With no Bayern Munich matches over the weekend, Germany’s BFW community shook off some cobwebs to beat Israel 2-0 in a match that left some fans uneasy, but the ultimate goal of the competition had little to do with the outcome. Here are some quick shots on the match:
- The reviews came hard after Timo Werner and Kai Havertz – and rightly so. The Chelsea FC duo weren’t great, but they were responsible for both of Germany’s goals. This Germany team is – in many ways – still a work in progress, but also a team that is built not to be focused on one or two players. In a weird way, these kinds of games are exactly what Germany needs to determine what kind of team they will be under Hansi Flick. There will be a few setbacks along the way, but Werner and Havertz’s ability to bounce back and score speaks volumes about the duo’s resilience.
- Jamal Musiala was great, right? The kid is getting better and better. I can’t really think of a country with two more exciting players for the future than Germany with Musiala and Florian Wirtz (Cue everyone by naming two dudes from England, a pair of dudes from France or two wedges from Canada).
- The more I see David Raum, the more I like him. The kid has ‘that’ and it looks like he’s also a player whose career trajectory continues to climb.
- The German defense as a whole was really good. I like Nico Schlotterbeck…I think he’s a player Bayern Munich should watch very closely and consider (especially because I predict Lucas Hernandez won’t re-sign with the club).
- Kevin Trapp did well on this penalty. Credit to him for that.
- It may be sacrilege in these games, but I don’t want Thomas Müller to be the designated penalty taker.
- There’s just something about Flick that allows him to get the most out of his teams. Many people have credited his communication skills and ability to bond with players (including me!), but the guy understands. I believe that whatever this group’s ultimate potential is for Germany, Fick will make the most of it. This group will leave nothing on the pitch at the 2022 World Cup.
- Overall, Germany did what it had to do. That’s all anyone really needed to see from this one.
If you missed the initial analysis, match rewards or observations, take a look:
Borussia Mönchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter has been consistently linked with Bayern Munich and Inter Milan over the past few months.
The Germany international, however, might be tired of waiting for Bayern Munich to decide whether or not to make him an offer:
As Italian football newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport report, the talks are said to have stalled. Ginter is a hot topic for Italian media as he is also linked with Inter Milan.
The newspaper reports that Ginter is growing impatient because the team around FC Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic doesn’t seem to be in complete agreement on whether Ginter fits the profile. The former Dortmund and Freiburg player should only be a B solution if no other defender can be found – which in itself already expresses a lack of appreciation.
In an interview with RND (captured by @iMiaSanMia), Ginter seemed perplexed as to why so many stories are breaking out about his upcoming move.
“I don’t know where the rumors are coming from that a move to Bayern is coming. I haven’t made a decision on my future yet,” Ginter said. will be taken. Will I stay in Germany or move abroad? Everything is still open. There are different options and I myself am curious which one it will be in the end.
Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool FC, Arsenal FC and Newcastle United would all be in the mix for Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby:
Diaby is under contract at Leverkusen until 2025. Bayer only paid Paris Saint-Germain €15m in 2019 but now there are completely different numbers in the room. transfermarkt.de puts Diaby’s market value at 55 million euros, the French trade newspaper L’Equipe even writes a transfer fee of 100 million euros. “It’s always nice to see numbers like that,” Diaby said.
However, his job is not to talk about it, but ‘to give everything on the pitch, help the team and keep playing well’.
And where could the quadruple French international end up? Sport.de writes about prominent names who have been interested in Diaby in the past. The Spanish portal also mentions the names of FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund, as well as those of Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool FC, Arsenal FC and Newcastle United.
Meh… I’ll drop Diaby. I don’t see a pressing need for him at this point.
After Bayern Munich beat Union Berlin 4-0 last weekend, the team went on an international break. While some players have traveled to their respective countries for duty, others are struggling to regain their health for the long stretch of the season.
This break couldn’t have come at a better time for the Bavarians – especially as there was plenty to talk about even with no game on the schedule. Here’s what we’ve got for this week’s podcast:
- The right international break timing for Bayern Munich, Germany’s fixture list, and why it will always be interesting to watch.
- Why Oliver Kahn’s new hands-on approach was needed and why a cup of coffee or a pint of beer is always a good way to strengthen relationships.
Liverpool and FC Barcelona’s interest in Robert Lewandowski and why Bayern Munich should be wary of what Jurgen Klopp can offer (not just a big salary).
- Marcel Sabitzer’s uncertain future and why it might make sense for both sides to move on.
- Why Bayern Munich should ditch Ryan Gravenberch from Ajax and start pushing money into positions the club needs more relevant for next season.
Marca recently published this dismantling of Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale:
The Bale parasite comes from the cold and the rains of Brittany. He settled in Spain, at Real Madrid, where, disguising his intentions, he first showed diligence and love for the grass, but soon his nature led him to suck blood without anything give back. More than blood, it sucked, and sucked, the euros from the club. Unlike others of its kind, such as the flea, louse, or bed bug, the Bale parasite does not produce pain or disease in its weed, but after sucking, between smiles and messing around, shows a lack of ironic respect for what he lives on. He laughs, applauds, throws himself to the ground, sings, in a sort of humiliating ceremony, which, at least, ends up coming to an end, like all misfortunes.
To his credit, Bale responded to criticism after the Daily Mail published a summary of the article:
Flamengo are playing strong for ex-Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal:
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Arturo Vidal’s future is moving further and further away from Inter as the weeks go by. The Chilean is close to Flamengo, a club who have already been in touch with his inner circle for some time to complete the deal. There are rumors of a direct meeting between the club and the player in the last hours, when his NT Chile played at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.