Bayern Munich was not able to put away SC Freiburg and some questionable substitutions helped lead to a 2-2 draw. Robert Lewandowski was still the star of the day as he matched Gerd Müller’s record, but that goal probably would have felt better if the team walked away with three points. Here are some quick hitters on the match:
- I had the unique experience of listening to the game on the Bayern app and then watching the game on ESPN+ later in the night. The Bayern app announcers (there is usually one, but there were two for the webcast against Freiburg) stepped all over each all game long.
- I always enjoy a Phil Bonney broadcast. Phil captures the excitement of a moment so well.
- It was awesome to see Robert Lewandowski match Gerd Müller’s record. As they say, records were made to be broken — or at least matched in this case.
- Lewandowski had several quality chances to score a brace in this game, but nothing seemed to go his way. The Polish Hitman’s chances in the 76th and 77th minutes respectively, were opportunities that he typically buries. There will be some detractors who will say he bottled a few chances, but scoring is hard...there’s a reason, only a few players reach the heights that Lewandowski has in his career.
- It was really cool to see how the Bayern Munich squad rallied around Lewandowski after he matched the record.
- Niklas Süle should have done better in preventing Manuel Gulde from unleashing the header that knotted the game. Süle found himself caught behind Gulde and had no support in front of him. It was a less-than-ideal way to follow-up Lewandowski penalty kick goal.
- The execution on the delivery (Vincenzo Grifo) and the header (Gulde) for that Freiburg goal was terrific.
- Otherwise, I thought Süle was excellent.
- Credit to SC Freiburg overall. Christian Streich is extremely underrated and he always seems to draw a lot from his roster. They deserved the draw, if not a win.
- The David Alaba-to-Thomas Müller-to-Leroy Sane combination for Bayern Munich’s second goal was fantastic. The assist was Müller’s 18th of the season in the Bundesliga.
- Flick’s substitution of Müller was a head-scratcher. It has been a long season — okay, a long two seasons — for the Raumdueter, but with Lewandowski so close to breaking the record, I’d have kept Müller in the match.
- Similarly, putting Bouna Sarr in for Süle was regrettable. The turnstiles opened on that side of the field for SC Freiburg once Sarr entered the match.
- Alexander Nübel acquitted himself nicely in the match.
- Marc Roca and Corentin Tolisso did nothing impressive, but maybe that should have been expected. Both players need to start showing something when given the opportunity. Both have talent, but both have not really shown their potential this season
The rumors linking Inter Milan star Achraf Hakimi to Bayern Munich seem absurd given the value on Hakimi and Bayern’s lack of funds...but they just keep coming back! Here is another one...this time from Mundo Deportivo:
And it is that in Inter Milan, brand new winner of Serie A, there could be an exodus of players this summer due to the economic needs of the club and Achraf, whose (fee) has not even been (fully) paid to Real Madrid in his totality, could be solved with a sale.
In addition, one of the positive aspects of the possible arrival of Achraf to the Bayern of Munich is that the player already knows the Bundesliga since he spent two years on loan in the ranks of the Borussia Dortmund. In this way, Bayern Munich will try to close its signing to continue with the idea of forming a team of youth and potential as it has been doing for several seasons.
I still can’t see it happening.
Even with Inter Milan’s debt to Real Madrid still partly open, it would seem like a longshot for Bayern Munich to must up the €50 million or so needed for a talent like Hakimi.
Sport Bild’s Christian Falk shot down reports that Bayern Munich would bid on Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho. Instead, Falk stated that Liverpool and Manchester United were the clubs most likely to bid on Sancho:
It will be fascinating to see how Dortmund approaches this summer transfer window. With Sancho and Erling Haaland, BVB has the two most desirable — and lucrative — players that have been involved in the transfer rumor mill.
Will Dortmund cash out this summer on one or both players? Or...will they keep the band together one more season to see if they can mount a challenge to what could be a Bayern Munich team in the midst of a transition next season?
Goal journalist Ronan Murphy captured a report from L’Equipe which stated that Paris Saint-Germain wants to make a run at Robert Lewandowski:
PSG are interested in a summer move for Robert Lewandowski if Kylian Mbappe leaves, according to L’Equipe. #FCBayern— Ronan Murphy (@swearimnotpaul) May 15, 2021
Pini Zahavi is going to be planting seeds in everyone’s head until Lewandowski gets an extension.
Former Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal is going to leave Inter Milan and could be headed back to the Americas:
In an interview to ESPN, Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal revealed a list of clubs for which he would like to play once he leaves Inter:
“When I come back to the Americas I would love to play for Flamengo, Colo-Colo, Boca, Club America. These are the teams I follow and I would love to have the opportunity to play for one of them” Vidal would join other notable Chileans who played for America through the years: among them Carlos Reynoso, Reinaldo Navia and the great Ivan Zamorano, who coincidentally also played for Inter Milan before joining America.
It would definitely be a massive signing for America, who are currently playing in the Clausura quarterfinals and are down 3-1 to Pachuca after the first leg.
Cristiano Ronaldo will stay with Juventus instead of heading home to Sporting Lisbon:
Cristiano Ronaldo will not return to his boyhood club Sporting in the summer, according to the Juventus striker’s agent Jorge Mendes. Ronaldo’s mother Dolores Aveiro said she would try to bring him back to the Portuguese club, who this week won their first league title in 19 years.
“Cristiano is very proud of Sporting winning the championship, as he has demonstrated publicly,” Mendes told Portuguese newspaper Record. “But at the moment, his career plans do not go through Portugal.”
Ronaldo leads the way in the Serie A goalscoring charts this term with 28 goals, but Juventus have had a difficult season and could miss out on the Champions League next season.