Lothar Matthäus thinks Niklas Süle is the undisputed number one center back with Bayern (Bulinews.com)
Lothar Matthäus is never short on opinions and he had one on where Niklas Süle falls in the pecking order at center back for Bayern Munich:
“I believe that Boateng has shown his weaknesses in the past months and years, at the World Cup and now in the first game. For me, Süle is the only center back certain to start. He is the most stable, he is fast, physically strong and confident,” Matthäus said during the Sky Sport TV show ‘Wontorra - der o2 Fußball-Talk’ and added:
”I believe Süle is certain to play the important games, and then he will have either Boateng or Hummels beside him.”
Squawka Football broke down some key stats for each players and, as expected, all three had different strengths:
Niklas Süle vs. Mats Hummels vs. Jérôme Boateng per 90 in the league last season:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 27, 2018
Pass acc.: 93%—87%—87%
Each with their own strengths. https://t.co/oNXSaJyQ8s
It’s crowded in Bayern’s central midfield even with the respective exits of Arturo Vidal and Sebastian Rudy. All along, it has seemed like three was the magic number of midfielders that needed to leave in order for Niko Kovač to have a comfortable number of players in the middle. Now (maybe?), that is closer to happening as Renato Sanches has allegedly been offered to PSG on a loan agreement.
In addition, ESPN offered this analysis of the potential move:
PSG coach Thomas Tuchel is keen to add a midfielder before the close of the deadline on Aug. 31 and Bayern have offered Sanches to the French champions. The Portugal international has failed to settle in Munich and endured an unremarkable loan at Swansea last season but, at 21, remains a talented footballer who just needs the right setting and coach to prosper. Fenerbahce are also reportedly interested in the Euro 2016 Golden Boy and Paris United claim PSG are yet to respond to Bayern’s offer, although it’s unclear if it’s for a loan or a permanent switch.
I would tend to be highly skeptical of this report, but I am still firmly in the “loan Sanches out camp.” I just don’t think - in this case - that Paris will offer any playing time, which would place Sanches in the same spot he is already in. If Sanches is just going to sit in the stands, he might as well do that in Munich, but if the club can find him a good spot to train AND play, then they should pack his bags for him.
Kevin Trapp might get taken away from his favorite past time, to actually play some soccer.
France Football report that Patrick Vieira has made the necessary approaches to get an idea of the extent to which the loan signing of PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp could be possible in the final hours of this summer window. Vieira is unhappy with the goalkeeping situation at the club, viewing neither Walter Benitez nor Yoan Cardinale as good enough at present, and having tried hard to sign Joe Hart from Manchester City earlier on this summer.
Trapp had counted on sitting pretty as PSG’s 3rd choice goalkeeper this season, with his soon to be wife and super model Isabel Goulart having a huge influence over the German’s future decision-making. A move to the Côte D’Azur could be appealing to both, but it will all depend on whether or not PSG are willing to let him go and how much of Trapp’s wages Nice could feasibly pay.
This dude’s life...
And so the international call-ups begin with David Alaba selected by Austria. Germany’s squad is supposed to drop tomorrow. We are SURE that won’t controversial.
Just a month after the club was backing him with support, things are starting to go awry for Mesut Özil with Arsenal.
Mesut Özil is already battling for his Arsenal future. New boss Unai Emery has made it clear, both publicly and privately, that he expects more in terms of work-rate from the club’s biggest star — and top earner. Özil missed the Spaniard’s first win as Gunners manager, over West Ham, on Saturday and his absence is under major scrutiny. The German star, who signed a £350,000-a-week contract in January when Arsene Wenger was still manager, got substituted with 20 minutes to go in the previous game at Chelsea. He was then told in training last week that he must work harder as suspicions grew that he could get dropped against West Ham.
But on Friday, Özil missed training with a cold - believed to be the seventh time he has called in sick this year alone - and had to sit out Arsenal’s 3-1 victory. Emery vehemently denied reports of a bust-up ahead of the game, but it is clear the 29-year-old will have to put more effort in under the new regime. Former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery’s tough training sessions have come as a rude shock for some players used to the short, sharp drills Wenger preferred.
Özil has talent. Özil is a good player. I like the skill level of Özil and think when he’s on his game, he’s one of the most gifted playmakers the Premier League has to offer. Unfortunately, Özil has A LOT of drama surrounding him. When you factor in his apathetic performances for both club and country, it becomes hard not to think things are only about some haters coming down on him. Hopefully Özil can get himself sorted before the burgeoning feud with Emery grows into a full-scale battle.
Already known for his late night exploits, more concerning pics have emerged of Berni; this time trying to brutally assault Bayern legend and Hero of the Day, Bastian Schweinsteiger.
How much more will we find out about this bear’s disturbing behavior? If you have any tips, please drop them to email@example.com. Clearly, Berni is a Wacker 09 fan behind the scenes.
We are trying something here at the Daily Schmankerl and need YOUR help. If you read my man Tommy Adams’ piece about his experience with the FCBNYC Fan Club (if you haven’t, SHAME ON YOU!), you could see how great the event was. So we want to highlight some of these wonderful groups that are out there globally and this is what we need from you:
- Name of the group
- Year founded
- Leadership (if you have people are kind of running the show)
- Meeting place
- Social media handles
We have 5 clubs onboard so far, including FC Bayern Munich Fan Club - St. Petersburg, Florida, who we profiled last Friday on Match Day 1.
I’d LOVE to be able to feature a different fan group every week this season. Maybe we can do it, maybe not...but only YOU can help decide the fate of this idea. Send your info to: firstname.lastname@example.org.