Bayern Munich opened its season with friendly loss to FC Köln. The youthful lineup rolled out by Julian Nagelsmann had some good moments and then struggled at times as well. All-in-all, it was just good to see Bayern Munich back on the pitch. Here are some quick hitters on the match:
- The atmosphere was pretty awesome at the venue. It was almost like Bayern Munich and FC Köln said “Let’s meet up at the park and do this” and a bunch of people showed up to watch.
- One thing that was noticeable early was that a lot of Bayern Munich youngsters were physically out-matched in terms of strength. “Get Leon Goretzka on the line!”
- It was good seeing Sven Ulreich back in goal.
- Armindo Sieb looked comfortable on the wing. Sieb took advantage of some lackluster defending from FC Koln and fired off a perfectly placed shot for Bayern Munich’s first goal. Sieb absolutely played like a guy out to prove he belongs on the first team.
- Steffen Baumgart is a character. His attire and hat were tremendous. He looks like every bookie I’ve seen working from a stool at a dive bar. I love it. #NagelsmannOut, #BaumgartIn
- Oh, the high-line got beat badly...again. Upamecano and Chris Richards were caught up too high, while Omar Richards’ turnover created the chance. Overall, Chris Richards and Upamecano didn’t seem to be on the same page too often, but that is to be expected at this stage of the preseason.
- Chris Richards was also a little late on getting over to Mark Uth on Koln’s second goal as well, but he had to shift over into Upamecano’s area to cover that empty space as well. Again, there is no reason to be concerned at this point. Communication issues were rampant on the pitch for the entirety of the match.
- Christopher Scott did not look great. Of all the young players, he seemed to scuffle the most. He also left with an injury, which means he’s probably ready for first-team action.
- Torben Rhein and Taylor Booth did fairly well in manning the center of the park. I came away impressed by both players. Sure...it was no perfect, but a good showing by both youngsters.
- What a pass from Booth to Joshua Zirkzee’s goal U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
- Bouna Sarr not getting the start was curious and it did not take him long to establish that he’s still struggling.
- Uth’s header on the third FC Köln goal was sensational. Sarr was among the Bayern Munich defenders standing around pointing fingers after the play. (Shrugs emoji)
- On the day, Sarr was probably Bayern Munich’s worst player and he was slaughtered on social media for it. I think — if sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic can find a taker — the club should sell Sarr as soon as possible.
- Lucas Copado is still probably kicking himself for not taking one more touch to space. The youngster almost had a dramatic game-tying goal.
- Baumgart checking his shoes like he was going on in the 67th minute was terrific. Get cameras on him 24x7.
- The defensive units for Bayern Munich were a disaster all day. I don’t like Tanguy Nianzou’s positioning or touch right now. He looks...uneasy? This is not the first time he has looked that way either. By all accounts Nianzou has a lot of talent — and is still very young — but I’m not sure he is ready to be a “prime time player.”
Juventus are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, according to reports in The Sun.
The Bundesliga club have already turned down Chelsea’s informal player-plus-cash proposal for the Norway international, according to Sky in Germany.
Not even named by Brazil head coach Tite for recent Copa America event - out of the injuries occurring him one by one throughout latest regular season, - whose final game Carioca just lost against Argentina, 29-year old Brazilian international attacking midfielder and winger Philippe Coutinho is again on his way out from Barcelona FC ranks. This time, possibly, for good.
Heavily linked to a move back to Premier League across latest couple years, former Liverpool and Bayern Munich playmaker, while Paris Saint-Germain don’t seem to be on his tracks anymore, has now grown into a major market dream for AC Milan. While Rossoneri might go all the way to sign him, even by offering him a nearly 2-digit annual salary, Coutinho has been inquired about by city rivals of theirs, Inter Milan. Back in 2010/11, as well as during 2011/12 and 2012/13 first halves, Cou had a brief spell at Neroazzurri already, since Italian giants had purchased him, from Vasco da Gama, in 2008. Though he didn’t manage to establish himself as a powerhouse for Inter, that tenure set the scene for him to join Reds themselves, and shine as a prominent player onto the European scene.
Still on a deal with Barcelona FC until June 2023, Coutinho, equipped with a dual Portuguese citizenship, has just been targeted by Olympique de Marseille, on top of that. Besides, English clubs recently keen on him, notably Everton and Leicester City, could be having a run at Barça on-exit playmaker as well.
The European Championships are over and now the focus shifts fully to Bayern Munich’s preparations for this season. Julian Nagelsmann is working with a stripped down crew right now, but the young coach is making the most of this time.
On this episode we talk about the following:
- The Euro finale between Italy and England.
- The rumors linking Robert Lewandowski to Real Madrid, Chelsea FC, and Manchester City.
- The uncertain future of Michaël Cuisance in Bavaria.
- The completely unlikely story about Bayern Munich bidding €80 million for Federico Chiesa.
Real Madrid has a plan to finance a move for Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe:
Before Los Blancos can make the transfer, however, they need to get some big earners off the payroll. The following professionals should be mentioned first: Marcelo (33), Isco (29), Gareth Bale (32) and Mariano Diaz (27).
It is doubtful that Los Blancos can generate funds with sales of those players, but knocking those salaries off the budget would definitely free up some loot.
Paris Saint-Germain is reportedly eyeing a run at midfielder Manuel Locatelli:
While Marco Verratti is going to start his tenth season in a row playing for Paris Saint-Germain, Ligue 1 giants themselves, according to latest rumours, are pondering over having a run at a further Euro 2020 just appointed winner, namely 23-year old Italian international midfielder Manuel Locatelli.
Tracked by actual A-listers and aspiring ones all over Europe, including Juventus, Inter Milan, AS Roma, Manchester City, Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, and Real Madrid, Sassuolo prominent playmaker is meant to be on his way out indeed, on an about 42 million euros transfer fee.
Coming from a continental campaign which had him, in spite of not being exactly lined up as a main regular starter, score a very important double, the first one in his career (club course included), against Switzerland, Locatelli, an alumni of both AC Milan and Atalanta, was already close to join Bianconeri, back between summer and early autumn 2020, as confirmed himself more than once. Still on a deal with Neroverdi until June 2023, the 1998-born is viable both as a deep-lying and an inside midfielder. National team aside (15 caps and three goals scored, full side-wise), Locatelli, throughout his career as a pro, capped 162 times overall, scoring nine goals therein.
Stade Rennais midfielder Eduardo Camavinga appears to be headed for a future in Spain:
He is one of the most appetizing names on the market, given his young age and the contract expiring in 2022. Eduardo Camavinga has many requests from every European country but, as reported by The Telegraph, the young man would have trusted to see Spain in his future.
Despite the pressure of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and PSG at home, the 18-year-old dreams of La Liga, although neither Real Madrid nor Barcelona have so far made proposals to Rennes, owner of the card.