Bayern Munich withstood an extremely strong effort from RB Leipzig and clinched a very hard-fought 1-0 victory over RB Leipzig. Here are some quick hitters on the match:
- The tear-in-the-net debacle to start the match was just an oddball way to get things going.
- RB Leipzig came out with a very aggressive pressing scheme that seemed to unsettle Bayern Munich a bit. Okay, a lot...but the Bavarians held strong and stuck to their game plan.
- Thomas Müller’s turnover and Lucas Hernandez’s subsequent scuffed play to Neuer in the 8th minute showed just how rattled Bayern Munich was at that stage if the game, though.
- Müller struggled early. The veteran was indecisive and jittery on the ball at times. Meanwhile, David Alaba’s passing was pretty terrible early as well. Both players would shake off the rough starts and turn in excellent efforts, however. In fact, you could argue that they were two of Bayern Munich’s best all-around performers by the end of the match.
- Bayern Munich was forcing things and trying to do to much on the ball early on. It took a while for the Bavarians to really get a feel for the game.
- The work rate within RB Leipzig’s press was fantastic. They stuck to it and gave Bayern Munich a ton of trouble.
- Joshua Kimmich finally got a haircut. So there was that as well.
- Bayern Munich’s wings often drift and lose their width and against RB Leipzig that hurt the offensive attack several times. When space opened in the middle, there were times where the wings were too narrow to be an option.
- Manuel Neuer’s involvement when dealing with the RB Leipzig press was vital. On the day Neuer was superb (as usual).
- The yellow card given to Kimmich was weak.
- What great work from Kimmich-to-Müller-to-Leon Goretzka on Bayern Munich’s goal. Müller perfectly timed that run, cut it back, and fed a perfect ball to Goretzka who absolutely buried his shot. It all started with Kimmich’s great vision and precision passing, though.
Leon Scoretzka with the golden goal! ⚽️— Thomas Müller (@esmuellert_) April 3, 2021
Important 1:0 win in Leipzig!!
MIA SAN MIA! pic.twitter.com/taZ0ORxj1q
- RB Leipzig easily could have scored four times to start the second half.
- Neuer’s decision to pass to Niklas Süle after the big fella had just turned his ankle was curious. I think Bayern Munich fans everywhere were collectively hold their breath when Süle went down. The 25-year-old has already been through so much physically, it would have been awful to see him suffer another injury.
- Süle was very strong on the day otherwise and team with Alaba, Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez to keep RB Leipzig in check for the most part.
- Süle was also the fastest player in the game per the Bundesliga.
- RB Leipzig’s ability to dominate possession was impressive. Die Roten Bullen had Bayern Munich on its heels. It’s rare that you see the Bavarians get stifled like that.
- International break fatigue is real.
- Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting put in a solid shift. Choupo did not do anything spectacular, but he was good and did not make many mistakes.
- RB Leipzig’s midfield — led by Marcel Sabitzer— did a fantastic job of controlling play.
- Overall, Bayern Munich did what it had to do and survived the match. I’d say RB Leipzig outplayed the Bavarians for the most part, but Bayern Munich made the one, necessary goal-scoring play to clinch the victory.
This does not sound like it is legitimate, but it’s the Schmankerl, so here you go:
Bayern are offering Lucas Vázquez a 4-year contract with wages higher than what he currently earns in Madrid. Manchester United, Chelsea and Milan have also made offers for the player. Vázquez will be a free agent in the summer after rejecting Real's contract offer [@abc_es] pic.twitter.com/Zdvs0p3LAH— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) April 3, 2021
Sure, Vazquez would be a free transfer, so Bayern Munich could potentially increase his pay, but why would they? Vazquez would be a depth piece in Germany — a decent depth piece — but a depth piece nonetheless.
Sport Bild reporter Christian Falk says that any links of Bayern Munich to Tottenham Hotspur star Hueng Min Son are just fabrications put out in the media by Son’s agents:
Meanwhile pundit Kevin Hatchard backed Falk up and told talkSPORT he’d be shocked if Son jumped back to the Bundesliga:
“It doesn’t quite feel like a Bayern move to me, per se,” Hatchard told talkSPORT. “They’ve obviously spent a lot of money on bringing Leroy Sane in and there are areas of the team that need bolstering more than that. I’d be surprised and I’d be surprised on his part as well. He’s kind of done with Germany. He was very good at Leverkusen and was at Hamburg before then, but his drive was always to get to the Premier League. For him to then go back to Germany, I’d be surprised. Serge Gnabry is a great player for them, he’s had a bit of a dip this season, but has generally been good.”
Twitter account @iMiaSanMia captured a report from Express 24 which states that Bayern Munich might have interest in in 20-year-old Georgia winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who pays his club ball for Rubin Kazan:
Bayern have expressed their interest in Rubin Kazan and Georgia winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (20). The player's agent Nobel Dzhugueli said a few days ago: "I am convinced that he will end up at Real Madrid or Bayern". Kvaratskhelia's contract runs until 2024 [@express24] pic.twitter.com/FpYqbVIfJm— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) April 2, 2021
Transfer Market Web stated that Kvaratskhelia would be available for €12 million:
According to latest German news, Georgian international winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (20) has been targeted by Bayern Munich. Recently inquired about by Borussia Dortmund, Rubin Kazan are letting him out on an about 12 million euros transfer fee.
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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will not address the rumors linking his club to Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland:
Thomas Tuchel typically tight-lipped about the prospect of Erling Haaland joining Chelsea this summer:
“I will not answer that out of respect for the player and Borussia Dortmund. There is big news around him and his agent. It seems like they are creating a race for the player. I will fully accept this a player for Borussia Dortmund, a promising player of course. But he isn’t our player and is not in our squad, so we will not comment on anything else regarding Haaland.”
You know what...I approve this and endorse it (even if Chelsea got rolled 5-2 by West Brom after an early red card on Thiago Silva in the 29th minute):
Hoffenheim dropped a 2-1 decision to FC Augsburg and Bayern Munich loanee Chris Richards was not happy at how his squad reacted to Augsburg’s counter-attacks: