Well, they did – Bayern Munich cruised to a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund and clinched a 10th straight Bundesliga title in the process. Here are some quick shots on the match:
- I was a little surprised to see Leroy Sane and Niklas Süle both seated to start. More so with Süle as it looked like he was looking to get the nod. Something happened with Sane. Whether it’s just its form, or its form and his attitude (saying this based on the training incident he had with Julian Nagelsmann and the dead fish handshake with the boss a few weeks ago)…something is wrong.
- Serge Gnabry’s volley in the 15th minute for a goal was simply fantastic. The technique was just amazing. The Germany international’s form has really improved lately.
- I am always amazed at the precision of Manuel Neuer’s throws and passes.
- For someone who isn’t much of a defender, Marius Wolf held his own. He didn’t have it easy that day, but stepping back and having to deal with Kingsley Coman and Alphonso Davies is really not something most natural wingers would handle easily.
- What stood out from the match was the energy that was…everywhere. From the players, the managers, the crowd…it was phenomenal and felt like a real heavyweight match.
- Robert Lewandowski’s tally in the 34th minute was the product of terrible play by Dan-Axel Zagadou and Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller finding the Polish hitman for another connection that resulted in a goal.
- The central defenders of Borussia Dortmund, we are awful. No wonder they will invest heavily in central defense after this season.
- Benjamin Pavard was extremely lucky not to be cautioned for his stupid foul on Julian Brandt. Moments later, Joshua Kimmich was rightly whistled for a similarly sloppy play on Marco Reus – which Emre Can took advantage of with a converted penalty to cut Bayern Munich’s lead to 2-1.
- The backline had some great moments throughout the game – and some scary ones. Overall, however, it was a good effort against a very powerful attack. Borussia Dortmund played with extreme energy and vigor in the second half. I thought Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez were both very good, but Pavard could easily have been called for a penalty as he defended Jude Bellingham near the baseline in the second half. For me… it was a penalty.
- Erling Haaland might not be a complete striker yet, but man, he’s working on it fast. He had moments where he showed tremendous vision in the second half. Luckily for Bayern Munich, Lucas Hernandez perfectly timed a tackle on Marco Reus after one of Haaland’s great assists to deny a goal.
- The match was physical throughout, but it really intensified in the second half.
- Leon Goretzka made a great change, didn’t he?
- Jamal Musiala’s goal required huge concentration and the talented youngster was up to the task.
- All in all, it was a fantastic game for Bayern Munich showing their quality and taking care of business against a match-match opponent. say what you want, but winning 10 titles in a row is an impressive feat. Finally, Oktoberfest still reigns supreme among all sports festivals.
If you missed our initial analysis, match rewards, observations and post-match podcast, check it out or listen to it:
During post-match celebrations on the pitch, Bayern Munich fans serenaded the team with “FC Bayern, Forever Number One”, and Bayern captured it on their Twitter feed. That’s wonderful:
(Editor’s note: This was posted by Phillip Quinn. Big thanks to Phil for noticing this and carrying a ton of weight all game day!)
Liverpool and Manchester City may not be out of the running for Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski just yet:
According to Bild, Bayern Munich are ready to sell Robert Lewandowski for €40m (£33m) this summer, amid interest from Liverpool and Manchester City. Well, that would be quite the signing of Jürgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola.
It was Polish newspaper Interia Sport who claimed that Liverpool and Manchester City are keen to sign the 129-cap Polish international this summer. Now Bild journalist Christian Falk has revealed that Bayern Munich would prefer to keep Lewandowski at the Allianz Arena but if he doesn’t sign a new contract they will sell for £33million.
As it stands, the 33-year-old’s current terms expire in June 2023.
Although it looks like Erling Haaland-to-City is pretty much a done deal, it really wouldn’t shock me if Liverpool were to become a dark horse in the race for Lewandowski (if he actually became available).
This is the Schmankerliste of all Schmankerl stories.
Instead of FC Barcelona, Liverpool or Manchester City, could Robert Lewandowski go to … Borussia Dortmund? Say what? Here is:
Fichajes’ report suggests Barcelona aren’t alone in chasing Lewandowski. It looks like Borussia Dortmund have also joined the race, as they look to bring the Pole back to Signal Iduna Park.
Lewandowski had played for Dortmund for four years, establishing himself as one of Europe’s most emerging strikers before joining Bayern in 2014 on a free transfer.
The report claims that Dortmund could try to bring the 33-year-old back to the club, as a desired replacement for Erling Haaland, who is set to leave the club after the end of the season.
However, with a requested fee of €60m likely to be seen as too expensive for die Schwarzgelben, the club can only act after Lewandowski’s contract expires at the end of next season.
That would be something else, huh?
Ah, The Klassiker It was always going to be a crazy weekend as Bayern Munich prepared for Borussia Dortmund, but no one could have predicted how much news surrounding the rekordmeister was going to drop this week.
From potential transfers to the announcement of a friendly in Washington DC to Uli Hoeneß explaining why he slipped into the shadows…this week had it all. Here is what we offer for this episode:
- A look back at Julian Nagelsmann’s three big demands for the summer: a right-back, a defensive midfielder and a striker.
- The complicated situation around Robert Lewandowski.
- How Konrad Laimer could fit in at Bayern Munich.
- Serge Gnabry’s future is uncertain.
- Marcel Sabitzer has suitors, but might not want to move on.
- Some quick thoughts on the first episode of Better Call Saul.
Despite speculation pointing to another result, it looks like Lionel Messi will fulfill his contract with Paris Saint-Germain:
Lionel Messi’s first season at Paris Saint-Germain is anything but a success story.
The Argentinian himself and PSG had promised much more of the joint cooperation, namely the Champions League triumph, which is why the sting of early knockout elimination against Real Madrid still runs deep.
Rumors had swirled early on that the 34-year-old, who scored just eight goals for the French side, could return to FC Barcelona, where he played for more than 20 years and became a superstar before moving on. sign for two years in Paris.
But as Mundo Deportivo now report, Messi has reportedly decided to fulfill his contract and play for Paris next season as he’s still believed he can win the Champions League with the star set.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti wants to bring Antonio Rüdiger from Chelsea:
Where will Antonio Rüdiger play next season? With strong showings at Chelsea, the German national player has been playing in the spotlight – and this summer he’s been free. The 29-year-old has been linked with various clubs in recent months. There are now fresh rumors about a potential move to Real Madrid – a club who reportedly refrained from signing in the past.
The reason for a new rapprochement is apparently Carlo Ancelotti. As Marca write, the current Real manager wants the centre-back to be a newcomer. Los Blancos have a strong front-row presence in the defensive line with David Alaba and Eder Militao, but the left-back position is seen as a job.
In the event of an agreement with Rüdiger, this could again be mainly occupied by Alaba in the future, while Rüdiger could resume his position in the middle. In addition to Marca, AS also reported corresponding considerations.
The problem might remain the same even after Ancelotti’s alleged wish: as we know, Real cannot exceed a certain ceiling for players’ salaries. As a seasoned star, Rüdiger certainly has certain demands – but also players like Vinicius Jr. and Luka Modric. Both should receive new contracts, especially with the first, a salary increase would probably be necessary. Moreover, work continues in Madrid to sign world star Kylian Mbappé. A complicated financial puzzle.
Ancelotti’s dream could also be closer to a reality:
Antonio Rüdiger will leave Chelsea on a free transfer as he cannot wait more than 2 months for the new owners. No bids on the table. He’s always been respectful – but it’s time for a new challenge. It’s finish. #CFC
…Real Madrid are close to reaching an agreement to sign Rüdiger. ⚪️⏳
— Fabrice Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 23, 2022
There have been a lot of complaints among Bayern Munich fans lately to bring in Olympique de Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara. However, it looks like Aston Villa and Atletico Madrid could get closer to the future free agent:
Among the players who could interest Inter in order to strengthen the workforce in midfield, there is also Boubacar Kamara, a talent held by Olympique de Marseille who will leave the Vélodrome this summer on a free transfer.
The strongest competition for the player has always seemed to be Atletico Madrid, who in recent days have taken concrete steps to convince the player to sign. According to The Sun, however, in the final hours Aston Villa have also entered the race, with manager Steven Gerrard said to be a big admirer of Kamara.