FC Bayern Munich and the new assault: not yet Barcelona 2009

In the first recreation in the Bundesliga since the departure of Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich shone with a versatile assault. After Eintracht Frankfurt’s 6-1 win, there have been loads of compliments, but in addition some warnings.

Around 50,000 spectators flocked to the Camp Nou on Friday afternoon to witness Bayern Munich’s previous: Robert Lewandowski was launched in model as a new signing to Barcelona.

The 33-year-old striker confirmed off just a few methods as his new followers chanted for him and Barca president Joan Laporta spoke of a “historic day”.

By the means, this Friday was additionally a historic day for Lewandowski’s former membership. In the night, FC Bayern kicked off the Bundesliga season for the first time in 9 years with out their high scorer in entrance of the residence crowd in Frankfurt – and the first time since their promotion to the Bundesliga in 1965 with out their traditional centre-forward. There is potential for a everlasting place.

Does this work? First interim conclusion: This could possibly be one thing! Bayern beat Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt 6-1 and it was 5-0 at half-time.

Bayern Munich: A versatile assault shines

Coach Julian Nagelsmann fielded the identical beginning XI as in the 5-3 Supercup win towards RB Leipzig every week in the past. Again, Bayern performed in a really uncommon 4-2-2-2 formation with 4 versatile attacking gamers. Thomas Muller and Jamal Musiala have been nominally in motion behind Sadio Mane and Serge Gnabry. Most of the time, all of them took turns dodging with their wings and twirling wildly.

The introduced premise of spreading Lewandowski’s objectives (50 final season) over a number of shoulders labored very nicely: all attacking gamers besides Muller scored – though he had the greatest probability, however failed in the twenty fourth minute.

Bayern might have been greater than 5-0 up after an outstanding first half, however not for Müller’s missed shot. Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic noticed his staff play “a really, very, very, very, very, very, excellent recreation” by coach Julian Nagelsmann.

His opponent was additionally impressed. Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner raved about Munich’s “one-touch soccer”, which at instances was merely “clap-clap”. Substitute captain Sebastien Rode at half-time felt he was “pressed and overwhelmed”, saying: “Most of those gamers can go 34.35km/h. Along with its technical high quality, it’s troublesome to defend. “Lewi could also be gone, however the resilience in the storm, that solid is a complete completely different high quality.”

Thomas Müller gave him “a very good feeling that our idea and adjustments are working nicely up to now. The logical doubts about the pre-attack have been pushed to the background with eleven objectives in two video games”. And in two video games, he performed towards the winners of the DFB Cup and the Europa League.

Bayern Munich: Alert Müller and Nagelsmann

In addition, Bayern have been up towards two grateful opponents in the present scenario. Both performed boldly in their very own stadiums and averted wall ways. In Frankfurt, Bayern FC had large areas behind the opposing line of defense. Spaces the place a traditional central striker is not wanted. Spaces for agile attacking gamers like Muller, Musiala, Gnabry or Mane.

“It wasn’t a recreation the place we surrounded the penalty space in the first half. We moved rapidly via the midfield and regarded for depth. Frankfurt needed to take some dangers and we punished that boldness,” Muller analyzed. “Of course there will likely be different video games the place we will say: the middle ahead was lacking right this moment.”

Nagelsmann made the same assertion, clearly warning of “conditions the place we’ve got to play extra crosses”. When the respective opponent enters his personal penalty space and does not try and assault. Then, in keeping with the coach, 1.91m Eric Maxime Choupou-Moting could be an possibility in the future as a substitute and even beginning.

Perfection? Muller refers to FC Barcelona

Choupo-Moting was injured in Frankfurt, whereas one other nominal centre-forward, Joshua Zirkze, was on the bench for 90 minutes and might nonetheless depart the membership. Instead, Nagelsmann introduced on two extra vigorous attacking gamers halfway via the second half in Leroy Sane and Mathis Tell.

As in Leipzig, the pleasure of taking part in in the first half is totally gone at this level. Bayern have been once more down considerably after the break, however this time they have been not in bother, defending their lead convincingly. Was the staff unable or unwilling to do any extra? In the finish it does not matter.

New signing Mane known as for celebrations after the recreation via a megaphone on the fence in entrance of the Munich fan block. Muller was requested whether or not Bayern’s efficiency in the first half was good.

“There is not any such factor as perfection in soccer. “Maybe we’re watching movies of Barcelona in 2009.” At one level, it was about Lewandowski’s new membership – with no traditional middle ahead in the middle, by the means, however taking part in in a different way than the future with a defective 9 known as Lionel Messi.


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