The international break was very eventful for Bayern Munich. There was a big coaching change at the club, as Julian Nagelsmann was sacked at the end of the last week. Thomas Tuchel has been appointed as the new head coach of the first team at Die Roten.
Meanwhile, Bayern players had a productive time with their respective national teams. Most players delivered solid performances and achieved positive results on the pitch. Let us look at how all senior Bayern players fared for their national teams in the last international break of the season.
Germany had a mixed international break as they clinched a comfortable win against Peru but narrowly lost against Belgium. Joshua Kimmich started both games for Germany and dictated the play in the center of the park. He was not at his best, but still managed to churn out decent performances.
Leon Goretzka had a decent outing against Peru after coming on at halftime. He lasted only half an hour against Belgium due to a knock. Meanwhile, Serge Gnabry was on the scoresheet against Belgium after he was handed a place in the starting XI by Hansi Flick. Gnabry was also impressive against Peru after he came on at halftime, shattering the woodwork in the second half.
Dayot Upamecano and Benjamin Pavard played a crucial role in keeping France unbeaten against the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland. Upamecano started both games in the defense and helped the team to keep clean sheets. He was also on the score sheet against the Dutch team, showing great awareness in the box to steer the ball into the net from a setpiece. Pavard was an unused substitute in the games against the Dutch side, but he did get the opportunity to play against Ireland. The former Stuttgart defender started in the right-back position and scored a screamer to help France win the game in the United Kingdom. Kingsley Coman started against the Dutch. He was dangerous in the final third, but didn’t get a goal or assist on the night. The French winger was unused substitute against Ireland.
Morocco continued their good run of form by beating Brazil in a friendly game last week. However, they couldn’t back this performance with a win against Peru. They had to settle for a goalless draw against the South American nation. Noussair Mazraoui played the entire 90 minutes in both games and got much-needed playing time under his belt after being out for a couple of months due to illness. The time with Morocco would have helped him to get in the rhythm for the final phase of the season.
Netherlands had a tough time during this international break as the French hammered four goals past them. They managed to bounce back against Gibraltar, but it was far from an impressive performance from the team. Matthijs de Ligt missed the game against France due to illness, but he helped the team to keep a clean sheet against Gibraltar. Meanwhile, Daley Blind came off the bench in both games. He made an impact against Gibraltar by providing the assist for Netherlands’ third goal. Ryan Gravenberch was an unused substitute for the Netherlands in both games.
Portugal delivered emphatic performances to beat Liechtenstein and Luxembourg during the international break. Joao Cancelo shone in the wing-back role against Liechtenstein, scoring the first goal for the Portuguese team. He was an unused substitute against Luxembourg as Roberto Martinez tested the depth of his squad.
Canada clinched a spot in the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Nations League by clinching comfortable wins against Curacao and Honduras. Alphonso Davies is one of the top performers for Canada in both games, as he provided the cutting edge in the final third from the wing-back position.
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Josip Stanisic started for Croatia in the right-back position against Turkey after being an unused substitute against Wales. The 22-year-old defender helped Croatia to keep the clean sheet and clinch a 2-0 victory.
Yann Sommer helped Switzerland to keep clean sheets in their emphatic wins against Israel and Belarus. He only made a couple of saves across both games, but his distribution was spot-on.
Senegal clinched victories in both games against Mozambique during the international break. Sadio Mane was on the scoresheet in the first game, which will boost his confidence after a difficult period at Bayern in the past few weeks.