Well...that was interesting. After looking dominant early, Bayern Munich let Borussia Dortmund back in the game before Captain Clutch, err, Joshua Kimmich scored one of the craziest goals you could ever see. For a glorified exhibition, both teams brought some fire and quality to the match. Anyway, here are some quick-hitters on the contest:
- Kimmich is just amazing.
- Good for Corentin Tolisso to get on the scoresheet. He genuinely seems like a great, hard-working guy that is easy to root for and here is to hoping he can keep his trend going in an upward trajectory. Bayern Munich will no doubt need him to step-up to a challenge again this season.
- The deepest area of the Bayern Munich squad — the back-line — is also the one that is struggling the most at this stage of the season. That, however, is to be expected as Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Benjamin Pavard, Alphonso Davies, and Niklas Süle are all playing big roles. It is going to take time to develop cohesion, trust, and consistency, but it will get better.
- Speaking of Hernandez, he seems WAY more impactful so far this season.
- It’s become a broken record of sorts, but Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski are just a monster 1-2 punch for Hansi Flick. It is hard to think of Hansi Flick employing any line-up without them.
- Erling Håland is a beast...and despite my affinity for the #TimoTime and #ArpTrain movements, I really can’t think of a better eventual successor to Lewandowski than Håland.
- When Marco Reus gets fully right and Lucien Favre actually commits to playing Julian Brandt, Dortmund is going to be trouble.
So there it is...another trophy for Flick. (Background music of “The Man” by The Killers should start playing any time that guys steps to the podium).
In the event you need the highlights from the game (DO NOT MISS Kimmich’s goal), here you go:
I’m going to take a second here to say that for all of the worrying about getting a new right-back, the solution could just be waiting to say “put me in coach.” I know...I know...I might be a little biased here, but Chris Richards entered the game yesterday, looked extremely comfortable and composed, pushed forward when needed, and just overall played a very smart turn on the right defensive flank.
To me, this was an excellent showing for the youngster, especially at a time when many are clamoring for the club to buy a right-back. For his part, Richards is mostly known as a center-back, but has had a great deal of experience in playing as a right-back, including his run there for Bayern Munich II in the first half of last season. After his defending, Richards’ vision and passing ability are his two greatest assets.
If you want to bring in a veteran defender for depth, I can’t argue with that logic. But...if you are hell-bent on finding a young player to use as a depth piece this season, why not put some trust in Richards? Is the 20-year-old ready for primetime? We might not have to wait too much longer to find out. Something tells me that he’ll rise to the occasion if called upon.
Oh, and it looks like Richards had a chance to swap jerseys with Dortmund’s Gio Reyna, which is extremely cool from a United States perspective.
Looks like Chris Richards and Gio Reyna swapped jerseys postgame.— USMNT Only (@usmntonly) September 30, 2020
Here's Richards with Gio's jersey ❤️ pic.twitter.com/s4AUuhbNDj
Former Eintracht Frankfurt star Luka Jovic has not quite settled in at Real Madrid like he had hoped. Unable to really make an impact with Los Blancos, Jovic’s name has been bandied about frequently on the transfer market. Not shockingly, there are multiple clubs willing to take a flier on a player who once was able to show great promise as a scorer:
Already tracked by AC Milan, Napoli, and Tottenham Hotspur, Serbian international striker Luka Jovic (22) has been targeted by Manchester United and AS Roma as well, according to latest Italian news. Meant to part ways with Real Madrid, after just one season in, the 1997-born has recently been linked to an Eintracht Frankfurt move-back scenario.
One year later, there were none in Gelsenkirchen.
Nübel moved on to Bayern Munich, while Schubert signed with Eintracht Frankfurt. Shaky at times last season, Schubert will have some time to get his game back in order behind incumbent starter Kevin Trapp.
Ousmane Dembele’s tenure at FC Barcelona has not exactly yielded the results that both he or the club were expecting. Never one to shy away from throwing cash at a player whose career is a bit of a roller coaster ride, Manchester United is said to be in pursuit of the former Borussia Dortmund player:
Manchester United are trying to convince Ousmane Démbélé to join the club after he said no to #LFC [on loan] and to Juve [permanent] on last June.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 30, 2020
Meanwhile, #MUFC are negotiating with Barça to sign him on simple loan or with buy option [#FCB were asking for permanent deal].