Based on two goal, two (could have been three) assist performance against Eintracht Frankfurt yesterday, it might not be so easy.
| FOCUS— SofaScore (@SofaScoreINT) August 14, 2021
Erling Haaland kicked off the new Bundesliga campaign with a brilliant display against Eintracht Frankfurt:
⚽️ 2 goals
6 shots/3 on target
️ 2 assists
3 key passes
3/4 successful dribbles
⚔️ 6/9 duels won
9.8 SofaScore rating
Die Adler might not be at its strongest, but it might not have mattered; nothing was stopping the Dortmund offense on Saturday.
If Bayern Munich fans are looking for some consolation, the BVB defense was looking extremely suspect at times without Mats Hummels. Axel Witsel played center-back; so there is that.
We might be in for a goal-fest in the Supercup.
Anyway, Haaland will sure look good wearing red next season...
It seems that many Bayern Munich fans are hoping Bayer Leverkusen sneaks in and swipes Paris Saint-Germain defender Thilo Kehrer away from Bayern Munich:
According to Goal.com, Bayer Leverkusen have made a bid of €12M for PSG’s Thilo Kehrer but the French club wants €25M for the defender. The 24 Year German Defender moved to Ligue 1 in 2018 for €37M . He started last week vs Troyes in 2-1 win in his 4th season & has won 6 trophies in his time in France. PSG who have already made top signings are now planning to sell players to avoid any penalty as per financial regulations. Kehrer is likely to leave & is linked with Various clubs but it seems like Leverkusen is pushing for a deal for him. He has 9 Germany Caps & has spent 2 seasons in Bundesliga with FC Schalke where he got promoted to senior level in 2016 before being signed by PSG under Tuchel. He did impress in the Bundesliga & made 45 appearances in the League with 4 goals. He is a versatile player who can play as CB, RB & even DMF.
Kehrer is not needed at Bayern Munich, so have at it Die Werkself.
Bayer Leverkusen could also best Bayern Munich in its pursuit of Ecuadorian defender Piero Hincapie:
Leaving Argentinian side CA Talleres after just a year in, 19-year-old Ecuadorian international centre-back Piero Hincapié is about to be signed by Bayer Leverkusen. Already capping five times for his senior national team, which he made his debut off recent Copa America campaign, the 2002-born is heading to Germany, and is going to be examined and announced as a new addition to team before the end of next week.
Still on a deal with Tallarín until December 2025, Independiente del Valle alumni, up and coming throughout latest two years as one of the most interesting young ballers across Central and South America, was tracked by Napoli, as well as having been inquired about by nothing short than Bayern Munich. According to CM.com, Hincapié, not equipped with a dual EU citizenship to date, is going to be traded on an 8 million euros fee, with add-ons on top of that.
While securing a young defender is seemingly always a good idea, Bayern Munich is overloaded at the position, so Hincapie would just effectively be another young body crammed into the organizational depth chart that is already bursting at the seams.
Thomas Tuchel joked about his desire for Chelsea FC to pull in Romelu Lukaku, Erling Haaland, and...Robert Lewandowski:
The Blues have signed a superstar striker but their manager said that he is not enough - with tongue firmly in cheek Thomas Tuchel has joked about Chelsea’s efforts to sign a striker this summer having been asked about Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, after seeing the club bring in Romelu Lukaku.
However, for much of the summer, Chelsea were linked with signing Haaland who looks set to stay at the Bundesliga club. Having been asked about Haaland, Tuchel began jokingly criticising his club’s efforts in the transfer market. What did he say?
“Yes, we tried to sign both and wanted Lewandowski as a No 10 in behind,” Tuchel joked ahead of a match against Crystal Palace in the Premier League. “Unfortunately, the board didn’t listen and we only have Romelu.”
“Yes, we missed a lot of opportunities,” he sarcastically continued when Lionel Messi was brought up. “That’s why you find me very upset and not wanting to continue.
“No! We had a certain profile and we are very happy with the mentality and attitude of the group. We wanted it to stay like this. It is not a given to have this in a group. it is precious and can be decisive in football.
I mean...some of us wouldn’t have been shocked if that actually happened...they have more than enough cash to have made it happen.
American Joe Scally has officially burst on to the Bundesliga scene. The 18-year-old turned in a spectacular effort against Bayern Munich and here are the numbers:
Joe Scally (18) v. Bayern:— Football Wonderkids (@fbwonderkids) August 13, 2021
☑️ 90 min
❌ 3 interceptions
⚔️ 8 duels won
✈️ 2/2 aerial duels
♂️ 2/2 tackles won
2/3 dribbles won
4/5 long balls
Kept Sané quiet
An absolutely impressive Bundesliga debut from the former NYCFC prospect. pic.twitter.com/2sBJlhLOAV
Another week is in the books for Bayern Munich and what a week it was.
It seems as if it is only a matter of time before the team officially extends the contract of Joshua Kimmich, but the club’s rumored pursuit of Marcel Sabitzer could have hit a roadblock.
Regardless, here are the topics we have on tap:
- The mayhem in the midfield with potential contract extensions for Kimmich and Leon Goretzka, the pursuit of Sabitzer, and possible sale of Corentin Tolisso.
- The curious case of Leroy Sane and why this year is so important for both the Sane and Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic — despite the former Manchester City man not wanting to be judged by his goals or assists.
- The uncertain season ahead of Julian Nagelsmann — especially after declaring his roster was a bit thin.
Per Croatian outlet Večernji list, Bayern Munich defender Josip Stanisic has opted to play to play for Croatia’s U-21 side. Stanisic had previously suited for two matches with Germany’s U-19s, but made the decision to change.
Stanisic was born in Germany to Croatian parents:
Stanisic was born in Germany, and his parents are Croats, so he can play for the Croatian and German national teams. We have learned that he has decided to play for Croatia and he will have his debut on September 2 against Azerbaijan, and then on September 7 against Finland.
Could Stanisic have eventually helped Hansi Flick solve Germany’s right-back problem?
So...James Rodriguez will be leaving Everton; it is just a matter of when:
James Rodriguez will leave Everton. The Colombian, as reported by Mundo Deportivo, has already had an interview with coach Rafa Benitez and will most likely greet the toffees in this current transfer window. Furthermore, the player will not be available for the first day of the championship due to Covid-19.
It was an opening day disaster for Bayern Munich as they failed to beat Borussia Monchengladbach away from home. Okay, maybe “disaster” is a bit strong, but the performance wasn’t that good. Julian Nagelsmann’s tenure as coach has started inauspiciously, with him failing to win a single game so far. Is this a sign of things to come?
Talking points from the game:
- Just how good is Alphonso Davies?
- Josip Stanisic shows promise.
- Gnabry and Sane are letting the team down at the moment.
- Was Thomas Muller less involved?
- Nagelsmann needs to adjust to Bayern, not the other way around.
- Upamecano’s troubles with physical strikers.