Bayern are at odds with Barça "20 minutes after halftime"

In the first half, Bayern kept up well for long stretches – after the break, Barcelona decided the game within 20 minutes. After the final whistle, the Munich women look for explanations for the defeat.

Regrets the poorly played switching moments of his team: Alexander Straus.

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The Bayern women went into the half-time break at the Camp Nou with a goalless draw – almost 47,000 spectators watched the duel between the two top clubs live in the stadium on Thursday evening. Barça already dominated the game in the first 45 minutes, but the Munich team held back, and the Catalans were hardly able to create any significant chances: “We had good control, were well organized and didn’t allow much,” says Bayern coach Alexander Straus in an interview on the club website on the first round.

Both Straus and his players see the fact that Bayern rarely got dangerously in front of the hosts’ goal as the decisive problem of the evening. The coach speaks of the “tempo attacks that were not consistently played to the end” and is supported in his thesis by right-back Maximiliane Rall, among others: “If we play our transition moments more purposefully, then we also get our chances.”

Barça freezing after the restart

The coach and players also agree on the sticking point of the game: “20 minutes after half-time”, is how Bayern midfielder Georgia Stanway sums it up. In fact, it was this phase of the game in which Barça not only took the lead, but even closed the sack: Shortly after the restart, the evening took its course with Geyse’s goal and was for the Munich women with the following goals from Aitana and Claudia Pina more and more bitter. In fact, it was just 19 minutes between the hosts’ first and last goal.

Bayern women’s next three games

But how could it happen that the game went so clearly in Barça’s favor in the second half? The Munich team didn’t find an exact explanation shortly after the final whistle: “Now it’s time to analyze why we can do better in the Allianz Arena,” were the words of winger Klara Bühl.

Bayern doesn’t have much time to analyze – the vice-champion’s schedule is packed to the brim in the coming weeks. After two Bundesliga games against Essen (Sunday, 4 p.m.) and in Hoffenheim (December 2), the return leg against Barcelona is less than two weeks away. On December 7th, FC Bayern welcomes the Catalans to the Allianz Arena.

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