First reactions and observations
- That was incredibly tense. Bayern Munich led 3-0 at one point, can you believe that? Two quick goals from Hertha Berlin, making it 3-2 before HT really messed up Nagelsmann’s game plan. The team did not recover.
- Losing Alphonso Davies is just devastating. Not only is he such a great player, but Bayern fans around the world were looking forward to seeing him showcase his talents at the World Cup. That is now in jeopardy.
- Fatigue continues to take its toll. That’s why we always lose control in the last minutes of the game. God knows what Bayern will look like after the World Cup ruins the squad.
- The VAR was not helpful at all today. Ugh.
- If you are Nagelsmann, what are you doing in the last two games? More rest and rotation, or go all out? The squad is suffering as it is, but the top of the table is so tight and Union has no worries about the World Cup. This season is looking very tough.
full time: Bayern Munich beat Hertha Berlin 3-2.
74′ — Subtitle: Leroy Sane replaces Serge Gnabry.
62′ — Oh God. Looks like Alphonso Davies has his hamstring done. Lucas Hernandez and Kingsley Coman (for Sadio Mane) come on.
58′ — VAR rules out a goal for offside.
45′ — The second half is over!
Peace: Hertha Berlin 2-3 Bayern Munich.
44′ — Goal. Selke shoots a penalty past Manuel Neuer. Benjamin Pavard’s original foul in the penalty area was spotted by VAR. Play again.
39′ — Goal. Lukebakio gets one back, 3-1.
38′ —GOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Choupo makes it 3-0!
37′ — GOOOOOOOOOAL! Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting makes it 2-0!
12′ — GOOOOOOOOOAL! Excellent finish by Jamal Musiala, who is assisted by Sadio Mane through a turnover from Hertha. 1-0 to Bayern.
Kick-off: We’re on our way in Munich!
One hour until kick-off: We have lineups! Julian Nagelsmann plays Bayern Munich in a 4-2-3-1 with Serge Gnabry and Manuel Neuer returning to the line-up after a short and not so brief absence. Leroy Sané and Lucas Hernandez are on the bench for the first time in a long time and Jamal Musiala starts in Thomas Muller’s attacking midfield spot. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting remains a starter given his great form this season. The rest of the lineup is as expected.
With only three games to go until the World Cup, Bayern Munich want to finish this phase of the season with as many wins as possible. Hertha Berlin is nothing like their urban rival Union Berlin in terms of playing style, competence, success, atmosphere, sympathy… well, everything really. But they have at least 11 men who can kick a ball, so they are a threat that must be eliminated.
Manuel Neuer will return in this match, while players like Lucas Hernandez and Leroy Sane can at least make the bench. Julian Nagelsmann has been slowly restoring his squad to health after the mid-October injury crisis, but renewed problems with De Ligt’s knee and Thomas Muller’s continued absence remain setbacks to the overall plan. Anyway, the squad has been in great shape lately and the coach has enough talent at his disposal to take down the… er… Berliners?
It’s Bayern time.
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Place: Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany
Time: 3:30pm local time, 9:30am EST
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