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It seems as if the players on the Bayern Munich roster are getting a sense there could be some good things happening down the road this season for the squad. Knowing the importance of depth, Thomas Müller went to bat for the club to keep Jerome Boateng:
I hope Jérôme stays; he is a very important player. If he is fit, there are only very few in the world who have his quality.
It remains to be seen if Boateng will take one last run at leaving Bayern during this transfer window, but it’s clear there is a strong sense of camaraderie within the locker room under Niko Kovač.
Before this news broke a little while ago, Lothar Matthäus made a plea to keep Sebastian Rudy.
The Münchner Merkur captured some of Matthäus’ column for Sky in which he advised Bayern to hang on to Rudy.
In my view, it would be a big mistake to let Rudy leave. Apart from Javi Martinez, I see only one real six in the Bayern squad — and that’s Sebastian Rudy. If the Spaniard is unavailable or needs a break, Bayern would not have an equivalent replacement at hand. With Leon Goretzka, Corentin Tolisso, Joshua Kimmich or even David Alaba, several players can certainly fill the position, but that would only be ‘slapped together’ in my opinion. If their opponent then has the caliber of Real Madrid or Barcelona, I consider it risky to play without a real six.
Matthäus has a point for sure, but Bayern is facing a key point as this transfer window begins to close. With Rudy’s departure likely sealed, it will be interesting to see if anyone else will be purchasing a one-way ticket out of Bavaria.
The burden of splitting playing time at three spots among seven players is certainly not ideal for Kovač or the club if it intends to keep productive veterans like Müller, James Rodruguez, Thiago Alcantara, and Javi Martinez happy, while integrating young stars like Leon Goretzka and Corentin Tolisso. Managing that, plus trying to salvage the confidence and potential of Renato Sanches would be a HUGE task for any coach.
If you have been following Bayern long enough, you’ve heard the term “Raumdeuter” used to describe the role of Thomas Müller. Maybe you understand it, maybe you don’t; but if you needed any further explanation, our friends over at TifoFootball.com break it down nicely in the video below:
Bayern marketing director Jörg Wacker does not think a move like Juventus made for Cristiano Ronaldo would work in Bavaria:
His purchase, in terms of marketing, would not have worked with us; perhaps in other clubs, yes, but not us, because we believe that the brand of a player cannot be superior to the club.
I get the sentiment and respect it for sure, but I’m thinking that Bayern would not turn away CR7 if he came knocking.
If you are getting a little excited for Bastian Schweinsteiger’s testimonial match at the Allianz Arena later this month, this video should help that increase that giddiness a bit more.