MSR-EN024 A title, the semifinals and a new trainer

Bayern Munich had a busy week with a 0:0 draw surrounded by a couple of goalfests. Even off the pitch things got interesting as the team welcomes Niko Kovac as Jupp Heynckes’ heir-apparent as well as some sad news about Arturo Vidal.

Marc Almstedt joins host Susie Schaaf to run through all the good stuff.

The Augsburg match is the first item on deck as the pair discuss FCA’s first half press, and the general lack of lustre surrounding Bayern’s sixth consecutive title win on the trot. Moving on to the Sevilla game, Marc and Susie never really thought Bayern’s progression was in doubt, although the Spanish side did have their chances. The overtly physical (murderous) play of the away team would be a cause for concern, but the duo agree that FCB were able to keep their heads straight, and are entering the semifinals suffering zero suspensions (out of a possible six).

The devastation of Gladbach was fun for all Bayern fans to watch– although it did not necessarily seem like that from the start of the match. Does going down a goal early– like Bayern is prone to do– help or hurt the team down the stretch?

The podcast closes out with the pair’s opinions on the Kovac hiring, and what Arturo Vidal’s injury means for the team moving forward through the crux of the season.

Thank you, as always, for listening. Mia san mia.

April 17, 2018 / 1 Comments

MSR-EN024 A title, the semifinals and a new trainer

3 Things We Noticed: FC Bayern – Besiktas 5:0 (1:0)

A red card, a forced change, a big win. Despite some early struggles, Bayern managed to beat Besiktas with a scoreline that should be more than enough to go through to the quarter finals. After only finishing the group as second placed team, Bayern were prepared for the worst. Luckily enough, they got one of […]

February 20, 2018 / 0 Comments

3 Things We Noticed: FC Bayern – Besiktas 5:0 (1:0)

3 Things We Noticed: FC Bayern – FC Schalke 04 2-1 (2-1)

FC Bayern is the gift that keeps on giving – victories, in this case, ending the game against Schalke 2-1. Despite Jupp Heynckes’ absence, the team delivered a convincing performance on home soil. “Even Helene Fischer sometimes gets ill and misses concerts,” explained Hasan Salihamidžić when asked about the coach’s absence due to illness. Starting […]

February 10, 2018 / 0 Comments

3 Things We Noticed: FC Bayern – FC Schalke 04 2-1 (2-1)

MSR-EN016 Bremen, Goretzka and Nations League

The Bremen match is discussed first by the pair with Jupp Heynckes’ top-heavy 4-1-4-1 drawing scrutiny. It was an entertaining match (if you’re not a Bayern supporter). Ronan takes on the role of devil’s advocate here, as Susie picks apart the space around Javi Martinez and Franck Ribery’s over-earnest effort.

Leon Goretzka is finally coming to Bayern from Schalke in July as the team talks about his meaning to Schalke and Bayern, how Bundesliga teams eat each other, and a return to FC Bayern Germany.

Ronan and Susie answer a listener’s question about their opinion on FCB “missing out” on Alexis Sanchez and the possible pairing of he and Arturo Vidal (and that exit rumor) before talk turns to the new Nations League competition and what it all means. To be honest, Susie forgot it was even happening, but Ronan breaks it down in a way that everyone can understand.

This episode is short and sweet– tidy, even. Thank you, as always, for listening! We’ll be back to chat again after the Hoffenheim match. Mia san mia.

January 27, 2018 / 0 Comments

MSR-EN016 Bremen, Goretzka and Nations League

3 Things We Noticed: RB Leipzig – FC Bayern 5:6 (1:1)

On Wednesday evening in Leipzig, part one of the ongoing assessment of Bayern’s current abilities was on the agenda. It was about nothing less than surviving in the cup. Will the record winner remain in the competition or did RB Leipzig collect their first victory in this matchup? RB’s starting position was not bad at […]

October 25, 2017 / 0 Comments

3 Things We Noticed: RB Leipzig – FC Bayern 5:6 (1:1)

3 Things We Noticed: RB Leipzig – FC Bayern 4-5 (2-1)

FC Bayern wins the last away game of the season. The German champion defeated the runner-up from Leipzig, with Arjen Robben earning the man of the match award. It was the only Bundesliga game on Saturday that had no relevance for the table. Both teams’ final placings were already certain before the match. 3 things […]

May 15, 2017 / 2 Comments

3 Things We Noticed: RB Leipzig – FC Bayern 4-5 (2-1)

Project Bayern-21

“Youngsters are being wasted on Bayern’s bench”, “Youngsters can only fail in Munich” and “If you go to FCB as a youngster, you’re throwing your career away”: since Carlo Ancelotti took the reins at FC Bayern, these sorts of comments have become frequent once again. Not least because a few records were set this season […]

May 11, 2017 / 1 Comments

Project Bayern-21

3 Things We Noticed: FC Bayern – FSV Mainz 05 2-2 (1-2)

Four days after leaving the Champions League knock-out stages against Real Madrid, Mainz 05 wrestled a draw from Bayern. After falling behind twice, the home team at least managed to secure one point from the game. The Champions League loss was horrible, and lead to an unusual situation: on Friday, for the first time since […]

April 22, 2017 / 0 Comments

3 Things We Noticed: FC Bayern – FSV Mainz 05 2-2 (1-2)

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