Bayern Munich ran all over Inter Milan in the first half on their way to a big 4-1 victory in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday. After falling to AC Milan on penalties after a 3-3 regulation draw, Carlo Ancelotti has to really like the performance that his players put out against Inter.
It IS easy being Green.
The star of the show against Inter was assuredly Julian Green. The 21 year old scored a hat trick in the first 35 minutes of the match to the surprise of, quite frankly, everyone. Green’s goals were all well taken finishes.
Green has looked bigger and strong this summer, and Ancelotti has moved up exclusively up front in the absence of Robert Lewandowski. And, with the “agreement” that Green is finished with Bayern II and the lack of a forward transfer (so far), it would appear as though the club will give Green every opportunity to prove that he’s good enough to be Lewandowski’s backup.
So far, he at least looks like he could hold his own against some Bundesliga clubs.
Franck Ribery can’t stop, won’t stop.
Healthy and invigorated, Franck Ribery is not holding anything back in these preseason friendlies. Whether it’s a sixth division German club or the elite clubs from Milan, Ribery has been going all out in these matches, wanting to leave an impression that he hasn’t lost anything after all of these recent injuries.
For now, this is Ribery’s opportunity to leave that mark without Arjen Robben, Douglas Costa, and Kingsley Coman to compete with him. Coman will return to the squad following the club’s return to Munich, while Robben and Costa will be out some time longer with injuries.
This is Ribery’s time to shine, and he’s not going to take it lightly.
How will this midfield work?
There’s a lot of talk of of how Ancelotti will structure the attack, but the midfield is an even bigger conundrum. Thiago Alcantara, Javi Martinez, Xabi Alonso, Arturo Vidal, and Renato Sanches can’t all play at the same time. Sanches proved at Euro 2016 that he’s not coming to Bayern to sit and learn. He’s going to expect to play.
Anelotti has his hands full in figuring this out.
Bayern Munich will next take the field against Real Madrid on August 3 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.