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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

FCB is in the round of 16 despite a weak second half

As expected, FC Bayern secured a place in the round of 16 in the Champions League ahead of time. The Munich team won 4-2 (4-0) at Viktoria Pilsen and broke another record.

  • In front of a full house in the Doosan Arena, Sadio Mané (10th), Thomas Müller (14th) and Leon Goretzka (25th and 35th) scored before the break. Adam Vlknova shortened (62nd) after the break to 1: 4. It was Bayern’s first goal in the current competition. Jan Kliment (75th) followed up.
  • Because FC Barcelona only played 3-3 against Inter Milan in the parallel game, FC Bayern can no longer be knocked out of the top two places in the group after four games and are therefore early in the round of 16.
  • Julian Nagelsmann made six changes compared to the 2-2 draw in Dortmund. Manuel Neuer (bruised shoulder joint), Matthijs de Ligt (muscular problems in the hip area), Alphonso Davies (bruised skull), Jamal Musiala (Corona) and Serge Gnabry (capsule injury in the knee) were out, while Marcel Sabitzer was on the bench.
  • Thomas Müller, who returned after the Corona break, had to be replaced in the 25th minute. Mathy’s phone came for him. Here is the news!
  • FC Bayern set a new record with eleven straight wins in the group stage of the Champions League. FCB have now been unbeaten in 32 games in the group stage of the Champions League and have continued to build on the record they set themselves.
  • The FC Bayern fans who had traveled to Pilsen demonstrated a silent protest in the first twelve minutes of the game. The reason for this is the price announced by the host for the guest block of 70 euros per ticket. 70 euros is also the upper price limit of UEFA, which has now been completely exhausted. FC Bayern received a contingent of 627 tickets. Here is the news!
  • Before the game, Oliver Kahn expressed his confidence in coach Julian Nagelsmann. Here is the news!

Viktoria Pilsen – FC Bayern Munich: The analysis

In contrast to the first leg, Viktoria Pilsen wanted to show a little more courage and left a lot more space between the lines, but the initially courageous Czechs were severely punished for lack of backward movement when they lost the ball with two early goals. During the course of the first half, Pilsen found no defensive access at all and had to hope for mercy from Bayern.

FC Bayern seemed a little surprised at the beginning with the amount of space and stretched the game too far, so that the flow was initially missing. But after just a few minutes, the Munich team reduced the space, played diagonal balls into the interface and quickly gained a clear lead.

The fact that Pilsen used Tomas Chory, a two-meter man as a target player, but still tried to get into the box offensively via combinations and thus made Chory completely superfluous, turned out to be a mistake. The lack of precision in the attempted combinations resulted in many ball losses and thus in fast counterattacks by Bayern.

After a first half with a lot of biting and serious duels, Bayern’s concentration dropped noticeably in the second half, so that Pilsen had good chances and the 1:4 was even in the air after almost an hour. The recently criticized awareness of Bayern decreased again after the change of sides. The disorder also ensured that the offensives around Sadio Mané hardly found access to the game.

Viktoria Pilsen – FC Bayern Munich: The line-ups

Pilsen: Stanek – Havel (46th Holik), Tijani, Hejda, Jemelka (46th Pernica) – Bucha, Kalvach, Kopic (26th Jirka), Vlkanova – Mosquera, Chory (46th Kliment)

Bavaria: Ulreich – Mazraoui, Pavard, Upamecano (70th Wanner), Stanisic – Kimmich, Goretzka, Coman (46th Choupo-Moting), Mané – T. Müller (28th Tel), L. Sané

Viktoria Pilsen – FC Bayern Munich: The data of the match

Gates: 0: 1 Mane (10th), 0: 2 Müller (14th), 0: 3 Goretzka (25th), 0: 4 Goretzka (35th), 1: 4 Vlkanova (62nd), 2: 4 Kliment ( 75.)

  • Julian Nagelsmann has won his last 12 group games in the Champions League. Only Louis van Gaal has a longer winning streak in the group stage with 14 consecutive wins.


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