If you listened to the latest Der Ausblick podcast, you know that I think Bayern Munich is going to win this game handily, but the feisty boys from Belgrade are certainly not going to be a pushover.
As always, everything is dictated by who Niko Kovac starts and how he aligns them. It is expected that both Ivan Perisic and Philippe Coutinho will start the game, which will cause a shift from what we saw against RB Leipzig. It could be assumed that Thomas Müller and Kingsley Coman will find a seat on the bench, with Serge Gnabry — who was poor against Die Roten Bullen — as another option to sit out should Kovac opt to start Coman.
If this game starts to get out of hand, I would like to see Fiete Arp, Michaël Cuisance, and Alphonso Davies all get a call from the bench. Kovac has enough flexibility with his roster to make that work.
Either way, Red Star is going to play tough and they won’t be intimidated, but they also don’t have the talent to match up with Bayern on a player-for-player basis.
Prediction: Bayern Munich 5, Red Star 1
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RB Salzburg 19-year-old phenom Erling Haland took the Champions League by storm yesterday in leading his team to a 6-2 victory over Genk. Haland, who is a Norway youth international and starred in the U-20 World Cup last May, continued his torrid run of play in Austria’s Bundesliga and finished yesterday with a hat trick.
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RB Salzburg’s Erling Haaland with a first-half hat-trick on his Champions League debut pic.twitter.com/MOKp1qL7gH
At 6-foot-3 and 192 pounds, Haland is a physical presence with a great drive to find the back of the net. If he continues this run of play, he is going to make himself a very popular target next summer.
Erling Haland— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) September 17, 2019
- Scored 9 goals in ONE game at the U20 World Cup in May
- 14 goals in 8 games for Salzburg this season (entering Tuesday)
- Has 2 goals in the first half of his Champions League debut
Haland is 19. pic.twitter.com/bxUj8vncVD
Former Bayern Munich player and 2014 World Cup hero for Germany Mario Götze can’t seem to catch a break. After a very good campaign in 2018-2019, Götze is seemingly nailed to Lucien Favre’s bench. Last week, we heard that Inter Milan was going to make a play for Götze (after yesterday’s 1-1 draw with SK Slavia Praha, it sure looks like they could use him), but now AC Milan is in the mix:
Possibly leaving Borussia Dortmund again, out of no deal extension and a June 2020 deadline, German attacking midfielder Mario Götze (27), fallen from grace step by step after his highlight 2014 World Cup finale match-winning goal, has been targeted by AC Milan, according to both German and Italian sources. Previously linked to Arsenal, the former Bayern Munich player is allegedly tracked by Inter Milan as well.
Germany coach Joachim Löw attempted to break up the growing battle between Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer and FC Barcelona’s Marc-André ter Stegen.
We have not seen much of Javi Martinez this season, but he did this in training yesterday:
Borussia Dortmund might be active in the market over the next year and it looks like we can add Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic to their wish-list. BVB will allegedly have to battle Juventus, Inter Milan, and AC Milan for the 31-year-old:
While Serbian international defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic (31) might be leaving Manchester United as a free agent, former Chelsea and Benfica player, already tracked by Juventus and both Milan giants, has reportedly been targeted by Borussia Dortmund.
Chelsea dropped a 1-0 decision to Valencia yesterday, which could have at least been a draw had Ross Barkley converted his penalty kick opportunity. Despite his confidence, Barkley blew this one badly:
Of all the results from the Champions League yesterday, Liverpool’s shocking 2-0 loss to Napoli was the most crazy. Even more, it featured an insane lapse from all-world defender Virgil van Dijk, which we rarely ever see:
A collector’s item: A Virgil Van Dijk error pic.twitter.com/XUinHqyjPz— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 17, 2019
Everyone who watched the Champions League draw remembers the reaction of the SK Slavia Praha ownership group when it saw its draw with some of The Usual Suspects, FC Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan in Group F.
But what if SK Slavia Praha was part of a barbershop quartet in Skokie, Ilinois and the baritone was this guy named Kip Diskin, a big fat guy, I mean, like, orca fat?
Anyway, by forcing a draw with Inter Milan, maybe the boys from Prague were playing everyone from the beginning and are really the team to beat in Group F?