Viktoria Plzen 2-4 Bayern Munich: First reactions and observations

Viktoria Plzen 2-4 Bayern Munich: First reactions and observations

First reactions and observations

  • Bayern Munich have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League. Nervous last minutes from the boys but they made it.
  • The second half was very poor. Nagelsmann needs to address game management as it is lacking.
  • Seeing Sadio Mane step in to bring the team together in the final minutes was great to watch. His experience was needed.
  • Maybe Paul Wanner shouldn’t play as an LB until he’s matured a bit. At 16, he was bullied a little too easily.
  • If Inter fail to beat Plzen, Bayern might have to send Barcelona to the Europa League next matchday.

full time: Bayern win 4-2.


74′ — Goal. Plzen is 4-2 now. It’s not good.


69′ — Substitutes: Paul Wanner and Marcel Sabitzer in place of Leroy Sane and Dayot Upamecano.


60′ — Goal. Pilsen make it 4-1. Bayern’s first goal conceded in the Champions League this season.


55′ — Sub: Ryan Gravenberch replaces Leon Goretzka. Goretzka doesn’t seem hurt though.


49′ — Goretzka falls on the keeper and looks hurt for a minute, but he’s now on his feet.


45′ — The second half is on! Choupo replaces Kingsley Coman.


Half-time observations and analysis

  • It’s been a statpad game for Bayern Munich so far. Not much is happening for Plzen.
  • Thomas Muller being inexplicably replaced is worrying. The team can’t afford more injuries right now.
  • Mathys Tel missed his first chance but he will have others. That’s why you give minutes to children.
  • Coman could try to shoot the goal and not the keeper.
  • Goretzka hasn’t scored a brace since 2019? What a statistic.

Half time: Bayern lead 4-0.


34′ – GOOD GOOD! Goretzka makes it 4-0. Phew.


28′ — Under: Thomas Muller is leaving for some reason. Mathys Tel replaces him.


24′ — BUTUUUUUUOUS! It’s a bit much. Goretzka makes it 3-0.


Thomas Muller makes it 2-0! Sounds dangerous gentlemen.


10′ — BUTUUUUUUOUS! Sadio Mane makes it 1-0!


to start up: We are on our way!


One hour before kick-off: The rotation is not real and the young players are just window dressing. Julian Nagelsmann opted to field a mostly full-strength Bayern Munich XI given injuries and absences, with Thomas Muller starting as captain at the top. Fans will be disappointed to see no sign of Mathys Tel in the lineup.


It’s a bit early in the season, but Bayern Munich are eliminating all crises in attack. We already had the finishing crisis and the coaching crisis, now it’s time for the injury crisis.

We’re cheating a bit here because the seven first-team players who will miss tonight’s Champions League game against Viktoria Plzen aren’t all injured, but that doesn’t matter because they can’t play in any event. Significant absentees include teenage sensation Jamal Musiala, starting left-back Alphonso Davies and two starting centre-backs in Lucas Hernandez and Matthijs de Ligt.

At least Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich are back, but will they be enough for Julian Nagelsmann to beat Plzen? Normally we would say yes, but the results have not been easy to predict this season.

It’s Bayern time.


While waiting for the game, why not check out our latest podcast episode? We analyze Nagelsmann’s seasonal struggles at Bayern and the significance of the upcoming matches. TL; DL, qualification for the round of 16 and the work of Nagelsmann could all be at stake. Listen below or on Spotify.


Match information

Location: Doosan Stadium, Pilsen, Czech Republic

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

TV/Broadcast: Paramount+, Find your country

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