The crisis of FC Bayern Munich is getting more and more dramatic! After losing the Champions League against Manchester City, the team coached by Thomas Tuchel lost 3-1 (1-0) against FSV Mainz 05 on the 29th match day of the Bundesliga despite being in the lead Frankfurt now at the top of the table.
Sadio Mané (29′), who was recently suspended due to a hit against Leroy Sané, gave FC Bayern a 1-0 lead in his comeback from the start (19′). It was his first goal of the calendar year. Ludovic Ajorque (65′), Leandro Barreiro (73′) and Aaron Martin (79′) turned the game around.
Alphonso Davies had to be replaced injured in the 9th minute. Here is the message.
Tuchel and captain Thomas Müller showed themselves at a loss in their subsequent TV interviews. Here is the message.
For FC Bayern it was the fourth winless competitive game in a row. Tuchel’s former club Mainz, on the other hand, remained unbeaten in their tenth Bundesliga game in a row.
1. FSV Mainz 05 – FC Bayern Munich: The analysis
After losing the Champions League against Manchester City, Tuchel made four changes to his starting XI: Thomas Müller and Sadio Mané, among others, joined the team. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was injured again and Benjamin Pavard was suspended. Tactically, Tuchel formed his eleven in the seventh game for the first time with a three-man defense.
The two full-backs Joao Cancelo and Noussair Mazraoui (replaced Alphonso Davies with a thigh injury in the 9th minute) were extremely high when they had possession of the ball. The midfielders Leon Goretzka or Jamal Musiala, who pushed to the outside, often took over their original positions. Significant in this respect was Mané’s opening goal: Cancelo set it up with a cross and Mazraoui found himself just inside the scorer in the five.
Despite having over 80 percent possession at times, it was Bayern’s only major chance in the first half. The hosts usually withdrew very far, but occasionally pressed with many players in the opposing penalty area. They managed to win some good balls in the early stages, but then didn’t use them accordingly. It was the same with two counter chances at the end of the first half.
After the change of sides, Mainz became more dangerous, the game generally more open and with more chances. Ludovic Ajorque equalized from a confusing scene in the penalty area as a result of a free kick. Instead of rearing up, the Munich team then began to falter. The uncertainty was now clearly noticeable. Best of all with Leandro Barreiro’s opening goal when there was complete confusion in the defense.
Tuchel reacted immediately and brought Mathys Tel and Ryan Gravenberch – quite surprising for the two leading players Müller and Joshua Kimmich. They had to watch from the bench as Bayern conceded a third goal through Aaron Martin.
The star of the game: Ludovic Ajorque (FSV Mainz 05)
The French assault tank played a decisive role in the first two Mainz goals. Ludovic Ajorque scored the 1-1 himself, before the 2-1 he passed the ball well with his head.
The flop of the match: Josip Stanisic (FC Bayern Munich)
For the first time Stanisic was in the starting XI under Tuchel. Defensively stable for a long time, but directly involved in two goals conceded in the final phase. Before the 1:2 he lost an important duel against Karim Onisiwo, at 1:3 he was too far away from the goalscorer Leandro Barreiro.
The referee: Felix Zwayer
Felix Zwayer rightly denied Sadio Mané’s supposed opening goal in the 15th minute due to a minor offside (15th). Afterwards there were no controversial scenes.