for BFW resident Ineednoname’s campaign against the line-up, resulting in enough men returning to clear the midfield. Bayern routinely shipped through the space in numbers, and showed a fluidity in the final third that was hard to deal with anyway.
However, it takes determination and determination. Bayern showed that none of their traditional ruthlessness has lost with all the superiority over transfer windowand the seamless integration of newcomers – though a priori short – bodes well for what’s to come.
Put a piece defense, anyone?
After RB Leipzig headed a header into the heart of an angry full-back in the DFL-Supercup Cup, the danger emerged once again for Bayern Munich’s coaches. A free header in the twelfth minute at the back post over Alphonso Davies hit the top bar, and the back line fell asleep in the 56th minute on the second ball after a corner kick. He left Bayern Munich on both occasions.
Bayern were in control of course, but that won’t be the case in every game. Static pieces in particular are a free way to get back into the game – they can materialize out of nowhere, almost as they did. For a team that takes pride in their consistent work, it’s definitely room for improvement.
It’s certainly a changing look in attack for Bayern Munich this year. Gone are the only focal point that was Robert Lewandowski. In his place, Sadio Mane, Thomas Muller and Serge Gnabry were freely exchanging.
Muller drove a lot right, but also turned to the middle; Both Gnabry and even Jamal Musiala took turns drifting to the right wing or the right hemisphere. Sadio Mané was a regular feature – star arrival from Liverpool He had many good looks on goal – but also fell in stages deep in midfield, showing his creative prowess with the ball and his ability to press away from it.
Fittingly, the first five goals came from five different players. The sixth, delightfully slipped by Jamal Musiala from half of the left space by Leroy Sane, was an announcement – Bayern could find goals from more than just a front line and more than just their start.
The new-look defense might have to wait
It was announced the signing of Nassir Mazraoui (Ajax Ajax) and Matisse de Ligt (JuventusBoth made their bench debuts, but the rookies are convinced today. Benjamin Pavard collected a goal and set up a number of good challenges at right-back, as it often looked like the World Cup champions won’t be gone soon.
Then there is Dayot Upamecano. He missed passes, went forward and even nearly helped Muller once – but it was his solo work in defense that stood out. Many times it was Upamecano’s speed that eliminated the strong chances of a Frankfurt attack who, despite all the team’s defensive failures, was still vital and hungry. Two big moments in the second half, one in the 62nd and the other in the 80th, required a unique intervention from Upamecano to prevent goals.
That was the difference between the relaxed 6-1 finish we saw today and something more exciting, like what happened against RB Leipzig last week.
Where is the show?
In the first half at least, Bayern poured their attack hard on the left half of the field. Even Alfonso Davies was settling into a deeper role rather than constantly looting wings.
Bayern didn’t need the wings today, and it was the right way to break up Frankfurt 3-4-3. But it would be interesting to see how this changes from game to game, if that happens – especially as a way to play to the strengths of Davis and the currently suspended Kingsley Coman.
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