Germany finally showed some life — and yes, we know it was against Latvia. Powered by some Bayern Munich players, Die Mannschaft throttled the visitors 7-1:
- Let’s get this out of the way...Kai Havertz was a BEAST. If his intention was to show he should be part of the starting XI...well, he did just that. Havertz was creative, fast, and relentless. I’m not getting caught up in one game, but if you ask me today, I’m at least starting with Havertz over Sane against France.
- How great was it to see Thomas Müller get back on the scoresheet for Germany? Müller was good once again.
- Mats Hummels did not look like his patella injury was bothering him. He look fluid and showed great anticipation. His pass on Serge Gnabry’s goal was ridiculously good.
- Robin Gosens finally displayed what Joachim Low has apparently seen for quite a while now. He was speedy and threatening down the left side and was able to contribute at both ends of the field.
- In case you turned off the game at halftime, it became #TimoTime once again as Timo Werner scored off of a nice feed from Joshua Kimmich.
- It also appears that Kimmich is growing a Fu Manchu...is he throwing off major Johnny Cakes vibes? (see below)
Doesn't he look like Johnny cakes from the sopranos episode pic.twitter.com/7jYhSaSfHS— StevieTheSFGiants(37-21) (@s_boragno75) June 1, 2021
(The text in the tweet is not referencing Kimmich, but luckily for me it was easy to find on Twitter)
- It was good to see Gnabry and Leroy Sane get on the score sheet.
- Congratulations to Manuel Neuer on his 100th cap.
- Overall, Germany was dominant, but things will get harder. Latvia is not France...Latvia is not Portugal. The Euros will be a whole different ballgame, but it was good to see Germany playing confidently and creatively nonetheless.
Despite boasting such a brilliant rearguard under Tuchel since January, Chelsea are looking to sign a centre-half with Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta all entering the last year of their contracts.
The Athletic say Bayern Munich’s Süle has been sounded out with the German’s long-term future at Bayern Munich up in the air. The 25-year-old has only 12 months left on his deal with the German champions despite 20 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern in 2020-21.
It is thought as a result he could be prised from the Allianz Arena at an affordable cost of around £30m. Alternatives to Süle for Chelsea include Wolfsburg’s Maxence Lacroix, Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez, Pau Torres at Villarreal and Sevilla’s Jules Kounde.
Aside of Süle, the other three players on the list allegedly include Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi, along with West Ham United’s Declan Rice.
Chelsea might not be done with just trying to procure Süle, though. Kingsley Coman also continues to hold a sport on their radar:
Both Chelsea and Manchester United are said to be interested in signing Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman this summer. But according to German outlet Bild, it is the Blues who lead the race for his signature because of Tuchel’s Bundesliga connections.
The German spent two years in charge of Borussia Dortmund, getting his hands on the DFB-Pokal in 2017. Coman, who has two years remaining on his Bayern deal, scored the winner against Tuchel’s PSG in the 2020 Champions League final.
Is there anyone that Chelsea doesn’t want? Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland is also still a high priority for them as well, but his salary demands are considered more of a roadblock than his transfer fee:
Re: Erling Haaland— Jan Aage Fjortoft ️ (@JanAageFjortoft) June 7, 2021
Chelsea working intense to get Erling Haaland.
He is seen as the “missing” player to make them challenge for the PL-title next season.
Fee very high, but confidence that this can be solved.
The main obstacle could be the wage-structure at Chelsea
Borussia Dortmund has stated numerous times it does not plan to sell Haaland either. That might be the biggest obstacle that Chelsea faces.
For good measure, Christian Falk chimed in on the topic as well:
Bayern Munich II attacking midfielder has transferred to SC Freiburg, where he will start — initially — with SC Freiburg II, who was just promoted to 3. Liga:
Daniels Ontuzans leaves FC Bayern II for SC Freiburg II on. The 21-year-old attacking midfielder is coming on a free transfer and is initially intended for the reserves of the Breisgauer, who were promoted from the Regionalliga Südwest to the 3rd division for the first time. Ontuzans should recommend himself to the Bundesliga team there.
Germany had some fun over the weekend: