Bayern Munich and Benfica engaged in a full-scale brawl for much of the match, but Leroy Sane’s stunning free kick in the 70th minute gave Bayern Munch a lead that it would not relinquish. Here are some quick hitters on the match:
- Bayern Munich could have easily been up by two goals in the first five minutes. Benfica just did not look up to the task of actually defending Bayern Munich.
- When Robert Lewandowski’s 10th minute header was hit hard at Odysseas Vlachodimos, it represented the best of Bayern Munich’s early chances, but it was just struck right at Vlachodimos.
- The first half was just crazy. Bodies flying, plenty of good chances (more for Bayern Munich than Benfica), but just overall aggressive, competitive football. Benfica showed a lot of heart and fight on their home turf.
- Bayern Munich was soooooo close on soooooo many different chances. Lewandowski’s header and handball, Thomas Müller going offside, Leroy Sane shooting wide...it was crazy.
- Manuel Neuer was insane and his 55th minute save was off the charts good. Neuer was spectacular on the day. This could have been Neuer’s best performance of the season. The man still has it.
- Perhaps the craziest aspect of the game was the rampant swings of momentum. At times, Bayern Munich was just thoroughly dominant (without the end product — until the end of the match). At other points, Bayern Munich was scuffling just to hold off a feisty Benfica squad.
- Benfica was extremely physical with Lewandowski and made life hell on him, but the Polish Hitman just kept absorbing the hits and grinding away.
- Kingsley Coman looked extremely energized and was a problem for Benfica. Coman was extremely good on the night. The same could be said for Sane.
- Sane’s 70th minute free kick (earned by a foul on Lewandowski) was magnificent. What a great, dipping shot!
- Sane’s role on the pitch was interesting once again. Sane was often central on the pitch and not limited to staying wide. We’ve seen this become more and more prevalent for Sane. It makes for an unconventional set-up for the Bavarians, but it is working by-and-large.
- Benfica’s own goal was unfortunate for them, but was caused by the threat of Serge Gnabry and the pressure he had Benfica under.
- Gnabry and Sane did some nice work to set up Lewandowski for Bayern Munich’s third goal. Eventually, Bayern Munich’s overall advantage in quality and depth was able to shine through. It was a selfless play by Sane and exactly the kind of thing you would expect from a Bayern Munich player.
- Sane got his brace just minutes later and the rout was on. Substitute Josip Stanisic sent over a nice pass to set up the former Manchester City man.
- Overall, it was a well-deserved and hard-fought victory for Bayern Munich.
Erling Haaland should be one of the most sought-after players on the transfer market next summer. Almost every European top club should have considered signing the Norwegian from BVB.
Chelsea FC is also dealing with the 21-year-old Norwegian. This was confirmed by coach Thomas Tuchel. “We talked about Erling Haaland a couple of times. Even in the transfer period. But it then seemed absolutely unrealistic and not feasible at all,”s aid the 48-year-old in Sport Bild.
However, that does not mean that Haaland’s signing cannot be an issue again in the coming year. “We talk about it regularly, of course, because he’s a fantastic player and clearly the defining figure at Dortmund who is a big rival for us in the Champions League.”
However, Tuchel emphasized: “I think that we have never really been serious about it so far.” Nevertheless, he gave the blues fans a slight hope: “But let’s see what will happen in the next few weeks.”
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After Liverpool’s 3-2 victory over Atletico Madrid, Atleti manager Diego Simeone opted to go directly to the dressing room after the match rather shake Jurgen Klopp’s hand. While Klopp didn’t seem to make that big a big deal of it, pundits weighed in, and now I’m left wondering if, perhaps, Klopp and Simeone should just throw down to work out the differences:
After the game, however, Klopp put the incident into perspective: “I wanted to shake his hand, he didn’t want to. At that moment I can understand that he ran in - we are both emotional, ”said Klopp. “He was mad at the game - nothing else. When we meet again, we will shake hands 100 percent. ”He also admitted,“ To be honest, I wasn’t overly satisfied with my reaction either, but it’s not that bad. ”
What the 54-year-old showed no understanding for, however, were the targeted questions in a report about the lack of a handshake: “I wasn’t angry. He’s emotional, I’m emotional, and you’re not a nice person because you want to make a story out of it. When was I angry? I am angry now because of your question. Come on.” Then Klopp left the interview.
Simeone himself did not want to elaborate on the situation after the game and emphasized that he is not a fan of shaking hands with the opposing coach after the game: “I don’t like it and I think it’s not healthy because there will always be someone who is not happy with the game,” he said. “They have a different culture that I don’t share. When I see Jürgen Klopp now, I have no problem greeting him.”
Joleon Lescott found Simeone’s behavior inappropriate. “Not shaking his hand and then running into the tunnel was a bit of a coward in my opinion,” said the former Manchester City defender at BT Sport .
Cult striker Peter Crouch said: “That he didn’t shake hands in the end ... I think he disappointed himself.”
All of this “shake” talk just made me think of the “Shake Weight”:
An international break just ended and Bayern Munich roared back into action with a dominant 5-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen. This game was supposed to a huge test for Julian Nagelsmann, as Leverkusen were unbeaten in the Bundesliga and were off to one of their best ever starts in the league. Safe to say, die Werkself didn’t put up much of a fight.
In this episode, Tom and Ineednoname discuss:
- The outcome of the Leverkusen game, and how convincing Nagelsmann seems so far.
- The big positives that we see in the team.
- What improvements are still needed.
- How Lucas Hernandez’ legal issues affect Bayern Munich’s image.
- What happens if Lucas goes to prison? Discussing the depth issue, especially the consequences for Alphonso Davies.
- The dead-end careers of both Michael Cuisance and Marc Roca.
Sport Bild put together a list of the Bundesliga’s top 27 players under the age of 20. If you want to take some notes of youngster to watch this season, here you go:
- Jamal Musiala (18), midfielder/winger
- Tanguy Nianzou (19), central defender
- Jude Bellingham (18), midfielder
- Giovanni Reyna (18), midfielder/winger
- Youssoufa Moukoko (16), striker
- Ansgar Knauff (19), winger
- Reinier (19), midfielder
- Josko Gvardiol (19), left-back
- Brian Brobbey (19), center-forward
- Ilaix Moriba (18), midfielder
- Joe Scally (18), right-back
- Luca Netz (18), left-back
- Florian Wirtz (18), midfielder
- Piero Hincapié (19), central-defender
- Georginio Rutter (19), center-forward
- Marco John (19), midfielder
- Jan Thielmann (19), winger
- Tim Lemperle (19), winger
- Marton Dardai (19), central defender
- Linus Gechter (17), central defender
- Ömer Beyaz (18), midfielder
- Enzo Milot (19): midfielder
- Mohamed Sankoh (17), center-forward
- Kevin Schade (19), winger
- Paul Nebel (18), winger
- Lasse Günther (18), winger
- Armel Bella Kotchap (19), central defender