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Bayern Munich 3-1 Tottenham: Germans win dead-rubber

Harry Kettle in Editorial, UEFA Champions League 11 Dec 2019

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Nobody was really expecting all too much intrigue or drama from the game between Bayern Munich and Tottenham Hotspur tonight, mainly because both had already secured their place in the knockout stage of this season’s UEFA Champions League. In the end, though, it was the Germans that got the upper hand once again as they beat last season’s finalists 3-1 at Allianz Arena.

An entertaining clash

Kingsley Coman was able to get Bayern off to a pretty quick start after knocking in the first goal of the game. Spurs weren’t about to go down without a fight, though, with Ryan Sessegnon equalising in what wound up being an incredibly impressive performance from the youngster. Thomas Muller handed the advantage back to the hosts, with Philippe Coutinho scoring a third to edge a step closer towards proving why he feels like he should become a permanent fixture in the club’s starting XI.

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho had the following to say in the immediate aftermath of the defeat, which was his second loss since taking charge.

Looking to the future

“A good match for me. I don’t want to speak about conclusions because it is too strong a word but I would say important information. I give you clearly a positive example because they are easier. Today I learned a lot about Juan Foyth. He didn’t play one minute for me until today and I learned more in these 90 minutes than I did in two or three weeks of training. No conclusions but good information.

“I would prefer to win or to draw and for Son to score in the last minute and lose 3-2 rather than 3-1 of course but we knew the match was important for other reasons. We didn’t want a result that leaves a shadow on us but I think positive things about many of the boys.”

Bayern Munich will now attempt to turn their attention back towards the Bundesliga title race as they find themselves struggling down in seventh place, as they prepare to host Werder Bremen this weekend. Tottenham’s December doesn’t get much easier as they travel to Molineux in order to face an in-form Wolverhampton Wanderers side.

Match Report

Bayern Munich: Neuer (7), Davies (9), Martinez (7), Boateng (6.5), Pavard (7), Coutinho (9), Kimmich (7.5), Thiago (8), Coman (7), Perisic (7.5), Gnabry (7.5), Zirkzee (6), Muller (7.5), Goretzka (6)

Tottenham: Gazzaniga (7), Walker-Peters (6), Foyth (7), Alderweireld (6), Rose (6.5), Sissoko (5.5), Dier (6), Lo Celso (6.5), Eriksen (6.5), Sessegnon (7), Moura (6.5), Son (6.5), Skipp (6), Wanyama (6)

Referee: Gianluca Rocchi

Goals: Coman, Muller, Coutinho :: Sessegnon

Yellow Cards: Kimmich, Lo Celso

Red Cards: N/A

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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