Bayern Munich beat Hamburg 1-0 away from home in what was their third win in as many matches since Jupp Heynckes took charge, but the 72-year-old’s choice to make no less than five changes to his starting lineup raised some eyebrows.
They are all internationals – four current international players, plus Rafinha, who, in my opinion, has become a much better player the last few years
the Bayern coach told Sky Deutschland after the match, talking about starting the game with Rafinha, James Rodriguez, Arturo Vidal, Niklas Sule and Corentin Tolisso, five players who were not involved in the Bavarians’ Champions League win over Celtic, midweek.
But the team has never played together in this formation and you have to practise all these things in training to gain harmony and to be a cohesive block – and that wasn’t the case in the first half
the German coach said, explaining what went wrong for Bayern in the first 45 minutes.
I took the risk because we constantly have this Wednesday-Saturday rhythm, so I simply have to reduce the players’ workloads. But they are all seasoned professionals who have earned a chance to play after training excellently
Heynckes also said, before reminding everyone that
last year, Bayern won 1-0 in Hamburg, and the year before 2-1, so it’s always difficult here.
Tolisso scored the only goal of the match in the 52nd minute. It should be mentioned though that Hamburg played with ten men for more than 50 minutes, as Gideon Jung was sent off late in the first half.