Last night, Bayern Munich defeated Sevilla with a goal from veteran Xavi Martinez in overtime in Budapest, reversing and winning the first European Super Cup of the season. Although Bayern prevailed in this game and gained more opportunities, for a long time, Bayern could not come up with an effective offensive method. The final goal was also based on the opportunity given by the opponent's mistake. Bayern's lack of depth in the frontcourt and the limited space for tactical changes have been exposed.
Before yesterday's game, Thiago had already moved to Liverpool, Coutinho returned to Barcelona, Perisic returned to Inter Milan, Kingsley Koman was diagnosed with an injury. Although Bayern still assigned Kimmich to the midfielder, Sane and Gnabry had a seemingly powerful lineup, but in the course of the game, it is easy to find Kimmich and Thiago. The difference between playing styles. Compared to the Spaniard, Kimmich’s style of playing when he is in the midfielder is more like his big brother Tony Cross, he is more accustomed to long passes to dispatch the team's offense, rather than short passes to create opportunities.
In the 70th minute of the game, Sane was replaced. After that, although Bayern firmly controlled the situation on the field, the players seemed to be lacking a solution in the face of Seville, who retreated to the 30-meter area. At that time, Toliso and Gretzka on the Bayern field were similar in type. Only Afang who could play the frontcourt on the bench was the explosively worthy player. The other so-called frontcourt players were young players who had not been tempered. It is difficult for a coach to choose a player who has not proven himself in the championship game.
I have to say that Flick's tactical adjustment ability and preparation are very sufficient. In the tenth minute of overtime, Afang and Hama replaced Hernandez and Gretzka. The two match-up substitutions represented two obvious ideas: pressure from the side to hit Seville's tired Side defense; stabilize the midfielder and try to avoid losing the ball. The effect is also significant. Harbin scored a goal with a corner kick just five minutes after the court. There is nothing more like this on the football field.
In the 2013 European Super Cup, Harvey Martinez’s goal in the last minute of overtime helped Bayern drag Chelsea into a penalty shoot-out and finally won the penalty kick. Seven years later, Hama may be about to leave. At the time, Bayern was saved by the veteran again. But there are really not enough veterans in the Bayern team that can turn the tide every time.
In the Bundesliga, it may still be difficult for a team to shake Bayern's position this season, but in the European game, Bayern's lineup needs to be strengthened. Xiao Ba believes that Bayern's signings do not necessarily need to improve the team's technical capabilities, but to focus on the tactical adjustment space and introduce other types of players in order to face various styles of opponents in the European war. The most important thing is that it is plug and play, and the best way is to fight.