Speaking with Grant Wahl on the Planet Futbol podcast, Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness was candid about the club’s pursuit of Manchester City’s Leroy Sané, indicating that the club’s “new leaders” would review the case again. Hoeness said,
We were very much interested and had discussions with him, but he had his big accident, an awful injury, and we could not go on with it. We therefore have to wait now [and see] how his recovery goes on. I think the new leaders will have to sit down in January and February [and decide] what’s going on with that.
Germany striker legend and former USMNT coach Jürgen Klinsmann is still touting the virtues of the Bundesliga for young Americans. He told ESPN,
I think Germany always takes a little bit of a risk in promoting young players, giving them opportunities. They don’t shy away if there’s a kid who’s 18, 19 or 20. If they see that he has tremendous talent or has potential then they try him out, they throw him in at the deep end — you’ve got to swim no matter what! So I think this is something that’s very attractive for the American culture and now having so many American players in the Bundesliga is really exciting.
Klinsmann said he was excited by the “tight competition” in the Bundesliga thus far, particularly since RB Leipzig looks like “a new contender for Bayern.” Klinsmann praised Philippe Coutinho as a “special player” and a “difference maker,” but he had particular praise for Robert Lewandowski:
Lewandowski’s just a complete striker. He’s fun to watch. He reminds me a little bit of Marco van Basten in the 1990s and he’s a bit similar to Edin Dzeko, for example, from AS Roma. They’re players that can score at any moment, be it with their left or right foot, they’re strong in the air and are tremendous finishers. Going back to what I said before, they’re difference makers. So if you have a Lewandowski on your team who guarantees you 20 to 25 goals a season, you sleep a lot better as a coach!
Ah, José. Since his dismissal from Manchester United (which has only flourished ever since, lol), Portuguese manager and all-around swell guy José Mourinho is apparently waiting for a vacancy, ideally at Real Madrid, but the special one would settle for PSG, or Juventus Turin, or Bayern Munich. He’s reportedly learning German, but not to coach at Schalke 04, oh no! He turned down Schalke along with Monaco, Lille, Wolfsburg, and AC Milan. We’ll see...
Jadon Sancho spoke with kicker about esports. He still isn’t over his 77 passing rating in the latest installment of FIFA after complaining about it over Twitter.
I always look at my rating in FIFA right away. This year, my ratings should have been better, especially my passing... But I’m sure that the number will rise over the season.
Sancho also said that FIFA would have to add his tattoo in the next edition and pay closer attention to his hair style, as well.
Schalke is so consistent. Bayern has been thrilled to have Leon Goretzka, after Schalke 04 failed to sell him on time or to convince him to sign a new contract. And Liverpool FC is equally happy to have the player whom Jürgen Klopp recently praised as “maybe one of the best pieces of business” he had done. Klopp elaborated,
In a world of big transfer fees, to sign a player like Joel Matip on a free transfer is incredible. It was maybe one of the best pieces of business we did in the last few years.
Klopp is no stranger to bargain, having bought Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels “before they were famous” for pocket change.
That wasn’t very nice, honestly. 18-year-old forward Lamine Diaby-Fadiga might be released from Nice after he confessed to stealing the €70,000 watch of his teammate, Danish striker Kasper Dolberg (21). Dolberg filed a police report that his watch had been taken from his locker, and Diaby-Fadiga eventually confessed. He has already debuted for the first team, but has not played recently on account of an ankle injury.
It’s still very much a work in progress, but the Bundesliga has publicized a new app that lets users keep track of the latest news posted to Bundesliga.com and the current matchday and standings of the top flight and the 2.Liga. The Bundesliga promises that one can even keep informed “thanks to push notifications that arrive faster than Kingsley Coman on a counter-attack.” The app also features a curious selection of match stats that do not (yet?) appear to be available after games. The app features detailed tickers of the course of the game, so it is a viable way to keep abreast of what is happening when you can’t watch the game otherwise.