The red card on Bayern Munich’s Dayot Upamecano was iffy at best and the team’s response wasn’t great, but it’s just one loss
Red? Yellow? Be that as it may, Dayot Upamecano was sent off.
There will always be something to discuss at Bayern Munich (hopefully civilized at BFW).
During Bayern Munich’s 3-2 defeat by Borussia Mönchengladbach, Dayot Upamecano was called up in the 8th minute for a questionable red card that changed the entire course of the game.
was it soft Yes.
Did Alassane Pléa embellish something? Probably (despite his protestations).
But was it the red card in Tobias Welz’s eyes? Yes, and that’s all that really matters.
(If you want my opinion, it was soft, but the play was risky – and so it was always a threat that a red card could be shown in that situation.)
The game itself was a risk.
The second Upamecano made contact from that position, knowing there would be a chance things could go sideways. If Plea took even the slightest stumble, there was always a chance that Plea would end up on the deck.
He did – and Upamecano paid for it.
Could Yann Sommer have made a different decision with his role in the play? Certainly. Does he want an “overtake”? You bet.
From that point on, the game was all about Julian Nagelsmann and how he would adjust to being a man. And yes, the boss made some mistakes with his moves that even he admitted.
But the players didn’t show their best performance either.
Whether it was the compact schedule and heavy legs, too much rotation, or just a bad day to have a bad day, Bayern Munich never got on track (which isn’t shocking considering it’s been a man for so long was).
It really was a “total team effort” to lose the game and the blame could be shared evenly.
In the post-game melee, there was a lot of blame and frustration. It was aimed at the referee, Nagelsmann, certain players, etc.
In the end, however, it was just a defeat – a defeat played out when Bayern Munich were a man down with almost 90 minutes of play.
I didn’t like every decision Nagelsmann made and I didn’t like every performance of every player. But what I can say is that it’s fair one Loss.
If the trend continues against Union Berlin next week then we have a post called BFW Vent Tent and we can all wallow in there in a safe space to shine the numbers needed.
Until we reach that point, however, we should remember that this isn’t the first time Bayern Munich have stuttered against Gladbach – and it won’t be the last.
Whether it was a real red card or not is debatable, but that’s how it went in the books and that made the race for the Bundesliga title even closer.
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