Forsberg advises Werner to trust himself (Anfield HQ)
RB Leipzig midfielder and Sweden international Emil Forsberg had some advice for Timo Werner as told to SportBild and captured by Anfield HQ.
Timo is the new face of German football. He’s the future. To keep him at RB would be great for the whole club. I know that he feels very comfortable in Leipzig and with what he has at the club. But I can’t talk him into anything. He has to trust his gut feeling.
Werner, of course, is reportedly of key interest to many clubs with Bayern Munich and Liverpool considered the front runners should the forward move on from Leipzig.
Die Folgen: Bayern’s 3-2 win over Hertha Berlin (Bavarian Football Works)
It was a scary DFB-Pokal showdown between Die Roten and Die Alte Dame, but Bayern escaped Berlin with a hard-fought victory. Here are some quick hitters on the match:
- Serge Gnabry was a monster for roughly 60 minutes before trailing off a bit, but his effort was one of the primary drivers for the victory. Gnabry’s persistent and hard-charging style earned him a brace and made him the hero of the day.
- James Rodriguez had three prime opportunities for Bayern and could not convert any of them. People bemoan the fact that the Colombian has been a fixture on the bench, but he will have to do better than that with such good chances. James did have an assist on a nice combination play with Robert Lewandowski to set up Gnabry’s second goal, though.
- Speaking of the Polish Hitman, he was was excellent on the day despite not really getting any service from his teammates. Lewandowski had two assists and kept his work rate up for the entirety of the contest.
- Bayern’s defenders have to be better as a group.
- Mats Hummels...that can’t happen. At least the veteran defender stepped up to explain what happened and took responsibility for his mistake.
Mats Hummels: "Very happy and relieved that we advanced despite my mistake and are in the quarterfinals of the #DFBPokal." Good on Mats to own it. Jetzt geht's weiter. #BSCFCB https://t.co/kmrA1NsxiD— John (@john_dillon_BFW) February 7, 2019
- Joshua Kimmich needs to settle into right back again. Kimmich has had two sub-par performances in a row and whether that has anything to do with the flip-flopping of positions or whether it is just a bad stretch of play for him, Bayern cannot afford for Kimmich to go through a slump.
- Franck Ribery was excellent in his substitution appearance yesterday. Was great to see the veteran winger making an impact again.
- Sven Ulreich made a huge save late in the game that could have easily been the third goal from Hertha Berlin. Honestly, it wasn’t a bad game for Sven, he just was put in some very uncomfortable positions (“Like the backseat of a Volkswagen?”...sorry, couldn’t resist the Mallrats reference) .
If you missed our Match Awards or Observations, give them a look.
Can the Arp hype train pick up steam again and keep the young German away from Chelsea? (Bavarian Football Works)
We covered the the drama last spring and summer when it looked like Jann-Fiete Arp was going to be headed to Munich. A late change of course, however, led the 19-year-old to stay with Hamburger SV. Now, the situation has changed in Hamburg and Arp could be considering a jump to Bayern.
Regardless, we’ll be keeping an eye on any and all developments. One of the interesting subplots of the Arp ordeal is that Chelsea is among the suitors that Bayern could be staving off for the youngster per Read Chelsea:
Chelsea are set to miss out on young striking target Jann-Fiete Arp, with the Hamburg forward reportedly agreeing on a move to Bayern Munich. Arp had been a target for several Premier League clubs, with Chelsea one of those chasing the 19-year-old. Despite having limited action for HSV this season, Arp has for a long time been billed as a hot prospect in Germany.
Dubbed by some as “the next Harry Kane”, Arp became the youngest player to appear in the Bundesliga last season, also becoming the first player born in the 21st century to appear in the German top flight. However, Arp will now make the move to Bayern, dashing Chelsea’s hopes of acquiring the talented attacker.
ICYMI: The journey of Chris Richards (Bavarian Football Works)
If you didn’t catch this, you should. Take a look at the journey that Chris Richards made from Alabama to Bavaria and everywhere in between. Bayern, Chris, his family, and his former coach Eric Quill gave us great access to tell the story on how the American made the jump to Germany.