Bayern Munich took a beat down from Borussia Mönchengladbach.
It was so bad, I feel like we need to put out Gladbach’s full name: Borussia Verein für Leibesübungen 1900 e. V. Mönchengladbach.
I don’t know where to start, so let’s just get to it. Here are some quick hitters on the match:
- Bayern Munich’s backline was terrible. I mean AWFUL. Dayot Upamecano might have had his worst day as a professional. Lucas Hernandez was sloppy at best. Alphonso Davies was lost. Benjamin Pavard was okay...until he wasn’t. Niklas Süle and Josip Stanisic came in to help a bit, though Süle teamed with Pavard for an error that led to a goal. All-in-all, that was brutal.
- Watching Breel Embolo just abuse Upamecano was not good. The Frenchman seems to have an issue with physically strong strikers. This has become a pattern that does not bode well for future match-ups.
- Bayern Munich’s midfield was not much better than the backline. Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka just did not look fully “with it.”
- Bayern Munich’s attackers were also relatively toothless. Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller were slow. Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry were not sharp. It was not...good.
- It was as frustrating a game as you will ever see and not because the players were bad (which they were), but because of the overall lack of energy they showed from start to finish.
- This game needed Jamal Musiala to sub in at halftime. That did not happen. All of a sudden, Musiala has drifted into spotty playing time. Despite the recent success of both Sane and Gnabry, the squad seems to function better with Musiala on the pitch.
- Bayern Munich got punched in the face immediately and had nothing in the tank to strike back. In fact, they just kept letting their guard drop, absorbing haymaker after haymaker.
- All that said, Bayern Munch can — and will — be better. This was just a blip on the radar of this season. One game does not define a squad or a player. It’s disappointing, but not something to flip out over.
- Bayern Munich fans should heed some words from the late, great Tom Petty:
It’s time to move,
It’s time to get goin’,
What lies ahead I have no way of knowin’
Bayern Munich might be getting some deep-pocketed competition for Bayer Leverkusen ace Florian Wirtz as Newcastle United is reportedly going to throw itself into the mix with the Bavarians and Liverpool:
Florian Wirtz is one of the hottest talents in Europe. No wonder that new prospects for the 18-year-old are named almost every day.
According to SPORT1 information, there is an agreement that Bayer 04 - just like Kai Havertz 2020 - will deal with every offer that is interesting for both the players and the club.
Is this where Newcastle United come in? As reported by Sport Bild, Geoff Lockhardt, scout of the nouveau riche Sheikh Club, sat in the stands during the duel between Leverkusen and 1. FC Köln.
But since clubs like Bayern or Liverpool are also hoping for Wirtz in the future, it is questionable whether he considers Newcastle to be sporty enough.
Right now, the rumors for every major player said to be under consideration by Newcastle United is quickly dispelled because of the club’s non-existent status in Europe. It only takes two or three players to snatch up huge offers, though, to quickly turn the tide on an influx to a rich club.
Could Wirtz be among those who decide to make a move? Maybe, but there could be others before him. Take a look below.
With Newcastle United seeking to make a big splash, the name of Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale has been bandied about, but the Premier League club could actually be looking at a younger player — Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman:
Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale is reportedly keen on seeing out his contract at the Bernabeu amid interest from Premier League club Newcastle United. According to a report from Spanish publication Defensa Central, Newcastle United have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Gareth Bale as the Welsh superstar is intent on staying at the Santiago Bernabeu till his contract runs out.
For now, it looks like Bale will not be moving anywhere during the January transfer window. As for Newcastle, they have been linked with many other top players including Bayern Munich star Kingsley Coman.
Statements that may be surprising. In an interview with The Mirror, the former FC Barcelona player Albert “Chapi” Ferrer spoke about the Blaugrana news and in particular on the offensive needs of the team after the departures of Luis Suarez, left for Atlético Madrid last year, and Lionel Messi, at Paris Saint-Germain since this summer. And according to him, to replace the two South Americans, neither Kylian Mbappé nor Erling Haaland would have the adequate profile to adapt to this FC Barcelona:
“I think Barcelona can fight for the titles even now, but I think that they need an attacker to make a difference. If you look at the big clubs, most of them have a top striker who scores 20 goals every season and that’s something Barca lacks. I am not saying that Mbappé and Haaland would not fit in, but they might not play football with which they are comfortable. They need a striker, but you have to be careful what kind of striker you need, given the circumstances and the philosophy of the club, ” he told the England tabloid.
FC Barcelona will have a different look when it meets Bayern Munich in December. The club has relieved Ronald Koeman of his coaching duties:
FC Barcelona has relieved Ronald Koeman of his duties as first team coach— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 27, 2021
Another week has gone by, and there’s even more Bayern Munich news to talk about. Of course the big one is how Joshua Kimmich was revealed to be unvaccinated, creating a massive rift in the Bayern fanbase. We can’t dedicate a whole podcast to that, but we did discuss it and a whole lot of other topics relevant to the club and German football at large.
In this episode, Samrin and Ineednoname discuss:
- Why El Clasico has lost its luster, and why you should watch the Bundesliga instead.
- Why German fans don’t seem to hate each other like Real Madrid and Barcelona fans do.
- How the Bundesliga is marketed in India now, with ACTUAL PUNDITRY!
- Room to improve the marketing, especially in comparison to the Premier League.
- Samrin bullies INNN into remembering three Bielefeld/Mainz players.
- The Champions League disaster from Germany in Europe.
- A Haaland vs Lewandowski debate!
- How Thomas Muller fits Bayern like a glove.
- Joshua Kimmich’s vaccine decision (final third of the podcast).