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Kolo Muani responds present
If you were wondering if he had digested his failure in the final, you have part of the answer tonight.
Author of the goal of the equalizer against Bayern (1-1) Randal Kolo Muani left on the same bases as before the World Cup in the Bundesliga by signing his 7th goal of the season.
Adding his 10 assists, he is the most decisive player in the Bundesliga ahead of his evening opponent, Jamal Musiala (decisive 16 times).
Very restless on the front of the attack, he made the Bavarian defense suffer, caused a card on Yann Sommer (25th) and forced a good Upamecano to work on multiple occasions.
Upamecano real defense boss
Despite his impotence on the goal of his compatriot (70th) where he gets caught up in speed, Dayot Upamecano is the player his partners rely on in defense.
The World Cup seems to have taken him to a new level and he is showing himself as a real leader in the absence of Lucas Hernandez by his side.
Always solid in the duel, he knows how to be useful with the foot, with the revival.
He even tries to project himself forward to bring solutions to his attacking teammates, who really need it right now...
The lack of solution of the Bavarian attackers
3. This is the number of matches played in 2023 by Bayern, but also the number of draws and goals scored by Bayern.
A pace well below the standings of Bayern (3.2 per game before the World Cup).
A figure which is explained by the lack of offensive creation despite the talent of the players in front.
The chances are all alike with dozens of handball-style passes in front of the box until a long shot or a cross into a box full of defenders.
The time for rapid attacks at Bayern seems a long way off and sterile possession should worry a Julian Nagelsmann without solutions two weeks before the shock against PSG on February 14.
When discovering the composition aligned by the German coach, some may have been surprised.
Five attacking players on the field with similar profiles for 3 of them and only one midfielder (Kimmich).
The match certainly convinced them of their misunderstanding.
Sané, Muller and to a lesser extent Musiala (lower in the field) seemed to step on each other.
The calls are the same and the actions are similar.
Nagelsmann's changes also raise questions.
By leaving Leroy Sané he deprived himself of a player capable of making the difference by his dribbling in tight spaces and the returns of Gnabry and Tel did not bring anything.
Julian Nagelsmann will have to rack his brains and find the springs to restart the Bavarian machine...