FC Bayern Munich only partially made up for the embarrassing 3-1 defeat in Mainz last week. On match day 33 of the Bundesliga, the record champions only managed a 2-2 draw against VfB Stuttgart, who were threatened with relegation, on the day the championship trophy was handed over.
The guests took an early lead through Tiago Tomas (8′) before Konstantinos Mavropanos (35′) with an own goal and Thomas Müller (44′) turned the game around for Bayern. But VfB showed morale and Sasa Kalajdzic (52) made it 2-2. VfB Stuttgart can thus continue to avoid direct relegation on the last day of the game, assuming a defeat by Hertha BSC.
“If you look at the second half, we can be rather dissatisfied. But overall we’re happy to take the point,” said Stuttgart’s sporting director Sven Mislintat DAZN: “Both can live with the 2:2, Bayern can celebrate and we can still put Hertha under pressure.”
Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann said after handing over the championship trophy for the first time: “From the coach’s point of view, the game against BVB was more decisive because we won that thing. We played a good game today, our counter-pressing wasn’t good and the remaining defense was critical. We got too many chances against an opponent who is on the relegation place.” For the coming season he would like to see “performances like in the first half of the season,” he said.
FC Bayern Munich – VfB Stuttgart: The analysis
Wild first half, in which VfB SHOULD have gone into the break with a lead. Bayern started in the 4-2-3-1 system that is so popular within the team. VfB positioned themselves deep in their own half in a 3-4-2-1 formation. However, the guests do not hide and after winning the ball immediately switched over to the fast ones, Marmoush, Führich and Tomas. The Portuguese gave the guests the lead after a counterattack (8′), before and after that Marmoush missed two more big chances to gain an even bigger lead.
Bayern shook themselves after conceding and pressed the accelerator. FCB – in the end even with 80 percent possession of the ball – squeezed the guests in their own penalty area and turned the deficit around before the break. Around 43 percent of all attacks rolled down the right flank with Gnabry and Pavard.
A similar picture emerged after the break. Bayern pressed, but VfB also showed morale and quickly countered to make it 2-2. Stuttgart now took more risks and pushed a little higher, while coach Julian Nagelsmann’s team tried to calm things down by having the ball. The record champions couldn’t really calm the game down. VfB (now in a 4-4-2) always remained dangerous in their transitions, again scraping the lead several times before Lewandowski also narrowly missed with a crossbar shot on the other side (77th). In the final stages, Stuttgart was closer to victory than Bayern, and shortly before the end Coman was sent off with a red card.
Stuttgart: F. Müller – Mavropanos, Anton, Ito – W. Endo, Karazor, Sosa, Tiago Tomas (74th Förster), Marmoush (46th Mangala), Führich (63rd Coulibaly) – Kalajdzic (79th Thommy).
FC Bayern Munich – VfB Stuttgart: The data of the game
Gates: 1-0 Tomas (8′), 1-1 Mavropanos (35′, own goal), 2-1 Müller (44′), 2-2 Kalajdzic (52′)
Red card: Coman (90th)
FC Bayern Munich have scored in each of their last 80 games in the Bundesliga, scoring 236 goals in total.
VfB Stuttgart gave up 16 points after leading in the Bundesliga this season – only Borussia Mönchengladbach (18) and SpVgg Greuther Fürth (25) have more.
J. Kimmich played 111 passes in this game – the most (before D. Upamecano – 97 passes). It is the 37th and 38th time this season that a Bayern Munich player has completed 95 passes or more in a game in the Bundesliga.
The star of the game: Serge Gnabry (FC Bayern)
After Robert Lewandowski’s pass, he dribbled towards the penalty area at such a high speed that Sosa only straddled into space, then fine to make it 1-1. Also involved in the 2:1 through the penultimate pass. Best offensive player in FC Bayern.
The flop of the match: Tanguy Nianzou (FC Bayern)
Was in the starting eleven instead of Niklas Süle to gain match practice with a view to the coming season. But with such achievements, he is more likely to apply for a loan. Far too far away before 0:1, downright catastrophic before Kalajdzics 2:2. His very good pass rate doesn’t help either.
The referee: Deniz Aytekin
Basically an impeccable performance by Germany’s probably best referee. Coman (33rd) should have given a yellow card after a tactical foul on Ito.