Die Folgen: Die Mannschaft’s deflating 4-2 loss to the Dutch (Bavarian Football Works)
Germany had an early lead, but fell apart against a talented — but beatable — Netherlands side. Here are some quick hitters on the match:
- Joshua Kimmich’s pass to Lukas Klostermann — which ultimately led to Serge Gnabry’s rebound goal — was excellent. Personally, I love Kimmich as a right-back, but he does have the talent to shift to the midfield. The question should be asked, however, is Die Mannschaft better with Kimmich in the central midfield or on the flank?
- Gnabry put forth a solid effort and was a constant threat.
Serge Gnabry: "My goal means nothing now. The disappoinment outweighs it. We knew that the Netherlands have a strong team. Unfortunately we gave away the goals way too easily" #GERNED pic.twitter.com/RPC6dLD5aT— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) September 6, 2019
- Jonathan Tah is not a national team-caliber defender.
- Nico Schulz was dreadful as well.
Niklas Süle: "We barely had any ball possession. We played a very bad game. This cannot be our aspiration" [Bild] pic.twitter.com/pNCf68opBp— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) September 6, 2019
- Manuel Neuer was put in some awful positions, but stood strong despite giving up four goals. Still, I’d expect Marc-André ter Stegen to play against Northern Ireland on Monday.
- Toni Kroos had a solid game and came flying into the mix in defense of Kimmich when tempers started to flair in the first half. For a player who sometimes looks apathetic, that was good to see.
Löw: "Our defensive players do not lack quality. That's what they prove every week. Players like Tah and Süle are young and have to gain experience" #GERNED pic.twitter.com/EZxlnzAScI— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) September 6, 2019
- Marco Reus and Timo Werner did not give the squad enough pop. Part of me wonders if this is due to the formation that was used, which seems to stifle the offense at times or is it just a case of the players not being able to get on the same page?
- Löw, who missed the last international break when Germany went 2-0, needs to figure some things out. Right now, Löw appears to be unsure of everything from the roster to the formation to how to put out his best players. Clearly, nothing has been “great” since the 2017 Confederations Cup-winning team. Whatever magic touch — and surplus of talent — Löw once had is gone. Now, he has to plan, strategize, coach, and manage the roster — and he’s failing.
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Bayern again scoping Ünder (Transfer Market Web)
Bayern Munich is reportedly taking another long look at AS Roma winger Cengiz Ünder. The Bavarians, Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, and Tottenham Hotspur are all allegedly keeping close tabs on the 22-year-old:
Playing for AS Roma since 2017/18, Turkish international winger Cengiz Ünder (22) has again been inquired by Bayern Munich, according to The Sun. Giallorossi powerhouse, currently on a deal with Italian club until June 2023, the 1997-born is also tracked by Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, and Tottenham.
Barca boss breaks down Neymar pursuit (beIN Sports)
FC Barcelona was not successful in its pursuit of Paris Saint-German star Neymar. Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu talked over the situation, including whether or not his club would pursue Neymar this winter:
In the winter window he’s not an option. The planning for next season is done in January, February. That will be when we get back to talking about the topic. But [not] if PSG keep asking for such high figures. We heard Neymar wanted to leave PSG and there was a moment when Leonardo opened the door to negotiations, for other clubs too. But during the negotiations, when the new demands of PSG appeared, we said that they were unassailable. We decided to stop the conversations. It’s a sporting decision. The technical team said we should try to sign him. He would have been an extra for the squad. We didn’t arrive at a deal because we could not match PSG’s demands.
As far as some of the players who were reportedly offered to PSG (Ivan Rakitic, Ousmane Dembele, Nelson Semedo, and Philippe Coutinho), Bartomeu indicated that Barca did not put any of those names into play for a deal:
Barca never put names on the table, they are players that PSG put there. We could not match their demands.
Can turned down another suitor (Transfer Market Web)
When Real Betis came calling, Juventus midfielder Emre Can did not pick up the phone:
According to Radio Marca, German international defensive midfielder Emre Can (25), an outcast and home-divided at Juventus, after just one season, due to not having hit it off with new boss Maurizio Sarri, turned down Real Betis Sevilla, besides Borussia Dortmund and PSG, during summer window last days. Former Liverpool and Bayer Leverkusen half-back, not included in the team CL list, is now quite likely to leave Bianconeri next January, or even asking for a contract resignation.
It is a shame that Juventus is keeping players like Can and Mario Mandzukic locked in their dungeon. I truly do not understand the strategy.
Nyari rides off into the sunset (@Cnyari)
Cristian Nyari was one of the brains behind the @FCBayernUS account, but he’s off to greener pastures. Good luck Cristian, we always enjoyed your work!
Personal news: After 5+ incredible years this was my last week at #FCBayern. No amount of characters can adequately describe the pride & appreciation I feel for this great organization, the incredible team and best fans in the world that I have been lucky enough to work with. pic.twitter.com/Q89OAXNucI— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari) September 6, 2019