FC Bayern Munich – Flick’s youth research project against Union Berlin: Nianzou unlucky on comeback, extra praise for Stanisic

In the 1-1 draw against Union Berlin, a number of youngsters should prove themselves at Bayern Munich. How did the talents fare?

Bayern coach Hansi Flick had to struggle with bloodletting in the run-up to the Bundesliga game against Union Berlin, several supports were not available to the coach.

Since the important quarter-final second leg in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain is due on Tuesday, Flick tried to spare most of his remaining regular players.

The result of the rotation: With Josip Stanisic, Tiago Dantas, Christopher Scott and Tanguy Nianzou, four players got their chance who – unlike, for example, goalscorer and top talent Jamal Musiala – have so far been behind or exclusively in the FCB second representation were.

How did you do?

Josip Stanisic

Stanisic, who was trained for many years in the youth of 1860 Munich and later hired for one and a half seasons at SC Fürstenfeldbruck, was piloted back to the state capital by FC Bayern in 2017. The German-Croatian usually runs for the FCB second representation, mainly plowing the right defensive side of the reigning third division champions, and has also made a few appearances as a central defender.

On his debut in Germany’s Beletage Stanisic occupied the left-back position, as the regular left-backs Alphonso Davies (red card suspension) and Lucas Hernandez (problems with the abdominal muscles) were forced to watch.

The Bundesliga newcomer solved his task against Berlin’s Marius Bülter very well over long stretches, only misjudging a cross from Keita Endo in the first round, so that his long-term opponent came in a promising position for the header (23rd). Otherwise, Stanisic retained his sovereignty (71.4 percent) in his numerous air duels (7, top score at Bayern), with an overall duel rate of 70 percent he posted the second best score of all Munich, only Jerome Boateng came up to his replacement to an even better rate (80 percent).

In the offensive game, however, Stanisic was rather restrained. His excursions into the depths of the opposing half were limited, vertical, risky passes could not be observed. Instead, he limited himself to safety (pass rate 91.5 percent), took Manuel Neuer with him time and again or looked for his neighbor Javi Martinez.

Although he came a very small step too late in the late equalization by Marcus Ingvartsen, the debutant received special praise from his coach: “Stani also played a very good game for me,” said Flick at the subsequent press conference. “He was very confident on the ball, confident and showed what he can do, especially in the header game.”

Despite the praise, it was obviously not enough for the young Portuguese, only a short stint in the 5: 1 against 1. FC Köln granted the midfielder Flick. Against the Iron Dantas was allowed to play for the professionals for the first time from the start, the 20-year-old was supposed to replace the injured Leon Goretzka alongside Joshua Kimmich.

For 66 minutes, Dantas tried to live up to his role as the center player. He ran, offered himself, was responsible for one or the other corner, wanted to set accents. Once the U-national caused a sensation when he played a worth seeing interface pass on the well-started Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who, however, did not get past Union keeper Andreas Luthe (17th).

By and large, Flick had seen a decent starting XI debut. Dantas had “done well” and was “always playable and very present”. However, the slender 1.70-meter man absolutely has to hone his athleticism.

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