Bayern went down to 10 men early as Julian Nagelsmann’s men were defeated at Gladbach
After being triumphant in the high-octane match against PSG in the Champions League, Bayern Munich’s return to Bundesliga wasn’t all that glamorous. Nagelsmann’s men suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Borussia Monchengladbach which could prove costly in the title race.
Furious Nagelsmann blames the ref
Bayern Munich saw Dayot Upamecano immediately sent off in the eighth minute. The French international was caught bringing down Alassane Plea. Nagelsmann protested heavily against the decision and was even carded.
Lars Stindl, Jonas Hofmann and Marcus Thuram scored for Borussia Monchengladbach while Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting equalized Stindl’s first goal. Mathys Tel scored a consolation goal for Bayern Munich to make it 3-2.
Union Berlin now has the perfect chance to take over Bayern Munich’s top spot as they prepare to face Schalke. while Dortmund could go on level points with Bayern as well if they defeat Hertha Berlin.
However, Nagelsmann’s comments following the match were on the decisions made by referee Tobias Welz.
“In my eyes, Upa has only a minimal touch on his shoulder, but he doesn’t pull,” Nagelsmann said.
“It’s tough having a red card so early in the match,”
“And you can see in the slow motion that Plea’s shoulder does not move back a millimeter.”
Insisting Welz should have explained himself, Nagelsmann added: “You can decide all this, but maybe you could stand up after the game and say that the red card might have been a bit exaggerated.
“Everyone can live with it, he is also a person who sometimes makes mistakes.”
Bayern defender Alphonso Davies hailed his side’s resilience after going a man down.
“It’s tough having a red card so early in the match,” Davies told Bundesliga.com.
“It’s not good for any team, but we just kept fighting, we kept playing the way we knew how to play. We continued on.
“I mean, it’s unfortunate with the red card. You know, it can happen to anyone. We don’t put our head down. We kept our head up, we kept fighting.”