News : FC Bayern wins 4-1 at Lazio Rome and reports back – sport
It is known that the times in the pandemic are going differently and it is also known that football is a so-called fast-paced business – but exactly a year ago the first leg of the Champions League first leg was another story. The Munich team played in London against Chelsea (in front of spectators!), The corona virus was already in the news, but the global crisis was only foreseeable for experts and the debate at Bayern was whether the quickly promoted assistant coach would also be on the “big one.” Stage “Europe” can “. He could. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge presented Flick with a pen “with which one signs contracts” after the 3-0 win at the subsequent banquet.
Now it’s the round of 16 again and the debates are completely different. Not whether Flick still “can” – the football business is not that fast-paced either – but whether the problems are not getting too massive for FC Bayern. Benjamin Pavard and Thomas Müller: Corona-positive. Corentin Tolisso and Serge Gnabry: injured. The appearances against Frankfurt and Bielefeld: unusually weak. The DFB Cup: lost. The external presentation: expandable.
The result is almost the same, however, in the 4-1 win at Lazio, Bayern was back in “matchday mode”, as Leon Goretzka did afterwards Sky called. Flick’s conclusion was: “We wanted to be wide awake from the start and be on the pitch. Everyone was ready and willing to do something special.” The victory is therefore “more than deserved” even at this level.
Goretzka holds out 63 minutes after his corona quarantine
The game against Lazio was actually a real flick game again: high pressing, early ball wins, merciless conclusion in the event of mistakes, exemplified by Lewandowski’s 1-0. A horrendous return pass, sure, but also not forced. The system with the “high standing team” is characterized by the fact that it works powerfully when the individual parts interlock – and vulnerable, when that is not the case, as seen in the first two halves against Bielefeld and Frankfurt.
Flick had to travel to Rome with a pitiful substitute bench (with Hernandez there was a single regular player in the broadest sense), but the first team was at least close to Flick’s ideal. Goretzka, who held out again for 63 minutes after his corona quarantine, said he had “already exhausted himself quite a bit”. But it is “not the corona disease that is still in the bones”, explained Goretzka, “but rather the two-week training break”. The fact that he can play again means a clear strengthening for the central Munich midfield. The difference to everyday life in the league could be seen even more in three players who, under normal conditions, would fear for their place in the starting XI.
There was Jamal Musiala, who made the headlines of the evening because his goal promoted himself to the youngest Champions League goalscorer in the history of FC Bayern, whereby you also learned that Sammy Kuffour had previously held this title (by the way, it was his only Champions League goal). Musiala announced the following morning that he would like to play for the German national team in the future. England would have been possible too. “In the end I listened to my feeling that it was the right decision to play for Germany,” said Musiala, who was born in Stuttgart and grew up in Southampton.
But the current national players Niklas Süle and Leroy Sané influenced the game in Rome even more than the 17-year-old. Süle was perhaps the most criticized Bayern player in the past few weeks – Rummenigge’s boardroom also sent the message via the ZDF sports studio that a contract extension was “only possible under certain conditions”.
Süle played in Rome again on the right-back position, which was extremely thankless for him. At 1.95 meters, he is really not a runabout, but if Pavard fails, Flick only has Bouna Sarr available and whether the French (contract until 2024) can play again in an important game will be seen. He needed Süle “in a three-way build,” said Flick expertly before the game, which means something like: He needs someone who plays the balls cleanly out the back.
But that wasn’t enough for Süle. After seven minutes he was dribbling lightly through the Roman defense, his cross pass to Lewandowski did not arrive by centimeters. Süle went all the way to the baseline more often than Pavard, and he stood back safely – after all, he can be amazingly fast when he starts running. Together with Alphonso Davies, he formed an unequal and vital wing duo.
Sané hits the front – and also helps a lot backwards
The international defender didn’t comment after the game, he doesn’t like giving interviews, but Leroy Sané – the other often criticized player – spoke in favor. “I think that was pretty good,” he says about his performance and you shouldn’t misunderstand that as self-praise, he was practically forced to express himself. Anyone who has observed Sané in the past few weeks will notice one or two changes since the Leverkusen game (he was substituted on and off again). Not everything works out for the 25-year-old, but the commitment to the front and back has increased noticeably.
Against Rome, Sané not only scored a goal (the 3-0, a stab after a Coman shot), no, he provoked the own goal to 4-0 with a brilliant sprint and a hook at full speed, which not many in Europe do Make football. “I’m an offensive player,” said Sané once again: “Of course, I want to set an offensive tone and help the team score goals. But the defensive also begins on the offensive when we start.” The last sentence in particular can be understood as a learning effect.
And so FC Bayern took a little breath. At the weekend they play 1. FC Köln, then Bayern will have a week off to prepare for the game against Dortmund. They don’t have to compete in the DFB Cup.