Shubham Ahuja is a Manchester United fan but holds deep admiration for Bayern Munich. He considers Die Roten's dedication towards football in Germany, prudent running of the club, commitment to fans and visionary directors of football an example for any top club to follow. As a medical graduate from New Delhi, he is planning to pursue a career in sports medicine and spread word of the beautiful game in the cricket-crazy nation that is India.
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.
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.
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.