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Winning against Man City, Bayern won the Audi Cup

Winning against Man City, Bayern won the Audi Cup 4
Winning against Man City, Bayern won the Audi Cup 4

The result of 2-1 in favor of Bayern accurately reflects the situation of the match at Allianz Arena.

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Because the opponent played somewhat cautiously and sat deep in the squad, coach Guardiola’s players had an absolute advantage in the first half, but they lacked the necessary sharpness in handling situations near Joe Hart’s goal.

The loss did not faze, but on the contrary, served as a catalyst, helping Bayern explode afterward.

Bayern’s score-setting situation.

Both teams made major changes to the starting lineup as coaches Guardiola and Pellegrini actively conducted experiments.

Man City, meanwhile, changed up to nine positions compared to the match they defeated Milan 5-3, including all five positions in defense with the goalkeeper and the four defenders.

On the opposite field, Bayern’s machine operates much more smoothly and rhythmically, thanks to good cohesion between all positions on the field.

It wasn’t until the end of the first half that Man City improved and began to cause a lot of trouble towards the home team’s goal.

Winning against Man City, Bayern won the Audi Cup

Man City lost the match, but can be satisfied because what they showed against Bayern was very promising.

This weak and unsafe match forced Guardiola to make a series of changes, respectively bringing in  Mandzukic, Xherdan Shaqiri, Rafinha and Jan Kirchhoff to replace Thiago, Robben, Schweinsteiger and the injured player Kroos.

That bucket of cold water seemed to wake Bayern up and start playing more focused.

Bayern had two other opportunities to widen the gap in the remaining time, but Shaqiri was excellently denied by Pantilimon, and Mandzukic shot the ball against the post.

Squad:

Bayern: Neuer – Lahm (Weiser 90+1), Martínez (Van Buyten 68) Dante (Boateng 68), Alaba – Thiago (Mandzukic 57) – Robben (Shaqiri 57), Schweinsteiger (Kirchhoff 62), Kroos (Rafinha 59),

Man City: Pantilimon – Zabaleta, Kompany, Boyata, Clichy – Fernandinho, Barry (Yaya Touré 46) – Milner, Jovetic (Jesus Navas 46), Nasri – Negredo (Dzeko 74)

Goals: Negredo 61 – Mueller 66, Mandzukic 72

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