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Daily Schmankerl: The aftermath of Germany’s 3-3 draw with Switzerland; Real Madrid and others want Gio Reyna; Liverpool wants Dayot Upamecano; and MORE!

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Is Germany’s back-line still collapsing or is that done yet?

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Die Folgen: Germany’s 3-3 draw with Switzerland (Bavarian Football Works)

In a rollercoaster ride of a game, Germany fought-back to earn a 3-3 draw with Switzerland that highlighted the squad’s overall defensive deficiency, while also displaying some of the squad’s offensive potential:

  • If there was a more awful way to start than Mario Gavranović fifth minute goal, I honestly can’t think of it. When the squad could least afford to come out flat, the Germans did just that.
  • Antonio Rudiger was awful...brutal...terrible. The defender was caught asleep at the wheel on the first goal and was generally bad for the entirety of the game.
  • About that horrific start...it turns out there was a worse way! Remo Freuler’s goal to make it 2-0 in favor of the Swiss cemented just how shabby the Germany back-line was on the day.
  • I think it’s safe to say that Jérôme Boateng and Mats Hummels would have been a marked improvement over any defenders that suited up yesterday. Niklas Süle, who did not play, was also sorely missed (obviously).
  • Robin Gosens has potential, but he is not yet ready. His spacing and decision-making showed that he had a way to go before is ready for Germany’s XI.
  • Poor Manuel Neuer. He doesn’t deserve that kind of assault! It was not his best game, but the 34-year-old had a bird’s eye view of everything breaking down in front of him defensively.
  • Thankfully, it was #TimoTime after Germany fell behind by a couple of goals. Chelsea’s Timo Werner at least gave Germany some hope! Werner also had the assist on Serge Gnabry’s fantastic back heel goal, which knotted the game at 3-3.
  • If you haven’t seen Gnabry’s goal...it’s a must see:
  • Speaking of Chelsea players, Kai Havertz’s effort on Germany’s second goal was superb. Havertz displayed a lot of his potential on that one play in using his speed and vision to anticipate a pass, intercept it, charge towards the net, and deftly place a shot home.
  • Oh, and it is pretty well known that Marcus Iredahl is BFW’s last know Löw supporter. Here is the video of him in the BFW Slack channel when Germany fell behind 2-0:

Anyway, if you missed our Match Awards or Observations, give them a look:

Reyna joins Haaland on “Most Wanted” list (NBC Sports)

Just yesterday, we detailed how both Manchester United and Real Madrid were plotting to go after Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland; but the Norway international is not the only BVB star drawing attention from giant clubs.

Per NBC Sports, Gio Reyna can count Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Liverpool among his potential suitors. With Jadon Sancho already one of the most coveted players in the world, the annoyance that Borussia Dortmund fans will feel with the constant rumors regarding that trio is going to be off the charts.

Lampard irritating Kante (@Goal)

Sometimes it is hard to understand why managers make the decisions they do. Alienating one of his key players, N’Golo Kante, might be something that eventually comes back to bite Chelsea’s Frank Lampard:

Transfer Market Web doubled down on the Kante news and indicated several big clubs might use this incident as a way to make in-roads with Kante:

To this end, if things keep on going south, Inter Milan are ready to approach him, after having been turned down last summer. Besides, former Leicester City player, currently on a deal with PL giants until June 2023, was previously tracked by a bunch more clubs, including Manchester United, Juventus, Real Madrid, and PSG.

Updated version of the Santa Pass (@eskeFussball)

Bayern Munich fans all remember Thiago Alcantara’s pass to Santa as he was streaking down the left-flank. Now, SC Paderborn defender Marcel Correia upped the ante by passing to Hamburger SV coach Daniel Thioune:

If you need a reminder on how Santa’s well-timed run caught Thiago’s eye...here you go:

Klopp eyeing Upamecano? (Transfer Market Web)

RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano is a popular transfer target among some big clubs, but at least once source thinks Liverpool could be leading a race that includes FC Barcelona, Chelsea, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, and Manchester United:

According to both UK and German sources, French international center-back Dayot Upamecano (turning 22 on October 27), standing out as one of the best young backliners in European football, is growing into more and more of a major winter target for Liverpool. RB Leipzig up-and-coming star is still tracked by a bunch more A-listers around, including Barcelona FC, Chelsea, Juventus, PSG, and both Manchester giants.

A Schmankerl scheduling note (Bavarian Football Works)

Apologies for the 6:00AM EST release of yesterday’s Schmankerl. There is clearly a scheduling issue with whatever I’m doing on my end when I finish writing as I set it to release at 12:00AM EST. Rest assured, I’ll resolve the issue and ensure we get a proper release.

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