Powered by goals from Chelsea FC’s Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, along with Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala, Germany raced away from North Macedonia for a 4-0 victory. Here are some quick hitters on the match:
- Germany was careless early on. North Macedonia was eager to battle and it looked like it took the Germans a bit to shake off the cob webs.
- North Macedonia was very aggressive to the ball and often did not give Germany time to breath.
- Both teams, in fact were sloppy and played in a bit of a flustered state early in the match.
- Kai Havertz has several instances where he was able to flash his footwork.
- Is it me or did the ref look like the discount rack version of Marc-André ter Stegen?
- This was the first time the squad appeared a little flat under Hansi Flick.
- At times, it appears that Niklas Süle’s versatility allowed the Bayern Munich defender and Lukas Klostermann to interchange on the backline.
- Overall, the defense had a couple of lapses, but was good.
- If Havertz had stayed wider he’d have been part of a highlight reel goal in the 30th minute when Süle went charging hard up the pitch and eventually lifted over a cross. Havertz, though, was too narrow.
- It’s a shame that a two-on-one break was foiled by a ball with a little too much bounce. Serge Gnabry and Timo Werner would have had a chance to do something, but a poor touch (combined with a sloppy pitch) made the ball to handle for Gnabry, who lost his footing a few times on the slick turf.
- I know there was a lot of rain, but man, that field was really a mess.
- Germany’s decision-making in the final third was not great. They had chances, but often sent inaccurate passes or just made the wrong decision all too often.
- Four minutes into the second half, Thomas Müller led a three-on-two break and slid a perfect pass to Havertz, who finally gave Germany the lead. You could tell that a humungous weight had been lifted off of Germany’s shoulders.
- Flick used Karim Adeyemi as wing, so for those hoping to see him on the offensive flank in Munich, that was your preview. Adeyemi asserted himself nicely.
- David Raum is not yet ready for a starting role, but it was good to get an extended view of his game. I felt like he rushed too may decisions and just played a bit nervy (as should be expected for a young player).
- Without sounding too negative, Germany’s entire unit of forwards and midfielders was lackluster for most of the match...until the switch flipped on for #TimoTime.
- Werner put an exclamation point on what was a pretty blah game, with a great half-volley strike for Germany’s second goal. It was a simply brilliant flick-on by Müller as well.
- Joshua Kimmich needs a rest. He looked like he was carrying a piano on his back and made some very uncharacteristic mistakes.
- As you can tell, the Raumdeuter, picked up assists on the first two goals.
- Werner’s second goal was equally as masterful. Just inside the left corner of the box, Werner tucked his shot in the the far post. Florian Wirtz had the assist.
- Jamal Musiala put the icing on the cake with his late tally. Adeyemi had the assist.
- Me before the game hearing all of the Timo Werner slander:
- Me after the game when all the blokes were yacking all over themselves trying to downplay the brace because it was only against North Macedonia.
- Overall, it was a very flat effort until about midway through the second half. It seemed like the roster was in the “can’t be arsed” mindset for most of the match, but when it needed to score, the squad came through.
Borussia Dortmund is reportedly getting serious on its rumored pursuit of Karim Adeyemi. With Erling Haaland’s future uncertain, Dortmund could provide a good landing spot with a chance at immediate playing time for the Germany international:
As early as January, FC Bayern wants to start an attempt to bring Karim Adeyemi back to Munich, recently reported ‘Spox.com’ and ‘Goal.com’. A loan back to Salzburg is conceivable. In any case, it seems more than appropriate to make an early effort to recruit the 19-year-old striker.
Because the competition never sleeps. According to information from ‘Bild’, Borussia Dortmund in particular wants to “try everything” to sign Adeyemi. The German national player (two missions, one goal) should come regardless of whether Erling Haaland (21) changes or stays.
According to reports, Adeyemi is also a specific topic at FC Barcelona, FC Liverpool and RB Leipzig. 30 to 40 million euros are traded as a possible transfer. In Salzburg, the left foot is under contract until 2024
Adeyemi also has Bayern Munich, FC Barcelona, Liverpool, and RB Leipzig chasing him as well.
Manchester United could be plotting a move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham. The Englishman is impressing clubs from his homeland:
Manchester United are in pole position to sign Jude Bellingham, having laid the foundations for a future deal before the teenage midfielder joined current club Borussia Dortmund, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror.
The 18-year-old England international has been linked with a return to his native country next summer but Dortmund intend to secure his long-term future with the offer of a new contract.
Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City have all been linked with the former Birmingham star, who is under contract at Dortmund until the summer of 2025.
Chelsea are allegedly monitoring Jude Bellingham as the Blues plot a transfer move for the midfielder as an alternative to West Ham’s Declan Rice. The west Londoners have only made two acquisitions up until now this summer market.
Germany have done quite well so far, and are carrying the momentum from their victory against Romania into the game against North Macedonia. Coach Hansi Flick will undoubtedly have several selection headaches, and the defense would be one area he’d want to get right. Meanwhile, Dayot Upamecano and Benjamin Pavard haven’t really been having a good time with both France and Bayern Munich. Will they be able to turn the tide and start performing consistently at the top level? Remains to be seen.
When Bayern and the Bundesliga are involved, there’s always so much to talk about, which is why in this pod, we’ll also be looking at the forms of other BuLi clubs. We obviously won’t tell you about everything here, because we’d like you to listen and hear for yourself! But here’s a synopsis of what we covered in the pod:
- Talking about the form of Leverkusen and Freiburg in the Bundesliga.
- Germany’s situation in defense; Bayern’s situation in defense.
- Nagelsmann’s lack of rotation.
- Why Timo Werner should not be starting for Germany.
- Free transfers and why Bayern should stop doing this.
- Newcastle and the Sheikh takeover... The EPL is the new power state battleground — amirite?
- Sneaking in some Arsenal banter in the end.
Well...Manchester United is also preparing to put Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland atop its wish list:
The future of Erling Haaland is still unclear. The Norwegian can leave BVB next summer for a fixed transfer fee. According to SPORT1 information, this can rise to up to 90 million euros.
Haaland is on the list of all top clubs, and Manchester United is also interested in the 21-year-old. The Red Devils have now apparently created clarity internally about a possible Haaland commitment in the coming summer.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has agreed with sporting director John Murtough to give Haaland priority over a possible signing of Harry Kane, according to Manchester Evening News . Haaland should be a priority at Solskjaer.
Solskjaer still knows Haaland well from their time together at Molde FK. There he was the coach of his compatriot. Even before Haaland moved to Dortmund in winter 2020, United was very interested in signing.
Real Madrid looks like it might be in the initial stages of financial maneuvering for its offseason and Chelsea FC’s Antonio Rüdiger joins Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe as one of Los Blancos’ primary targets:
It is not surprising that Antonio Rüdiger is currently one of the most sought-after central defenders in the world.
The Chelsea star is in great form - and free of charge after the current season. So if the Blues don’t manage to renew with the German national player in the coming months, Rüdiger can almost choose his new club. Among other things, the interest of FC Bayern Munich is documented - but numerous other top clubs are also vying for the defensive star.
According to the Spanish newspaper ABC, this also includes Real Madrid, whose defense no longer looks solid after Sergio Ramos’ departure to PSG in the summer. In addition to PSG superstar Kylian Mbappé, Rüdiger is the royal favorite for the coming season.
As noted above, Rüdiger is also being watched by Bayern Munich. The defender recently stated that he is not thinking about a move at this point, but...what is he supposed to say?