Bayern Munich’s Loss Shows a Focus on the Champions League
Having a 53-match unbeaten streak snapped is big news, but the Bayern Munich 1-0 loss to Augsburg was about a greater prize. This is a consequence of winning the league so early. Bayern could have went for an undefeated season in the Bundesliga, but Pep Guardiola decided to have his eye on an important match this week. Even Pep seemed okay with poor play on the field today after a 1-1 draw in the Champions League last week. Today showed more than ever that Bayern’s goal is to win the Champions League.
The last time Bayern failed to score in league play was 65 matches ago in April of 2012. Despite failing to score Guardiola simply said that sooner or later teams lose a game. This loss was a continuation of the hangover from winning the league before the end of March as the less than convincing draw against Manchester United in England was completely unexpected. Many pundits felt Bayern would win the tie in leg one.
The lineup that Guardiola chose said that this match was not important. Of course he also stated that the Bundesliga is over for them before the match so it looks like a lot of young players could be in the lineup. Two 19-year olds, Mitchell Weiser and Ylli Sallahi, as well as a 18-year old, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, made their first career starts. Backup keeper Tom Starke was supposed to start until getting an injury in practice.
Sascha Molders scored in the 31st minute to provide the only goal of the match. David Alaba hit the post once for Bayern. Bayern still held almost a 2-to-1 edge in possession and had more shots. Augsburg put a lot more on the frame though. Regardless, the tone was set before the ball was kicked and Guardiola has been tuning his team up for the second leg with Manchester United since the match ended last week.