Eintracht Frankfurt – Bayern Munich: Early Bayern Red Card Paves Way for Frankfurt Rout (5-1)
Defender Jérôme Boateng’s red card, ten minutes into the start of Bayern München’s match against Eintracht Frankfurt, opened the door to victory for the hosts. However, Bayern manager Niko Kovač’s unrealistic expectations, combined with naïve tactics, allowed Frankfurt to run riot in the second half and ultimately led to his eventual sacking on Sunday evening.
Tactical analysis and match report by K.T. Stockwell.
So far this season, the mood around Bayern München has been less than enthusiastic. The division at boardroom level and the perpetually tenuous nature of Kovač’s stewardship has been exacerbated by often middling on field performances. And yet, despite the issues plaguing the club Bayern still very much find themselves in the midst of Germany’s rather competitive title challenge.
In recent weeks, injuries - particularly in defense - have made life more difficult for Kovač – forcing the now sacked Bayern manager into more creative solutions, while also testing his side’s depth and youth products. Therefore, Kovač’s decision to field a 4-2-3-1 formation with a center-back duo of David Alaba and Boateng after a midweek fixture, while curious, was not unpredictable. Flanking the central defenders were Benjamin Pavard at right back and 19-year-old Alphonso Davies, who made his third straight start on the left side. Pavard’s inclusion rotated Joshua Kimmich into the midfield two with Thiago Alcántara, as the tandem sat behind a forward-three of Serge Gnabry, Phillippe Coutinho and Thomas Müller. Up front, Kovač stuck with the red hot, Robert Lewandowski.
This campaign has seen Eintracht plagued by up-and-down results – exemplified by a convincing round eight victory . . .