In Bayern Munich’s first Bundesliga game since November 13, they took on challengers RB Leipzig at the Red Bull Arena and finished with a difficult draw.
World Cup blues
I can’t say I’m even remotely surprised, but Bayern Munich had a pretty rough time today. The same can be said of RB Leipzig, but Bayern’s star players just weren’t what they used to be. Joshua Kimmich constantly misplayed passes and his abysmal turnover led to Leipzig’s only goal. Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sané could not connect each time and the attack was rather toothless. Dayot Upamecano struggled mightily and earned a questionable yellow card that could very well have been a red.
As a team, Bayern lacked cohesion and it showed. Leipzig shot the record champion in both total shots and shots on target – all while missing their star striker in Christopher Nkunku. While there’s no reason to be overly concerned, this wasn’t the performance any of us wanted after being away from the Bundesliga for over two months.
Welcome to the club, Yann Sommer
Yann Sommer immediately seemed at ease in goal. While not the sweeper-keeper that Manuel Neuer is, Sommer was nevertheless reliable in goal in his first appearance for Bayern Munich. Sommer was fully capable of playing short out of the back and showed his strong hands on numerous other occasions. While still in the acclimatization phase at the club, Sommer looks like a clear upgrade from Sven Ulreich. Once he and Bayern’s backline are comfortable with each other, Sommer could be able to save more than just shots on goals – he could save Bayern’s season.
The Bundesliga is wide open
With this draw, the Bundesliga appears to be approaching “wide open” territory. If SC Freiburg play their first game of the second half, all two points would separate first and second place, with third place close behind. Marco Rose has been nothing but spectacular since his introduction as coach of RB Leipzig, SC Freiburg continue their fairytale season and Frankfurt continue to have a powerful attack thanks to the resurgence of German icon Mario Götze.
Bayern Munich needed a win to stave off potential pressure from a title challenger. A draw will suffice. Looking ahead, Bayern have two very winnable games this month. In any case, the focus should be on rebuilding the relationship between teammates thanks to the World Cup dismissal.
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