FC Bayern Munich’s 1-0 defeat at FC Villarreal showed that the three leading players Robert Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer and Thomas Müller are not infallible. Villarreal coach Unai Emery is misjudged in Europe. And: The Spaniards will regret the missed chances of a higher victory. The theses of the game.
1. Neuer, Müller and Lewandowski shouldn’t gamble too high
More than always tried was not in it. Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski not only went down in the bankruptcy in Villarreal, all three were even negative given their performances in an already weak team.
Especially new ones. In the first half he completely misjudged a slipped cross and was lucky that the goal didn’t count because of an offside position. In the second round he played a ball into the foot of Gerard Moreno – a big mistake that should have been 2-0.
While Neuer wobbled at the back, Müller and Lewandowski were practically non-existent up front – in a game in which the leading players should actually go ahead. Sure, Villarreal made it extremely difficult for Bayern’s offensive with a rock-solid defensive center. But the fact that Müller and Lewandowski did not come up with any dangerous action worth mentioning also shows that, like Neuer, they are not infallible and can definitely be stopped.
The contracts of the oldies end in 2023, FC Bayern wants to extend the trio. However, Neuer, Lewandowski and Müller did not advertise a contract extension by more than two years including a possible salary increase against the Spaniards. A possible hint that you shouldn’t play too high in the talks with the bosses around Kahn and Salihamidzic.