Initial feedback and notes
- What a roller coaster it was. In the first half it looked like Bayern Munich would run away with it, but after some key players were sent off in the second half, Nagelsmann let RB Leipzig back in. The last 30 minutes were frantic and could easily have gone either way – it was sheer determination that made Bayern cross the line.
- Sadio Mane appears to have settled well into his role as a striker at Bayern Munich. The former Liverpool player could easily have scored three goals tonight, as the flag repeatedly denied him. For now, he appears to be able to replace Lewandowski’s output at the front.
- Apparently Jamal Musiala was the star of tonight’s show. The youngster was essentially unplayable thanks to his silky dribbling and quick shooting when on the ball. RBL simply didn’t know what to do with it. Too bad he couldn’t handle the full 90, because his displacement gave opponents some time to come out and play more aggressively.
- It’s good to see Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry score the goals tonight. Hopefully this will give them some confidence.
- Manuel Neuer’s performance was uncharacteristic by his standards. Hopefully it’s nothing significant – just a glimpse on the radar.
full time: Leipzig 3-5 Bayern Munich.
90′ + 8′ – A goal! Leroy Sunny did it! He won the Bayern Munich match!
88′ – goal. Olmo makes it 4-3. What is happening?
76′ – goal. RB Leipzig won with a penalty thanks to Benjamin Pavard’s missed tackle on Dani Olmo. Nkunku skips Noir.
66′ – goal! Janabri makes it 4-1!
59′ – goal. Marcel Halstenberg restored for RBL.
45′- The second half is in progress! Bayern need to bring him home now.
half time: Bayern Munich leads 3-0.
44′ – A goal! Benjamin Pavard makes the score 3-0! Help from Musiala!
31′ – goal! Sadio Mane makes it 2-0! Janabri’s help!!!
14′ – goal! Jamal Musiala makes victory over Bayern Munich 1-0!
7′- A big risk by Neuer, who sent it to a player from Leipzig outside the penalty area. He’s lucky he didn’t score any goals.
Starting: We’re going in Leipzig!
1 hour until kickoff: We have a queue! Julian Nagelsmann chooses to start Bayern Munich in what looks like a 4-2-4. Sadio Mane and Thomas Muller are likely to lead, along with Serge Gnabry and Jamal Musiala. Meanwhile, Marcel Sabitzer and Joshua Kimmich form the centerpiece, while Lucas Hernandez and Dayo Opicano play in the center of defence. Benjamin Pavard starts ahead of Nassir Mazraoui while Alfonso Davies and Manuel Neuer play their regular positions.
It seems like a reasonable eleventh overall.
After a very short period of the season, Bayern Munich is back in play with titles at stake in the first cup match of any season – the German Super Cup. Traditionally, winning the Super Cup has been anathema to Bayern Munich coaches, as winners tend to do poorly the following season. Does that bother Julian Nagelsmann? Perhaps not known about him, the laser will focus on winning the third title of his career.
It will be the first time RB Leipzig has faced Bayern Munich without Robert Lewandowski, which could give them some hope of overturning their poor overall record against the German record champions. To prevent this from happening, Nagelsmann has plenty of tools at his disposal. This game is set to be Sadio Mane’s official debut for Bayern, and he will play alongside the likes of Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry, Alfonso Davies and more. With that kind of support, Lewandowski’s absence shouldn’t be a big deal.
The formation can be 4-2-3-1, 4-2-2-2, 3-5-2, or anything in between. We’re so early in the season that it’s not really fixed. Although this may be a competitive game, everyone knows that the Premier League Cup is not who – which Important, it will probably give the trainer some breathing space to experiment. This does not mean that fans do not claim victory.
It’s Bayern Munich time.
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Site: Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany
time: 8:30 p.m. local time, 3:30 p.m. EST
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