Preseason Match Recap: Audi Cup – Real Madrid v Bayern Munich

8 Aug

Pre-match festivities

Thank the soccer gods, or flying spaghetti monster, or whatever that we don’t have this quick of a turn around during the season! After defeating Tottenham Tuesday we faced Bayern Wednesday in the final of the Audi Cup. I meant to get this posted on Thursday night, but I ended up falling asleep on my couch for two nights in a row. The post looked a bit like this: “in the final of the alsddddddddddddddddddddd”

I’m on blog duty while Lozil is visiting some family so let’s try not to burn it down, shall we?

Lineups:

Bayern Munich: Manuel Neuer, Medhi Benatia, David Alaba, Rafinha, Xabi Alonso, Jerome Boateng, Douglas Costa, Mario Götze, Philipp Lahm (c), Arturo Vidal, Thomas Müller

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas, Dani Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Lucas Silva, Toni Kroos, Dennis Cheryshev, Isco, Jese

Starters

The last time we played at Allianz was on our way to LA DECIMA (excuse me, that still makes me insanely happy). We beat Bayern 4-0 in that match.

The start belonged to Bayern and we didn’t have much in us in the opening minutes. We did get a shot on goal in the 9th minute. It was Toni who took a long range shot and had it not gone wide, I think he would have beat Neuer.

In the 17th minute, we lost Pepe in a clash with Boateng. Nacho came in to take his place.

In typical Guardiola fashion, Bayern had all the possession. And it was He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named who was dictating the pace from deep. It was that same thing he used to do for us. *sigh*

Marcelo picked up the first booking of the match when he received a yellow card in the 33rd minute. His challenge on Lahm came in a bit late.

Not to be left out, He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named picked up a yellow card in the 36th minute for a challenge on Dani. It’s like he never left….

Muller hit the post in the 37th minute and in the 44th minute Keylor made an excellent save on a shot from Costa. I hated to admit that Bayern were the better team.

When the whistle blew it was even at the half.

Second Half:

As the second half kicked off we were greeted with a few new faces. Guardiola brought in Lewandowski and Sebastian Rode for Gotze and Lahm, while Benitez made the decision to have Illarra and Marco Asensio replace Cheryshev and Casemiro.

The first yellow card of the second half came quite early when Benatia received a booking for a challenge on Asensio.

Kroos had a shot from a free kick in the 52nd minute but unfortunately Neuer scrambled across goal and made the save. I don’t know if you all know how happy I’d be to see Kroos score on Neuer.

In the 58th minute we got a substitution from Benitez. Modric, James and Arbeloa replaced Marcelo, Isco and Jese.

Then Juan Bernat came in for Bayern to replace a very good Arturo Vidal.

Lewandowski missed a stunning chance in the 62nd minute.

Pierre Hojbjerg replaced Alonso in the 66th minute for Bayern. Funny how I feel the need to specify that it was Bayern. I avoided any mention of him so much last year that it still seems strange to me that he’s not ours. Hence my refusal to say his name…

In the 72nd minute, Borja Mayoral and Danilo came off the bench to replace Vazquez and Kroos.

In the 80th minute Rafinha was replaced by Fabian Benko.

I think I always knew it was going to be Lewy who scored against us. Or I just hoped it wouldn’t be Muller. Bayern had dominated the majority of the match, so I was unsurprised that they were the first to put the ball in the net.

The goal came in the 88th minute when Lewy got on the end of a free kick. It was bad defending on our part.

The match ended Bayern 1-0 Real Madrid.

We missed out on that third pre-season trophy.

Highlights are here.

Match Photos:

Post-Match Comments:

Benitez post match

FROM REALMADRID.COM

Benitez: “We needed to have more possession to create more danger”
by Javier Garcia (Munich) | Photographer: Ángel Martinez

“I’m down about the loss but I feel good about the experience for the young players”, he added.

Rafa Benítez analysed the game against Bayern Munich, the sixth of the madridista preseason as such: “I feel good about the experience for the young players and the work they put in, but sad about the defeat. They are a great team, they have that extra gear and you could see it. We needed more possession to create more danger. We had the odd counter but it wasn’t enough”.

I always say that we have to get better but have a good team. Today we had a few missing and that hurt us with two games in a row. We are going to try and do what we’ve done and use the players we have, there’s a lot of quality available”.

Absentees
“No Cristiano or Benzema. If you take away an attack of that quality the absence is obvious. In defence we’ve taken a lot on board. In attack we have power and a cutting edge and we have to see if we are capable of maintaining that cutting edge while keeping the balance in defense”.

Pepe
“Pepe had a few niggles yesterday and today they recurred so we substituted him. We wanted to rest Danilo, Varane and Bale. Danilo came on in the end as they were getting at us on that wing and to freshen  things up. With Benzema we’re going to work with him and follow his progress”.

“Now we have a game to continue laying the foundations for what we are looking to do and then a couple of weeks to maintain the rhythm and intensity we showed in Australia and China”.

Bale
“The great thing about our front line is that they can interchange positions and everyone knows what they have to do”.

Jesé
“He’s eager to play and he’s in good shape. We hope he’ll keep improving and show us all that quality he’s got”.

Goalkeepers
“Casilla had a good game the other day and today it was Navas’ turn. Nothing more. Both have to fight for their place because that’s good for the team”.

Departures
“Lucas Silva will be going out as he is not an EU citizen. Marcos Llorente and Borja Mayoral will work with us in the reserve side. Ruben will be with the goalkeepers”.

¡Hala Madrid!

-mygypsyspirit

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