Three things that FC Bayern noticed against Viktoria Pilsen: Leroy Sané causes a stir

The international break has clearly done FC Bayern a lot of good. After Bayer Leverkusen had already been dismantled by the struggling record champions on Friday evening, Viktoria Pilsen also crawled under the wheels in Munich a few days later.
From the home side’s perspective, it was 5-0 after 90 one-sided minutes, with Leroy Sané (7th, 50th), Serge Gnabry (13th), Sadio Mané (21st) and substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (59.) liable. With the resounding victory, FCB also set a new Champions League record.

It was the 31st group game in a row without defeat, something that no other club in the premier class has managed to date (Real Madrid played 30 games between 2012 and 2017).

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Averting the negative trend, which was recently reflected in four Bundesliga games without a win, comes at the right time for FCB as the top match at Borussia Dortmund is scheduled for next weekend (Saturday 6.30pm in the live ticker). .

Leon Goretzka was right not to overestimate the recent Schützenfest, but during the sovereign warm-up before the top game, some reservists were allowed to gain self-confidence. In addition, three players in particular stood out in the playful offensive.

  • Three things that stood out in Bayern against Pilsen.

1.) A resounding victory with limited meaning

It was certainly beneficial for the overall situation that the Munich side, which has been insulted so much lately, made a big exclamation point against Pilsen. In the recent past, coach Julian Nagelsmann’s team has been as dominant, creative and goal-seeking as rarely.

But the truth on this Tuesday evening was that the opponent from Bierstadt was not fit for the premier class. In the offensive without a bite, in the defense without a head and without access, Pilsen invited the German series champion to cheerfully score goals.

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise that, despite the intermediate stage of weakness, Bayern are able to exploit such shortcomings. The significance of the whole was therefore quite low in nature.

That’s what midfielder Leon Goretzka also said in an interview with “DAZN”. “Normally, nobody should be tickling us,” he said, referring to the criticism that both coaches and players have faced in recent weeks.

One should not celebrate the two sovereign victories too much. “The two opponents also let us do what we wanted to do. So we shouldn’t think too much about it,” said the former Schalke player, who sent a small challenge to Dortmund anyway.

BVB can expect a “highly motivated Bayern team”.

2.) Balm for the Reservist Soul

After eight Bundesliga matches, newcomer Ryan Gravenberch is still waiting for his first base appearance in the German Oberhaus.

That changed against Pilsen, Gravenberch replaced Joshua Kimmich, who was suffering from Corona, alongside Goretzka in the double six – thus sending Marcel Sabitzer to the bench. In the end, the match was not a real test, but the Dutchman showed his skills time and again.

“Ryan doesn’t have that much rhythm, it’s not that easy to get in,” Nagelsmann said on “DAZN,” but gave the youngster a positive track reference. “He did well and had good positioning. Normally he plays a bit more attacking,” the 35-year-old explained.

Bayern Munich – Viktoria Pilsen

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Besides Gravenberch, other players who normally live in the reserves also collected valuable minutes. Noussair Mazraoui plowed the right half of the defense the full distance and – also because the opponent allowed him – showed his ability up front.

The Moroccan, who, like Gravenberch, moved from Amsterdam to the Bavarian capital in the summer, had “some problems” in the beginning, according to his coach, but has now gained considerably more confidence. “I’m very happy with him,” Nagelsmann said.

Josip Stanisic was involved for at least half of the match, as was permanent bench press Choupo-Moting, while Nagelsmann gave top talent Mathys Tel 30 minutes. Especially from Choupo-Moting’s point of view, the evening at the Allianz Arena was a success: the attacker scored his first competitive goal of the season.

3.) Three offensive forces stand out

A trio that already made a positive impression against Leverkusen also performed impressively in the clash with the Czechs: Jamal Musiala, Leroy Sane and newcomer Sadio Mane, who had to contend with a lot of headwind due to the lack of goals. meanwhile.

Sané caused a stir with two technically demanding goals, Mane celebrated his Champions League debut and Musiala, who was not on the scoreboard against Pilsen, shook the opposing team again.

“We played well and created a lot of chances,” said Mane afterwards. He added: “The last few weeks have been difficult, so it was important to show a reaction. We did that after the international break and I hope it stays that way until the end of the season.”

When asked about the resurgent Sane, Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic was delighted: “I think he knows what we and the spectators demand of him – and love him: when he defends and his strengths plays up front, he can make someone the best player ever.”

Against Dortmund, it is up to the Munich team to further emphasize the alleged turnaround.

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