Niko Kovac suffered his first defeat as Bayern Munich coach, though there were many positives to draw from his side’s display against Juventus at the International Champions Cup in Philadelphia.
Juventus 2-0 Bayern
Goals: 1-0 Favilli (32’), 2-0 Favilli (40’)
Bayern, who announced the signing of Canadian prodigy Alphonso Davies before kick-off –started with a further five teenagers at the Lincoln Financial Field, and bossed possession against the Italian champions. Franck Ribery, captaining the Bavarians, had his side’s best chance midway through the half, cutting inside from the left and forcing a safe from Mattia Perin. It was Juventus who pulled ahead towards the end of the half, though, Andrea Favilli scoring a pair of goals against the run of play.
Kovac rung the changes at half-time, with Renato Sanches, Arjen Robben and – in particular – Kingsley Coman added some attacking verve. Another second-half substitute, Jeong Woo-Yeong flashed a chance over with the Juventus goal at his mercy and Coman could have reduced the arrears at the death but his left-footed finish didn’t do the dazzling footwork before it justice. A fit Coman is a big positive for the Bavarians, though, and they can afford to have a spring in their step ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Manchester City and former coacg Pep Guardiola.
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- Bayern duo Vidal and Kingsley Coman were previously team-mates at Juventus before both moved to Bavaria in 2015.
- There are plenty of familiar faces in the Juventus squad too. Can, Mario Mandzukic, Douglas Costa and Medhi Benatia all played for the Bundesliga champions in recent years.
- Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and current assistant coach Robert Kovac both laced their boots for Bayern just after the turn of the century, before making the move south to Turin.
- Bayern and Juventus have faced each other 10 times previously, all in the UEFA Champions League. Bayern have the better record, with five wins, two draws and three defeats.
- The teams' last meeting, in the 2015/16 Champions League season, ended in a 4-2 victory for Bayern, who fought back from two goals down to win the tie in extra time.
- With eight goals in 722 minutes last season for Bayern, winter signing Sandro Wagner scored on average every 90.25 minutes, which translates to one goal per full match.
Juventus: Perin (Pinsoglio 71’) – De Sciglio, Rugani (Barzagli 54’), Chiellini (Caldara 54’), Sandro – Marchisio (Fernandes 46’), Pjanic (Kastanos 71’), Can (Fagioli 44’) – Cancelo (Macek 71’), Favilli (Beltrame 54’), Bernardeschi (Pereira 59’)
Unused subs: Szczensny, Benatia, Khedira, Beruatto, Del Favaro, Clemenza, Di Pardo
Absentees: Ronaldo, Dybala, Higuain, Cuadrado, Mandzukic, Costa, Matuidi, Benatia, Szczesny, Khedira (all resting / on holiday after the World Cup), Spinazzola, Kastanos (injury)
Coach: Massimiliano Allegri
Bayern: Ulreich (Hoffmann 82’) – Johansson (Rafinha 46’), Martinez (Alaba 37’), Stanisic (Richards 46’), Bernat (J. Meier 46’) – Gnabry (Robben 46’), Zylla (Jeong 46’), Will (Zaiser 46’), Shabani (Sanches 46’), Ribery (Coman 46’) – Wagner (Wriedt 46’)
Unused subs: Zirkzee, O. Meier, Früchtl
Absentees: Neuer, Boateng, Müller, Hummels, Kimmich, Goretzka, James Rodriguez, Tolisso, Süle, Thiago, Lewandowski, Rudy (all resting / on holiday after the World Cup)
Coach: Niko Kovac