There were no Bayern Munich stars in the game, but Italy and England put on an entertaining show in the Euro 2020 finale. Here are some quick hitters on the match:
- Gareth Southgate is going to have to answer questions for a long time about his lineup selections, his substitutions, and his penalty order.
- The players are professionals...they should be capable of doing better on penalties than Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka did, but Southgate did them no favors — especially with so many capable and more experienced players available.
- Saka was completely put in an unfair position for such a young player. That was a major gaffe by Southgate.
- Gianluigi Donnarumma is as close to a Manuel Neuer replica as there is in the game today. I’m not saying he’s at that level, but physically his tool set makes him compare to Neuer very favorably.
- England’s decision to take their foot off of the gas — ironically, this is exactly the same mistake that Joachim Löw made to allow the Three Lions to take over against Germany — will haunt their fans forever.
- Federico Chiesa is a problem and probably the most “Bayern-style” winger that there is in the modern game. He’ll likely never make the Allianz Arena his home, but can you imagine the type of excitement he could bring to the pitch if he did?
- After Luke Shaw’s highlight reel goal early, Italy’s backline went into a lockdown mode. Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci are not bad for a couple of old guys, eh?
- In the end, Italy was the best team in this tournament, but they are extremely beatable despite what recent history has shown. Next year’s World Cup could be wild.
Bayern Munich is not going to have enough cash to land Stade Rennais midfielder Eduardo Camavinga...especially not when clubs like Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, and Chelsea are ready to throw around some loot:
Chelsea are set to rival Manchester United in the race to sign Rennes youngster Eduardo Camavinga, according to the Mirror. Blues club director Petr Cech used to play for Rennes and still has close friends at the club, so he is hoping to use his influence to lure Camavinga to Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United have been regularly linked with a move for the 18-year-old, who they view as a long-term replacement for Paul Pogba.
I think it is getting to the point where it is safe to say Bayern Munich will have to bow out of the running for Camavinga.
Robert Lewandowski deserves his down time...and he’s enjoying it:
The Julian Nagelsmann era at Bayern Munich is officially under way and the new boss has hit the ground running. After one week, we already got a glimpse into his plans and have even started to hear some rumors on players that the manager would like to bring in. This is what we talk about on this episode:
- News from Nagelsmann’s first week at the helm.
- A crazy rumor involving Dani Olmo, plus Nagelsmann secret wish to land Federico Chiesa.
- Hope for Michaël Cuisance and MORE!
Sven Ulreich’s return to Bayern Munich seemed like a perfect fit. Ulreich knows, understands, and accepts his role as Manuel Neuer’s back-up, but his stay could be a short one anyway. If Alexander Nübel returns from his loan at AS Monaco next season, Ulreich will likely have to leave once again:
Sven Ulreich's future at FC Bayern depends on Alexander Nübel. Should Nübel stay at Monaco for two years as planned, Ulreich would stay until 2023. If the club decides to bring Nübel back next year, Ulreich would have to leave FCB [Kicker] pic.twitter.com/kUfWark6uj— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) July 11, 2021
Achraf Hakimi just transferred to Paris Saint-Germain, but his agent is already talking about a future move to Real Madrid:
The agent of full-back Achraf Hakimi says the player still hopes to one day be a Real Madrid player again. Haikimi made just 17 appearances for Real Madrid in his one season as a first-team player before being loaned out Borussia Dortmund for two years, and then switching permanently to Inter Milan. This summer the 22-year-old signed for Paris Saint-Germain in deal potentially worth €71m, but he could go back to the Bernabeu later in his career.
Agent Alejandro Camano told Marca: “We keep the excitement and the hope and the dream that Achraf returns to Real Madrid because he was born in Madrid, he grew up in Madrid and some day, he would like to play at Real Madrid.”