Sunday, December 06, 2020
Bayern’s Müller counters RB’s anger
By Tobias Nordmann
The FC Bayern players breathe a sigh of relief, but even double goal scorer Thomas Müller lacks the strength to cheer after the turbulent top game. In the wildly wild draw against RB, the Munich team was just as successful in repelling the attack by the brave Leipzig team.
In this amazing football game between an offensive riot, a crashing fight and defensive anarchy, Thomas Müller felt very well taken care of. The offensive player, who had perfected the unpredictable so particularly, was delighted by this constantly changing loss of control between his FC Bayern and RB Leipzig. The 31-year-old sneaked a lead for his Munich team before he put all his force into a header to prevent the second defeat of this Bundesliga season. This top game of the 10th matchday ended with 3: 3 (2: 2). It was a top game that will have made a big impression on the rest of the league. The persistent pressing aggressiveness of the people of Leipzig and the boundless greed of the people of Munich resulted in a phenomenal exchange of blows.
Tore: 0: 1 Nkunku (19th), 1: 1 Musiala (30th), 2: 1 Thomas Müller (34th), 2: 2 Kluivert (36th), 2: 3 Forsberg (48th), 3: 3 Thomas Müller (75.)
FC Bayern: Neuer – Pavard, Jerome Boateng (84th Richards), Süle, Alaba – Goretzka, Martinez (25th Musiala) – Leroy Sane (64th Gnabry), Thomas Müller, Coman (83rd Douglas Costa) – Lewandowski; Trainer: Flick.
RB Leipzig: Gulacsi – Mukiele (72nd Dani Olmo), Konate, Upamecano, Angelino – Adams – Haidara (78th Sörloth), Sabitzer (72nd Kampl) – Kluivert (78th Orban), Forsberg (62nd Poulsen), Nkunku; Trainer: Nagelsmann.
Referee: Daniel Siebert (Berlin)
However, it was also a top game that was not only good for enjoying amazement. It was a game that brought a surprising amount of knowledge to the lawn. The least surprising thing is that such uninhibited duels are those that Thomas Müller loves most. How he hid from his Leipzig guards before the 2: 1 (35th), suddenly appeared and casually transformed – more Müller in one action is not possible. And how he worked his way free with his determination to the final score, that was lived Mia san mia. Kingsley Coman was absolutely inextricably linked to Müller’s mighty performance that evening. The man who shot FC Bayern against Paris St. Germain for the second triple in club history is probably playing his best season so far for Munich.
The French played both of Müller’s goals. He prepared the first goal with a perfect, short pass behind the back four of Leipzig. Before the second goal, he carefully crossed the ball exactly where Müller had cleared. The fact that he had also initiated the interim equalization to 1: 1 by the exceptional talent Jamal Musiala, who replaced the injured Javi Martinez early on, only crowned his performance. In the regular place duel with Leroy Sané, who played for Serge Gnabry on the rather unfamiliar right side, the always tricky, playable and fast Coman collected a lot more arguments. Sané, which is also a finding, has not yet taken on the role at Bayern that should be reserved for him as a king transfer, despite already six scorer points in the Bundesliga (three of them in the 8-0 against Schalke).
Even newer is not free from mistakes
But there are also things from the Munich point of view that they shouldn’t like in the first title fight against the Saxons. Once again the defenses weakened. And this time Manuel Neuer, who recently saved his team from inconvenience several times, was also weak. When Marcel Sabitzer hit the crossbar in the second minute, he didn’t look confident, but the ball also had an extremely curious trajectory. Had the aluminum not been in the way, the ball would probably have hit the keeper’s left hand. And also with the first goal conceded by the fast Christopher Nkunku (19th), Neuer misjudged himself when running out, his tackle went nowhere, the ball into the goal. In contrast, he was powerless when he conceded Justin Kluivert (36th) and Emil Forsberg (48th). They were also free in front of Neuer in a flash.
Which leads to the realization that Bayern’s defense against the straightforward and aggressively blackmailed switch game of Leipzig was sometimes overwhelmed. It was simply too fast for the chain of Benjamin Pavard, Jérôme Boateng, Niklas Süle and David Alaba. The less resistant immune system than last season continues the story of the past few weeks. The next (not new) insight is missing, Joshua Kimmich. The way he and Leon Goretzka organized the game in both directions of the field cannot be copied. Not from Corentin Tolisso (injured anyway), not from Javi Martinez (now too slow) and apparently not from Marc Roca either. The Spaniard, who had been signed to replace Thiago, was not even substituted against Leipzig. Instead, Musiala came (and convinced), although the 17-year-old actually acts more offensively.
About this amazing football game between offensive riot, between crashing fight and defensive anarchy, Thomas Müller, who felt that he was in the best of hands, revealed one last amazing realization: “We already knew before the game that we could come back, and that Unfortunately we have to come back often at the moment, we don’t just know since today. That’s why we can live with it in the end, have to live with it. Shortly before the end, I briefly exchanged with Manu whether we should take the full risk, but I think it is it was better that we didn’t exaggerate and didn’t allow another counterattack. “