Bayern Munich Drop 4 Points To Start Post World Cup Campaign

The Bundesliga is back from the winter break after the World Cup, but it looks like Bayern Munich haven’t gotten the message that the season is back. The Rekordmeister scored two points against RB Leipzig on Friday (1-1) and needed a World Cup goal from Joshua Kimmich to salvage a 1-1 draw against Köln on Tuesday.

Although the result in the Spitzenspiel against Leipzig will have few concerns in Säbener Straße, the story following Tuesday’s game against Köln is a bit different. The first half, in particular, was poor as Bayern had no solution when Ellyes Skhiri made it 1-0 for the visiting Billy Goats.

Bayern lacked their creativity, depth and speed and looked powerless whenever Köln won the ball quickly and in transition. Köln, of course, can be disappointed that they did not score a second goal, close the game well, and every change they make quickly.

“We need to talk about the first half, especially in terms of approach and attitude,” Bayern striker Joshua Kimmich told the match’s media after the match. This usually happens in the first half of the season. This will stop as soon as possible. The second half was better. “

New Bayern Munich goalkeeper Yann Sommer echoed Kimmich’s sentiments. “We didn’t play well in the first half and made a lot of mistakes,” Sommer said. We brought a lot of energy to the pitch in the second half. The goal is good. Unfortunately, there is little time. earlier, we would have won the game.”

Bayern were really good in the second half. But part of the truth is that, sometimes, there is a backlash in the Germany-Qatar game. The Rekordmeister would finish the match with a 78% score and dominate with 855 passes to 243.

“We were better in the second half after the subs,” Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann said. Köln sat back and made it difficult for us. If we had gone before, it would have been difficult for them. The way we played in the second half is what we think, I’m confident we’ll get back to winning ways if we keep doing that. “

Bayern were apparently fine after Kingsley Coman came on for Serge Gnabry – he faced criticism after the match for an unauthorized trip to Paris – and Ryan Gravenberch replaced Leon Goretzka. Both substitutions brought more speed and depth to Bayern’s game. But Köln still managed to score in the final third, making it difficult for the likes of Jamal Musiala to find space in the box.

Musiala was taken off in the 68th minute and replaced by Thomas Müller. Musiala is seen without vision and creativity from before the international competition. Without Musiala at his best, Bayern have few answers to a deep defensive line.

Instead, it took Kimmich’s world-class finish in the 90th minute for Bayern to equalise. Kimmich’s shot from outside the box was exceptional but it also showed the Rekordmeister’s desperation to find answers inside the box.

Perhaps getting Musiala back will be the solution to many of Bayern’s post-World Cup problems. The rest of the league, however, will be hoping that the Rekordmeister will need a few more games to shake off the World Cup rust.

Frankfurt can close the gap at the top of the table on Wednesday with a win against Freiburg by just three points. That will set up an interesting game of the table on Saturday, when Bayern host Frankfurt in what will be a real Topspiel.

Manuel Veth is the host of Podcast Bundesliga Gegenpressing and Area Manager USA and Transfermarkt. He has also been published in the Guardian, Newsweek, Howler, Pro Soccer USA, and many other publications. Follow him on Twitter: @ManuelVeth


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