Atlético Madrid - FC Bayern

Europe: Champions League
Atlético Madrid J. Félix (26)
Estadio Wanda Metropolitano1-1
FC Bayern T. Müller (Pen. 86)
Lineup

Flick assesses work of three prospects following Atletico draw

By Peter Vice

Two 17-year-olds featured in Hans Dieter Flick's starting lineup on Tuesday evening in Madrid. One day after the 1-1 UCL draw against Atletico, the FCB trainer rated their performances.

Hansi Flick.
Hansi Flick.

Teenager Jamal Musiala was given quite the task against a top European club in Bayern's latest Champions League fixture. The promising youngster pulled the strings as a classic ten in coach Hansi Flick's 5-4-1 constellation.


Flick declared himself satisfied with the work put in by the youngster over 76 minutes of pitch time. He also noted that he didn't wish to rush matters with him. Musiala has already made 11 professional appearances. His trainer suggested he might dial back the pace of his introductions.

"With Jamal, I have to be careful," Flick noted, "Jamal plays on a team with top-caliber trained players. He needs to improve physically, but we're working on that."

Defender Bright Akwo Arrey-Mbi also made his first-team debut on Friday night. Much like Musiala, Arrey-Mbi is a up-and-coming talent of mixed German and English heritage who may potentially be on the rise. The Bavarians asked quite of their other 17-year-old. He had to serve as wingback in the 5-4-1 that attempted to from a 3-4-3 in attack.

"Bright is a trained central defender," Flick reported, "He fulfilled the tasks we gave him. In the end, we're satisfied with that."

Still another FCB II prospect found his way onto the pitch during the encounter. Nineteen-year-old midfielder Angelo Stiller, who also played a full half in this year's first-round DFB Pokal match against Düren, relieved Musiala to play the final 14 minutes. 

Flick graded him highly too, noting that he "distributed the ball well and implemented our assignment for him".


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