Yann Sommer debuts, Bayern Munich draw with RB Leipzig
It took Bayern Munich no time to sign a replacement goalkeeper for Manuel Neuer, and it took no time for Yann Sommer to debut at FCB last Friday after signing his deal with the Bavarian club just a few days ago.
FC Bayern lost Manuel Neuer for the remainder of the season after the veteran goalie suffered a broken leg while on vacation following Germany's exit from the World Cup.
We reported the signing of left-back Daley Blind and goalkeeper Yann Sommer with Bayern at the start of January, and although the transfer of the latter took a few more days it was later confirmed by the German giants.
Both players are expected to feature in the Champions League Round of 16 game between PSG and Bayern scheduled for Feb. 14 and in the return leg to be played a month later on Mar. 8. It is still unclear if Sadio Mane will be available or not for the first matchup.
Yann Sommer allowed one goal in a 1-1 debut with Bayern Munich on Friday
With the Bundesliga coming back this week, Sommer already made his official debut at Bayern after signing with the leaders from Borussia Monchengladbach. FCB were held to a 1-1 draw by RB Leipzig on Friday, though.
Truth be told, Sommer was good at manning the goalposts for his new team. Of course, Sommer is far from a sweeper-keeper a la Neuer, instead playing a much more cautious, classic shot-stopping role.
Sommer won't risk the biscuit at all, and while he was seen attempting and completing some short passes, he is not going to abandon the box as frequently as Neuer always does.
Speaking after the game, Sommer said that "not everything worked at a hundred percent" referring to his debut ending in a one-each draw. He added that Bayern "don't know me well yet" and that he "doesn't know [Bayern]" either. Not the most assuasive statements with just about three weeks between his debut and Bayern's clash with PSG.
"This will need a bit of time. It was a very intense game today after such a long break. Now we move on to Tuesday and we want to get back to winning ways," Sommer said. “The last few days have been very hectic and intense."
Worryingly for Bayern supporters, Sommer admitted to having "isolated myself a bit in the last few days" leading up to his signing with FCB.
PSG will rejoice in finding out the goalie might struggle a bit during his first days and weeks adapting to such a giant as Bayern. The Champions League can't come back soon enough, folks.