UEFA Super Cup 2020
Bayern Munich opened the trophy account this season on Thursday. The Bavarians had to work hard to bring the UEFA Super Cup 2020 to Munich, as Sevilla had a great performance in Budapest. The German champions finally did enough to pull off a 2-1 win in extra time to win the match against the Europa League champions.
Sevilla’s tactical gameplay
Sevilla FC started the game strong, creating problems for Bayern’s defense. The Spanish team was finally rewarded for a good start when David Alaba brought down Ivan Rakitic in the penalty area. Lucas Ocampos went ahead to score the penalty against Manuel Neuer.
Bayern finally won the game and scored the tie through a neat move in the final third. Robert Lewandowski showed great awareness to head the ball off a Thomas Muller cross into Leon Goretzka’s path. The German midfielder slammed the ball over the goalkeeper to score in the second straight game.
Lewandowski had few chances to score the winning goal in regulation time, while Sevilla had a chance to clinch victory late in the game, but no one could break the deadlock before the final whistle. Javi Martínez entered the first half of extra time to score the winning goal. It was a narrow win to the Bavarians.
Victory off the extra time
Javi Martinez’s goal came off the ball from a set-piece as he cleverly placed his header in the upper corner after a shot from David Alaba was parried into the danger zone by the Sevilla goalkeeper. Martinez is still expected to leave the club before the deadline, but he is ending time in the successful stint in Bavaria in the best possible way rather than leaving the club through the back door. He goes to his next club as Mr. Supercup for the Bavarians.
Bayern Coach – Flick’s improvement over the season
At the beginning of his term in Bayern Munich, Hansi Flick was not proactive with substitutions. He often stayed with his first-team for much longer before bringing in players at the end of the game. Like the team’s steady progress on the field, Flick has also improved on the touchline.
On Thursday, all the Flick changes had a positive impact on the game. Leroy Sane had a quiet game compared to his performance against Schalke last weekend. The German coach removed Sane in the 69th minute for Corentin Tolisso. The introduction of French allowed Bayern to have more control in midfield. Tolisso also provided a goal threat from the center of the ground.
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As the game was ready to go in overtime, Flick decided to add a lot more pace in attack by bringing in Alphonso Davies for Lucas Hernandez. In addition, the French defender received a yellow card. With fatigue about to start, there was always the risk of a second yellow card.
Flick also brought in Javi Martinez to fire him and also provide defensive stability, as Davies was expected to do loitering runs in the last third from the left side, which could make room at the rear. The Spaniard ended up scoring Bayern’s winning goal.
The final change was Jerome Boateng for David Alaba. Given that Bayern were leading the game and Alaba had a yellow card, having fresh legs in central defense made sense. Boateng helped the team watch the game. Flick is improving with the management of the game, and the victory over Sevilla was a good example to show his improvement.
Replacement for Thiago Alcantara!?
Despite the victory, Flick will look for a solution to this problem in this season’s Champions League matches. Thiago’s best performances came in the biggest games in Europe last season. Kimmich may have to improve his passing while beating the press, as the club is unlikely to look for a midfielder in the market. It will be interesting to see how Flick overcomes this tactical challenge.
FC Bayern Munich Quadruple
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The Bavarians went one step further by clinching yet another title – UEFA Super Cup 2020 – to increase their trophy count to 4 this season!!