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Diego and David’s debuts

Praise for new boys Contento and Alaba

Shortly before the hour mark, Bayern looked in trouble at the Allianz Arena against Fürth. The underdogs led 2-1 and a cup upset was in the offing. Louis van Gaal had to act. Seasoned international Hamit Altintop was on the bench. However, the boss chose to go the other way and summoned Diego Contento and David Alaba, a pair with precisely no senior appearances between them.

Van Gaal discussed his decision after a match Bayern went on to win 6-2: “The substitutions were one of the reasons we won.” Apart from Altintop, who came on after 73 minutes, he was particularly referring to Contento and Alaba. The pair took to the turf after 59 minutes – Arjen Robben levelled from the spot as they stood on the touchline waiting to be introduced – and immediately added new impetus to their team’s efforts.