He celebrated his return during the week after knee surgery, but that slipped a bit under the radar, with the 7-1 win against Salzburg in the Champions League having more going on the opposite side of the pitch. This time in the fifth minute with a save against Kramaric, then deceived by the striker Baumgartner with a shot against the direction of the race. In the final phase he again stood up against Kramaric. So he really is back now.
He would rather be a central defender than a right back, so it suits you to set up a back three with him at right centre. He didn’t really earn a pin of honor for strategically valuable gameplay from him. And he had his problems with Hoffenheim, who were especially dangerous on the left. But for the most part, Munich’s three-man defense defended fairly safely, as is possible for a busy three-man defense in a highly entertaining game of football.
Once at Hoffenheim he became the player who was worth 20 million euros to Bayern Munich. It’s much better now, but go to Dortmund in the summer. He sounds funny, but he is. He used to be free on his own set pieces, the next goal from him would have been possible. Back to new without appreciable error.
One thought when you watch him play: If he behaves similarly to how he does on the field in his spare time, he probably spills half his cup of coffee out of sheer enthusiasm. However, everyone around him also gets coffee in the process, which again is a plus if you translate it to football. He ran a lot, won duels, played at least one wild pass, saw a yellow card. A normal day at work for Hernandez.
After the first leg against Hoffenheim, Kimmich explained to the world why he had not yet been vaccinated. Sounds like a debate from another era, doesn’t it? In any case, he’s presumably now vaccinated and back to his old strength. In addition to precise passes in every situation and constant cheering, this also includes goal assists from a corner kick just like before the 1:1. However, it was Kimmich who fumbled to the left outside before conceding, Hoffenheim answering down the empty middle. However, you can only partially blame him for conceding.
Probably one of the six finest temps in the world. He has been doing what he can do so brilliantly around the opponent’s penalty area (snaking the ball around opponents, playing the right passes) from his own half for weeks now, with fewer and fewer mistakes. He intercepted a pass from Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann, shot into the side of the net and was one of many Munich players who squandered the best opportunities.
The second ex-Hoffenheimer in the Munich starting lineup once knew and appreciated Julian Nagelsmann as a coach at TSG. At that time, he sometimes had to act as the so-called “joker” (O-Ton Nagelsmann), that is: the only one responsible for a wing in the system with three behind. That was also his job on Saturday, which was a bit unwelcome insofar as Hoffenheim was more dangerous through left winger David Raum. Hit the post.
He scored a goal offside after half an hour and the next shortly before the break. Only Timo Werner manages to do something like this in the German-speaking world. Müller seemed a bit taken aback, but he didn’t help. When he missed an opportunity like so many of his teammates in the second half, he asked for a whistle. By alleged hand of Stefan Posch. But he didn’t help either.
As is well known, it is very difficult to stop with the ball, Hoffenheim’s Samassekou once tried it in an unusual way: with a kick to the stomach, Sané got angry. He was on the ball a lot, contributed a lot to the entertaining game and missed two good chances to score the lead.
Like Gnabry, almost the only one responsible on his side. Against Salzburg, he turned heads with a “king’s world-class defense” (O-Ton Nagelsmann). He shocking this time too, with sprints and climbers to the baseline. He prepared a lot, he was unstoppable, but in the end he was unlucky.
He has already given one Austrian probably the most unlucky day of his football career during the week, three Bayern goals resulting from three duels with the pitiful Salzburger Maxmilian Wöber. Austrian Posch didn’t have it so hard this time, but he was pushed as an extra by the world footballer before Lewandowski’s equalizer. In the second half, Lewandowski only scored one offside goal.
In a match at the end of an English week when the score was 1-1 only came Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Marcel Sabitzer in the final minutes and that was unbelievable. However: Otherwise, there was no attacker sitting outside. Sabitzer’s cross, Choupo-Moting’s pitch, missed.