Julian Nagelsmann’s FC Bayern fell 2-1 to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Friday evening. Robert Lewandowski put FC Bayern ahead early in the first half, but the away side turned the tide through Florian Neuhaus and Stefan Lainer around the half-hour mark. The champions were utterly dominant after half-time, but another goal refused to come, and the youthful men in red were utterly left to rue their missed chances.
Borussia Mönchengladbach is only away team to have ever won four times at the Allianz Arena.
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Lewandowski smashes into the back of the net to give Bayern the lead! pic.twitter.com/3m4NhUE2rN
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With a number of players in quarantine or injured, it was a makeshift line-up that took the field on Friday. Bayern started with Sven Ulreich in goal and Joshua Kimmich, Benjamin Pavard, Niklas Süle and Marcel Sabitzer in a back four. Jamal Musiala and Marc Roca anchored a midfield featuring Serge Gnabry, Thomas Müller and Malik Tillman, with Lewandowski up front. Youngsters Lucas Copado and Paul Wanner took over from Roca and Tillman with a quarter-hour to go. At 16 years and 15 days, Wanner is the youngest-ever player to feature for Bayern in the Bundesliga.
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After the match FC Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann: “We were actually closer to winning than Gladbach were. Defeats are never nice. Considering the situation, we did very well in the first 25 minutes, we should have been up by more. The way we conceded the equaliser was complete madness, I don’t know why we wanted to do that in the box like that, and then we conceded from another set-piece. In the second half we played decently and had lots of chances. Unlike in the cup game, we didn’t deserve to lose today.”
Thomas Müller said ,”Overall, luck was just not on our side today. There was more to be had in the game. The first half was a bit strange. I think we had the game completely under control for 25 minutes. Then we conceded the equaliser out of nowhere, and towards the end we faded and gave the ball away too often. We were a bit too passive at the back. In the second half, we felt like we were only playing to score once. Despite losing the ball a lot, we created a lot of chances and hit the woodwork three times.”
Borussia Mönchengladbach head coach’Adi Hütter said, “Huge compliments to the team for coming back like that and getting the win in Munich. When the intensity is high, you have a good chance of winning, and that’s what we showed today. Of course Bayern could have equalised. But my team played well. They implemented what we trained.”
Borussia Mönchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer said , “I’m very happy that we started the second half of the season like this, that was enormously important for us in our situation. We didn’t start the game so well, but when we equalised, we also took control. That was good.”