In the first sport 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 additionally 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 fashion as a new signing to Barcelona.
The 33-year-old striker confirmed off just a few tips as his new followers chanted for him and Barca president Joan Laporta spoke of a “historic day”.
By the method, 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 prime scorer in entrance of the dwelling 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 may very well 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 similar beginning XI as in the 5-3 Supercup win in opposition to RB Leipzig per 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 may 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 sport” 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 tough to defend. “Lewi could also be gone, however the resilience in the storm, that forged is a complete completely different high quality.”
Thomas Müller gave him “an excellent feeling that our idea and modifications are working nicely to this point. 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 in opposition to the winners of the DFB Cup and the Europa League.
Bayern Munich: Alert Müller and Nagelsmann
In addition, Bayern have been up in opposition to two grateful opponents in the present state of affairs. Both performed boldly in their very own stadiums and prevented wall techniques. In Frankfurt, Bayern FC had enormous 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 sport the place we surrounded the penalty space in the first half. We moved rapidly by way of the midfield and seemed 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 at present.”
Nagelsmann made an analogous 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 line with the coach, 1.91m Eric Maxime Choupou-Moting can be an choice 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 may nonetheless go away the membership. Instead, Nagelsmann introduced on two extra energetic attacking gamers halfway by way of the second half in Leroy Sane and Mathis Tell.
As in Leipzig, the pleasure of enjoying 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 hassle, defending their lead convincingly. Was the staff unable or unwilling to do any extra? In the finish it would not matter.
New signing Mane referred to as for celebrations after the sport by way of 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 isn’t 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 – and not using a traditional middle ahead in the middle, by the method, however enjoying in a different way than the future with a defective 9 referred to as Lionel Messi.