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Daily Schmankerl: The aftermath of Bayern Munich vs. Wolfsburg; Pep Guardiola to Juventus (?!); Real Madrid to pursue Nicolas Pepe; and MORE!

What a performance!

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Die Folgen: Bayern’s 6-0 stomping of Wolfsburg (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich looked motivated, crisp, and dangerous in its impressive victory over Wolfsburg. Here are some quick hitters on the match:

  • After a tumultuous week off the field (thanks to the ever-arrogant Joachim Low), Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng, and Mats Hummels responded to their unceremoniously axing from Die Mannschaft like true competitors. Each player was terrific against Wolfsburg, especially Muller, who had a goal and an assist, and looked tremendous throughout the contest. The message to Low was loud and clear: The national team legends have much more to offer.
  • Serge Gnabry continues to be a menace on the wing. Aside of his goal, his mature and smart decision to feed Robert Lewandowski for the Poland international’s first goal shows how the 23-year-old is maturing with each game.
  • Lewandowski’s record-setting performance was excellent as well. The Polish Hitman’s brace showed just how lethal he can be heading into the Champions League showdown with Liverpool.
  • It was good to see James Rodriguez find his goal scoring touch. The Colombia international star had missed several opportunities over his past handful of games, but the 27-year-old came through yesterday and had a very good game overall.
  • Rafinha was solid against the Wolves. He’ll likely need to be a bit more conservative against Liverpool where he will play for suspended starter Joshua Kimmich (yellow card accumulation), but it was a good showing for the 33-year-old. The veteran turned in a solid effort in filling in for David Alaba yesterday and can hopefully build from that performance.
  • Don’t let the scoreline fool you, Wolfsburg is a very good team competing for a spot in European football next season. That said, a motivated Bayern is a devastating Bayern.

If you missed our Match Awards or Observations, give them a look:

Pep thinking of Italy? (Münchner Merkur)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola visited Munich back in November, but it allegedly had nothing to do with Die Roten.

The mysterious visit of Pep Guardiola in Munich has nothing to do with a possible return to Bayern. There is now a new change rumor. The Catalan could still leave Manchester City in the summer. The goal is to be Juventus Turin. At least that’s what the Italian journalist Luigi Guelpa claims at the radio station CRC . “I learned that Pep Guardiola has reached an oral agreement with Juventus Turin over the next four years,” said the reporter from the Daily Il Giornale. The source is “the same person who has already announced the move from Cristiano Ronaldo to Italy. It would be an earthquake!”

What a pretzel and a what view (@stanguay18)

Not a bad way to spend your first visit to the Allianz Arena. I don’t know this person, but well done!

Los Blancos are scoping Pepe (Transfer Market Web)

Real Madrid is jumping into the fray for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe.

According to latest French news, Real Madrid are challenging both Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona over Ivorian international winger/forward Nicolas Pepe (23). Lille are putting the player up for sale on an about 45 million euros exit fee.

Dortmund not backing down (@BlackYellow)

Marco Reus and his Borussia Dortmund teammates are certainly not going to wilt in the face of a challenge. Der Klassiker should be off-the-charts on April 6th.

ICYMI: Booth makes debut for U19s (Bavarian Football Works)

American midfielder Taylor Booth made his debut for the Bayern U19 squad. Check out the details here.

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