Kovacs five findings after the United match
It was an entrance that encouraged. FC Bayern dominated Manchester United for over 90 minutes on Sunday evening and deservedly won 1-0 in the sold-out Allianz Arena (goal: Javi Martinez). “If we play like this on Sunday, then there should be a positive result for FC Bayern,” said a satisfied Thomas Müller with a view to the Supercup at Eintracht Frankfurt on 12 August (8.30 pm).
The defence is up: José Mourinho’s team did not have a chance in the 90 minutes. With Hummels, Kimmich, Süle and Boateng back home, the defence did not shake as it did on the USA tour, when many young players helped out in the back. “The switch game after losing the ball was excellent, many balls were immediately recaptured,” Müller praised. Kovac attaches great importance to a stable basic order, as Süle explains: “The defensive safeguards, as we worked as a team, were really good. We were always outnumbered. That wasn’t always the case last year, but it’s been a problem in many games.” The unemployed Manuel Neuer looks similar: “What is important is that we are outnumbered in the back. We find solutions for the future.”
Standards help: A chronic weakness of Bavaria is the insufficient use of corner kicks and indirect free kicks. Javi Martinez scored against Manchester after a Thiago corner, and in the first test against Paris St. German the header-strong Spaniard had already been successful. “Standard situations are very important in current football and we train it accordingly. Great, if it works like today. We have some very good header players, Javis goal is no coincidence,” said Müller.
The fitness will be right: Even if the liveliness is still lacking, especially among the participants who entered the World Championship later, the Bavarians are already feeling much better conditionally than in the last two years at the start. “We were actually fit,” Joshua Kimmich replied to the question about the hard training days last, “I personally felt quite good. The right-back explains: “The training is more extensive, more attention is paid to basic endurance. I am convinced that this will benefit us during the season.” Leon Goretzka agrees: “Training takes getting used to. Another philosophy that makes sense to me.”
Serge Gnabry is a reinforcement: The quick ex-Hoffenheimer already played on the wing and right-back in the preparation, against United in the first 45 minutes central point. “This is a variant that is possible because of his abilities,” Müller praised without somehow wanting to score against the number one in the attack, Robert Lewandowski. Gnabry brings speed, technique and depth, was also on Sunday the most conspicuous player and is so far a winner of the preparation.
Leon Goretzka celebrates a successful debut: The midfielder came at half-time for Müller and took his position and role. From the eight, the former Schalke repeatedly moved to the top, but was unlucky with several chances. “That’s very annoying. I met a lot on my debuts and had the chance today, so I’m annoyed. But there are even more important moments than today,” he said.