In what was a repeat of last season’s UEFA Champions League quarter final fixture, Bayern Munich took on Manchester City in a pre season friendly – with the English club.beating the German side 2-1
The game played at the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo saw both Thomas Tuchel and Pep Guardiola field a relatively strong starting eleven, with Bayern’s 11 appearing more assured on paper.
However and not surprisedly, it was Manchester City who had more of ball during the early exchanges. They duly took the lead after 21 minutes on the clock.
21 year old midfielder, James McAtee, playing the Kevin de Bruyne role was at the right place at the right time to tap into the net after Yann Sommer in goal for Bayern failed to gather. The chance for City’s goal arrived after a good link up play between Mateo Kovacic and Rico Lewis.
The water break after City’s opener did little to affect Manchester City’s momentum although Bayern started to grow into the contest in the latter stages of the first half.
Just before the break, a decent chance fell for Jamal Musiala. However, the German International saw his left footed striker expertly saved by Ederson in goal for City . The Brazilian goalkeeper also denied Kingsley Koman a goal as well.
as is the general custom in most of these pre season friendly and in a bid to give other players some minutes, Thomas Tuchel changed the entire starting eleven at the start of the second half.
While Pep Guardiola made eight changes to the City side that started the game,[leaving only Ederson and Bernardo Silva on the pitch at the restart.
The wholesome changes by Thomas Tuchel strangely gave Bayern the much need zest as they stepped up a few notches in the second half. Bayern duly drew level courtesy of a strike from substitute Mathys Tell, tapping in under pressure after Francis Kratzig caved out the opening.
Within in minutes of drawing level, Bayern conceded a second courtesy of a goal by Arymeric Laporte in the 86th minute. They held on to win the game.