Bayern Munich was not quite “with it” on Saturday against Mainz 05. The Bavarians were flat, slow, and lethargic to start and barely picked up the pace for the game’s entirety. This was not a game for the highlight reel. Anyway, here are some quick hitters on the match:
- Manuel Neuer probably should have stopped the goal by Mainz 05’s Jonathan Burkardt, but Alphonso Davies was probably equally at fault as he was caught napping defensively and seemed to over-pursue the play.
- Davies would redeem himself a bit later when he cleared Danny Latza’s blistering header attempt that deflected off of Leon Goretzka.
- On the day, Davies and Benjamin Pavard might have been Bayern Munich’s two best players.
- Neuer had to feel like he was constantly under fire in the first half.
Everyone: Bayern will win the Bundesliga today— Mainz 05 English (@Mainz05en) April 24, 2021
Mainz 05: pic.twitter.com/5wOjWeAZRb
- Bayern Munich came out flat, stayed flat, was not creative, and was complacent. Unfortunately, that was a danger coming in to the game — one that I ignored because I felt like the team would be able to smell the blood in the water.
- Mainz 05 was the better, more hungry team. Sometimes it is just as simple as that.
- Bayern Munich got just about zero from starting wingers Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane. I think both players need some rest/downtime in a big way. I said on Der Ausblick that I’d have played Jamal Musiala at wing because of his performance and production. That little move might have made some difference against Mainz. Musiala was not great by any means either once he entered as a sub, but I felt like he should have been out there as a starter anyway.
- Sane looks flustered and indecisive at times. He’s clearly in a bit of a funk offensively. Defensively, though, he did keep his work-rate up — and that is key. When not feeling great or confident offensively, it would be easy for Sane to pack it in, but he’s kept fighting.
- Joshua Kimmich might be running on fumes as well. As much as he would hate it, a rest would be in order.
- It’s a good thing there is a gap in the schedule next weekend for a lot of these players. Hansi Flick has been excellent at knowing when to give his boys time to recharge. Let’s hooe he slides them a few days off.
- Robin Quaison surely made fellow Swede Marcus Iredahl proud with that sprinting, driving header for Mainz 05’s second goal.
- Tanguy Nianzou turned in his most impressive performance to date. Well done by the youngster!
- It was also good to see Robert Lewandowski back in action. To salvage something positive from the game, Lewandowski added his 36th goal, which puts him firmly in striking distance of the Bundesliga single-season record.
- I won’t overreact to this loss. Bayern Munich could have — and should have — been a lot better. It’s been a long season, though, filled with tired legs, a compact schedule, injuries, off-the-field drama, and some major disappointments. This team is still great, but they’re tired and weary. Let’s just hope they can conjure up enough energy to finish this season off strongly.
The rumors linking Jerome Boateng to Inter Milan could be picking up steam:
According to L’Interista, Fali Ramadani, agent of 32-year old German centre-back Jerome Boateng (in the pic on the left), has just offered Bayern Munich on-exit veteran to Inter Milan. Besides, the powerful advisor proposed Italian giants another soon-to-be-free-agent backliner, namely 29-year old Serbian one Nikola Maksimovic, who’s parting ways with Napoli.
Werder Bremen defender and former Bayern Munich prospect Marco Friedl had a quite a stretch against Union Berlin Check this out:
Reports out of Italy indicate that both Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig are keeping an eye on 21-year-old Sassuolo striker Giacomo Raspadori:
According to Tuttosport, both Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig are tracking Italian U21 international striker Giacomo Raspadori (21), recently scoring a double against AC Milan. The zoomer hitman is currently on a deal with Sassuolo until June 2024, and has been set a 20 million euros transfer fee upon.
Chelsea’s Timo Werner has taken a massive amount of heat this season, but he’s still made an impact:
Timo Werner has more combined goals and assists than any other Chelsea player this season pic.twitter.com/X5VirBeXMA— Goal (@goal) April 24, 2021
Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland has had an amazing run in the Bundesliga so far. How amazing? Check this out:
Dortmund did it! Even with 10 men for the final 30 mins, saw off a toothless Wolfsburg. Haaland double typical and now has 38 goals in his first 41 BL games. Only the great Uwe Seeler has ever managed that. BVB now 2 pts behind WOB. Thanks for watching @Bundesliga_EN #WOBBVB 0:2.— Derek Rae (@RaeComm) April 24, 2021
The DFB has announced that the 2021 DFB Pokal Final on May 13 will be played without fans. Due to restrictions in Berlin, the earliest that the DFB could submit an application to have fans at the event is May 9. Due to the closeness to the game, the decision has been made to play the game at the Olympiastadion without fans in attendance.
The semifinals are set to be played on April 30 and May 1: Werder Bremen face RB Leipzig while Borussia Dortmund play Holstein Kiel.
In what may seem like a comical announced now that we’re at the end of April, the DFB has announced that cancellation of the A-Junioren-Bundesligen (U-17s), B-Juniorinnen-Bundesligen (Frauen U-19s), B-Junioren-Bundesligen (U-19s), and DFB-Pokal der Junioren. None of those leagues have played a game in months, but the DFB has finally made the cancellations official.
An untold number of young players have lost more than an entire year of development. Hopefully, by the time the fall rolls around, we’ll begin to gain some sense of normalcy as the vaccine roll out continues.
A decision has been made on the location of the pre-Euro 2020 (happening in summer of 2021) friendly between Germany and Denmark. The two nations will travel to the Alps and play in the Austrian city of Innsbruck.
“Unfortunately, we cannot play in front of spectators during preparation,” Oliver Bierhoff, Germany’s national team director, said. “In this respect, we use the proximity to Innsbruck to gain a little time for training and regeneration in the already short preparation due to the absence of travel activities.”
Denmark’s first Euro 2020 game is on June 12, while Germany’s is on June 15th.