Niko Kovac confused at Bundesliga opening game with a Bayern decision
Three lessons from the opening match: Bayern reveals its old grief - and Kovac irritated with a decision
The FC Bayern Munich comes in the Bundesliga opening match only to a draw against Hertha BSC, revealing well-known hardships. Three abnormalities from the Allianz Arena.
1. The Bavarian Land needs fresh forces
The overture to the 57th Bundesliga season was prepared around an hour before kick-off. One after another, rumors about half-truths became semi-facts, after which Mickael Cuisance (Borussia Mönchengladbach) and - heard! - Philippe Coutinho (FC Barcelona) will move to Bayern.
Not only coach Niko Kovac had drummed so vehemently that the double winner "still has to grow" in the personnel sector. The DFB Cup match at Energie Cottbus (3: 1) at the start of the week and this opening game against Hertha BSC underpinned Kovac's thesis, which was certainly not too daring.
The already thin Bayern squad was further emaciated by Leon Goretzka injury (thigh), as the only new Benjamin Pavard was in the starting eleven. Best Munich was Serge Gnabry, the wing pendant Kingsley Coman outfit. Thomas Müller lost eighth in the half-midfield, from the bench Kovac could hardly refill (Alphonso Davies / 87.).
Coutinho will be a premium variant of Bayern's offensive. More than ever.
2. Kovac's decision confused
The impressions from the preparation had pointed to Renato Sanches as a dynamic midfield bum; also in Cottbus the Portuguese had fallen. Against Hertha surprised Kovac by Tolisso as in the Supercup at Borussia Dortmund (0: 2) on the second eight placed next to Müller - and thus inappropriate.
The preseason had almost completely missed the Frenchman due to a cruciate ligament tear (pulled on the 3rd matchday). Well, against Hertha, the impression was manifested that Tolisso is still missing a good deal to the best form.
The 25-year-old was not a flywheel, as Kovac wishes for this position, keyword: box-to-box player. Too often, Tolisso took the pace, sprinkled imprecise passes, and quarreled even when he made only a scooter from the best shooting opportunity (72.).
Sanches came in just before the end (85.) for the ineffective Müller. Too late to influence.
3. The old grief of FC Bayern
After 24 minutes, the event seemed to take its usual expected course. Robert Lewandowski did what he likes to do in opening matches, becoming the first professional in Bundesliga history to score pole position five times in a row on Matchday 1; This time he grazed a Gnabry-cross into the net.
But then the master reminded suspiciously of dents of the past season. Events in the following order: clear superiority, good approaches, lack of consistency, a chance conceding (Dodi Lukebakio / 36.), As if by a higher power of the concept - and promptly caught again, as Marko Grujic a chip by Vedad Ibisevic on the Bayern defense even to Berlin leadership exploited (39.).
Especially in the defensive transfer game it sank in the master ensemble, and the longer the game lasted, the more hectic the offensive actions. More than the equalizer by Lewandowski penalty (60th) was not in it. For Hertha BSC, the 2: 2 (1: 2) turned out to be a felt victory - for FC Bayern it was a defeat wrapped in defeat.
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