Despite Sandro Wagner’s solid return, Bayern Munich were outplayed and outclassed in every area of the pitch as they limped to a 2:1 defeat to RB Leipzig.
Jupp Heynckes selected a heavily rotated lineup, resting Robert Lewandowski, Javi Martínez, Franck Ribéry and Jérôme Boateng.
Sandro Wagner, Sebastian Rudy, Juan Bernat and Niklas Süle all featured in the starting XI. Heynckes lost out at this one as some of the players brought in performed terribly on the day – especially Sebastian Rudy and Juan Bernat.
Wagner’s strong return
On the bright side, the return of Sandro Wagner is a very good one. Wagner has scored in 3 of his last 4 games. The Bavarian has integrated and made himself a dependable option whenever given an opportunity. Wagner capitalised on most of the chances he was presented with. He is going to be a strong asset in Bayern’s future.
Shaky first half
Bayern started the first half on the back foot, but got a quick break. There was a brilliant interchange between Thomas Müller and James Rodriguez, with a delightful pass to a predatory Wagner. This resulted in Bayern taking the lead. Since the goal, Leipzig pressed vehemently, filled with a ferocity which troubled Bayern’s backline frequently. Juan Bernat, Mats Hummels, David Alaba, Joshua Kimmich and especially Sebastian Rudy have been very poor. Rudy has looked particularly out of place and subpar in most situations.
Bayern was out-shot by 12 shots to 1 in the first half which was simply unacceptable.
Sebastian Rudy and Arturo Vidal were absolutely outplayed off the pitch. Leipzig’s pressing troubled Rudy and he struggled extremely. Bayern’s midfield was simply unavailable terrible. always second to every challenge and offered nothing. Rudy was particularly poor as he was at fault for both goals. The midfield offered nothing creatively either. James when on the pitch could’not create much either. totally ineffective. It is a display worthy of shame
Overall terrible performance
Simply put, this was a very frustrating performance to watch as Bayern were tactically outclassed and outplayed. RB Leipzig wanted this more – they appeared more motivated and hungry. Bayern players were just standing around, almost letting the opponents walk all over them.
Leipzig ran havoc across the entire pitch. Bayern’s injury crisis in the creative department showed as there were no game changers to bring on to help with the creation of chances. The international break comes in at the right time as it gives Bayern a chance to regroup and not repeat such a ghastly performance.