After losing 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals against Manchester City, FC Bayern Munich also failed in the Bundesliga. Against TSG Hoffenheim, coach Thomas Tuchel’s team did not get more than 1-1 (1-0) on matchday 28. After the final whistle, Tuchel was extremely annoyed by the poor performance.
Benjamin Pavard (17th) gave FC Bayern a 1-0 lead. Andrej Kramaric (71st) scored the Hoffenheim equalizer with a direct free kick.
Since Borussia Dortmund only played 3:3 at VfB Stuttgart, the Munich team remains at the top of the table with a two-point lead. The weak FCB performance did not give hope for a comeback against City on Wednesday.
“I thought we were prepared, playing with anger in our stomachs. That wasn’t the case, that was bad. Too slow, too emotionless, not dogged. We lack the sense that it burns. We need a different spirit quickly “said Tuchel after the game sports1.
Next Saturday FC Bayern have to play at Mainz 05 (3.30 p.m.), BVB welcome Eintracht Frankfurt three hours later.
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FC Bayern Munich – TSG Hoffenheim: The analysis
As in the 3-0 defeat against Manchester City on Tuesday, Thomas Tuchel relied on a 4-2-3-1 system, but made two changes in his starting XI: Joao Cancelo and Thomas Müller started instead of Alphonso Davies and Jamal Musiala. With the new staff, the Munich game was theoretically more multifaceted.
Left-back Cancelo regularly pushed into the center alongside Joshua Kimmich and supported him there in the build-up game. Müller kept moving to the side of center forward Gnabry on the front line. Leroy Sané and Kingsley Coman swapped sides compared to the City game, this time Sané primarily came down the right.
FC Bayern dominated the game from the start with long phases of possession, but were completely disappointing in terms of play. In the front third there were no ideas, there were no clear chances to score. Benjamin Pavard’s goal to make it 1-0 came about rather happily, the assist being a failed Coman shot from a corner.
Because Hoffenheim didn’t set any offensive accents at all, the game was extremely boring. The guests didn’t record a shot on goal in the first half and only one ball action in the opponent’s penalty area. After the change of sides, Hoffenheim became a little more active, while nothing changed in Bayern’s inertia.
In the 60th minute, Tuchel reacted with a triple substitution: Alphonso Davies, Jamal Musiala and Mathys Tel came on for Goretzka, Coman and Sané. Cancelo now moved firmly to the six next to Kimmich, Gnabry to the right wing. As a result, there were occasional goal approaches on both sides.
Andrej Kramaric’s equalization with a direct free kick from a long distance was not undeserved – and not untenable for Bayern keeper Yann Sommer. FC Bayern then pushed for the winning goal, but didn’t create any more compelling chances.
The star of the game: Benjamin Pavard (FC Bayern Munich)
The right-back wasn’t challenged defensively by the harmless Hoffenheim team, but he made the important 1-0 up front after strong ball control.
The flop of the match: Angelino (TSG Hoffenheim)
At Hoffenheim, no player really made a positive impression, but left winger Angelino was particularly disappointing. He won just one tackle and recorded by far the most turnovers of any player on the pitch.
The referee: Bastian Dankert
Bastian Dankert had no problems at all with the game. After consulting the VAR, he rightly denied Pavard’s supposed 2-1 lead due to an offside position.