FC Bayern in the individual criticism – Munich defenders are shaky, but creative head Musiala provides highlights GuardianMagazines


FC Bayern completes their mandatory task against newly promoted SV Darmstadt 98. After the 8-0 goal festival in the first leg, this time they score a confident 5-2 at the Böllenfalltor. Bayern’s best, Jamal Musiala, manages a double pack worth seeing. Harry Kane scored the interim 2-1 with a diving header, his 31st league goal of the season. Substitutes Serge Gnabry and Mathys Tel increased the score to 4:1 and 5:1. Nevertheless: The Munich team had to overcome the 0-1 defeat by Skarke (28th), but then turned the game around.

League leaders Bayer Leverkusen, ten points ahead of the match day, play at SC Freiburg on Sunday (3:30 p.m.) – including the risk of stumbling?

Confident success despite a temporary deficit: the individual criticism of FC Bayern

MANUEL NEUER – NOTE 2: First game as a dad. The captain, who became a father for the first time on Thursday, raised his left arm when Honsak shot, saving his team from 0-1 (16th). However, there was no chance when Skarke pushed in flat to give the Lilies the lead. Took a trip to the sideline shortly before the end, wanting to get involved again.

JOSHUA KIMMICH – NOTE 3: The right-back continues to search for the perfect fine-tuning in this old, new position for him. Dangerous finishes, sometimes crosses without address labels. But one fit perfectly: he broke through on the right and crossed perfectly to Kane’s head – the 2-1.

MATTHIJS DE LIGT – NOTE 4: The Dutchman couldn’t do anything after Dier’s mistake; his tackle against Skarke’s shot came a little too late. Not always in control of the situation, especially shortly before the break when the Lilies almost made it 2-2. Wanted to go out injured at the end, but Bayern had already made five changes. Too passive before 2:5.

ERIC DIER – NOTE 4: The British central defender, who came from Tottenham Hotspur in January, with many offensive shots from the last line. Fumbled before the chance with a bad pass in his own penalty area. A very unfortunate header into the middle made it 0-1.

RAPHAEL GUERREIRO – NOTE 4: The Portuguese was preferred over Alphonso Davies, who had broken two teeth against Mainz. As usual, played well, confident passing game – but no surprising moves in the portfolio. Out in the 71st minute.

Jamal Musiala towers above everyone

LEON GORETZKA – NOTE 3: Not nominated for the European Championship test matches by Julian Nagelsmann. A pinch of extra motivation for the six-man team to prove to the national coach that he is wrong? He kept falling back between the central defenders, won many aerial duels, organized the build-up to the game, missed the chance to make it 1-0 (20th).

ALEKSANDAR PAVLOVIC – NOTE 2: The Munich native returned to the starting line-up after his yellow card suspension. The 19-year-old provided the more offensive six alongside Goretzka. Good ball thief, aggressive in duels. Good run into the depths including the penultimate pass before the 1:1. Had to leave the field after a collision with Vilhelmsson (58th).

LEROY SANÉ – NOTE 4: His last goal for Bayern so far? In October, in the 8-0 win against Darmstadt. Tuchel had challenged him and said on Friday: “Leroy has to deliver in Darmstadt!” Didn’t really get going and, as so often has been the case recently, remained unlucky and didn’t contribute to the goal. Substituted in the 70th minute. Can now take it easy and is banned from the European Championship test matches after his red card in Austria.

JAMAL MUSIALA – NOTE 1: Bavaria’s best! The creative mind with numerous dribbles, mostly moving from the left into the middle or the penalty area. His shots were initially blocked, then he made it 1-1 with a left-footed shot into the far corner and then made it 3-1 with a solo dribble through half the defense – his league goals nine and ten this season. On top of that, he provided the template for Gnabry’s 4:1.

Harry Kane scores again, but then with a moment of shock

THOMAS MÜLLER – NOTE 2: Bavaria’s veteran player currently has a regular place. As always, he bit through it, many one-on-one duels ended painfully for him, especially in the ninth minute when he ran under the SV98 keeper’s boots, but took something himself – not a penalty. Smart throw-in assist for Musialas 3:1. Shifted fastest and was then allowed to take a shower early (70th).

HARRY KANE – NOTE 3: Scored one of his four hat-tricks in the league so far in the 8-0 win in the first leg. The center forward this time paved the way for Musiala to make it 1-1. Then he scored his 31st league goal with a header. Job accomplished. When the Brit tried to push Musiala’s crossbar lob over the line, he injured himself and had to limp into the dressing room (82′).

KONRAD LAIMER – NOTE 3: Still in the starting line-up against Mainz, he came off the bench in Darmstadt as a replacement for the injured Pavlovic. Took over the more offensive six position, completely confident and solid performance – without reproach.

MATHYS TEL – NOTE 3: Because Sané was allowed to leave the pitch, the French teenager came into the game and acted as a second striker alongside Kane. Scored 5-1 with a shot on the move in stoppage time – his fifth league goal.

SERGE GNABRY – NOTE 2: Came into the game in the 71st minute, played as a right winger and was immediately dangerous. After a fine pass from Musiala, he hit the far corner with his left to make it 4-1 – the next goal as a joker (like in the 8-1 win against Mainz last Saturday).

ALPHONSO DAVIES – NOTE 3: The left-back replaced Guerreiro in the 71st minute and played with a mouthguard as a precaution after his tooth injury last weekend. Reeled down his program solidly. Hardly required.

ERIC MAXIM CHOUPO-MOTING – OHNE NOTE: Tuchel’s last offensive joker (from the 82nd minute for the injured Kane). Should have used his header strength as a second tip, a good opportunity to make it 5-1 was missed.

By Patrick Strasser




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