Three observations from Bayern Munich’s 1-1 draw against Union Berlin

It’s fair to say that Bayern Munich got the result they deserved in their 1-1 draw away at Union Berlin. Without further ado, here are the observations:

Thomas Muller’s absence decides the first 60 minutes

For more than a decade, Thomas Muller has been linking Bayern Munich’s fast pace and talented attackers. Not much has changed since he came on. However, not having him from the start meant Bayern Munich became a fast-break team without connectors. The small connecting pass needed for the final third was lost and Bayern paid for it.

The league is very smart (or not so smart) to isolate the fastest players on both sides (Alphonso Davis and Kingsley Coman) and limit Bayern’s chances. They intercepted passes in the attacking third and cut off Bayern’s attack well. Thomas Muller is the type of player who can spot the pass in this situation. It was a headache not to have him from the start – he definitely needed a break. Head coach Julian Nagelsman may have just chosen to rest him in the wrong games.

Bayern need to improve defensive awareness

Bayern’s best player today is mainly defensive. I think Benjamin Pavard and Matthijs de Ligt have both made good transitions on the defensive end. However, sleeping once or twice is enough to lose points. First, the league’s Sheraldo Baker shouldn’t be allowed to be as sneaky as he’s done for the league’s goals. Bayern’s job was made easier today without Jordan Pefok, however, they couldn’t stop Becker’s goal.

These types of mistakes are understandable occasionally; however, Dayot Upamecano’s 1-1 defeat against Jamie Leweling in the second half should not have happened. On another day, it led to a goal, especially when that player was Marcus Thuram.

The overall defense is better. More awareness is needed.

need more flexibility

In a flexible team, it’s strange to ask for more. However, against a team like the league, Bayern can indeed be more tactically flexible. I think it’s a perfect match to try to put Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Matthijs de Ligt up front in the last ten minutes and see what happens.

Bayern failed to score the three points against Borussia as Jan Sommer produced a historic goalkeeping performance. Today, Bayern didn’t win because they didn’t create enough chances.

Referees not showing yellow cards and allowing the league to draw many small but obvious fouls were also a factor. But a lot of teams do, in fact, Inter might try it out in the upcoming midweek Champions League game after watching today’s game. Bayern need a solution.

Overall, the good feeling of the start of the season is still there; problems are starting to show up, and Julian Nagelsmann needs to fix them.

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