Episode 9: Ten-man Leipzig (again) and Celtic

Bayern Munich are still grinding out wins in a nearly impossible schedule lately, but they have managed to qualify for the third round of the DFB Pokal, rise to the top of the Bundesliga standings, as well as reaching the Round of 16 in Champions League competition.

Before delving into the Leipzig game, Maurice and Susie discuss the merits of drawing Dortmund in the third round of the Cup and what ramifications it has for the German football watching public on the whole. But then they hop on a Leipzig match that happened to be much less controversial than the last time the two teams met, despite yet another red card for RBL. Jupp Heynckes’ utilization of a 4-3-3 is discussed as well as how Bayern executed their matchplan more successfully than in the Pokal match. (Hint: it’s the midfield!)

Celtic is next and the duo marvel over the wonderful atmosphere in Glasgow while also wondering why FCB aren’t giving their all over 90 minutes the last few times out. Is it the tough schedule? Is it injuries? Did Heynckes have an eye on Dortmund? Going past that, Maurice and Susie discuss Bayern’s XI, the merits of Kingsley Coman over James Rodriguez on the left, a bloody lovely day for Javi Martinez (ha!), and who was responsible for Callum MacGregor’s equalizer.

Before they say “adieu!”, the pair briefly discusses the upcoming Dortmund match and Peter Bosz’ problems with his new squad. Thank you for listening, as always, and the podcast will be back after BVB before heading into the international break. Mia san mia.

November 2, 2017 / 0 Comments

Episode 9: Ten-man Leipzig (again) and Celtic

3 Things We Noticed: FC Bayern – RB Leipzig 2:0 (2:0)

Rarely have there been such heated discussions about a game in the aftermath as about the cup match between Leipzig and Bayern on Wednesday. Unlucky referee decisions but also strong goalkeeping performances made the game a real highlight. With these two teams facing each other again just days later, Bayern had a chance to grab […]

October 28, 2017 / 4 Comments

3 Things We Noticed: FC Bayern – RB Leipzig 2:0 (2:0)

Episode 8: Grinding out wins

Host Susie Schaaf is joined by Christopher Ramm of Mia San Rot and guest Rick Joshua from Schwarz und Weiss and Bayern Central returns as the trio discuss two narrow victories for Bayern Munich.

There are similarities between the two matches — notably the opposition’s press and the Arturo Vidal / Corentin Tolisso midfield pairing — but the group still managed to split the two up.

HSV comes up first as they chat about Markus Gisdol’s effective team press and how it interrupted the flow of Bayern going forward. Susie wonders if James Roriguez’ performance might have been better had he not been so isolated by the midfield as the team calls into question the timing of his substitution for Thomas Mueller.

Before the actual Leipzig match, all go on a roundtable and answer the oft-asked fan question if Bayern need/want a backup for Robert Lewandowski.

Getting to the the Pokal, first up is referee Felix Zwayer’s abysmal performance (ranked), and then they tuck into the second hard fought victory.

Leipzig’s 4-2-2-2 press is considered and how it effectively made FCB use their wings, before the trio discuss the relative goalkeeping merits of Man-Of-The-Match Peter Gulasci and Sven Ulreich over the course of the game and the nearly perfect penalty shootout for Bayern.

Susie, Chris and Rick close out the podcast discussing Heynckes’ substitutions against RBL and how they effectively closed out the opposition before ruminating on what the four-time Bayern trainer will do against that very same team on Saturday.

Thank you, again, for listening! We will be back with you after the mid-week Champions League Celtic match.

Mia san mia.

October 27, 2017 / 0 Comments

Episode 8: Grinding out wins

3 Things We Noticed: FC Bayern – SC Freiburg 5-0 (2-0)

Jupp, Jupp, hooray? With the triple coach returning to Munich, Bayern welcomed the struggling Freiburg. Did the Bavarian supercomputer finish its reboot or is it still being formatted? 3 things we noticed: 1. Party like it’s 2013? Bayern’s core structure was similar to the 2013 one. The full-backs pushed forward vertically, Thiago and Martinez acted […]

October 14, 2017 / 0 Comments

3 Things We Noticed: FC Bayern – SC Freiburg 5-0 (2-0)

3 Things We Noticed: FC Bayern – VfL Wolfsburg 2-2 (2-0)

Lucky lead, bad ending. Bayern showed a bad performance against Wolfsburg, causing worries over the upcoming CL clash. Friday night Bundesliga action! A rare event for the record champs, unless they play yet another season opener. Today’s opponent was the wild card from Wolfsburg, including their recently appointed coach Martin Schmidt. FC Bayern vs VfL […]

September 22, 2017 / 0 Comments

3 Things We Noticed: FC Bayern – VfL Wolfsburg 2-2 (2-0)

3 Things We Noticed: FC Schalke 04 – FC Bayern 0-3 (0-2)

It was the first mid-week fixture in the new Bundesliga season and Bayern played FC Schalke away from home. In Gelsenkirchen, they confirmed their improved form and cruised to a 3-0 victory that was never really in danger. FC Schalke 04 vs FC Bayern, basic formations 3 things we noticed: 1. Offensive power James, Müller, […]

September 19, 2017 / 0 Comments

3 Things We Noticed: FC Schalke 04 – FC Bayern 0-3 (0-2)

3 Things We Noticed: FC Bayern – Mainz 05 4-0 (2-0)

The mood hasn’t been overly positive in Munich in the opening days of the Oktoberfest. However, this changed on Saturday afternoon. The 4-0 against Mainz 05 was a strong performance and the end to many discussions in recent weeks. FC Bayern vs. Mainz 05, starting formations 3 things we noticed: 1. Coman plays well In […]

September 17, 2017 / 0 Comments

3 Things We Noticed: FC Bayern – Mainz 05 4-0 (2-0)

3 Things We Noticed: TSG Hoffenheim – FC Bayern 2-0 (1-0)

Bayern versus Hoffenheim. Ancelotti versus Nagelsmann. And in the end – disillusionment, again. The Munich team loses to TSG Hoffenheim once more and have to accept the first big setback in the 2017/18 Bundesliga season. TSG Hoffenheim vs Bayern Munich, 09/09/2017, basic formations. 3 things we noticed: 1. Nagelsmann coolly blocks Ancelotti’s innovation It wasn’t […]

September 9, 2017 / 0 Comments

3 Things We Noticed: TSG Hoffenheim – FC Bayern 2-0 (1-0)

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