Bayern Munich don’t look like a team yet to get things together, but they lost focus in their 5-3 win over RB Leipzig in the DFL Supercup. Here are some quick beats on the game:
First XI shocked me a bit. Jamal Musiala’s inclusion over Leroy Sane was a nice surprise. With Kingsley Coman and Matijs de Ligue not fully fit and Neussaire Mazrou not yet fully proving himself, it was a chance for Musiala, Serge Gnabry, Benjamin Pavard and Diot Upamecano to show their talents: that is, very happy for both sides at the start of the game. Bayern Munich players seem to be having trouble adjusting to being in a different part of the pitch than they are used to. Spacing and running lanes were also a problem at times. In the 8th minute, Marcel Sabitzer got a bad gaffe from Manuel Neuer’s Bacon captain. Following this, Dayot Upamecano made a lucky free kick in a game full of boneheads. Obviously, it wasn’t a great start to the match for either team, but things quickly got better for Bayern Munich. In the 13th minute, Bayern Munich started to put things together and Musiala scored a minute later. What if someone had won the championship to start the best part of two seasons for Musiala? And, yes, Musiala > Sane and it’s been like this since the middle of last season. Bayern Munich’s formation was extremely flexible. Sometimes it was difficult to see what the possession-to-property alignment was. Benjamin Henrich is going to be in trouble for De Rotten Bullen this season. He doesn’t seem to make good decisions (which has been a problem for him in the past). Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller, Musilla and Gnabry combined for one-touch goals to give Sadio Mane a 2-0 lead. It was an impressive sequence for the Bavarians and one that seemed to dent RB Leipzig’s hopes. I thought both Sabitzer and Pavard were quietly very strong at first. The two players were abused a lot, but they were very calm. But Pavard later made his own decision. Musiala was a complete riot. His turn on the ball was off the charts and RB Leipzig simply couldn’t handle it. Lucas Hernandez also had a very strong performance. Musilla’s total chaos also set up Pavard’s goal to make it 3-0 before the break. Andre Silva almost put RB Leipzig on the scoreboard with a header in the second half. The introduction of Silva and Dani Olmo helped turn the tide for De Rotten Bullen. In the 59th minute, Marcel Halstenberg’s header made it 3-1 for RB Leipzig. In the 66th minute, Serge Gnabry scored from Muller’s cross. Bayern Munich’s attack is unrelenting, but defeats to Musilla and Müller are damaging. From there, Bayern Munich lost their focus and became exhausted. Part of that has to do with Mueller being kicked out of the team and running around like a chicken with his head ripped off. A dangerous and careless challenge from Pavard gave RB Leipzig a penalty and Christopher Nkunku buried it to make it 4-2. Towards the end, lack of focus became a big issue. Strikers and midfielders were borderline cherry-pickers, the defense was a bit sloppy and Olmo made Bayern Munich pay with a goal. In stoppage time, RB Leipzig did everything but leave himself out of position and Leroy Sane found himself in a 1v1 and beat the net to score the ball. All in all, it was a fun and exciting match…and hey, it was a win! There’s plenty of room for improvement and Julian Nagelsmann will certainly have his work cut out for him deciding who’s in and who’s out on a match-to-match basis, but this team has a lot of potential.
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Timo Werner looks set to leave Chelsea FC in the coming days or weeks, but where will he go? According to a trio of reports, Real Madrid, Juventus and RB Leipzig are the most likely targets.
SPORT1 recently reported that RB Leipzig want Timo Werner back, with talks even between the title-winners and Chelsea – but are Real Madrid now battling it out? (Report: Leipzig want Werner back!)
Two years after his £64 million move to London, Werner’s time with the Blues looks set to come to an end. And now they have Real on their radar, reports Mundo Deportivo.
In principle, the royals do not need a striker, but they have lost Benzema’s backup, Luka Jovic (Fiorentina). However, Borja Majoral (back on loan from S. Roma) and Marco Asensio could still leave the Real squad. Then Werner could be an issue, the Spaniard reported. However, only with a loan, not as a permanent commitment.
And in Leipzig, a loan is probably the only viable model – because Werner still has a contract with Chelsea until 2025 and is one of the five best-paid players in the star group with a gross weekly salary of €295,000. Stamford Bridge. According to SPORT1 information, Werner will give up part of his salary.
SPORT1 understands Juventus Turin are still interested in Werner after signing Angel Di Maria. In turn, Bild reports that the 53-time international striker is also in talks with Newcastle United and could thus stay in the Premier League.
A loan to RB Leipzig is still on the table for Werner:
Sky’s Florian Plettenberg additionally buzzed from Werner to Leipzig.
UPDATE #Werner: Juventus are definitely interested. But at this stage, Werner is too expensive for them. Leipzig still have very good chances. He could really imagine coming back. Mintzlaff is pushing this transfer. He talks about loans. Leipzig and Werner heat up… @SkySportDE
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) July 30, 2022
Could FC Barcelona star midfielder Frenkie de Jong join Bayern Munich on loan? De Jong’s salary appears to be one of the main issues with Barca’s ability to sign new players and the club will need to find a creative way to get rid of and/or pay the Dutchman this season.
Frenkie de Jong is currently sitting on a lucrative wage packet and has been tipped to leave the club. Regarded as one of the best midfielders in Spain, the Dutchman can generate huge income that will help Barca sign new players.
But the midfielder has so far resisted all attempts to lure him away from Camp Nou. The player has turned Manchester United down several times this season.
De Jong has no desire to move to Old Trafford as the Premier League giants are unable to offer him Champions League football. But according to Diario AS, a new option has emerged in the form of Bayern Munich.
The report suggests De Jong would prefer a move to the top European giants next season who can offer him UCL football. For that reason, the possibility of a loan to Bayern is increasing, although it remains to be seen whether the Bavarians are open to such a deal.
The German giants bolstered their options at the start of the summer by bringing in Ryan Gravenburg from Ajax. But with Leon Gorezka out injured, it will be interesting to see Julian Nagelsmann entertain the possibility of signing someone like De Jong on loan.
Sport Bild’s Christian Falk continues to report that Bayern Munich are not interested in De Jong this summer, but guess who? Chelsea FC
TRUE ✅ @Chelsea FC want Frenkie de Jong (25) if Golo Kante (31) doesn’t sign a new contract (currently until 2023). Bayern not interested in De Jong this summer @FCBarcelona
— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) July 30, 2022
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Apparently, I missed a lot last week, but thank you so much for filling in Samrin. That said, I’m open to being wrong. Let’s take a quick look at the explosive talking points from this week’s episode:
Recaping all the crazy things that happened in the week I was on vacation. Assess what activities may occur. Winners and losers from the US tour. Possible red flags for this season. Reasons to be optimistic this season.
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Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly still looking for a way out of Manchester United.
UPDATE #Ronaldo: For our information he still wants to leave #MUFC. CL wants to play. The clubs to whom he was approached were informed that it was not a question of money. He is ready for a big pay cut. Return to sports? If it’s all on credit. @Sky_Marc @SkySportDE
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) July 30, 2022
Negotiations for Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer have seen no progress.
News #Laimer: Bayern are completely relaxed in this poker. They rely on the limer yes. Personal terms agreed. But since the beginning of this week, there is no communication between the leaders. Leipzig still want around €30m. Bayern won’t pay that. The transfer may be delayed. @SkySportDE
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) July 30, 2022
Zlatan Ibrahimovic seems to have no love for Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
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Velez Sarsfield coach Alexander Medinas sent off against Godey Cruz.
Defeated the opposition player and guilty! pic.twitter.com/v1DaEk6IVK
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