5 observations from Bayern Munich’s 1-1 draw with FC Köln

Bayern Munich performed out a 1-1 draw with FC Köln through which the Bavarians ate an early objective courtesy of Ellyes Skhiri earlier than taking part in a sloppy recreation. The sport finally turned a much less sloppy however wasteful, and Bayern managed to rescue some extent via the person brilliance of Joshua Kimmich. This night time was an unmitigated catastrophe for Julian Nagelsmann’s crew.

Passing up possession

Bayern Munich had been unbelievably sloppy in possession this recreation. Early on, Dayot Upamecano, Matthijs de Ligt and Alphonso Davies had been misplacing passes to one another with unwavering regularity, a worrying signal. It was even worse than you’d anticipate from a crew at first of the season. This sloppiness percolated into the upper dimensions of the pitch too, with Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, Leon Goretzka and Leroy Sané all misplacing passes within the remaining third. A tragic show in maintaining possession. Moreover, the attackers appeared insistent on chopping and dribbling when in taking pictures positions. I felt like pulling my hair out watching Musiala, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Gnabry transferring the ball at their ft as an alternative of pelting it at objective.

To Paris or to not Paris

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Serge Gnabry’s go to to Paris over the weekend was well-publicized, even drawing remark from supervisor Nagelsmann. It now appears Nagelsmann should follow his phrase and take motion, because the German was merely not adequate. Gnabry’s positioning and first contact had been method off, squandering a number of goal-scoring alternatives arrange for him by Leon Goretzka and Leroy Sané. He should be higher.

Then again, Kingsley Coman, who was substituted in for him, was significantly better. Shifting to the appropriate wing, Coman confirmed his brilliance in remoted one-versus-one conditions and his skill to cross a ball.

The German 10 dilemma

Jamal Musiala had a poor first half. Taking part in via the center, the 19-year-old German simply couldn’t get something executed, being performed off the pitch and failing to make an impression. He typically dribbled into crowded areas and was dispossessed of the ball or errant in his cross. Thomas Müller would play the identical function later within the match and fulfill it significantly better, utilizing his positioning to learn his teammates somewhat than making an attempt to tackle gamers himself. It exhibits how completely different playstyles go well with the crew higher towards sure opponents. Musiala continues to be a terrific participant, as he confirmed after shifting to the left wing, the place he discovered pleasure linking up with Ryan Gravenberch and Alphonso Davies.

The 2 captains downside (1/2)

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Joshua Kimmich is a person divided.

The now captain of Bayern Munich has been ever-present. I genuinely can’t let you know one recreation he has performed within the final 5 years inside which he has not been one in all if not probably the most lively Bayern participant on the pitch. Nevertheless right this moment, he was uncharacteristically quiet. Kimmich was simply not current in protection, barely ever shielding the backline, and was not current sufficient in build-up to assist the centre backs who had been being harassed by the two-striker urgent system. It was a poor recreation by his requirements, though he did soften the blow with that world class shot from thirty yards out.

The 2 captains downside (2/2)

Kimmich and Leon Goretzka type the globally recognisable double pivot of Bayern Munich, a signature of the present crew made up of two of its veterans, however it has points. At this time, Goretzka had an excellent recreation. He was most likely the perfect Bayern participant within the first half, taking an lively function in Bayern’s play within the remaining third, however this time he didn’t ghost within the midfield and helped out in protection considerably. Nevertheless, he simply was not current sufficient within the absence of Kimmich’s passing vary on account of Köln’s defensive construction.

Nevertheless, Ryan Gravenberch was the right resolution to this. Gravenberch dropped deep to gather, introduced the ball ahead together with his signature imperiousness and had a severe impression on the sport from deep, working principally within the left half-space the place he linked up with Musiala and Davies. If solely that shot was an inch or two extra correct, it may have come off the opposite facet of the put up! I feel Gravenberch is healthier for the crew’s present form and Nagelsmann ought to look to begin him within the upcoming recreation towards Eintracht Frankfurt.


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