Bayern Munich turned in another dominating effort in the Club World Cup as it put away Mexican-power Tigres UANL to capture the tournament championship. Again, though, the Bavarians were plagued by a lack of precision even as they systematically wore down Tigres. All-in-all, Bayern Munich did what it had to do to bring home a sixth trophy for the 2019/2020 campaign. Here are some quick hitters on the match:
- As predicted, Tigres came out with a strong sense of urgency early and immediately went at Bayern Munich but the Bavarians held strong and them hit the Mexican side with a strong dose of offensive pressure.
- For the game, Bayern Munich found itself in a similar situation as it did in the semifinal. The Bavarians were constantly threatening, but lacked the precision in the final third. It was painful to watch at times.
- Bayern Munich did some very smart things in sensing how much Tigres were on their heels. Manuel Neuer often cheated higher up the field to quickly re-distribute clearance attempts, which took a major toll on the Tigres midfield and defenders as the game went on.
- Even with that aforementioned pressure from Bayern Munich, though, you could see early that the presence of Thomas Müller was sorely missed.
- Niklas Sule, Benjamin Pavard, Lucas Hernandez, and Alphonso Davies were all very good as a unit. The defensive group had a very strong showing and flashed their ability to contribute on both ends of the pitch. Davies was especially lively and active, which was phenomenal to see.
- Joshua Kimmich’s goal would have been fantastic, but the offside position of Robert Lewandowski was unlucky to say the least. I believe it was the correct call as Lewandowski’s offside position certainly looked like it affected Nahuel Guzmán’s line of sight.
- Similarly, I believe Benjamin Pavard’s goal was initially called incorrectly and VAR properly overturned it. Pavard did a fantastic job in handling that ball and putting it away.
- I was really disappointed in Serge Gnabry’s play. Gnabry was largely non-impactful and downright invisible at times. His shot early in the second half was nice, but in that spot he probably needs to do better.
- Leroy Sane was also poor in a starting role. For whatever reason, the trend is — and has been — that Sane has been more productive off-the-bench.
- Of Sane, Gnabry, and Kingsley Coman, the Frenchman was clearly superior to his wing-mates.
- David Alaba turned in a strong performance as a defensive-midfielder.
- Joshua Kimmich was superb as well.
- Bayern Munich’s finishing at the end of the game was downright awful. But...it didn’t matter, so let’s just move on and enjoy the sixth championship of the 2019/2020 season!
Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus has been heavily linked to Bayern Munich, but Borussia Dortmund has also been tied with making a potential offer for the Germany international.
Borussia Dortmund not only reaches for Gladbach coach Marco Rose, but also for Gladbach professional Florian Neuhaus (23, contract until 2024). The national player feels very much at home in Mönchengladbach, in the team as well as in dealing with Rose or sports director Max Eberl, and is very valued by the foals. However, he could go in the summer via a clause for 40 million euros. There is fundamental and expressed interest not only from BVB, but also from FC Bayern, FC Liverpool, Manchester City and Juventus Turin.
Neuhaus’ exit clause is a bit high for a player not guaranteed to be a starter for the aforementioned clubs, but his potential is tantalizing.
After Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge openly talked up his fondness for Liverpool scorer Mo Salah, Liverpool did not wait long to dismiss any thought that it would ship the 28-year-old to Germany:
The Premier League champions have no intention of letting go of their prized asset. The Egyptian’s current £200,000-a-week Anfield contract does not run out until 2023. And last month the 28-year-old insisted he wants to be a Reds player for the rest of his career and “win as many trophies as possible.” However, Bayern have now joined Spanish clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid in chasing Salah.
I didn’t really get the impression that Rummenigge was publicly stating Bayern Munich was going to make a run at bringing in Salah. It sounded as if he was more reading the room in Qatar and playing to crowd a bit with a large Egyptian presence there for the Al Ahly match. Maybe I’m wrong, though. (shrugs)
It was nice of Bayern Munich to let a few teenagers from the crowd take a picture with the trophy. This one even went “full kit wanker”:
Oh...that’s Tiago Dantas. My bad, carry on!
Similarly, did these guys just ditch fourth period English to hop in the school pool or did they just win the Club World Cup? You tell me:
The rumors of a move by Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos to Manchester United are heating up:
More and more on a pullaway from Real Madrid, after the tune of 16 seasons together, Spanish international centre-back and Blancos captain Sergio Ramos (34) is allegedly growing into Manchester United major target, ahead of next market window. Ramos is meanwhile tracked by more A-listers around, including Bayern Munich, PSG, and Juventus.
This is some quality re-creation work by the significant others of Joshua Kimmich (Line Meyer) and David Alaba (Shalimar Heppner):