Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller and Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels made their respective returns to the Germany lineup, but a victory was not in the cards as Die Mannschaft earned a 1-1 draw with a persistent Denmark side. Here are some quick hitters on the match:
- The formation — and personnel within that formation — got off to a choppy start.
- I get the feeling Joachim Löw is going to change the formation — and personnel — from game to game. I am not sure that formula is going to work with this group.
- I liked the way the backline of Niklas Süle, Hummels, and Mattias Ginter played for the most part. Sure, there was a breakdown that led to Yussuf Poulsen’s game-tying goal (that Löw seemed to pin on Süle, but overall the defensive unit seemed to be the least of the squad’s worries.
- That pass from Christian Eriksen to Poulsen...wow.
- Germany’s offense was very choppy. There were some decent ideas, but it still feels like there is a bit of a lack of urgency in the final third.
- Germany’s front-three of Muller, Serge Gnabry, and Leroy Sane did not look overly comfortable in that set-up. The 3-4-3 actually played much more like a 3-4-1-2 and the duo of Sane and Gnabry up-top did not look very fluid together playing more centrally.
- Gnabry did rip off that beautiful curler, but Germany was not overly creative in the final third — and when they did take some chances, either a pass was off-target or the recipient of the pass was just “off.”
- I don’t doubt Lukas Klostermann and Robn Gosens can athletically fulfill the duties of wing-backs in this formation...I doubt that there is enough time in camp to get everyone in sync enough to operate in this formation effectively — especially the wing-backs. Neither player established themselves yesterday — but the team was dysfunctional for most the game.
- Okay...let’s just have Germany move to a 4-2-3-1. It can’t be any worse.
- Florian Neuhaus was Germany’s best player in the first half and then scored early in the second half. Can Löw just play 10 midfielders and Neuer?
- Neuhaus ended up as Germany’s best player on the day and he is likely fifth on the depth chart overall behind Joshua Kimmich, Toni Kroos, Leon Goretzka, and İlkay Gündoğan, which means he will probably barely play in the Euros.
Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaric said he would not mind working with Bayern Munich manager once again. The twosome became well-acquainted while both were at Hoffenheim:
In an interview with the Croatian sports portal “sportske.jutarnji.hr”, the attacker, whose contract expires in 2022 and will probably not be renewed, stated that he would like to work with his former coach again. “Of course it would be nice to work with him again. In which club and when we will see,” says Kramaric, who set his previous record with 20 goals in 28 games last season.
Bayern Munich and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting are all set for an extension as the 32-year-old just needs to jot down his signature:
News Choupo-Moting: 100 % fix! He will extend his contract until 2023 (!). All details have been negotiated, the contract will be signed soon. Nagelsmann really wanted to keep him as an experienced backup for Lewandowski. @SPORT1 #FCBayern— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) June 2, 2021
Everybody already knows Harry Kane is set to leave Tottenham in this coming transfer market window but Tottenham is asking for at least 150M Euro. Not many teams can afford that kind of money and two biggest suitors right now are Manchester United and Chelsea. Champions League runner-up Manchester City is now participating the fight too and The Sun is reporting that Pep Guardiola is willing to offer two important players to lower the price: Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus. These last two players have lost some playing time lately with Pep deciding to play more with a “false nine” as Foden but this is definitely an offer that Tottenham could be open to listen.
France had a strong Bayern Munich contingent for its starting XI on Wednesday against Wales. Midfielder Corentin Tolisso, left-back Lucas Hernandez, and right-back Benjamin Pavard all were in Didier Deschamps’ lineup:
France won 3-0.
Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard is rumored to be on the transfer market, but does not think he would like a return to Chelsea:
From the pre-European withdrawal of his Belgium, Eden Hazard, Real Madrid striker, wanted to clarify his position on the future and the rumors of a possible return to Chelsea:
“I still have three years of contract in Madrid and therefore my return is out of the question. in England. Everyone knows that my first two years at the Blancos were not good and that is why I want to test myself again and I will do everything to prove my worth. I don’t see myself leaving Madrid due to my contractual situation. I know myself and if I’m in shape I know how much I can give to Real Madrid. And that’s what I want”, he said.