The Bundesliga has returned from the post-World Cup winter break, however it seems that Bayern Munich has not gotten the message that the season is again underway. The Rekordmeister dropped two factors towards RB Leipzig on Friday (1-1) after which wanted a world-class end by Joshua Kimmich to rescue a 1-1 draw towards Köln on Tuesday.
Whereas the consequence within the Spitzenspiel towards Leipzig could have few fearful on the Säbener Straße, the story following the Tuesday fixture towards Köln was barely totally different. The primary half, particularly, was poor as Bayern had no answer after Ellyes Skhiri made it 1-0 for the visiting Billy Goats.
Bayern lacked creativity, depth of their deep runs and appeared extremely weak every time Köln did win the ball shortly on transition. Köln, in truth, may really feel disenchanted that they didn’t rating a second, successfully ending the sport, on any of their fast transitions.
“We positively have to speak in regards to the first half, particularly by way of method and perspective,” Bayern’s midfielder Joshua Kimmich stated after the sport to the media. “We conceded a objective once more after a set piece.” That was usually the case within the first half of the season. This has to cease as quickly as attainable. The second half was higher.”
New Bayern Munich keeper Yann Sommer echoed Kimmich’s sentiment. “We did not play a great first half and made many errors,” Sommer stated. “We introduced far more energy onto the pitch within the second half. The objective was nice. Sadly, it was a bit too late. If we equalized earlier, we may’ve gained the sport.”
Bayern was certainly higher within the second half. However a part of the reality can be that, at instances there have been flashbacks to Germany’s video games in Qatar. The Rekordmeister would end the sport with 78% possession and dominated with 855 to 243 performed passes.
“We had been higher within the second half after the subs,” Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann stated. “Köln sat deep and made it tough for us. If we scored earlier, it will’ve been powerful for them. The way in which we performed within the second half was what we had imagined. I am assured we’ll get again to profitable methods if we maintain that up.”
Certain Bayern improved after Kingsley Coman got here on for Serge Gnabry—he confronted criticism after the sport for an unauthorized journey to Paris—and Ryan Gravenberch changed Leon Goretzka. The 2 substitutions introduced extra velocity and depth to Bayern’s recreation. However Köln nonetheless managed to shot down the ultimate third, making it tough for the likes of Jamal Musiala to seek out house inside the field.
Musiala can be introduced off within the 68th minute and changed by Thomas Müller. Musiala seen lacked the freshness and creativity from earlier than the World Cup. With out Musiala at his greatest, Bayern has only a few options to get via deeplying defensive strains.
As a substitute, it wanted a world class end by Kimmich within the ninetieth minute for Bayern to equalize. Kimmich’s shot from exterior the field certainly was particular but it surely additionally highlighted the Rekordmeister’s frustration to seek out options contained in the field.
Maybe getting Musiala again going would be the answer for a lot of of Bayern’s publish World Cup issues. The remainder of the league, nonetheless, will hope that the Rekordmeister will want a number of extra video games to shake off the World Cup rust.
Frankfurt can shut the hole to the highest of the desk on Wednesday with a win towards Freiburg to only three factors. That might arrange a tasty prime of the desk conflict on Saturday, when Bayern host Frankfurt in what will likely be a real Topspiel.
Manuel Veth is the host of the Bundesliga Gegenpressing Podcast and the Space Supervisor USA at Transfermarkt. He has additionally been revealed within the Guardian, Newsweek, Howler, Professional Soccer USA, and several other different shops. Observe him on Twitter: @ManuelVeth