Mixed opinions on the Bundesliga potentially resuming in May
Earlier this week, DFL President Christian Seifert said that they’re planning on trying to have the Bundesliga and 2. Liga resume play in May. Germany seems to be doing considerably better in flattening the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic than most of the other countries in Europe, while they’re guidelines aren’t much more strict than anywhere else.
The idea is that when the season resumes, all of the remaining matches will be completed in “Geisterspiele” fashion, which means ghost games without any spectators. Bundesliga teams have already resumed training sessions in small groups at their facilities while most of the other teams in Europe’s top five leagues continue to train at home in isolation.
We started a poll to see if people feel that May is too early for matches to resume in the Bundesliga and interestingly enough, the responses are almost dead even at this point:
There have been many discussions on this, so we'd like to see where everyone's at. Is May too soon for Bundesliga matches to resume, even if it's Geisterspiele ("ghost games")?— Bavarian Football Works (@BavarianFBWorks) April 10, 2020
Michael Rummenigge thinks Bayern can get Leroy Sane for €30 to 50 million (Goal)
Sigh, another Leroy Sane - Bayern Munich rumor. It seems like this transfer rumor has been going on for fifty thousand years at this point, but so many variables have caused all of the narratives to drag on forever. In the latest twist of the tale, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s brother, Michael, said he thinks that Bayern could wind up getting the midfielder at a cut-rate price of roughly €30 to 50 million, which is considerably less than the €100 million price tag that had initially been touted.
[Michael] Rummenigge feels that Sane’s lengthy injury layover, combined with the long hiatus from football due to the corona virus, could give Bayern some leverage to get a lower price. He explained his logic in his column for Sport Buzzer:
Bayern would have bought him for 100 to 120 million before the cruciate ligament rupture, but an obligation could now be significantly cheaper and maybe only cost 30 to 50 million.
At this point, all of the rumors surrounding Leroy Sane are pretty exhaustive, but Rummenigge may have a valid point here. After all, the next transfer window will be like no other and larger price tags may not be feasible for the majority of clubs looking to do business.
Robert Lewandowski is a machine!
It’s not like we really needed to remind anyone, but Robert Lewandowski just doesn’t seem to be human at times. He’s quite arguably one of the best current number 9’s in world football right now and his consistency season after season proves it.
Thanks to a Reddit find by Cristian Nyari, we now have a look at just how consistent the Polish ace has been throughout his entire career, from his days with Lech Poznan in the Polish Ekstraklasa all the way to Bayern. BFW’s own Davis VanOpDorp said it best when he replied to this embed tweet by saying, “If Gerd Müller didn’t exist, he’d be the greatest Bayern striker ever.”
(Click on the tweet to enlarge the image-graphic):
Robert Lewandowski's career in one picture. (reddit)— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari) April 10, 2020
No doubt about it. He's an all-time great. pic.twitter.com/f65cd7Byp2
Kingsley Coman says Pep Guardiola is the best manager he’s played for (Manchester Evening News)
In a recent interview with Eurosport Deutschland (via M.E.N), Kingsley Coman revealed that current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is his favorite manager that he’s ever played for. The French winger played under Guardiola when he was Bayern manager after signing him on loan from Juventus in the summer of 2015 and making the deal permanent two years later.
Coman has played for a bevvy of world class managers including Jupp Heynckes, Carlo Ancelotti, and Massimiliano Allegri, but he insisted that Guardiola was the best he’s played for. The Spaniard showed continued faith in him and created systems where Coman felt he could truly flourish in one-on-one situations:
I would say Guardiola [was my best coach] because he is the one who made me start playing a little more regularly even if I had played a few matches at Juventus. For a player in my position, a winger who likes to hit and provoke, he is the best coach we can have because that is what demands us the most. He creates systems to have one-on-one situations and it’s the system where I can flourish the most. He didn’t ask me to have stats. He just wanted me to take, hit and center. And that was what I appreciated very much.
Lewy NAILS the Tootsie Slide Challenge
Seriously, there’s nothing Lewandowski can’t do. The guy’s got moves! Side note: does everyone and their mother now have a TikTok account? Why does it seem to be all of the latest rage?
Tweet-Ception Bavarian Football Works Style
Day 20-something of quarantine had me really, really bored the another night. I’m a big fan of the work we do here, and of laughing at myself!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIAGO!
Really hope he puts pen to paper on a contract extension ASAP! He’s been so good for us this season, especially since Hansi Flick has taken charge!
Sit back and enjoy some of his best bits from this season:
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Jadon Sancho’s £100m price tag likely to be reduced (Daily Star Sport)
Jadon Sancho has been heavily linked with a move away from Borussia Dortmund whenever the next transfer window will be. Manchester United are said to be leading the race to sign the English midfielder, but Dortmund’s steep asking price will definitely have to be reduced, according to pundit Paul Merson in his column for Daily Star Sport. United are reportedly ready and willing to make Sancho their most expensive signing, but the COVID-19 pandemic adds a lot of question marks for such a hefty fee.
Merson was particularly critical of Dortmund’s asking price because of the current economical landscape of clubs in England. A lot of clubs in the Premier League and England’s lower divisions have had to furlough staff members. Liverpool received a lot of backlash for deciding to furlough a large percentage of their non-playing staff and reversed the decision less than 48 hours later. Their captain, Jordan Henderson, spearheaded a campaign called #PlayersTogether where players will be donating wages to NHS personnel, who are fighting the corona virus on the front lines.
Making reference to the furloughs by various clubs in England, Merson said he doesn’t think clubs will be able to offer such lucrative wage packages any time soon:
All the talk about Jadon Sancho commanding a £100m-plus transfer fee has been blown out of the water if you ask me. Borussia Dortmund are said to be demanding in excess of that figure for one of Europe’s hottest young talents, but they can forget it. There’s no way that’s going to be happening. It’s gone – over and out. Top clubs can’t be putting staff on furlough and then start forking out that kind of money the minute the transfer window opens. It’s not just the fee, but with players in that price bracket comes a pay packet of around £300,000 a week and that’s just not going to be happening. The landscape has changed not just for everyone on the planet but for football as well. Really big-money moves may be off the table for quite some time.