Bayern Munich was thoroughly dominant in its 3-0 win over Red Star, though it was not always pretty. Here are some quick hitters on the match:
- It’s true, Bayern absolutely dominated the match and was just superior in speed, skill, and overall talent. Still, Red Star played extremely tough like we knew they would and really caused some confusion for the Bavarians by clogging up the box. Red Star knew it was out-gunned, but did exactly what it needed to do to compete.
- The defensive unit of Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Süle, Benjamin Pavard, and Lucas Hernandez was not tested much in front of Manuel Neuer, but all were solid.
- Ivan Perisic was especially dangerous on the flank and really looks to be a terrific addition to the squad.
- Robert Lewandowski was not at his sharpest, but he still was a constant threat and his goal-hungry nature powered him to ensuring he got his name on the score sheet. Yesterday’s tally gave him 200 career goals with Bayern Munich.
- What more can you say about Thomas Müller? He came in, he spread the game out, he created offense for others, and he found the back of the net. That was a hell of a 10-minute performance.
Thiago and Muller caught 'em napping pic.twitter.com/I0XYXJ3Lr3— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 19, 2019
- Corentin Tolisso is still not all of the way back from his injury. It’s not that he’s tentative, but he just does not have the same explosiveness — yet — as he did before the injury. It will likely all come back and Tolisso needs games like yesterday to help him continue to gain confidence in his knee. As of right now, though, I could not list in him in the Champagne XI.
- It was good to see Javi Martinez dusted off and on the pitch.
- Philippe Coutinho was very solid, but not spectacular. Put your torches and pitch forks down, I know kicker named him man of the match. He was good, but let’s not overreact too much yet.
- This was a game where Bayern missed the athleticism and daring runs into the box that Leon Goretzka can offer. With the formation floating somewhere between a 4-2-3-1, a 4-3-3, and a 4-1-4-1, this was exactly the type of game where Goretzka could make an impact. Hopefully his injury does not keep him out too much longer.
Per Sport Bild (as captured by tz), Bayer Leverkusen quietly increased the salary of Kai Havertz from €2 million to €5 million. What does this mean? Not a ton really to Havertz’s rumored suitors like Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, and FC Barcelona.
Fiorentina youngster Federico Chiesa has been linked to Bayern Munich, but will be talking to his club about a contract extension during the winter transfer window. Chelse, Juventus, and Inter Milan have also been rumored to be interested in Franck Ribery’s teammate:
According to latest Italian news, 21-year old Italian international winger Federico Chiesa is meant to meet Fiorentina top brass, on deal extension talks, during next winter pause. The 1997-born is still tracked by a bunch of top clubs around, including Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and Juventus.
Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki quickly talks over his admiration of Bayern Munich, why he likes watching Lionel Messi, and the affinity he has for Toni Kroos.
FC Barcelona legend Lionel Messi get his fair share of acclaim, so I guess it’s only fair that he gets to feel a few digs as well:
Former Bayern Munich defender and current VfB Stuttgart center-back Holger Badstuber made some time for Bild to talk over how things are going with him and about what his good friend Arjen Robben has been doing. First, the 30-year-old addressed how much longer he thinks he’ll play:
My career’s gonna be a little bit longer. I feel that something is still possible, even at a higher football age. Physically, I made a giant leap compared to June. Some play the season of their lives at the age of 35. Who knows what’s to come? Ribery plays without problems at the age of 36. Or Arjen Robben: who would have thought after his many injuries that he would not stop until the age of 35 - and has no problems.
As far as his old buddy Robben goes, Badstuber is amazed at what he is doing:
He last sent me photos of him swimming eight kilometers in a canal for a good cause. He is a bundle of energy. Now, he has to get rid of his strength in a different way than in football. I’m sure he’ll take part in Iron-Man later, too.