Julian Nagelsmann won his first home win as coach of FC Bayern. On the 2nd Bundesliga matchday, Munich won 3-2 (0-0) against 1. FC Köln. Leroy Sane had a bitter evening.
“The result is good, but the game was far too wild,” said Nagelsmann after the final whistle DAZN. “There was a lot of back and forth, there were a lot of gaps. We had a lot of moments of transition where we didn’t move up and lost the ball. It’s a fatal mix. The two goals conceded are identical.” The 34-year-old’s verdict: “We still have a little work to do.”
Especially Sane, who didn’t play well in the first half and was substituted for Jamal Musiala at break. A few of the 20,000 fans in the Allianz Arena cheered gleefully when the stadium announcer announced Sane’s replacement. Previously, there had been isolated whistles against the 25-year-old.
“Overall, we didn’t play a good game in the first half,” said Nagelsmann Sane’s performance. “I heard the whistles. It is proper for your own fans to support the players. There is no player in the world who does not prefer to perform at their best.”
In the run-up to the game, the record champions and his fans paid homage to their recently deceased club legend Gerd Müller. “Dear Gerd, you taught FC Bayern to win,” said Honorary President Uli Hoeneß. “We will miss you very much and will never forget you.”
FC Bayern Munich – 1. FC Cologne: The analysis
Bayern coach Nagelsmann only made one personnel change compared to the 3-1 win against Borussia Dortmund in the Supercup: Nianzou slipped into the starting line-up instead of Stanisic. The home side acted for the first time under Nagelsmann with a three-man chain, the actual left-back Davies had a lot of offensive freedom.
Sane acted as the right rail player. A role in which the national player clearly felt uncomfortable. At first, Nagelsmann’s match plan did not work because Sane allowed himself to be carried away too many mistakes in concentration, but also because the men next to him developed too little power in the last third. The Cologne, whipped by the unmistakable Baumgart on the sidelines, worked hard against the ball, but the Munich offered simply too little.
Nagelsmann reacted to the break and switched to the tried and tested 4-2-3-1. Nianzou and Sane stayed in the cabin, but Stanisic and Musiala came. The latter initiated the lead through Lewandowski with his second strong action (50th). And when Gnabry used a Müller cross to make it 2-0 shortly afterwards, everything pointed to an easy home win (59th).
But then followed three minutes, in which the back team of FCB inexplicably stopped defending – and Effzeh struck back in the person of Modeste (60th) and Uth (62nd). Bayern still got the upper hand in the end, because at least their offensive around the agile Musiala worked. Gnabry scored the much-acclaimed winner to make it 3-2 (71st).
FC Bayern won each of the last eight BL games against 1. FC Köln and has been unbeaten in 15 BL games against the Domstadt team (13S, 1U). FCB has no longer winning streak against any other current BL team and Bayern have not been unbeaten against any other team for such a long time.
For Lewandowski it was the twelfth Bundesliga game in a row with at least one goal. And the eleventh goal in the Bayern jersey against Cologne. Only one has more hits against Effzeh: Gerd Müller (14).
The star of the game: Serge Gnabry (FC Bayern Munich)
Gnabry is cooking again. The national player built on his good performance in the Supercup (an assist) and scored his first brace in the league in almost a year. With 15 duels, he also played most of the time on the FCB side.
The flop of the game: Leroy Sane (FC Bayern Munich)
Sane remains a mystery. Once again, Bayern’s offensive game passed the 45 million man, he had only 28 ball contacts in 45 minutes and only won 25 percent of his duels, plus some inaccuracies in the passing game. His substitution at break was logical.
The referee: Martin Petersen
Solid performance from Petersen in a fair game with only two yellow cards. Was largely correct in all important decisions.