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Daily Schmankerl: The aftermath of Bayern Munich vs. RB Leipzig; Another Paulo Dybala rumor; and MORE!

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Well, that didn’t go as planned, eh?

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Die Folgen: Bayern’s unfortunate 0-0 draw with Leipzig (Bavarian Football Works)

With a chance to clinch the Bundesliga title, Bayern Munich could not muster enough offense to score against a very game RB Leipzig side. Here are some quick hitters on the match:

  • Let’s get this out of the way first; the VAR decision to overturn Leon Goretzka’s goal was a complete farce. The whole point of VAR is to avoid having embarrassing incidents like this.
  • Speaking of Goretzka, this was one of his finest performances of the season.
  • The decision-making and crossing ability of Bayern’s wings is still a bit of an issue. For all of the ability and talent that Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman possess, they are still far from “complete.” It wasn’t an awful day for the duo, but it wasn’t great either.
  • Thiago Alcantara proved once again that he’s an extremely solid deep-sitting midfielder when he wants to be. I feel 100% confident with him in that role if he will accept it for next season.
  • The lack of the precision yesterday from Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller hurt the end product at times. There were some uncharacteristic gaffes by the duo in-and-around the box. It was not an awful day for each player by any means. In a lot of ways they both put in solid efforts, but this was a game when Bayern needed that extra nudge out of one of them and neither could provide it.
  • Niklas Sule, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, and David Alaba were very solid on the day. Hummels and Sule controlled RB Leipzig through smart and aggressive play, while Kimmich and Alaba did a nice job of limiting the attacks from out wide.
  • I feel like Hummels still has a role to play for Bayern next season. He’s proven he’s still a very capable defender and a solid contributor against high-level competition. It would be unwise to let him walk next season.
  • The draw marked RB Leipzig’s 18th consecutive game without sustaining a loss. Say what you will about Die Roten Bullen, but that is impressive.
  • Niko Kovac vs. Eintracht Frankfurt on the final Match Day to determine the Bundesliga champion...let the conspiracy theories begin!
  • If anything, the @RBLeipzig_EN account at least gave us this gem yesterday:

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

Bayern “accelerates” pursuit of Dybala (Calciomercato)

If I could insert the emoji of a man with a hand over his face, I would do that here.

Paulo Dybala is one of the players who could leave Juventus this summer in midst of a potential exodus and a revolution at the Allianz Stadium. According to reports from Germany, in the last few days, there has been an acceleration on the part of the Bavarians for the Argentinian, who is the club’s primary target for the offensive department.

Guardiola commits to another two years (Daily Express)

For Bayern coach and current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has reportedly assured the City front office that he will be in England for another two years amid links to Juventus.

Man City bosses were fearing that Guardiola was tempted by a move to Juventus this summer but he has told them that this is not the case. Juve had Pep Guardiola, 48, at the top of their wanted list to replace Massimiliano Allegri and could now turn to Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. Guardiola has this week told close friends that he will be staying at the Etihad Stadium at least until the summer of 2021 as he is desperate to win the Champions League.

Bayern to give away 250 Ribery jerseys at last match (Footy Headlines)

Earlier in the week, Bavarian Fashion Works guru Tom Adams detailed how Franck Ribery leaked the new Bayern kit on Instagram, but now we know the context. Ribery is signing 250 of the jerseys for Bayern to give away at his last home match.

Happy Mother’s Day (Bavarian Football Works)

To any of you mothers out there who peruse the Daily Schmankerl, “Happy Mother’s Day!”