Germany’s loss to England will likely haunt Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller more than most players, but each Germany player that took the pitch the in the Euros assuredly had a hand in Tuesday’s performance.
Here are some quick hitters on the match:
- In the first 12 minutes or so, Germany had England absolutely reeling. And then...for some unknown reason, Die Mannschaft took their foot off the gas and totally let the Three Lions gather themselves, rejuvenate, and turn the momentum in their own favor.
- To me...the game was lost at that moment. It did not matter that it was essentially back-and-forth, Germany slowed it down, played methodically, and allowed England to regather its senses like a boxer who fails to put away his opponent.
- Most people will point to the misses by Timo Werner and Müller as the primary reasons that Germany lost, but there were many contributing factors — and players — that had a hand in the defeat.
- Müller really scuffled in the match...same for Werner.
- Germany really failed to handle England’s press efficiently. While midfielders Toni Kroos and Leon Goretzka were not bad, they were also not super effective in dealing with the pressure.
- Matthias Ginter was woeful.
- Werner, Serge Gnabry, and Leroy Sane simply could not be counted in the tournament. All three have great ability, but all three let the squad down with their respective performances. Here is to hoping that they all can improve on that.
- Mats Hummels was absolutely outstanding.
- For large swaths of the game Robin Gosens and Joshua Kimmich disappeared. Similarly, after an extremely strong start, Goretzka faded a bit as well.
- For as boring as England was at times in the match, they played with far more urgency than Germany. The overarching theme of the last three years under Joachim Löw was a complete and utter lack of urgency.
- Maybe what we learned is that Kai Havertz was the best Germany forward in this tournament. Havertz showed very well against yesterday.
- Now that the tourney is over for Germany, we can confidently say the 3-4-3 was not ideal for this roster. At least we won’t have to worry about Bayern Munich using such a mess of an alignment....uh, oh, yeah, nevermind about that.
- As for Löw, he will always hold a place in German history for the 2014 World Cup, but it can be argued he lost his feel for how to best mange Germany after the 2017 Confederations Cup. That was his last, great moment of glory. From that point, it has been a lot of missteps and mistakes. Regardless, Germany will always have 2014 in Brazil.
With rumors that Hansi Flick might be interested in having him on his staff for Germany, Edin Terzic extended his contract with Borussia Dortmund:
Borussia Dortmund announce that Edin Terzic will be their coach until 2025. A few of Terzic’s words: “If, as a manager, I can help a little in close coordination with the staff and the sporting management, the scouting and the youth team to ensure that Borussia Dortmund continues to be successful and gets even better step by step, then I am perfectly happy. Only that is my goal.”
While some reports quoted Bayern Munich’s asking price for Kingsley Coman at €50 million, Sky Germany says you can double that — or more:
Since his advisor change, there has been speculation that Kingsley Coman will leave FC Bayern in the summer. Most recently, an offer from Liverpool was reported. Sky Sport clears up.
Kingsley Coman’s contract with FC Bayern runs until 2023. There has not yet been a breakthrough in the negotiations for a contract extension, also because the 24-year-old is not satisfied with the salary offered by the Munich team, according to Sky information . The Frenchman would like to move up into the salary spheres of a Leroy Sane and therefore there is always speculation about a possible departure in the summer.
Sport1 now reports that Liverpool FC has already approached the winger, Gazzetta dello Sport also reports that the Reds are said to have made an offer of around 40 million euros. According to Sky information , however, there is still no concrete offer for the winger and the German champions have no intention of submitting the winning goal scorer of the 2020 Champions League final against PSG.
Accordingly, the Munich call at least 100 million euros for Coman, possibly also 120 million euros. A sum that no club will put on the table for the tempo dribbler in Corona times. KPMG estimates its market value at 76 million euros. A Coman transfer is therefore extremely unlikely.
Liverpool FC, Manchester United, and Chelsea FCare among the clubs reportedly interested in Coman.
Real Madrid wants to bring Dani Olmo home from RB Leipzig:
As reported by Bild, Real Madrid is looking carefully at Dani Olmo’s Euro2020 performance. Currently at German side RB Leipzig, the Spanish 23 year-old talent has started from Dinamo Zagreb, Croatia. Olmo has managed to score 8 goals in 44 appearances for the Red Bulls, thus securing a spot in Luis Enrique’s starting line-up for the first two group stage games.
Could Gareth Bale move to the LA Galaxy?
LA Galaxy have joined the race for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale along with four other clubs, according to the Daily Mirror. Prior to Euro 2020, the 31-year-old said he had made a decision on his future but that he would wait until after the tournament before making it public because it would “cause chaos”.
Bale scored 16 goals for Tottenham during the 2020/21 season but is due to return to Real Madrid, where his contract expires in the summer of 2022.
This takes a little math and a lot of gullibility, but here you go:
Okay...now, if you know how I felt about James’ turbulent tenure in Germany, you can imagine my lack of enthusiasm about this IG pic.
Could you imagine, though, James seeing me at the Wawa and asking me to step outside and throw hands?
Only in Philly...