Bayern Munich put forth a nice outing in downing a game, but overmatched Arminia Bielefeld side. It was a strong effort from Hansi Flick’s boys as they can now focus on their upcoming Champions League fixture against Atletico Madrid:
- Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller...what more can you say? The duo was — again — fantastic and combined for all four goals. I know it’s hard to convince non-Bundesliga fans what they are missing in these two, but damn...they are good.
Defender: *Breathes*— Richie O'Reilly (@richieoreillyIV) October 17, 2020
Robert Lewandowski: pic.twitter.com/pIH6X5avRr
- Leon Goretzka’s role as a box-to-box midfielder is so vital to Bayern Munich’s offense. Having a force like that to support both offense and defense is crucial. His assist on Lewandowski’s first goal was superb as well.
- Corentin Tolisso wasn’t great on the day, but he definitely looks more comfortable on the pitch than he did at this time last season. His horrific knee injury in 2018 clearly had some long-term effects that didn’t allow him to really play at full capacity, but the talented Frenchman looks far more confident in himself these days.
- Defensively, Niklas Sule and Lucas Hernandez put in some excellent work. Bayern Munich’s depth along the back-line is going to serve them well during this insanely busy stretch. We still haven’t seen David Alaba really hit top-form yet either, so the potential for the unit overall is still on the way up.
- It was disappointing to see Manuel Neuer give up a goal and ruin his bid for a clean sheet, but credit to Arminia Bielefeld for a gutty effort. It was a very solid effort overall from Neuer, who made several key plays in the contest — even if he did show a little grass envy. (Hint: A new Bavarian Grass Works post is coming out later today!).
- Ritsu Doan showed his talent for Arminia Bielefeld, eh?
Timo Werner and Kai Havertz combined for three goals, but Chelsea still imploded and lost to Southampton. Werner had a brace to put Chelsea up 2-0 and Havertz gave his squad a 3-2 lead over Southampton, but it went down hill from there.
After cutting the lead to 3-2 on a goal from Che Adams, Southampton got its equalizer in extra time from Bundesliga-alum Jannik Vestergaard, Bad on Chelsea, but good for the Die Mannschaft boys, who are dispelling some of the thoughts that they couldn’t hack it in England.
So, how has Michaël Cuisance been fitting in during training with Olympique Marseille?
The 21-year-old made his debut yesterday against Bordeaux as well and seems to be adjusting quite nicely.
Asked around about rumors having him keep playing for Real Madrid only out of a lack of properly bidding suitors, Serbian international striker Luka Jovic (22) answered, quite unadornedly: “Maybe, I don’t know about that. You’ll just have to ask the club officials”. Currently on a deal with Blancos until June 2025, former Eintracht Frankfurt hitman was approached by a bunch of clubs throughout latest window, including AC Milan, Napoli, and Tottenham Hotspur.
Still just 22-year-old, Jovic has a chance to get his career back on track, but it might not be in Spain. Perhaps some of the potential suitors listed above will come through with a decent bid...or Jovic can pick up a gold addiction and become the next Gareth Bale!
THERE IS NO IN BETWEEN!
Well...look whose stopping buy for a Schmankerl quick hit...it’s Phillip Quinn!
When Bayern Munich signed Rémy Vita as a late transfer surprise for Bayern II, many people were surprised. The transfer of the Troyes AC man came out of nowhere, but the Bavarians sent €1.5 million over for his services. Bayern fans weren’t the only ones surprised by the transfer, Vita was as well.
“I don’t even know how my advisor came into contact with Bayern,” Vita said in an interview with Ouest France (per SportBild). “At first, I thought it was a joke. I couldn’t believe it. When I got the proof, I was really happy.”
In his first match with Bayern II against Kaiserslautern, Vita was on the bench but didn’t make an appearance.