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Daily Schmankerl: A Bayern-Nürnberg prediction; Juventus throws shade at Bayern; a Frenkie de Jong update; and MORE!


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Bayern vs. FC Nürnberg: A prediction (Bavarian Football Works)

If Niko Kovac does, indeed, use the same lineup it could impose some much needed stability on to the Die Roten roster. With some thoughts that the extreme rotation is over and Kovac even indicating that he doesn’t plan to make any changes, we should get a good opportunity to see what this set of players can do with a little continuity.

I’m expecting the offensive players to play a forceful game, which will suit the squad well should Der Club decide to play the game (and by all indications, they likely won’t resort to parking the bus), it could be a fun game to watch.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 5, FC Nürnberg 0

Frenkie de Jong’s agent refutes PSG reports (Sport-English)

Frenkie de Jong’s representation team of Mino Raiola and Ali Durson is continuing to negotiate with other clubs despite reports that the Dutch starlet has reached an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain. Among those teams still in the running...Bayern Munich.

Per Radio Monte Carlo Sport (RMC), Barca’s director of football Eric Abidal, met on Friday with Mino Raiola and Ali Durson, the agents of Frenkie de Jong. The Ajax midfielder is a Barca target. They said that the Dutch player and PSG have not reached a deal, despite reports saying the French side were going to pay 75m euros to sign him at the end of the season.

Durson said on RMC that De Jong “has reached no deal with PSG, nothing is done”. “Frenkie will continue at Ajax until the end of the season.” He also made it clear that de Jong would have to leave to keep growing, at one of Europe’s top sides, after that. For a few months de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt have been on the squad lists for various top European sides, including Man City, PSG, Bayern and Real Madrid, as well as Barca.

This could mean there is no deal or it could just mean that Raiola and Durson are positioning de Jong to get the most lucrative deal.

USMNT starlet Josh Sargent scores on first touch for Werder Bremen (@ussoccer_mnt)

If you missed Josh Sargent’s goal for Werder Bremen, here you go:

Allegri throws some shade at Bayern (Calciomercato)

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri took a shot at Bayern, which I would assume is a passive-aggressive retort to Uli Hoeness’ assertion that Cristiano Ronaldo was not worth the investment by Juventus.

After the Old Lady’s 1-0 win over Inter Milan, Allegri was seemingly pleased with the effort of his squad and his ability to take a shot at Bayern.

The guys won a great game, Inter created troubles especially with Joao Mario and Galgiardini. In the second half, we did a bit better because Mandzukic moved on the left. Dybala played well, we run a lot and we didn’t concede many goal chances. I asked the lads to be united and balanced. We had to be efficient, not beautiful. Cancelo played a great game, Dybala did well but I replaced him to have more pace up front. The season is not over but this win is very important. Mandzukic is vital. Bayern struggled to win in Europe since they sold him. He is a heavy player, he is always focused on the game. Cancelo did what I told him. He is faster than Inter’s defenders.

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