In a game with decent attacking intent, Köln were liberal in their use of long passes and crosses. Bayern matched the hosts and then raised the stakes in the second half to emerge winners from the game of long balls.
Recent encounters have seen Real Madrid prevail over Bayern Munich in the Champions League. With Jupp Heynckes back and the team playing to its strengths, die Roten are ready to set right the injustice.
Bayern Munich have announced Niko Kovac as their next manager. Will the current Frankfurt coach live up to Bavarian standards, let alone fill the shoes of Jupp Heynckes?
In a thoroughly one-sided first half, Bayern Munich scored five past a hapless Borussia Dortmund. The visitors’ midfield was ill-equipped to deal with the Bavarian press and did not show the effort to make up for it.
The international friendly between two European giants started with near-full strength teams. Spain and Germany took turns in keeping the ball and, in typical ‘friendly’ fashion, giving it away in dangerous areas.
RB Leipzig followed coach Ralph Hassenhuttl’s plans to the letter in a 3-5-2 formation. On the other hand, Bayern were found wanting tactically as well as in effort.
Being defensive after a goal and a man down is understandable, but the way Besiktas retreated defined a rout. The visitors might have been better off on their more natural front foot, even against Bayern.
Bayern Munich registered a comprehensive 6:0 win over SC Paderborn at the Benteler Arena. The hosts were thoroughly outclassed, and their faulty offside line made matters worse.
Die Roten delivered a clinical performance to beat a spirited Mainz team 2:0. The midfield duo of James Rodriguez and Corentin Tolisso, alongwith the indomitable Mats Hummels, were instrumental.
Bayern’s long ball strategy and Thomas Müller and James Rodriguez’s superior pairing saw Bayern Munich beat Werder Bremen.