News : FC Bayern Munich beats VfB Stuttgart: The search for the kick
Gregor Kobel also spoke later about the decisive game scene, about the dismissal after ten minutes. “From then on, the processes didn’t work for us anymore,” said the goalkeeper of VfB Stuttgart, “the coordination didn’t work anymore. It all happened too quickly. “
Not a surprising statement in itself, as it is often in football. That a red card completely upsets a team, the assignments are missing and you inevitably stumble into bitter defeat. The only remarkable thing about this game was that it was Bayern’s left-back Alphonso Davies who was knocked off the pitch after ten minutes after a heavy kick in the ankle of Watari Endo. And that it was VfB Stuttgart that then broke up completely in excess.
“This game offered a lot of illustrative material for us,” said Sven Mislintat, the sports director of VfB, “Bayern made us look like a newcomer today.” So are the Swabians. While the Bavarians, which became clear again on this Saturday afternoon, are a very useful top team and presented themselves as they see themselves in their own self-image. Even if, of course, they needed a moment of shock again this time before they were shaken up and found their way into the game. As so often this season.
At the moment, the alarm bells always have to ring so that they really get going. Almost as if it couldn’t be done without the thrill, only then to really build up tension. So far, it has mostly been goals conceded early that tore the Munich out of a lethargic sluggishness. The record champions have already been behind 13 times this season, with six wins and four draws they then scored 22 points after falling behind. Afterwards it was said again and again that the next time you had to show your presence at the start of the game, or as Thomas Müller liked to put it: “We have to be bilious from the start.” Gallig, that’s Müller’s favorite word.
But they weren’t galling against Stuttgart either, rather pomady and cozy – until instead of a goal, the dismissal against Davies provided the necessary adrenaline rush. From that moment on, Bayern were wide awake. If they had searched in vain for the socket in the first ten minutes, now they were live.
It only required a few instructions and calls from Hansi Flick, and the team had repositioned itself in no time. Other coaches reflexively take the striker off the field after being sent off and bring in a defender for protection. Not so Flick, who of course let Robert Lewandowski continue playing. Instead, David Alaba, who was in the starting line-up for the injured Joshua Kimmich in defensive midfield alongside Leon Goretzka, moved to the left back to the vacant Davies position. Goretzka was left alone on the six. And then the game could begin.
The fun of the challenge
Ten of them didn’t need half an hour to take the guests apart. Outnumbered four goals in one half, that was also a new Bundesliga record. Lewandowski, who with his 33 to 35 goals, is now approaching another record, Gerd Müller’s 40 goals from the 1971/72 season, is now increasingly threatening, said later: “We woke up after the first ten minutes. Even if that was certainly not part of our match plan. «Neither are the permanent backlogs. And, of course, Bayern sometimes win games without excitement, like recently in the 3-1 win in Bremen. It just seems to be so much more fun for them when they are behind and then still win, or when, as now, there are only ten instead of eleven and then roll the opponent down.
“It was a strange feeling after the expulsion, it was still playing for so long,” said Serge Gnabry, “but then it went like clockwork. I think the mood today will carry us over the next few weeks. “
The mood was so good, by the way, that even Hansi Flick and Hasan Salihamidzic cheerfully clapped each other: the coach and the sports director, who, according to Flick, had clarified their differences during a discussion on Wednesday. Which of course didn’t change the fact that Flick remained true to his line. Also on Saturday it became clear how much Flick thinks of the newcomers Bouna Sarr and Marc Roca signed by Salihamidzic, namely very little. Flick could have replaced her, a little match practice, a little for self-confidence and for the mind, with a score of 4: 0, not much could have gone wrong. When, for example, Thomas Müller was replaced after 83 minutes, Flick did not bring Roca for midfield. Instead, the eternal Javi Martínez, the 32-year-old antitype of a hopeful perspective player.
And Lucas Hernández also took his place in the lower tier with manageable euphoria after warming up in the middle of the second half. After all, Hernández could be in the starting line-up after the international break in the top game in Leipzig. Alphonso Davies will be suspended, as will Jérôme Boateng after his fifth yellow card.
A possibly decisive game for the championship, in which the Bavarians should then, with all the fun of the special kick, think about whether they should forego the hello-wake thrill. And whether they would rather be present with this opponent from the start. Awake and bilious.