AAs Niklas Süle and Jérôme Boateng ran to the center circle, they were yelled at from behind. It was difficult to understand exactly what Manuel Neuer had to say, but one thing is certain: he did not praise his central defenders. Before that, they had left their goalkeeper alone in the six-yard space with Emil Forsberg from Leipzig. When the ball landed on his head, Boateng was too far in front and Süle too far back. Neuer couldn’t do anything anymore – except to be angry. For the third time he had to get the ball out of his goal that evening. And it was only 48 minutes over.
On Saturday evening, Bayern Munich received three goals from RB in their own stadium, but still not lost. It was an exciting and fast-paced top Bundesliga game that ended with the result it deserved: 3: 3. “It was a real top game with two teams that really wanted to win. It was great to be able to stand on the pitch. You live for games like this, ”said
Forsberg at Sky. And yet the Leipzig challengers were allowed to be a little annoyed afterwards. When Forsberg headed the ball into the goal, they led 3-2. They could have won – and that wasn’t exactly to be expected.
For more than a year there has actually not been a good time to play against the Hansi-Flick-Bayern, they just never give up, but the Leipzigers have caught a particularly unfavorable one in their opinion. Last Wednesday they had to win against Basaksehir Istanbul in the Champions League (and only make it in the 92nd minute). They have to repeat that against Manchester United next Tuesday.
“If we want to advance in the Champions League, we have to win,” said her coach Julian Nagelsmann before the game. “If we don’t win against Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, we have a few more games to go to achieve our goals.” Afterwards, Nagelsmann spoke of a “thrilling game” and added, with a view to the game against Manchester: “ It’s about the round of 16 in the Champions League. It is therefore worthwhile to fool everything. “
Manchester more important than Munich? At most two Nagelsmann decisions indicated this: The regular players Yussuf Poulsen and Dani Olmo only sat on the bench. But maybe there was a strategic idea behind it. Because Nagelsmann only set up players who are unusually fast in attack, with the exception of the ingenious ball distributor Forsberg. They switched over immediately when they stole the ball from Bayern. It often only took a few seconds from the conquest to the shot on goal.
In the 19th minute it worked particularly well. It started with a bad pass from Thomas Müller, and just a few seconds later Forsberg got through to Christopher Nkunku. Boateng and Süle got away, and suddenly Manuel Neuer was standing in front of him in front of the penalty area. And what was Nkunku doing? He simply played out Neuer, who for once hadn’t found the right timing. 1-0 for Leipzig.
At this point, at the latest, you should also name the problems that Flick has to deal with at the moment. He missed Joshua Kimmich and Corentin Tolisso in midfield. And because Lucas Hernandez was out at short notice, David Alaba, actually defender, had to help out as a left-back. Javi Martinez also injured his thigh in the first half. Flick switched to 17-year-old Jamal Musiala, who is always noticed on the lawn because his arms and legs are thinner than everyone else’s.
With Musiala, however, Bayern’s attacking game changed. It got better. Musiala was only on the lawn for five minutes when he shot with his thin leg from 18 meters so hard that the ball landed untenable in the goal – 1: 1 (30th). Müller and Kingsley Coman had previously unlocked him. It was the two preparers who created the 2-1 again five minutes later. Coman fit into the penalty area, Müller shot inside. And when the stadium announcer had just announced Müller’s name, he had to pick up the microphone again: Justin Kluivert scored 2-2 (36th). What a half.
When the game was restarted, the next goal followed. Angelino cross, Forsberg header. Leipzig had overtaken Munich in the flash table. New roared. There was a lot of abuse in general in this top game. From the coaches, from the players. It was about something that could not be overlooked and, above all, could not be overheard. One of the loudest scored the last goal of the evening. Müller, who had prevented Bayern from losing to Atlético during the week, headed the ball into the goal in the 75th minute to make it 3: 3. The most conspicuous attackers next to him had helped him. The flank came from Coman and the pass to Coman from, of course, Musiala.
However, Müller was not entirely satisfied. “For me there were too many ball losses with me,” he said self-critically at Sky. “It wasn’t all perfect. Of course you don’t score two goals in every game, I’m happy about the action. But I personally could have done better today. ”We knew before the game that Munich would be able to come back. We didn’t just know that we have to come back now, ”said Müller. “In the end, we have to live with it.” Overall, it is “okay and good that we remain leaders in the table”.