- I am going to lead right off with one of the absolutely coolest things you will ever see and that was the scoring frenzy put on by Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben in their final home appearance at the Allianz Arena. It was genuinely an extraordinary moment and the raw emotions from Robben, Ribery, and each of their teammates was something that shows how special the respective careers of “Robbery” have been.
- The Allianz Arena might have exploded if Robben would have put home that pass from Thomas Muller off of the free kick that was right outside the box.
- Speaking of Muller, he was phenomenal on the day and constant menace. Both Muller and Robert Lewandowski showed just how dangerous they can be without having to score a goal. That partnership should live on for at least another season.
- Like we talked about on the podcast, Eintracht was tired and weary. They had some fight and some spirit, but they had no legs. The game was not indicative of just how good and exciting Die Adler has been all season.
When your entire life flashes before your eyes. pic.twitter.com/Uifq24KVMp— #MEIS7ER (@FCBayernUS) May 18, 2019
- Leon Goretzka’s trackback to make a stop showed exactly why the Bayern brass has been so high on the Germany international. He ultimately exited the game with a thigh strain in favor of Renato Sanches, who might also have been making his last appearance at the Allianz Arena. Truthfully, I would have preferred to see Rafinha enter the game with Joshua Kimmich moving to the midfield (ONLY because it was Rafinha’s last home game).
- The Bayern defense was superb. Niklas Sule and Mats Hummels looked like a top-tier center back pairing, while Kimmich and David Alaba were excellent defending the flanks.
Atletico Madrid defender and 2018 World Cup winner Lucas Hernandez is reportedly healthy and could play now if he had to. More importantly, this signals that the France international should be ready to take the pitch once Bayern starts its preseason training this summer.
Lucas Hernandez has reemerged from the wilderness at Atletico Madrid after completing his Bayern Munich move and undergoing surgery on ligaments in his right knee, returning to the club’s training facilities on Thursday. It was the first time the player had been seen since March 27, having spent time recovering in Austria and Germany under the watch of Bayern’s medical staff. Although he won’t, Lucas would be fit and able to take part in Atleti’s Friday session, as his recovery is now completed and he is capable of training again.
Tottenham Hotspur is allegedly contemplating making a €45.5m move for AS Roma star midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo. Bayern, of course, has been among the many teams reportedly keeping an eye on the young talent.
Tottenham Hotspur are preparing a £40 million move for Roma starlet Nicolo Zaniolo, according to the Mirror. Earlier this week, we relayed reports suggesting Spurs attended Roma’s 2-0 Serie A victory over Juventus specifically to watch Zaniolo. The 19-year-old attacking midfielder has scored four goals and provided two assists in 26 league matches this season. And now the Mirror claims Tottenham are lining up a £40 million bid for Zaniolo ahead of what could be a busy summer.
It is not clear if interest from the Spurs will change Zaniolo’s mind as our last report on the 19-year-old future of Italy soccer indicated he wanted to stay with Roma.
Former Bayern star Claudio Pizarro has extended his contract one more year with Werder Bremen. The 41-year-old scored a goal in the 88th minute yesterday against RB Leipzig to clinch a victory. Pizarro had this to say about the news:
I always said a decision over whether I would carry on playing would depend on what my body tells me, and I’m feeling good. That’s why I’m delighted to be able to play on for another season with Werder. We’ve come so far this season and we can go even further, and I want to continue to be part of it.
The move comes just a day after Werder Bremen announced that Max Kruse will not return to the club next season. Aron Johannsson is also reportedly not returning to Werder Bremen next season after injuries limited him to just three games across all competitions this season.
US U20s even at the half in a friendly with Uruguay in Krakow. 1-1. Chris Richards with the goal. https://t.co/VtqB0ZsQ4Z— Scuffed (@zlebmada) May 18, 2019
Manchester City boss and former Bayern coach Pep Guardiola had another on-field, post-game coaching session. This time, it was Raheem Sterling who was on the receiving end of the #PepTalk.
For reference, here is Guardiola working over a very young looking Kimmich: