Bayern and its Blues, quiet against Schalke 04

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Bayern and its Blues, quiet against Schalke 04

The match: Bayern on their way

In three months Bayern may show a less sparkling form. In the meantime, the future opponent of Paris-SG in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League crushes all the teams he finds in his path. After a sluggish start to the season and the questions linked to the departure of Robert Lewandowski, the Munich residents are unstoppable and showed it again this Saturday at the end of the afternoon, in Gelsenkirchen (0-2).

Faced with the red lantern of the Bundesliga, the leader has never trembled. He took time to open the scoring, 38 minutes, by Gnabry. And Schalke got two good chances in the first period (24th, 45th). But the second goal, from Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting (52nd) put an end to all suspense, and it was a long ten-man pass, sometimes interrupted by shots from Bayern players, which the spectators then attended. of the Veltins-Arena.

The French: impeccable from start to finish

They were four French at the kickoffs, all called by Didier Deschamps to go to Qatar in a few days. They all showed up in good shape, clean in everything they did. In defense, Benjamin Pavard and Dayot Upamecano formed the hinge for an hour, until the entry of Matthijs de Ligt which caused Pavard to shift to the right-back position. The latter was solid in cutting several dangerous balls with his head and interesting in his ability to bring the surplus close to the opposing surface. Upamecano, only caught behind his back, but without consequence, in the 45th minute, showed both his power and his ease in bringing out the balls.

While Lucas Hernandez, little used on his left side and released in the 72nd, was sharp in all his interventions. The fourth Blue holder, Kingsley Coman, technically correct in all his gestures except on a missed dive in the 45th, was served more – and was therefore able to make his vis-à-vis dizzy – when he passed to the right , in the heart of the second period, until his exit in the 80th. The former Rennais Mathys Tel is, for his part, not out of the bench.

The number: 9

All competitions combined, Bayern will have won their last nine matches of 2022. Since their last defeat, against Augsburg (0-1), on September 17, in the league, Julian Nagelsmann’s team has scored a lot, and all the time. In his twelve games played over the period, he never scored less than two goals and won everything except a draw against Dortmund (2-2, October 8). Before the trips from Eintracht Frankfurt to Mainz and Union Berlin to Freiburg on Sunday, Bayern are six points ahead of RB Leipzig, their runner-up.

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