As you’d expect for this match, Bayern made massive squad changes to face such a small side. The only primary starters in the squad were Muller, Kimmich, Sane, Sule and Musiala, all of whom would be replaced by 61st minute save Sane. Despite the massive changes in squad though, Bayern would demolish Bremer 12-0 as Choupo-Moting scored four, Musiala added two and Tillman, Sane, Cuisance, Sarr, Tolisso and Own Goal all added 1.
Bayern handled this game as you’d expect given the vast difference in quality. Musiala, Choupo-Moting and Sane all particularly had good game’s and especially for the latter, it was much needed given the pressure that he’s been under.
Saturday saw Bayern take on Hertha at the Allianz. All of the usual starters would return and the lineup looked much the same as it had since Nagelsmann took over with the exception of Jamal Musiala replacing Leroy Sane on the wing. Once again, Bayern took control early as Alphonso Davies found Thomas Muller for a goal in just the sixth minute.
However, it would be Robert Lewandowski’s show from there on out. The striker would find the back of the net three times in the 35th, 70th and 84th minutes. Musiala added the third goal in the 49th minute to complete the 5-0 score line. Neuer also left the field happy as he collected his first clean sheet of the young season and really had very little to do.
Several noteworthy things also took place off the field. On Thursday, the UEFA Champions League draw took place and Bayern were drawn into Group E along with Barcelona, Benfica and Dynamo Kyiv. Should be a very entertaining and somewhat challenging group, though you’d expect Bayern to make it out with out too much trouble.
Sunday saw the DFB Pokal draw and Bayern will be on the road again to face Borussia Monchengladbach for the second time already this season. Not an easy draw for the second round of the DFB Pokal, but as we all know, you’ll have to beat several tough teams on the way to the final anyways. At the very least, it should be a very good and entertaining match.
Finally, it looks like the midfield reinforcement that we have so desperately needed over the last year are about to arrive as Marcel Sabitzer’s long rumored move is apparently all but done. This move will undoubtedly result in a few other moves, probably for Cuisance and Tolisso, and hopefully maybe one more incoming player for Bayern. Either way, this is an excellent fit for Bayern in an area of need and should solidify the middle of the pitch and take some pressure off of Kimmich and Goretzka.
Musiala’s ascendance as a future (current?) Bayern star continues. While you can easily, and rightfully, point out that Bremer SV in particular is not the greatest of tests, but the way he dominated was impressive. Nagelsmann called out what I think many of us have noticed following this match saying that he seems to have a magnet in his foot that keeps the ball there while dribbling around countless opponents.
He also added to his scoring tally in both matches. His nose for goal is surely one of the biggest reasons for Bayern supporters excitement. Bayern have very talented attacking options but few outside of Lewandowski and Gnabry have shown the scoring acumen of Musiala.
While he lost his starting position against Hertha this week to Musiala, Sane also had two good showings. Coming off the bench, he assisted Lewandowski on his third goal and really did most of the work to get there. He also added a goal and an assist against Bremer in the cup match. All in all, it was a good week for the German winger at a time when he needed a pick me up.
Hopefully this will boost his confidence and get him back into the player we all know he’s capable of being. Bayern’s success this year will largely depend on players like Sane, Gnabry, Coman and Musiala playing at the level we all know they are capable of and staying healthy.
Due to the two outstanding performances, I’m making this position of the week as the strikers in both matches dominated. Both Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Robert Lewandowski could not be stopped. Choupo-Moting not only scored goals but also assisted two more and caused the own goal against Bremer. Lewandowski meanwhile picked up his first hat trick of the season and extended his scoring run in the Bundesliga to 13 matches.
All in all, it was a great week for Bayern. The performances on the pitch were fantastic. They scored 17 goals and gave up zero. Nagelsmann and all Bayern supporters have to be very pleased with the play overall and the improvements shown by certain players especially headed into the international break.