Bayern Munich was outstanding from start-to-finish against Borussia Mönchengladbach and Robert Lewandowski drilled home hat trick to put himself two goals way from breaking Gerd Müller’s record. Here are some quick hitters on the match:
- Hansi Flick’s lineup was curious to say the least. No Leon Goretzka. No Serge Gnabry. No Leroy Sane (at least to start)...no problem I suppose.
- Jamal Musiala’s starting nod was deserved and well-earned. The youngster has been Bayern Munich’s best winger for roughly two months now.
- Robert Lewandowski got things going early with his 37th goal, which got things off to a good start for the Bavarians.
- Musiala made Flick look smart by creating the squad’s second goal, which was ultimately scored by Thomas Müller.
- Lewandowski’s second goal was a fantastic volley and gave Bayern Munich a 3-0 lead. Fittingly, Müller had the assist on that amazing effort. The rout was on.
- Kingsley Coman added a fourth first-half goal for Bayern Munich. Lewandowski’s presence just drew so much attention that Coman’s job was fairly easy. Lewandowski was credited with an assist on the play.
- Coman turned in a very solid shift overall, which was awesome to see considering he had scuffled a bit of late.
- Lewandowski capped his day with his 39th goal on a penalty kick. What a phenomenal day for the Polish Hitman.
- Goretzka’s injury sullied what was otherwise a spectacular day for Bayern Munich. Let’s hope it is nothing serious or even lingering.
- It was also good to see Leroy Sane get back on track with a late goal as well.
- Benjamin Pavard was great. It has been a totally redeeming second half for the Frenchman and it looks like it really might have been the lingering effects of his injury from last summer that held him back earlier in the season.
- Manuel Neuer got his record-tying clean sheet, so yeah, this was a good day.
Sevilla is yet another club looking at rumored Bayern Munich target Khvicha Kvaratskhelia. The Georgian youngster has quite an impressive list of suitors including Sevilla, Bayern Munich, Borussia Monchengladbach, Leeds United, Juventus, and AC Milan:
Already tracked by a bunch of clubs, including Bayern Munich, Borussia Monchengladbach, Leeds United, Juventus, and AC Milan, Georgian international winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, according to La Razon, has been targeted by Sevilla FC as well. Rubin Kazan are planning to let him out on an about 20 million euros transfer fee.
Former Bayern Munich midfielder Sebastian Rudy’s future is in limbo. On loan from soon-to-be-relegated Schalke 04, the 31-year-old needs to know if Hoffenheim plans on keeping him around:
Hoffenheim’s Sebastian Rudy faces an uncertain future this summer. The midfielder’s contract with FC Schalke runs until 2022. But it seems absurd that he fulfills his contract with the relegated team. TSG is also still undecided as to whether and under what conditions Rudy can be involved. And Schalke could also work towards a termination of the contract against severance pay, so that the 31-year-old neither returns to Schalke after the season nor stays with TSG.
Thomas Tuchel has made Hansi Flick look very smart. When Tuchel took over for Frank Lampard, Flick had this to say:
“Chelsea have massive potential in terms of quality and quantity,” said Flick. “It’s a young team with a lot of talent. They can go far in the Champions League this season. Thomas has gained experience at PSG that will benefit him at Chelsea. He is ready for this challenge.”
Undoubtedly, Flick like the job Tuchel has done with the club, but also with two of Flick’s favorites: Timo Werner and Kai Havert. Werner and Havertz, of course, are two players who Flick was accused of “going it alone” on as far as transfers from last summer go.
De Graafschap was promoted to the Eredivisie and earned a parade with farm equipment:
De Graafschap, a second division Dutch team, can get promoted to Eredivisie today, so their fans decided to escort the team bus in tractors.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 7, 2021
The real football farmers pic.twitter.com/fidENJ8GvJ
According to both Italian and UK sources, Leicester City are in talks with Atalanta over swooping in on German international wingback Robin Gosens (26). Coming from a further top-notch seasonal performance, La Dea sensation, set upon a 40 million euros transfer fee, is still tracked also by Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, and Juventus.
If joining Foxes indeed, Gosens would reunite with former Atalanta teammate of his and “twin from the opposite flank”, Timothy Castagne.
Wolfsburg wants to find a way to keep forward Maximilian Philipp with the squad, but needs to make sure the price is right:
VfL Wolfsburg would like to keep Maximilian Philipp, who came from Dynamo Moscow in the summer of 2020 for a loan fee of around two million euros - although the club let the purchase option for eleven million euros elapse. “If the package is right, we would like to continue working with him,” says managing director Jörg Schmadtke. In Moscow, he still has a contract until 2023, but the 27-year-old can still imagine staying in Wolfsburg. So it becomes a question of price.
Philipp is an intriguing talent, whose career has taken quite a few turns. At the right club, he can be a very solid member of the roster.