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Daily Schmankerl: The aftermath of Bayern Munich vs. Werder Bremen; Bayern, Real Madrid, and PSG linked to Miralem Pjanic; and MORE!

Now that the Bundesliga part of this tie is out of the way, on to the DFB-Pokal!

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Die Folgen: Bayern’s 1-0 victory over Werder Bremen (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich fought off a pesky Werder Bremen side in a game that sure feels like it could have (should have?) featured three or four more goals. Here are some quick hitters on the match:

  • We could sit back and lob grenades at the lack of finishing, but more importantly those good chances were created. The end product will be there when the squad needs it. It was not the sharpest game for the front four of Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Kingsley Coman, and Serge Gnabry, but they controlled play and kept Werder Bremen on its heels.
  • Coming into the game, some were worried about the center back tandem and the goalkeeper. Aside of some early indecision, Sven Ulreich was solid and Jerome Boateng and Niklas Sule were extremely effective. Sule’s game-winner and overall stellar play rightfully earned him Meister of the Match honors.
  • At no point did I ever feel like Bayern was under any duress. The Bavarians were cool, collected, and assertive from the outset.
  • Werder Bremen looked a bit timid and unsure of itself through the match. I would expect to see a totally different effort on Wednesday. Die Werderaner will surely play a more aggressive and attacking style in a “go-for-broke” situation for the DFB-Pokal. If Werder Bremen gets too focused on its attack, however, it could leave Bayern available to apply even more pressure on Jiri Pavlenka.
  • Pavlenka, of course, was excellent yesterday and was the primary reason that the game remained close.
  • The loss could prove costly in a few ways for Werder Bremen. Max Kruse has been the heart and soul of the squad this season, but suffered an injury in the first half of Saturday’s game. Despite having played through the knock, Kruse could be considered questionable for Wednesday’s fixture.
  • It was great to see Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba picking and choosing the right times to push forward and create havoc. The duo seems to have a much better understanding of when and how Niko Kovac wants them to apply pressure from the flanks than they did in the first half of the season.

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

Bayern looking at Pjanic? (Fox Sports Asia)

Juventus might have defensive midfielder Miralem Pjanic on the market, but is anyone willing to pay the exorbitant fee that the Old Lady may want? Even with Bayern, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain all rumored to be potential suitors, it is hard to fathom than anyone would be doling out a nine-figure transfer fee to procure the 29-year-old.

Miralem Pjanic is rumored to be on his way out of Juventus. After a limp exit from the Champions League, a major midfield reshuffle is on the cards.Reports have surfaced suggesting that the Old Lady is seeking to bankroll transfer acquisitions by letting go of a few players. According to Calciomercato, Pjanic might prove to be one of the casualties. With reports linking Juventus to Paul Pogba, Toni Kroos and Isco, the club are looking to raise funds to lure their preferred option(s). They have already agreed to a deal with Aaron Ramsey, with the Welsh playmaker slated to move on a free in the summer.

Rumors suggest that Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain are keeping an eye out for the cultured midfielder. Further, the Juve top-brass have reportedly put a hefty €130 million price tag on the player, however, a sum of around €100 million has been touted to be adequate to lure the midfielder away from Turin.

Before Nubel Bayern wanted Schubert (@Plettigoal)

Bayern’s alleged interest in Schalke 04 goalkeeper Alexander Nubel came to light last week, but before the Bavarians allegedly settled on the 22-year-old Paderborn native they took a close look at Dynamo Dresden goalkeeper Markus Schubert.

The Bavarians recently asked for information about Markus Schubert (@DynamoDresden). Salihamidžić cancelled the request, because the people of Munich prefer another candidate - Nübel. FCB contacted him 2 years ago. Picture source: @Transfermarkt

UWCL match today: FC Bayern Frauen vs. FC Barcelona (@FCBayernUS)

The FC Bayern Frauen will square off with FC Barcelona today in UEFA Women’s Champions League action. This should be a fun and exciting match for the squad as it looks to position itself to advance to the finals.

I don’t know what to write here (@eintracht_us)

I’m not going to tell you that video was worthwhile or even normal, but it did give us this version of Bayern, which reinforces the “SULE HULK” agenda I’ve been pushing. Honestly, though, can we talk about the portrayal of Kimmich in this?

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