Bayern Munich thoroughly dominated Bayer Leverkusen in a 2-0 victory. The Bavarians were never truly threatened and dispatched Die Werkself quite neatly. Here are some quick hitters on the match:
- Bayern Munich was absolutely dominant from the outset. The fast start was extremely impressive to see.
- Playing on short rest, Bayern Munich’s players looked far more energetic than they did on Saturday. The team might have found its legs after such a rigorous schedule.
- Bayern’s first half goals were really nice.
- The lofted pass from David Alaba to Thomas Muller resulted in a shot attempt which Lukas Hradecky blocked away. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, however, hit home his follow for the early lead.
- Joshua Kimmich’s blast to the far corner was excellent as well. Bayer Leverkusen could ill-afford to Kimimich that kind of time and space and the 26-year-old made them pay mightily.
- Kimmich was masterful on the day. What a performance.
- Alphonso Davies, who had scuffled of late, looked far better against Bayer Leverkusen than he had at any point recently.
- Jamal Musiala’s play is so mature for his age. He has already picked some of the subtle nuances of Bayern Munich’s floating positioning among the front four players. He drifted into pockets of space with aplomb and clearly has earned the trust of Flick to do so.
- Kingsley Coman, meanwhile, looked livelier at times, but was not sharp. I’d say it’s time to give him a full game off and maybe a few practice days. Something is not right with the Frenchman at this stage.
- David Alaba also turned in a very good effort. For all of his ups-and-downs this season, Alaba is absolutely a valuable player and will do well with Real Madrid (if the report is true).
- Manuel Neuer was great and took care of everything that came his way (which admittedly was not a lot).
- Leon Goretzka needs to shake off a little rust. Goretzka looked like he was trying to catch up with the game’s speed at times. I’d anticipate he’ll back to normal by the weekend.
- I am 100% convinced that Leroy Sane needs some downtime. He doesn’t look right and his confidence appears to be shaken. His shooting form is off as well and is creating so many airmailed attempts.
- Jerome Boateng was up-and-down.
- I will say this...I will miss watching Hansi Flick coach. His positive influence on so many players had been a real treat to watch. Here is to hoping he can have the same influence over Germany as he did with Bayern Munich.
The report stating that David Alaba had signed a deal with Real Madrid broke during Bayern Munich’s game, but Flick said after the game that the Austrian defender did not mention anything to him:
“He hasn’t told me anything yet,” Flick said. “You can tell me a lot about that. He will tell me when the time comes.”
TRUE ✅ as I told on Friday in our show. @SpursOfficial is interested in Julian Nagelsmann, Manager of @DieRotenBullen - but also FC Bayern is interested. And: Bayern is his favorite pic.twitter.com/bxWXorOEeY— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) April 20, 2021
Barring some sort of upset, it seems that Bayern Munich would be the favorite to bring in Nagelsmann.
In addition to Nagelsmann, Bayern Munich is reportedly taking a close look at Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag and Mark Van Bommel, who is an assistant coach for the United Arab Emirates national team.
Interestingly, some other names on the list are quite familiar: Massimiliano Allegri, José Mourinho, Oliver Glasner, Joachim Löw, Ralf Rangnick, and Arséne Wenger:
While in alleged advanced talks with current RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann, Bayern Munich top brass, according to Sky Sport Deutschland, are screening Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag, as well as former player of theirs Mark Van Bommel.
Besides, more names listed in the even of replacing Hansi Flick are: Massimiliano Allegri, José Mourinho, Oliver Glasner, Joachim Löw, Ralf Rangnick, and Arséne Wenger.
This is all seems like a smokescreen. I believe Nagelsmann is the one — and only — candidate that matter to Bayern Munich.
In the battle of Hansi Flick vs. Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic, it appears that many fans (at least 21,000 who would put their name to it) would prefer that Bayern Munich sack Brazzo instead of letting Flick walk:
Bayern Munich fans have started a petition "pro Hansi Flick, Brazzo raus."— DW Sports (@dw_sports) April 20, 2021
The petition demands the club commit to Flick long-term as head coach and sack Hasan Salihamidzic as head of sport if he doesn't resign on his own.
The petition has more than 21,000 signatures. ✍️ pic.twitter.com/r6adKWFp4h
I’m pro-Flick. Always will be. It doesn’t mean I don’t like or respect Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic, but I place a high value on coaches...especially coaches who show the ability meld a team together.
Gary Lineker is among the many pundits praising Bayern Munich for their stance in shunning the European Super League (you know, before it blew up):
Hoffenheim knows it has a gem in Bayern Munich loanee Chris Richards and Achtzehn99 is going to try and smooth Richards over as much as possible to convince him to stay longer — or permanently:
"Chris #Richards arrived relatively inexperienced. But he has shown from the off that he can make it in the Bundesliga. I have known him a long time and it is extremely fun to work with him."— TSG Hoffenheim EN (@tsghoffenheimEN) April 20, 2021
️ Sebastian #Hoeneß #TSGBMG | @eastmamba pic.twitter.com/5rul5k28h6
I’ve said it a million times, but I was convinced on Richards the minute I saw him step on to the pitch in Philadelphia against Juventus. That kid should have been at least a bit nervous, but played like he’d been taking the pitch with Arjen Robben, Javi Martinez, and Franck Ribery for years.
Sometimes you just know...and occasionally even a dope like me is right.