Frischling Pavard - A flaw too much - sports
Benjamin Pavards changeable league debut for Bayern: The Frenchman is busy and hard-working, but looks at a Gegentor unhappy.
It had only been played a few minutes, as it already showed, with which task he would be entrusted this evening. Benjamin Pavard, set up as the left center back alongside Niklas Süle, targeted Dodi Lukebakio, stalking from behind, waving his foot between his opponent's legs. Lukebakio braced himself for everything the 1.87-meter Hertha attacker had to counter, but Pavard waved until he had brought the ball to a team-mate.
Watching Lukebakios was a high priority as he scored three goals in the Munich Arena last season for Fortuna Dusseldorf. A task by the way, in the Jérôme Boateng at the time did not give a very good figure, which in turn could have contributed to a part that Boateng on Friday was not in the starting lineup. Pavard waved a few more times in the back of the Berlin attacker, he caught numerous passes on him and made sure that this easily unnerved changed the side, from the right to the left striker position. It was the moment when the game tipped briefly in favor of the Berlin. Lukebakio scored in his new work zone with a long-range shot (36th minute), the ball was deflected by his strike partner Vedad Ibišević. A little later Pavard climbed up to head duel with Marko Grujić, they clashed with their heads and Pavard stopped, while Grujic scored the 2-1. It remained Pavard's only but serious flaw in this 2: 2, in which he did his best to mimic the migrated to Dortmund Mats Hummels, with a leading role in the Munich game structure and many flat vertical passes in the midfield.
Munich: New - Kimmich, Süle, Pavard, Alaba - Thiago - Thomas Müller (85th Sanches), Tolisso - Gnabry (86th Davies), Lewandowski, Coman. - Coach: N. Kovac. Berlin: Jarstein - Klünter, Stark, Rekik - Grujic, Darida - Leckie, Duda (78th Skjelbred), Mittelstädt - Lukebakio (68th Selke), Ibisevic (63th Esswein). - Coach: Covic. Goals: 1: 0 Lewandowski (24th), 1: 1 Lukebakio (36th), 1: 2 Grujic (38.), 2: 2 Lewandowski (60./Foulelfmeter after video evidence). - SR: Osmers (Hannover). - Yellow: Müller, Pavard, Lewandowski - Darida, Grujic, Mittelstädt. - Spectators: 75,000.
In this Munich transfer summer full of confusion and twists, one question has kept fading into the background: Will the 35 million euros paid by FC Bayern for defender Benjamin Pavard, 23, prove to be an enriching investment right off the bat? And if so, where? Pavard can defend inside and out, he is something of an all-rounder, who has yet to prove that he can do it all really well even at a top club. Pavard is world champion with France and relegated with Stuttgart, he played a fabulous first and a rather poor second Bundesliga season, a similar discrepancy was also observed in some preparatory games and the good cup match in Cottbus.
Now it is one of the great tasks of the coach Niko Kovac, to decide soon for one of the many defensive variants. Halblinks plays namely Lucas Hernández, who is not quite fit Munich record access, preferably.