Germany was not operating at 100%, but still won anyway — and Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller was the hero.
Here are some quick hitters from the match:
- Joshua Kimmich looked pretty natural wearing the captain’s armband, eh?
- Hansi Flick opting to start Marco Reus over Müller was curious, but not wholly unexpected. Reus missed the last break, while Flick is well aware of what he has in Müller.
- Germany absolutely needs to be more clinical.
- Not shockingly, the offense wasn’t always fluid, but still generated lot of shots.
- The footwork from Romania’s Ianis Hagi and the precision on his shot to beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen were excellent. The nutmeg on Antonio Rüdiger was really just the icing on the cake.
- Rüdiger had some rough spots, but that could have had a lot to do with trying to cover for Thilo Kehrer. His positioning was bad at times and he just seems to struggle with his challenges and decision-making at different periods of the match. Overall, not a terrible match for the Chelsea FC, but it was choppy to say the least.
- The sequence where Marco Reus sent in a cross that Serge Gnabry could not and handle — and then the clearance attempt pinging off of Timo Werner’s head, defined Germany’s night in a lot of ways. That easily could have been a goal.
- Germany’s defense was up-and-down. Niklas Süle was — by far — the best of the lot.
- Gnabry’s long distance goal was really nice. The pace and power of the shot — and Gnabry’s confidence to go far post — made all the difference.
- Leroy Sane needed to do a lot better with his chance in the 73rd minute. Even with his improved form, Sane has shown a propensity to airmail his shots on occasion.
- Müller was absolutely in the right place at the right time on his game-winner. Joshua Kimmich’s corner found Leon Goretzka, whose head flick across the box was perfect for Müller.
- I thought Jonas Hofmann was up-and-down, as well. He had some good moments, but needs to refine his play in this new role. I wouldn’t be shocked to see more of Lukas Klostermann in the next match.
- Overall, I’m not as worried as some might be after that performance. The offense will be better and more precise. The defense will not be as...confused (?) as it looked at times against Romania.
Ronaldo, who returned to Manchester United from Juventus earlier this summer, is said to be a huge fan of Chiesa, according to Italian source Calciomercato. Chiesa, a 23-year-old midfielder, joined ‘The Old Lady’ on a two-year loan from Fiorentina last summer.
Since his arrival in Turin, the 23-year-old forward has appeared in 50 matches across all competitions, directly contributing to 27 goals. Despite the fact that the attacker’s loan term with the Serie A giants is scheduled to expire next year, it is widely believed that the Serie A giants would make his transfer permanent if certain criteria are satisfied.
Surprisingly, after swiftly establishing himself as one of manager Massimiliano Allegri’s most trusted attackers, new rumors claim that the Italy international might be leaving the Bianconeri soon. Although Ronaldo has shown his support for his old comrade, a trade for Chiesa would not be cheap. Calciomercato says that a prospective transfer for one of Europe’s most promising players may cost the Red Devils’ hierarchy in excess of £85 million (€100 million).
Per a report from SPOX and Goal, Bayern Munich wants to close a quick deal with RB Salzburg to acquire Germany international Karim Adeyemi. After the acquisition, however, Bayern Munich would immediately loan Adeyemi back to Salzburg:
The young German striker Karim Adeyemi is on the wish list of several top clubs - including that of FC Bayern. According to information from SPOX and Goal , the Munich-based company is working on a quick commitment that includes a loan model.
SPOX and Goal can confirm reports from Bild , Sport1 and Sky , according to which, in addition to Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and FC Liverpool, FC Bayern is also dealing with the versatile and accurate attacker (11 goals and 2 assists in 16 season games).
Even more: Against the background that the number of competitors is likely to increase rather than decrease in the next few months and Adeyemi’s market value is likely to continue to rise, those responsible for the German record champions are currently working on a concrete plan to convince the player to change. Up for discussion is Adeyemi’s commitment in the approaching winter transfer period - with a subsequent loan to Salzburg that has not yet been timed.
A week without Bayern Munich? (Gasp!)
It’s okay, we’ve still got some chatter on the Bavarians to yammer about. Tom Adams joins me for the Weekend Warm-up podcast and this is the slate of topics on the agenda:
- Tom’s adult league the burning question on whether he drinks beer after the game.
- A discussion on Bayern Munich’s form heading into the break.
- The transfer rumors on Niklas Süle and Karim Adeyemi — and what we think should happen with those two players as it relates to Bayern Munich.
- Hansi Flick’s commitment to Germany.
- A quick, non-spoiler review of the The Sopranos prequel, The Many Saints of Newark.
As always, thanks for your support and let us know what you think!
According to Sport1’s Florian Plettenberg, Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry is set to sign a multi-year contract extension and increase his salary to somewhere in the €13 million to €15 million per year range.
The move would solidify that status of three of Bayern Munich’s wingers for the foreseeable future. Leroy Sane, Jamal Musiala, and Gnabry would all be set for a while. Kingsley Coman, however, could find himself needing to transfer to get the money that he — allegedly — wants.
We saw the reports on Friday that Bayern Munich midfielder Marc Roca was no longer happy at the club. Now, we know that Sevilla has keen interest in the 24-year-old:
Marc Roca’s situation at FC Bayern is difficult. The young Spaniard does not get any playing minutes from Julian Nagelsmann and has to make do with the bench or even with the grandstand. According to information from ‘Sport1’, the central midfielder is at a crossroads.
Talks between Bayern officials and Roca are expected to take place in the near future to discuss the player’s perspective with the record champions. “Sport1” mentions November as the point in time for a decision. The future of Roca will therefore be decided in a few weeks.
In the summer, the 24-year-old had the opportunity to return to Spain. According to the report, Sevilla FC has asked Roca several times and tried to sign the left footer. Farewell to Munich was out of the question for him: “I currently have no intention of leaving. I feel good at Bayern, I am becoming more mature and developing. I’m where I want to be and it would be cowardly to give up on the first try.”
I can’t think of any reason Roca would want to continue to Bayern Munich’s fifth best midfielder when he can probably go to another club and start.