Preview: Borussia Dortmund – FC Bayern

FC Bayern Munich find themselves in the most intense phase of the season. On Saturday evening the next big game in the league against Borussia Dortmund beckons. The Rekordmeister can go six points ahead of BVB and take a huge stride. Jupp Heynckes was well aware of this scenario when he left out Hummels, Kimmich […]

November 3, 2017 / 0 Comments

Preview: Borussia Dortmund – FC Bayern

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

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: Hamburger SV – FC Bayern 0-1 (0-0)

FC Bayern won their third game in a row under their new old coach Jupp Heynckes on Saturday evening. The Reds defeated the Hamburger SV 1-0, with Tolisso scoring the goal of the day against the decimated opponents. HSV-FCB, starting formations 3 things we noticed: 1. Washed away by the high pressing After not even […]

October 21, 2017 / 0 Comments

3 Things We Noticed: Hamburger SV – FC Bayern 0-1 (0-0)

Episode 7: The 4th Heynckes Era begins

First up, the crew discusses Heynckes’ return and the team’s potential before they get in to the Freiburg match. How did the 2013 iteration of Bayern Munich fare four years later? David Alaba and Kingsley Coman seem to be coming around nicely, but is a match where Christian Streich’s Freiburg never really looked to go forward a good test?

Moving on, the trio chat about the Celtic match and the merits of Sebastian Rudy over Javi Martinez at defensive midfield. FCB’s high team press is mentioned with a special shout out to Arjen Robben as the Dutchman provided a remarkable defensive performance.

Susie questions the lack of control at the second half, and whether it was Arturo Vidal’s doing, but Christopher and Maurice are thinking the team is just looking ahead. (It gets a little tasty here, folks.)

They all get on board the Joshua Kimmich hype train– wondering if he might eclipse legend Philipp Lahm– before they question Brendan Rodgers’ decision to start without Celtic’s most potent offensive player, Moussa Dembele.

Words on Sven Ulreich (and two clean sheets!) close out the podcast as Bayern faces brutal matches in the next coming weeks: RB Leipzig in Pokal and the league, followed by a top-of-the-table Dortmund match.

Thank you, as always, for listening! We’ll be back with you after the Leipzig Pokal encounter. Mia san mia.

October 20, 2017 / 1 Comments

Episode 7: The 4th Heynckes Era begins

3 Things We Noticed: FC Bayern – Celtic Glasgow 3-0 (2-0)

FC Bayern won the Champions League home game against Celtic Glasgow 3-0, keeping the Munich team on track for success under Jupp Heynckes. With kick-off, Jupp Heynckes became the oldest coach ever to have looked after a team on the sidelines of the Champions League. The life of the Bayern coach now spans 72 years […]

October 19, 2017 / 0 Comments

3 Things We Noticed: FC Bayern – Celtic Glasgow 3-0 (2-0)

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)

Jupp Heynckes is back: these are his challenges!

Things are hectic at Säbener Straße. Tuchel, Enrique, Van Gaal, even Scholl was mentioned briefly. Now it’s Jupp Heynckes in charge for the fourth time. The right decision? In the last few weeks, Bayern have been lacking almost everything. Tactical structure, but also the “Mia san mia” that is so eagerly evoked. So now Jupp […]

October 9, 2017 / 0 Comments

Jupp Heynckes is back: these are his challenges! — The FC Bayern München Blog