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Daily Schmankerl: What Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies takes personally; Joshua Kimmich focused on another title; Chris Richards makes debut for Hoffenheim; Emperor Palpatine returns; and MORE!

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Here we go: Bayern Munich vs. Al Ahly!

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Davies not keen on anyone running by him (Bundesliga.com)

Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies is one of the world’s best young players, but even an athlete of that magnitude has some little quirks that drive him to be better.

In the case of Davies, he HATES it when an attacking player manages to get by him.

“I have to keep showing my hunger on a daily basis,” Davies told Bundesliga.com. “In matches, that means fighting for every ball. And in training, improving all the time. If an attacking player goes past me, I take it personally — and do not want that to happen under any circumstances. There are a lot of little details, but I keep telling myself: ‘nothing is going to stop be from being in the 2021 FIFA Best XI’. Once you’re named in the team, you want to stay there!”

Kimmich and Rummenigge are aligned (Sport Bild)

Add Joshua Kimmich to the list of people who was not happy about Bayern Munich’s travel chaos.

“First of all, we’re happy that we’re here,” Kimmich told Sport Bild. “The journey was rather sub-optimal. A day was stolen from us.”

Kimmich, though quickly shifted focus from the past to the present; specifically a quick look at Al Ahly.

“We know that they are Africa’s Bayern Munich,” Kimmich said. “But we don’t yet know exactly how they play. We still have a little time for that. We clearly want to win the tournament, we want to make history and win the sixth title this season.”

More Demiral news (Transfer Market Web)

In addition to Bayern Munich, it appears that Liverpool, Arsenal, Leicester City, Manchester United, and AC Milan are all interested in Juventus defender Merih Demiral:

Playing for Juventus since summer 2019, Turkish international centre-back Merih Demiral (turning 23 on March 5), according to latest German news, has been targeted by Bayern Munich. Tracked hard by Liverpool as well, Fenerbahçe alumni was previously approached by a bunch more clubs, including Arsenal, Leicester City, Manchester United, and AC Milan.

Honestly amazing work here (@arlowhite)

David Moyes as Emperor Palpatine is tremendous:

Richards checks in from Sinsheim (@eastmamba)

Hoffenheim dropped a 3-1 decision to a scorching-hot Eintracht Frankfurt side in the Bundesliga yesterday, but Chris Richards asserted himself nicely in his debut.

Playing as part of a back three defensive alignment, Richards won 4 of 6 ground duels, had 3 tackles, 5 clearances, completed 3 of 8 long balls, and had a passing accuracy of 81%.