Bayern started with many youngsters against Eintracht Frankfurt and the calculated move paid dividends, with a spark and enthusiasm whenever they touched the ball.
Furthermore, the inclusion of Niklas Dorsch, Lars Lukas Mai, Franck Evina and Meritan Shabani gave senior squad players a rest ahead of a Champions League semi-final, second leg, against Real Madrid on Tuesday.
With an eye towards the Champions League semi-final on Tuesday, Jupp picked a rotated team. Young players like Meritan Shabani, Franck Evina and Niklas Dorsch made their debut while Lasse Mai started his second straight Bundesliga match. Sebastian Rudy, Corentin Tolisso, Sandro Wagner and Juan Bernat also got a start while Mats Hummels and Joshua Kimmich were the only two to play against Madrid. This was a great move as it rested the major players while giving future prospects a taste of first-team football.
Franck Evina, Niklas Dorsch and Meritan Shabani made their debuts for the Bayern first team. Franck Evina was a creative livewire, running up and down the left flank, showcasing astonishing work rate and creativity. He was very direct, put great crosses inside the box and did not neglect his defensive duties. Franck switched flanks during the second half and he was very impressive before being subbed with an injury.
Niklas Dorsch was very good in midfield, recycling the possession. He won the ball back, made quick passes to instigate attacks and switched the play. He capped it off with a debut goal just before half-time, with Sandro Wagner breaking the offside trap before squaring it to Dorsch who calmly finished his chance. If he stays, He has a good future at the club in my opinion.
Meritan Shabani was pretty average, he was given a chance to play on both the flanks but could not make much of an impact before being subbed off for Thiago.
Defensive frailties and lapses in concentration still remain as Bayern conceded an avoidable goal due to not clearing their lines. The players have to concentrate more to prevent mistakes. Errors are punishable as we have seen midweek against Real Madrid.
Sandro Wagner: a case for Tuesday?
The winter acquisition of former academy star Sandro Wagner is already paying dividends. The German striker has been very clinical in front of goal. He was very good with a smart assist to Niklas Dorsch and a well-taken goal through the legs of Lukáš Hrádecký. Sandro, in this form, provides Jupp with a very good option to start in Madrid.