Bayern vs. BVB: Champions League on the next level - Sport
BVB shows that it is better than last year - Bayern holds against Philippe Coutinho against. The Bundesliga expects a title duel at a higher level.
Borussia Dortmund in front of Bayern on Matchday 1, that's not necessarily something new. BVB RB Leipzig defeated 4: 1 on Matchday 1 last season, it was a spectacular game back then and their hopes were justifiably high for a thrilling duel for the championship - Dortmund seemed to have cut the gap to the defending champion. Almost exactly a year later, after the first matchday, there is a lot of talk for a duel. This time, however, it is the champion from Munich who shortens a backlog.
Throughout the preparation for the season has been speculated on strengths of BVB only, now there are first clues. At the 5: 1 against FC Augsburg made the clearly outnumbered opponents sometimes a pitiable impression, with such force ran Dortmund on the gate of the guests, as well combined Dortmund out the goals, although the early deficit after 31 seconds a certain susceptibility to Error showed. "We could not have started better," said Julian Brandt, one of four entrants who all immediately shared in the victory. Brandt met as a substitute, Mats Hummels, Nico Schulz and Thorgan Hazard played from the beginning.
Throughout the preparation for the season has also been speculated about weaknesses of Bayern, now there are first clues. The failed transfers that promised reinforcements and additions to the offensive had been criticized. That the criticism was justified, not only showed the counterexample of an already harmonious, newly established Dortmund offensive. This was also shown by the 2: 2 draw between Bayern and Hertha BSC.
Niko Kovac, the coach who was charged with a missing plan for the offensive so often in the past season despite double winning, as weak as rarely starts a master coach in a season, had initially hardly to blame on Friday. The Bavarians certainly had a plan. They lined up scoring chances. In the end they had 12: 0 corners played out. However, just as chances improved in the second half, they did not have a reliable scorer they could have substituted. Renato Sanches and Alphonso Davies did not change Kovac until late, and they stopped bugging. The Bavarians did not catch up with the performance on the pitch during the preparation of the BVB, but by confirming a long-awaited transfer after the game: After Ivan Perisic, on Friday still yellow-blocked supplement for the wings, in Philippe Coutinho of the top-category players to be hired by Barcelona, Manchester City international Leroy Sané could have been if he had not injured himself.
Coutinho is for Bayern the replacement for the returned to Madrid James Rodriguez at a higher level. He is a blessed footballer with a similarly outstanding talent, but more flexible, also usable on the wing, dangerous for the foresight, simply a little better. For the Bundesliga, the transfer means - all the more so, should it follow the already confirmed access of midfielder Mickael Cuisance even that of the striker Mario Mandzukic - a competition for the championship at such a high level, as it was rare in recent years. Munich transfers and Dortmund goals - the duel at the top of the league could hardly have begun better in view of an exciting competition.