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Daily Schmankerl: The aftermath of Bayern Munich vs. Eintracht Frankfurt; No one knows what will happen next with Erling Haaland; Manchester City leads on Darwin Nunez; Bernd Leno back to the Bundesliga?; and MORE!

Can’t win ‘em all, I guess.

FC Bayern München v Eintracht Frankfurt - Bundesliga Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Die Folgen: Eintracht Frankfurt’s shocking 2-1 win over Bayern (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich suffered its first loss under the watch of Julian Nagelsmann as Eintracht Frankfurt was able to solve the Bavarian puzzle with some timely goals and the steady play of Kevin Trapp:

  • The crowd was pretty raucous and excited, but was ultimately let down with the defeat. Still, it was a pretty awesome atmosphere for a match — despite the restrictions in place.
  • It was good to see Oliver Kahn and Hansi Flick having a laugh before the match. It has to feel at least a bit weird for Flick. It was only a year ago where he was down in the coaching box at the Allianz Arena.
  • I don’t think I’ve commented on this, but the Bayern Munich warm-up shirts are straight fire.
  • All I could think about during the walkout footage showing Thomas Müller and Niklas Süle was if they were discussing what gold course they would be hitting later in the week.
  • Bayern Munich was dominant and creative early in the match. That has been a good trend under Nagelsmann — the squad is playing a fun, attacking style.
  • I have been worried about the Bayern Munich players having “heavy legs” and while the team fought and battled, their lack of precision wreaked of being a bit worn out. The team has excellent depth and Nagelsmann is going to have to start using it.
  • Joshua Kimmich didn’t look like himself. I really think he could benefit from some downtime (cue a Kimmich hat trick next time he takes the pitch).
  • Lewandowski nearly ALWAYS buries that header in the fourth minute. Alphonso Davies made a spectacular play to cross it over.
  • Süle’s 25th minute attempt was glorious. It would have been unreal if he had buried that.
  • That was a deft little pass by Robert Lewandowski to send Leon Goretzka into open space for the midfielder’s goal.
  • Dayot Upamecano struggled at times. That was probably the most uneven game of his tenure at Bayern Munich. Kristijan Jakic gave Upamecano the business right before the former RB Leipzig defender decided not to get up and challenge Martin Hinteregger on the Eintracht Frankfurt defender’s goal.
  • Upamecno (like a million other defenders) just had his hands full with Filip Kostic.
  • As was noted by several observers, the pitch at the Allianz Arena was extremely slick. Our own makeshift weatherman Phillip Quinn had the skinny on the situation, though. Per Phil, Munich has been getting hammered with rain over the past week.
  • Kostic is so good and so underrated by non-Bundesliga fans. What a player.
  • Kevin Trapp played the game of his life. It feels like Bayern Munich could hve easily had three or four goals.
  • Manuel Neuer was pretty fantastic (as usual). Kostic’s goal was tricky — and probably one that Neuer typically stops — but it should not take away from Neuer’s overall effort.
  • Neuer’s accuracy on his long passes will never cease to amaze me.
  • It still feels weird that Bayern Munich lost. I felt as if they were pretty dominant for the most part, but just could not fid a way to make the most of the opportunities that they had.

If you missed our Initial Analysis, Match Awards, Observations, or Postgame Podcast, give them a look or a listen:

Even Haaland’s family does not know where he’s going...if anywhere (Sport Bild)

Pundit Jan Aage Fjørtoft is a confidant of the Haaland family and he is saying that not even the members of Erling Haaland’s family know what is next for the Norwegian phenom:

When asked about the future of the young striker and where Haaland is going this summer, Fjörtoft says: “I think the Haaland team and the family don’t know where he’s going either. Because the football world is changing. There are so many things that affect that. They don’t know where he will play in the 2021/22 season. “

But according to Fjörtoft, BVB is not without a chance when it comes to the striker’s whereabouts: “Haaland and his team are always looking for development. And if that is the case in Dortmund, then he will stay there. “

Leno back to Germany? (Sport1)

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno sure seems like he is headed out of the club soon and a return to the Bundesliga is not out of the question:

Bernd Leno has lost his regular place in the Arsenal goal to Aaron Ramsdale. For the national goalkeeper a heavy blow to the office, he just wants to present himself to the new national coach Hansi Flick in the best manner in order to manifest his place in the DFB squad.

Will Leno now flee London to join a new club if his situation does not improve soon?

“Of course you have to think about all the options you would have,” Leno told the picture . A return to Germany, where he worked for Bayer Leverkusen between 2011 and 2018, is definitely possible. “You never know what’s coming. The Bundesliga is still an attractive league, ”said Leno. But “as a footballer there is nothing greater than playing in the Premier League.”

ICYMI: The Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 1, Episode 19 (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich is looking unstoppable, and grabbed yet another lopsided victory against Ukrainian champions Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League. Nagelsmann has made all the right moves thus far, and this team looks really formidable and is certainly a treble contender. Yes, the new coach is yet to be tested by elite opposition, but the early signs are very promising.

Bayern face Eintracht Frankfurt at home next, and we can safely expect a win from a team that’s looking overpowered right now.

And on that note, we had quite a lot to discuss on this pod, most of it being quite positive (gasp!). Here are some of the topics we covered:

  • Niklas Süle’s incredible form and the WhatsApp fiasco (again).
  • Bayern’s superb recent form.
  • Sabitzer’s lack of first team action, and what this means for him moving forward.
  • More Bouna Sarr banter.
  • Coman’s contract situation and whether he stays or leaves.
  • Michael Cuisance slander.
  • Cobra Kai, Game of Thrones and other stuff.

City feels like leader on Nunez (SI.com)

Manchester City is looking like the leader in the clubhouse to procure Benfica striker Darwin Nunez:

City have now been linked with Benfica’s sensational rising striker Darwin Núñez, after scouts from the Etihad were spotted at a recent Champions League game against Barcelona, and that appearance may have been a consequence of a very special request by Pep Guardiola himself.

Núñez has been linked with the Etihad club on a few occasions prior to this, and Manchester City’s desperate need for a striker means he will surely be on Txiki Begiristain’s shortlist ahead of upcoming transfer windows.

Confirming suspicions after Manchester City’s scouts were spotted at Estádio da Luz, according to an exclusive report by the Daily Star, Manchester City believe they ‘hold the edge’ in the race for Benfica’s Darwin Núñez.

A number of top European clubs - namely Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Bayern Munich - are in line for the 22-year-old’s signature after his recent exploits, but the Premier League Champions believe they are in the front seat owing to their ‘superb relationship’ with the Portuguese club in the transfer market.

Nunez was linked to both Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen.

Mai out for international break (DFB.de)

Bayern Munich loanee Lars Lukas Mai is spending the season on loan at Werder Bremen and has been up-and-down with his performances for the most part. In a stroke of bad luck, though, Mai had to pull out of the international break for Germany’s U-21 squad:

Lars Lukas Mai (Werder Bremen) has pulled out of the Germany U21s squad for the European qualifiers against Israel and Hungary due to injury. He will be replaced by Frederik Jäkel (KV Oostende), who was initially in the U20s squad but will now move up.