Bayern Munich 2-0 FC Barcelona: first reactions and observations

Bayern Munich 2-0 FC Barcelona: first reactions and observations

First reactions and observations

  • Bayern Munich pulled a rabbit out of a hat here. How did all that Barcelona dominance translate into two goals…for us? Robert Lewandowski will be furious after his missed chances, he alone could have cost Barca the game.
  • The arrival of Leon Goretzka gave Bayern the physicality they lacked in the first half. The midfield battle was equalized, allowing the attack to finally score.
  • Lucas Hernandez, Dayot Upamecano, Noussair Mazraoui and Alphonso Davies all deserve the MotM awards. Their performances were phenomenal. Amazing game by them.
  • Thomas Muller had his first game against Barca.
  • Leroy Sane maintains his scoring form. Nice performance from him.

full time: Bayern Munich win 2-0.

70′ — Substitutes: Ryan Gravenberch and Mathys Tel for Musiala and Sane.


50′ — HUOOOOOOOO! Lucas Hernandez makes it 1-0!

45′ — The second half is on! Goretzka replaces Marcel Sabitzer.

Half-time observations and analysis

  • Bayern Munich had to hang on to this half. Robert Lewandowski had three clear chances. Honestly, it’s a miracle it wasn’t a massacre.
  • Barcelona press Bayern off the pitch. They keep forcing simple gifts, it’s infuriating to watch. Don’t these guys practice pairing?
  • Alphonso Davies is the only Bayern player to play up to par. He closed his flank and launched a number of dangerous attacks on his own.
  • Ter Stegen barely had work to do today, while Neuer made several important saves.
  • Dayot Upamecano and Lucas Hernandez had to make a number of last-minute clearances, Barca are all over Bayern here.

Half time: Bayern Munich 0-0 FC Barcelona.

30′ – We’re half an hour away and it’s a miracle Lewandowski hasn’t scored yet.

19′ — Benjamin Pavard seems injured in the thigh. He leaves. Mazraoui arrives.

to start up: We are on our way!

One hour before kick-off: We have queues! Julian Nagelsmann opts to field Bayern Munich in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Sadio Mane up top, and Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane and Jamal Musiala behind. Dayot Upamecano replaces Matthijs de Ligt in central defence. Otherwise, the XI is as we expected. The team will have to be at the top of their game to beat Barcelona tonight.

Meanwhile gentlemen is Barca’s line-up if you’re curious. They opted to start Marcos Alonso at LB but otherwise no surprises.

Despite beating Inter Milan less than a week ago, Bayern Munich are in the throes of a crisis. The team have failed to win three Bundesliga games in a row and now face the prospect of hosting an in-form FC Barcelona side at the Allianz Arena.

Despite being a showpiece Champions League game, previous encounters between these two sides have been hilarious one-sided. Now, thanks to the exchange of a Robert Lewandowski between the two FCBs, parity is restored. In fact, the Spanish version could very well be stronger this time around.

Julian Nagelsmann will know he is under pressure. Although no one has said it out loud, this game against Barca will serve as a litmus test for their new-look team. After a summer that saw the squad significantly reshaped, the coach must deliver quick results. It has a star-studded team at its disposal – Thomas Muller, Joshua Kimmich, Sadio Mane, Alphonso Davies and the others have all enjoyed success against the other FCB in the past. Now it’s all about putting it all together, to show that Bayern deserve the title of contender.

It’s Bayern time.

While waiting for the game, why not discover the latest episode of our podcast? We’ve given a breakdown of Bayern’s struggles over the past few weeks, as well as a look at how Barca’s game could unfold. Listen below or on this link.

Match information

Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Time: 9:00 p.m. local time, 3:00 p.m. EST

TV/Broadcast: Paramount+, Find your country

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