Bayern Munich 2-0 AEK Athens: Initial reactions and random observations - football

Bayern Munich 2-0 AEK Athens: Initial reactions and random observations



It wasn?t a bad performance, but if Bayern play like this against another black-and-yellow jerseyed team on Saturday, then things could get ugly. Full time: Bayern Munich finish the game 2-0. It was a masterclass defensive performance from the boys, but questions linger about the offense. Here are some initial observations to tide you over until we publish our post-game articles:

Niko Kovac was beyond late with his substitutions, making the first one at the 84th minute. With Der Klassiker coming up and AEK being as threatening as UEFA?s FFP regulations (topical humor), maybe Robert Lewandowski could have been subbed a bit earlier.
AEK Athens were limited to just 3 shots, one at the 5th minute, one at the 19th minute, and one at the 46th minute. That is some elite defending from our players. I wish Gnabry would pass more and shoot less.
I wish Muller would shoot more and pass less.
Another ineffective performance from Franck Ribery. I hope the fact that he was subbed doesn?t mean he?s going to start in the Klassiker.
Leon Goretzka got battered out there. Out of all the players, I think AEK fouled him the most.
No goals from open play ? not a great sign for Bayern. Muller had at least two chances where he should have scored, and Lewandowski should have won his 1v1 with the keeper to complete the hat trick. Still, it?s not like Bayern didn?t create chances.
This level of play may be okay for now, but it won?t be suitable against better teams. Kovac better have s...
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