Bayern Munich battered Fenerbache 6-1 yesterday at the Allianz Arena. Here are some quick hitters on the match:
- Thomas Müller put on a show as he secured a hat trick to lead the effort for Bayern. There is a different look and feel to Müller this season. Whether he is more confident or he’s playing with more of an edge or whatever, Müller could be poised to have a big year.
- Kingsley Coman continues to be an utterly disruptive force as he collected a goal yesterday. In each appearance this summer, Coman has shredded defenders and looked extremely dangerous. If the young Frenchman can stay healthy, this could be a dynamic year on the flanks.
- Speaking of the flanks, Serge Gnabry left the game after 20 minutes as a precaution, but things do not appear to be too serious with Gnabry. As always, Bayern should be placing Gnabry and Coman in bubble-wrap the second the exit the pitch to avoid further damage.
- Leon Goretzka continues to show why he was one of the more sought-after young midfielders on the market during the 2017-2018 season. I am really enjoying everything I have seen from the midfield unit as a whole this preseason. Goretzka and Renato Sanches each scored yesterday, while Corentin Tolisso, Thiago Alcantara, and Javi Martinez have also been extremely good throughout the preseason.
- Robert Lewandowski didn’t score, but looked good and ready to start the season with excellent movement off the ball and by working in unison with his attacking teammates.
- The defenders were quite solid. Niklas Sule, Joshua Kimmich, David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, Benjamin Pavard, etc. were all very good.
- Fenerbahce...ooooooooof. That was bad.
Bild reporter Christian Falk offered a subtle reminder that maybe Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola should not get so bitter about other clubs talking about “his players.”
Pep sagte „Thiago oder nix“ ohne Rücksicht auf seinen Ex-Arbeitgeber @FCBarcelona. Jetzt sagt Kovac lediglich über @LeroySane19 „Ich bin sehr zuversichtlich“ - und der @FCBayern entschuldigt sich kollektiv bei Pep... Verkehrte Mia-san-Mia-Welt (P.S. „Sané oder nix!“)— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) July 31, 2019
Pep said “Thiago or nothing” regardless of his ex-employer @FCBarcelona. Now Kovac just apologizes collectively to Pep and @FCBayern over @LeroySane19 “I am very confident” ... Wrong Mia-san-Mia-World (PS “Sané or nothing!”)
The actual truth is that Manchester City have received an offer from Bayern Munich, but it’s around 25 percent short of their valuation.
Considering most reports say that Bayern and Manchester City have not formally exchanged offers yet, I would take that quote with about 70 containers of Morton’s salt.
RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff spoke to Sport Bild (as captured by the Münchner Merkur) and indicated that the time is coming for Timo Werner to make a decision on his future:
I can also understand that it is difficult for Timo. But you have to make decisions in life, and Timo’s will be there in a timely manner, we’re convinced. We still want a contract extension.
When asked about the possibility of Werner leaving next summer on a free transfer, Mintzlaff did not mince words:
That is not desirable, especially as it was also discussed differently with his advisor. We do not sit at the wheel, but can only make offers and wait. Everything else is not our control. If Timo did not renew, we would like to get a replacement. There are many interested parties. International top clubs have also requested.
Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain were previously reported to have interest in Werner, but Mintzlaff is doing his best to maintain a semblance of leverage — which is difficult since the interest between Bayern and Werner is reportedly mutual. Just about the only thing holding up a move to Bayern for Werner is the seemingly never-ending Leroy Sane situation.
It looks like Bayern Munich is getting company in its pursuit of Schalke 04 goalkeeper Alexander Nübel. Dortmund is joining Bayern and RB Leipzig in chasing the 22-year-old:
The future discussions about the native Paderborn are increasing daily. Behind the scenes, there is now a four-man fight for the Schalke goalkeeper. Schalke archrival Borussia Dortmund is now also involved in Nübel poker.
Just yesterday it looked like Juventus was going to retain Argentina attacker Paulo Dybala and that the player was going to stay hitched to The Old Lady at least a little while longer. With Dybala’s agent in London, however, it looks like a swap of Dybala for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku could be in the works.
Paulo Dybala's agent has arrived in London to discuss a move to Manchester United, with Romelu Lukaku moving in the other direction, according to Sky in Italy.— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) July 30, 2019
I am secretly hoping this goes through. I fear that Bayern Munich might view Dybala as a last-ditch effort signing if its quest for Manchester City star Leroy Sane fails. Dybala’s price tag could be steep without a player swap involved.
Callum Hudson-Odoi got his picture taken for Chelsea. He looks THRILLED to be there.
Given all of the controversy surround Niko Kovac’s comments about Sane — and the subsequent fallout, it looks like Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic is going to refrain from commenting on individual players from this point forward.
Salihamidzic über Callum Hudson-Odoi: „Auch darüber will ich nicht sprechen. Er ist ein Spieler, der bei einem anderen Klub unter Vertrag steht.“— Tobias Altschäffl (@altobelli13) July 30, 2019
Und weiter: „Das habe ich nur einmal gemacht...“ #fcbayern @BILD_Bayern @SPORTBILD @BILD_Sport
Salihamidzic on Callum Hudson-Odoi: “I do not want to talk about that either. He is a player who is under contract with another club. “And further:” I only did that once ... “ #fcbayern @BILD_Bayern @SPORTBILD @BILD_Sport
Real Madrid is trying to figure out what it will take to land Manchester United star Paul Pogba.
As the Madrid hierarchy consider how to help resolve the difficulties being experienced by a team which, with the season proper not even underway, is already surrounded by question marks, the recruitment of Paul Pogba has now taken on a greater degree of urgency. The midfielder is the one signing that Zidane has expressly asked club president Florentino Pérez to make and, given the way that things have gone so far in preseason, the midfielder’s addition to the LaLiga giants’ squad has begun to look like something of a crucial measure.
Bayern loanee Franck Evina is having a very successful start to his season for KFC Uerdingen as he secured his third goal in three games.