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FC Bayern Munich with Corona problems against Gladbach

NAfter 75 minutes; the time was right for Julian Nagelsmann to present the Munich youth research project. Eight young players sat on the bench FC Bayernand that his choice of Lucas Copado and Paul Wanner was a good match. To begin with; the coach made Hasan Salihamidzic a little proud. Not because as a team leader he is also responsible for the further development of the talent factory; but as an uncle.

Copado is his cousin; the one with 1:2 in the match against Borussia Mönchengladbach I’ve also made quite a Bundesliga debut. On the other hand; Nagelsmann has secured another entry in the record books of the record champions. Not with Copado; he is a bit too old for that at almost 18 years old. Unlike Wanner; the other newcomer of the evening. This – according to Nageslmann – “incredible talent” replaced Jamal Musiala as the youngest Bundesliga player in the club’s history from Munich on Friday at the age of 16 and 15 days.

However; this event was the only one that Bayern broke another record at the start of the new year; at least the only positive. Because the 1:2 at the start of the second half of the season is somehow historic. In three games against Mönchengladbach this season; the Munich team only came to one draw; with Nagelsmann arguing that the defeat was “rather undeserved”; unlike; of course; in the cup when Bayern trailed 5-0; and also in contrast to the 1-1 draw at the start of the Bundesliga in August; the Bayern coach stated that “we were the better team today”.

“That put us out of line”

At least not the worst; despite the total of twelve failures. Except for the last 20 minutes of the first half; in which Munich is on the hunt though Robert Lewandowski The lead gave up on the game and only got it under control after halftime; but then failed to capitalize on numerous opportunities; either failed by aluminum or Gladbach’s goalkeeper Yann; or at times just not hitting the ball well.

Florian Neuhaus’ equalizer fell ‘out of the blue’ after just under half an hour; said Serge Gnabry created. The Müncheners had tried for their own goal to clear with the hoe rather than tap the ball away without frills; which allowed the Gladbachers to take their first shot on target. The equalizer; Gnabry admitted; “kept us out of line.” Four minutes later; Benjamin Pavard thought the pandemic distance rule might also apply in the penalty area; so he let Stefan Lainer head in the 2:1 on a corner.

After all; it speaks for Bayern not to have complained afterwards that more than a complete team was not available because of nine positive Corona tests; the Africa Cup participation of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Bouna Sarr as well as Leon Goretzka’s injury; and that the German football league had refused a match postponement requested by the Munich team. “The omens weren’t perfect;” said Thomas Müller. -But they didn’t bother us to press the target either. We had quite the troop.”

The list wasn’t bad actually. In Malik Tillman; Nagelsmann only had to make a basic debut for one player; the other ten were all seasoned professionals. Some with disabilities. Joshua Kimmic After his corona quarantine and his illness; he was back on the field for the first time in nine weeks; Marcel Sabitzer; who was long injured; for ten weeks; and he was “dead after 60 minutes;” Nagelsmann said. . And no one sat on the bench from whom Nagelsmann could have expected new impulses or who; by virtue of his name; arouse a little respect from the opponent; but only talents.

No man in Munich was so young in the Bundesliga: Lucas Copado


No man in Munich was so young in the Bundesliga: Lucas Copado
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In addition; for a few professionals there were new responsibilities in their job profiles – or they reverted to old ones; at least; as Nagelsmann admitted; one or the other “didn’t play in its best position”. Or not on his sweetheart; like Kimmich; who had to help in the back right; where he could be found regularly until two years ago. The Bayern coach had to try Musiala in the old year as a defensive central midfielder due to staff shortages.

He ordered Sabitzer to move to the right defensive side; which it seemed that the Austrian was not quite at ease there; and that had nothing to do with the diminishing force mentioned by Nagelsmann. Kingsley Coman and Corentin Tolisso will return to training soon; but were also absent for an extended period of time before Christmas due to injuries and are therefore likely to be only available as part-time jobbers at first. The experimental phase in Munich continues. Probably also the youth research project.


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