Identical boring story once more
Thomas Tuchel’s reign at Bayern continues to be younger, but followers are beginning to get used to a well-known sample. Bayern enter the sport as favourites, dominating possession, having completely no benefit and no thought the right way to smash low blocks, and churn in a bunch of crosses to gamers underneath 5’10”, earlier than succumbing to the one-man counter-attack. It is already prompted. In dropping the group for its matches towards Freiburg, Hoffenheim and Mainz, whereas Bayern adopted the identical state of affairs solely to realize victories towards Freiburg (once more) and Hertha Berlin final week and at present towards Werder Bremen.
In complete, Bayern Munich scored 13 objectives in 9 matches in all competitions underneath Tuchel. If we take away the anomalous Dortmund match, by which Bayern scored 4 objectives, it is going to be even worse. 9 objectives in 8 matches. By way of context, the final three groups within the Bundesliga, Stuttgart, VfL Bochum and Hertha Berlin, scored 13, 10 and 9 objectives, respectively, of their final 8 matches in all competitions.
Provided that Bayern have been among the finest groups in Europe earlier than Tuchel joined, but rating on the charge of a now relegation-threatened group, it is an issue that appears to fall squarely on his shoulders. It is essential to notice that he was pushed into a foul scenario and solely had a full week to coach with the group final week, however with that stated, issues want to enhance. And shortly.
Gravenberch and Kimmich’s partnership continues to be flawed, however it’s getting higher
We received our first actual style of the Ryan Gravenberch and Joshua Kimmich partnership in a January pleasant towards RB Salzburg. The match completed 4-4 and the midfield duo have been completely terrible defensively, constantly permitting the Austrian champions to infiltrate Bayern’s heartland. We noticed this partnership once more within the 3-2 loss towards Gladbach and it wasn’t a lot better, though the mitigating issue was that Bayern was a person. Nevertheless, Gravenberch was pulled off at half-time.
So how was the partnership this time round? It was… okay, which is an enormous enchancment. Gravenberch made a variety of effort off the ball and prevented Bremen from making any critical counter-attacks. Kimmich and Gravenberch nonetheless appeared fully out of sync at sure factors within the sport, however on secure possession and within the first few seconds after shedding the ball, the duo seemed actually good collectively. It was noticeable how poorly Bayern managed the match when Gravenberch was substituted.
Nevertheless, Gravenberch was not notably inventive with the ball at present and his alternative wasn’t undeserved. He’ll have to preserve bettering to problem for a beginning spot. Though, if Leon Goretzka continues to play poorly, maybe the Dutch participant’s present type will probably be a contender for Bayern Munich’s No. 8 in any case.
Mazraoui and Sani make their case for extra taking part in time
The 2 gamers who’ve struggled for sport time are Nosair Mazraoui and Leroy Sane. In his first 5 appearances, Mazraoui was solely allowed to play one minute and has performed extra lately on account of a collection of defensive accidents, whereas Sane has been benched for the final three matches. They each had a variety of drive to show themselves at present they usually did it pretty nicely.
His most distinguished function was when Al Mazraoui mixed with Sani Sani to kick the ball into the aim, in what turned out to be the winner of the match. However the Moroccan has additionally proven constant high quality on the ball, displaying clever positioning each on and off the ball and proving invincible on the appropriate. In the meantime, Sane got here off the bench to instantly add his vitality and talent to the sport, instantly giving the group a shot within the arm that clearly improved Bayern’s general sport. Sane could not have been as spectacular as Mazraoui at present and nonetheless pale in the previous few minutes, however he had performed sufficient at that time. The 2 definitely did not take their possibilities at getting extra taking part in time at present.
Bona Sarr performed a match with Bayern this season! It lastly occurred! By the way in which, Bayern received each sport that Sarr performed this season. Possibly he ought to play extra.
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