- It was nice to see Benjamin Pavard rebound from a poor effort in getting beat on the goal for Mainz. With a goal of his own and some solid play defensively (after the goal from Jean-Paul Boetius), Pavard ended the day on a positive note as he also was credited with an assist.
- I thought Lucas Hernandez was simply great.
- I have been hard on David Alaba’s free kicks because it had been so long since he hit one, but yesterday showed that he still has the ability to make good when given the opportunity.
- After botching his first really good chance, Ivan Perisic made up for it as he finished the day with a goal and an assist. Perisic really was a tremendous pick-up for Bayern. To be able to have such an intelligent and experienced veteran as your third option at wing is awesome depth.
- Thomas Muller (two assists) continues to prove that he should be playing the “10.” It is so odd that something can seem so obvious to many is so hard for the coach to see. This is not to say that Philippe Coutinho was bad (he wasn’t), but he wasn’t as impactful as Muller by any means.
- Robert Lewandowski just keep scoring.
- Alphonso Davies got some nice work in. Look, it was a blowout, but it was good see Davies and even Michaël Cuisance enter the game and assert themselves so well. Cuisance looked very sharp and was aggressive with his play and movements offensively, while Davies continues to show well every time we see him.
- This was not a very good Mainz squad. I think Sandro Schwarz draws as much as possible from his roster, I am not sure that he can avoid relegation with this group.
- RB Leipzig awaits Bayern Munich after the international break and that match-up should be scintillating.
A loose — very non-specific — report from the The Mirror indicated that Bayern Munich still could bring in Manchester City winger Leroy Sane, Juvetnus forward Mario Mandzukic, and Juventus midfielder Emre Can prior to tomorrow’s deadline:
City boss Pep Guardiola initially suggested the winger could miss six to seven months and he recently underwent surgery on the issue. However, the prospect of a long injury lay-off does not appear to have put off Bayern as Niko Kovac looks to add to his squad before the transfer window closes on Monday.
Juventus’ Croatia star Mario Mandzukic is also believed to be pushing for a move to the Allianz Arena while team-mate Emre Can is also on the Bundesliga club’s radar. Croatia striker Mandzukic spent two years with Bayern before securing a move to Atletico Madrid in 2014 and then joining Juve the following summer.
The weird thing about this report — aside of the very loose phrasing and being devoid of any real specific information — is that of the three players mentioned, the one rehabbing from the ACL injury is probably the most likely to be brought in by the end of the window and that is a long shot.
Inter are moving closer to securing a deal for Eintracht Frankfurt forward Ante Rebic, according to Sky Sport. The Nerazzurri have ‘reserved’ the Croatian as they await further developments on Matteo Politano’s move to Fiorentina. Eintracht have lowered their original €40 million asking price to around €30-35 million, exactly the fee Inter hope to receive from the Viola. Beppe Marotta and Piero Ausilio now have little over 48 hours to complete both transfers and finish the club’s summer transfer business. Inter have monitored Rebic for several weeks, initially identifying him as a fall-back option to Romelu Lukaku and Edin Dzeko.
AS Roma forward Patrik Schick has turned down an offer from Dynamo Moscow and will sign with RB Leipzig per one report:
Still meant to leave AS Roma before the buzzer, Czech international forward Patrik Schick (23), according to isport.blesk.cz, has just turned down Dynamo Moscow, which bidded Italian club 20 million euros in order to get him in. Former Sampdoria hitman, playing for Giallorossi since 2017/18, is adamant about joining a side allowing him to take part into Champions League or Europa League, and, to this end, seems to have chosen RB Leipzig for good.
David Alaba let the world in on a little secret:
Neymar has agreed to stay at Paris Saint-Germain after talks broke down over a return to Barcelona, Sky Sports News understands. He is scheduled to travel to Miami on Sunday to join the Brazil squad. PSG’s unwillingness to lower their valuation, despite Neymar’s offer to pay £17.7m (€20m) towards securing a deal, ensured a late move failed to materialize. Real Madrid were interested in signing him but a deal could not be reached. PSG have yet to comment.