- The FC Bayern goes with a strange feeling in the Champions League duels with Liverpool.
- Above all, the defensive is worrying.
- Offensive player Kingsley Coman, who limped off the field against Augsburg, is said to fly to Liverpool.
Thomas Müller was right at the scene and talked to the doctors. Joshua Kimmich came in, put both hands on his knees and said a few words. Mats Hummels shuddered, as he later confessed. It was already the stoppage time on Friday night in Augsburg, when Kingsley Coman, two-time scorer and preparator of the 3-2 draw, in a duel with Augsburg's Kevin Danso buckled, remained lying, was treated on the ankle – and then limped off the field. One could imagine the thoughts of the footballers of Bayern at this moment well: But not Coman! Not the player who had previously provided for the few hopeful moments.
Well, Kingsley Coman, 22, whom they call "King" in Munich, is at least not definitely injured – after he returned to a syndesmotic ligament tear in December (and had already talked about retiring in case of another surgery on his foot). Coman is "an option" for the first leg of the Champions League knockout round at Liverpool this Tuesday, the club said on Saturday. We will see.
What the other options of the German record champion in the game at Anfield are, had the team in Augsburg rather not shown. On the contrary, she had revealed the problems so characteristic of this season.
First of all, there is the quite vague state of health of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who after a right-hand thumb injury was in the lead for the first time after a break of two weeks, but barely had the opportunity to prove his recovery. At 0: 1 after 13 seconds, he was as chance as the 1: 2. A harmless shot in the second half, he excavated rather awkwardly with his forearms into the goal. "What is restriction now?" He asked, when asked for his thumb. He does not play with a rail.
However, all participants considered the defensive behavior of the players to be more new than problematic. In the 0: 1 Joshua Kimmich allowed to sprint undisturbed in his back Augsburg Philipp Max to the baseline and prepare for the goal, at 1: 2 again. Niklas Süle played bad passes in the game, in the midfield, the defensive carelessness of James Rodríguez was noticeable, which is difficult with the offensive urge of Leon Goretzka, who is supposed to be Thiago on the double six actually the defensive. The "counter-hedge" did not vote, said Süle.
Kovac complained that the players simply do not do what he asks for the opponent's possession of the ball: take up opponents, laboriously and defend unspectacularly. "If we start letting people go there," he said of the game in Liverpool, "we'll be in a tough spot any minute." In Liverpool the strikers are not known as Sergio Cordova, Dong-Won Ji and Michael Gregoritsch. But Mo Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino.
The central defense will hardly change Kovac, although the duo Hummels and Jérôme Boateng remains the longest conceded on average, 172 minutes. For more security, he could bring Javi Martínez in midfield. But even more crucial could be whether the players identify with the plan of the coach. Anyone who saw the game in Augsburg, who heard the explanations after that, could have very little doubt about that.