Another friendly, another match without a win. No big deal, though, Bayern Munich’s senior players will be back in the fold soon enough and Julian Nagelsmann’s reign can finally really get underway.
The Bavarians dropped a 2-0 decision to Borussia Mönchengladbach that was a mixed bag from a squad perspective. There was some good and some bad, but overall you have to love a lot of what you are seeing from the youngsters. Here are some quick hitters on the match:
- Josip Stanisic is really proving himself. Used as a defensive midfielder yesterday, Stanisic was very good. His versatility is something that Nagelsmann should find useful.
- I liked a lot of what I saw from Malik Tillman, who — like Joshua Zirkzee — is a player who normally plays centrally, but was pushed out to wing. Like Armindo Sieb did previously, Tillman took advantage of the opportunity he was given.
- Ditto for players like Torben Rhein and Taylor Booth. Both young midfielders have shown they have great vision, the chops to handle pressure, defensive awareness, and the ability to create offense.
- Zirkzee and Michael Cuisance, however, really struggled unfortunately. It was not for a lack of effort, though. Both players just seemed to get caught up in the game a bit too much. Both players have such good potential...it is just tough to watch them struggle. At times Cuisance was good, but lost the ball too often. Zirkzee just seems to be battling a mental block of some sort. Both kids are great talents, it would great to see them finish the preseason with strong performances.
- Yes, Ron-Thorben Hoffmann misplayed the ball to lead to Die Fohlen’s second goal, but he made some outstanding saves well. The young goalkeeper was under duress for most of the second half, but handled it well.
- Joe Scally’s ball to Hannes Wolf for Borussia Mönchengladbach’s first goal was fantastic.
- I love the flair Marcel Wenig has in his game.
- The back-four was stellar in the first half. Dayot Upamecano, Tanguy Nianzou, Bouna Sarr, and Omar Richards did a fine job of keeping the Foals’ offense at bat. At times, Omar Richards lost the ball at inopportune moments, but nothing that hurt the team. Richards has shown he is capable of being a quality understudy to Alphonso Davies.
- Overall, the results are not unexpected. This preseason is more about the growth of the young players than anything else — and that has been going very well for the most part. There is no reason to panic or think Nagelsmann has lost his magic touch.
As noted above, Taylor Booth was one of the standouts for Bayern Munich yesterday, but his haircut was a bit...off. We had a little fun with it during the match:
How bad is it?— (@fckowalsky) July 28, 2021
I know...the irony of me — Mr. Bad Haircut himself — ribbing someone about their lettuce, but Booth handed it extremely well. That kid has a bright future ahead of him and can have a good laugh:
I deserve that trust I was nearly in tears when Barber said he was finished— Taylor Booth (@TBLaRoca23) July 28, 2021
If you don’t follow this kid already, give him one on Twitter. Regardless, Booth has done very well for himself during this preseason The young American has been extremely strong and is among the group of youngsters that has reportedly impressed the club’s brass.
Bayern Munich and Liverpool are still interested in Borussia Monchengladbach star midfielder Florian Neuhaus, but it does not appear anything will happen with the talented Germany international until next summer.
We have seen rumors that Bayern Munich could be looking for midfielder depth, but Neuhaus is likely to expensive — and too good — to come to Bavaria to be an understudy at this point:
❗️News #Neuhaus: It is likely that he will stay in Gladbach. #Klopp has recently reaffirmed his interest in him, is a big fan. FN has been informed about this. But there is currently no place in the Reds' squad. Cards could be reshuffled 2022. For #FCBayern as well. @SPORT1 #LFC— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) July 28, 2021
There have been rumors from Italy recently that brought Brandt into connection with various Serie A clubs. However, the former Leverkusen man has now given a very clear rejection of ideas at the BVB training camp in Switzerland: “I don’t think I’ll be playing anywhere else this year,” Brandt said in an interview with “RTL / ntv”. He had “never fueled these rumors himself”, even if it was nice “when other clubs showed interest”. But: “From my side, there were never any signs that I was about to change.” The contract of the German national player, who was not nominated for the European championship in the summer, runs until 2024 with BVB.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reiterated the sentiment that Juventus will not be selling Federico Chiesa — even if that upsets Bayern Munich and Liverpool:
Liverpool have NOT made an official bid for Federico Chiesa despite rumours. There’s nothing going on and no chance to sign him this summer. ❌ #LFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 28, 2021
Liverpool board knows about Juventus stance. Chiesa is considered ‘untouchable’ - FC Bayern are aware of this decision too.
In addition, it appears that Borussia Dortmund also lobbed an inquiry to Italy in hopes of landing Chiesa, but the Euro 2020 star does not want to make a move — even if he was actually for sale:
Update #Chiesa: #FCBayern & #BVB have inquired about him. He is represented by Lian Sports (Sané). But for them, #LFC & #CFC (offered €100m) no chance. FC wants to stay at #Juventus. Contract until 2025. His salary is said to be around €7m net/year sources told me. @SPORT1— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) July 28, 2021
Eintracht Frankfurt striker Dejan Joveljic did not quite fill the shoes of Luka Jovic and will now move on to the LA Galaxy in MLS:
Dejan Joveljić will join LA Galaxy from Eintracht Frankfurt, done deal. Agreement reached on a permanent move, paperworks set to be signed and here-we-go. #LAGalaxy— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 28, 2021
Joveljić will sign his contract [4.5 years] within Friday - he’s ready for this new MLS chapter. #MLS