Initial reactions and observations
- So either Frankfurt forgot to get off the bus today of Bayern Munich are the real deal. Not to go full Rio Ferdinand over here, but Nagelsmann could be onto something with this 4-2-2-2. More data needed.
- Dayot Upamecano finally looks like the defender we paid 40m for. The Frenchman was quick, cool, and composed under pressure throughout the game today and made several important interventions to keep Frankfurt from even having a whiff at goal. Solid outing overall.
- Manuel Neuer continues his shaky start to the season. Is age starting to catch up to him?
- Jamal Musiala is the golden boy. I cannot believe how long it took coaches to give him consistent starts, he is one of the best players at this club right now.
- Bayern Munich once again slowed down significantly in the second half, so the conditioning isn’t quite there yet.
Full time: Bayern Munich beat Eintracht Frankfurt 6-1.
83’ — GOAL! Jamal Musiala makes it 6-1, Sane assist.
81’ — Subs: Matthijs de Ligt and Noussair Mazraoui come on for Lucas Hernandez and Dayot Upamecano.
63’ — Goal. Excuse me. What was that, Manu? Neuer makes a howler to concede a goal.
57’ — Goal? Not exactly. Frankfurt have a goal ruled out for offside. Also Ryan Gravenberch is on for Bayern.
45’ — Second half kicks off!
Halftime observations and analysis
- Sadio Mane plays like he’s been at Bayern Munich for a decade. Never has a player made a smoother transition into this team. What an excellent signing he is.
- Jamal Musiala continues to cook. This kid is truly special.
- Serge Gnabry is really benefitting from having Mane near him. The Senegalese striker seems to give Gnabry more confidence in his game, which has resulted in a clear uptick in performances.
- Eintracht Frankfurt have totally surrendered the midfield. It might as well not exist.
- 4-2-2-2 seems the way forward right now.
Halftime: Bayern Munich lead 5-0.
42’ — GOAL! Gnabry makes it 5-0! WOW.
35’ — GOAL! Musiala makes it 4-0 to Bayern in 35 minutes! Muller with the assist.
29’ — GOAL! Sadio Mane scores on his Bundesliga debut! 3-0 to Bayern now.
10’ — GOAL! Benjamin Pavard makes it 2-0! Amazing start!
5’ — GOAL! Joshua Kimmich fires home from a free kick! Smoke? Who cares?
Kickoff: We’re underway in Frankfurt! The 2022/23 Bundesliga season is officially in progress!
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Julian Nagelsmann makes zero changes as he fields Bayern Munich in a 4-2-2-2 formation (as predicted by most outlets before the game). Will this setup do better than it did against Leipzig? Or will we see it exposed? Guess we’ll have to wait and watch.
As far as Bundesliga openers go, it doesn’t get much juicier than this. Bayern Munich face off against reigning Europa League champions Eintracht Frankfurt, in front of 50k of the league’s most boisterous fanbases. It should be quite something.
Of course, for Julian Nagelsmann and the players, the objective remains the same. Keep winning, no matter what. Any slip up is a disaster, any moment of weakness will reverberate through the fanbase and the media for weeks to come. Thomas Muller once said that Bayern Munich players don’t win games to savor the victory — they do it to enjoy a Sunday in peace. That’s the kind of pressure we’re talking about.
Even without Robert Lewandowski, the standards haven’t changed. In fact, with the addition of superstar signings like Sadio Mane and Matthijs de Ligt, the expectations for this coming season are sky high. Let’s see if the team can manage to live up to the hype.
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