Friday, August 15

Bayern Munich faced Hamburg for the Bundesliga opener. No one expected the outcome of the match, which was a shocking 5-0. Hamburg have always performed well against the Bavarian giants, and there were interviews with many of the Bayern players, especially Jerome Boateng saying that they were all nervous and were expecting a very tough match.

There were many speculations before the season began on how Bayern would perform with the loss of two veteran players, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Frank Ribery. Ribery is out with an injury, it has been a rough patch for the

French international but everyone who has followed Ribery throughout the years knows his love for the sport and the true talent he has. We all hope he will have a speedy and safe recovery.

The latest rumor was whether coach Pep Guardiola would stay this season as their coach, because of some attitude problems with essential players and the drastic change in the squad’s lineup. It is going to be hard for Guardiola to pick which players to include in the starting eleven with so many talented midfielders on the team like Mario Gotze, Thiago Alcantara, Javi Martinez, Sebastian Rode, and new talents like Arturo Vidal and Douglas Costa.

With the formation they are playing they already have two wingers leaving only 3 midfielders, and if the coach does not manage to give each player the right amount of playing time he might lose some great athletes.

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Douglas Costa was one of the most recent buys for Bayern Munich, and no one knew if his fancy style of gameplay would go well with the aggressive Bavarian gameplay of Bayern. He proved everyone wrong at the season opener by giving a class crosses to Thomas Muller. The most memorable goal of the night, although insignificant to the outcome of the game, was Douglas Costa’s first goal for Bayern Munich, the first of many from what we can see.

Douglas Costa is proving himself among his teammates and also to his fans on what a class player he is. Most players have a hard time adapting to certain leagues, but previously from Shakhtar Donetsk and even now in Bayern he is performing consistently and admirably.

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Narek Manoukian

Spark Sports Soccer Analyst

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