Bayern Munich interested in Alvaro Odriozola (Sky Sport)
You probably have seen that Bayern Munich is interested in Real Madrid’s Achraf Hakimi, currently on loan to Borussia Dortmund. Obviously, if Real makes good their alleged intention to put Hakimi on their team next season, he can’t come to Munich.
Sky Sport has learned that Bayern is also scouting the man behind Hakimi, 24-year-old Alvaro Odriozola. Odriozola is in his second year with Real Madrid, but he has hardly played this season. As the second choice behind Dani Carvajal, Odriozola one goal and nine assists in 1856 minutes last season, playing essentially when Carvajal was hurt. But it has been slim pickings so far this season as Carvajal enjoys excellent health.
If Hakimi returns to Real, they would probably let Odriozola depart. The question then is whether Bayern would consider him good enough.
Chelsea’s goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga a major liability (Sky Sports)
Bayern’s Champions League opponent Chelsea has a major weakness in one of the worst possible places: their starting goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. A very interesting article by Adam Bate at Sky Sports explored potential flaws in his game with Goalkeeping Intelligence’s founder and former professional goalkeeper Richard Lee.
Kepa Arrizabalaga. Some Chelsea fans seem to rate him very highly but almost 18 months after becoming the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, the stats are worrying & talk of technical flaws remain. Interesting insight here from the folk at @GKIntelligence https://t.co/qcaYJS3bhU— Adam Bate (@ghostgoal) January 20, 2020
In Lee’s view, Arrizabalaga’s technique suffers from a major flaw. Reviewing a header that he conceded to Newcastle’s Isaac Hayden in the fourth minute of stoppage time, Lee said,
If you look at the moment the header is made, his hands are just tucked inside ever so slightly. All it means is that it’s just tougher to get the coordination right. You need to have such quick hands to get them into the position they need to be in.
Lee says he noticed the habit in Arrizabalaga’s first game for Chelsea in 2018: “His decision to swing his arms behind his back, seemingly in an effort to gain momentum, cost him valuable time when attempting to keep out Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s low shot for Arsenal.”
GK Intelligence has concluded that Arrizabalaga struggles in one-on-ones and close-range headers. The numbers back up their impression. His save percentage inside the box is the worst in the Premier League (just 51% — the second worst is 57.9%!), and his “goals prevented” number (a kind of mirror image of the xG of shots against him) is -7.79, also the worst in the EPL. In other words, he has conceded roughly eight more goals than expected by xG.
That is very good news for Bayern Munich, whose players thrive on creating multiple shots in the box from close range. If Arrizabalaga’s struggles continue, however, coach Frank Lampard could hypothetically bench the world’s most expensive goalkeeper — Chelsea paid a record-breaking €80 to Athletic Bilbao for him in 2018.
Phonzie gets oiled up in Edmonton
We're a little biased, but we think it's pretty awesome that a kid from Germany is now playing for the #Oilers while a kid who grew up in #yeg is fulfilling his soccer dreams in Deutschland.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 20, 2020
We recently caught up with @FCBayern's Alphonso Davies.
FC Bayern II beat Türkgücü München in friendly 3-1
Bundesliga referee proposes limiting VAR to coaches’ challenges
VAR to take inspiration from the NFL?— DW Sports (@dw_sports) January 20, 2020
Here's what Bundesliga referee Manue Gräfe thinks. pic.twitter.com/4zRc8PRZnf
What are your thoughts on the suggestion? Opinions at BFW were divided behind the scenes. I personally think the Bundesliga has brought VAR largely under control, although it is not (and never will be) perfect.
Vincent Kompany gives Anderlecht fans a talking to
None shall pass: penalty madness from Turkey
Madness in the Turkish second tier— Goal (@goal) January 20, 2020
Usakspor keeper Ersin Aydin saves a 90th min pen
But he's booked for coming off his line
Pen retaken... saved!
He's booked again for leaving his line! Sent off!
Defender Levent Aktug goes in goal...
Saved yet again! pic.twitter.com/GAWQLSFiGU