Bayern Munich – Union Berlin: Guerreiro’s Goal Hands Bayern Much Needed Win (1-0)
Bayern bounced back from their weekend defeat with an important, albeit unspectacular, 1-0 win against lowly Union Berlin. Raphael Guerreiro's goal immediately after half-time was enough to secure the hosts victory and close the gap on Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen to four points.
Tactical analysis and match report by Nick Smoothy.
Following Bayern Munich’s loss to Werder Bremen this past weekend, manager Thomas Tuchel was critical of his side, saying: “We played today like it didn't matter, as if we were 10 points ahead.” In reality, Bayern’s second defeat of the season left them seven points adrift of Xabi Alonso’s side, who remain unbeaten this campaign across all competitions.
Despite his post-match criticism, Tuchel only made one change to his previous starting line-up, with Leon Goretzka returning from injury to start in midfield. Alphonso Davies was the player to drop out meaning Raphaël Guerreiro reverted to left back.
For the visitors, across their four Bundesliga matches under new manager Nenad Bjelica, Union had collected seven points - the same return accumulated in their previous twelve league fixtures. Bjelica made four changes to the side which drew to Freiburg in their most recent outing, with Robin Gosens, Benedict Hollerbach, Christopher Trimmel and Lucas Tousart all coming into the side.
Making up the rest of the team were Frederik Rønnow in goal who played behind three center-backs of Robin Knoche, Kevin Vogt and Diogo Leite. Trimmel and Gosens operated as wing-backs and Alex Král and Janik Haberer were joined in midfield by Tousart. Up front, Hollerbach was partnered by Kevin . . .