First reactions and observations
- Bayern Munich won the match at a gallop. The second half was much less intense than the first, mainly due to the subs and the fact that Plzen looked dead on his feet. All in all, a solid win, although there were probably still a few goals on the table.
- Sadio Mané playing the full 90 minutes is a surprise. What does this mean for his participation against Dortmund? Does Nagelsmann plan to rotate?
- Three points here put Bayern in the driver’s seat to lead the group and qualify. If they can get the job done in the return leg, qualification for the Ro16 is almost certain.
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full time: Bayern Munich 5-0 Viktoria Plzen.
86′ — We have a pitch invader! He is not naked.
59′ — GOOOOOOOAL! Choupo-Moting now makes it 4-0!
57′ — Subtitles: Mathys Tel is finally up for Leroy Sane.
49′ — GOOOOOOOOOAL! Leroy Sane now makes it 4-0.
45′ — Subtitles: Josip Stanisic and Choupo-Moting represent Alphonso Davies and Jamal Musiala.
Halftime Observations and Analysis
- Bayern Munich should really lead with more goals. Jamal Musiala’s goal, which was disallowed for offside, would normally have held, the automated offside technique has to be modified to allow for some play.
- Sadio Mane was offside several times today, which is a sign of a good game from him.
- Plzen is flooded. We should see Mathys Tel in the second half.
HT: Bayern Munich lead 3-0.
36′ — Jamal Musiala scores, but Sadio Mane was ruled offside by VAR in the run-up to the game.
20′ — GOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Sadio Mane makes it 3-0! This is brutal.
12′ — GOOOOOOOAL! Bayern scythe through Plzen and Gnabry makes it 2-0!
7′ — GOOOOOAL! Leroy Sane joins Musiala and shoots past the keeper with a beautiful shot. Excellent goal.
Kick-off: We are on the way!
One hour until kick-off: We have lineups! Disappointingly, Julian Nagelsmann has chosen not to play Mathys Tel in this match, despite Ryan Gravenberch making his Champions League debut for Bayern Munich. Nagelsmann will have to be more accommodating to young people if he wants to keep this job.
Bayern Munich are still unbeaten in the UEFA Champions League this year, and Julian Nagelsmann would probably like to keep it that way. Having already beaten FC Barcelona and Inter Milan, you would think that these two matches against Viktoria Plzen would be quite easy for the Bavarians.
The point is that Bayern will face Borussia Dortmund later this week and Nagelsmann must find a balance between results and the health and well-being of his squad. In a World Cup year, rotation will be key, and he has already lost Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich to an unexpected Covid outbreak. So it won’t be a strong Bayern organizing Plzen in the Allianz Arena today, and they will know that.
Viktoria Plzen are so far winless in their first two games in this competition, but they will look at Bayern’s recent form in the Bundesliga and see that they have a chance. Julian Nagelsmann is also under pressure to give young players like Ryan Gravenberch and Mathys Tel minutes, or risk more unrest and discontent in the squad. All these factors make an otherwise simple tie a complicated affair. We’ll see how the team handles it.
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