Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund hooked up for an intense battle in the DFL-Supercup, which saw the Bavarians walk away with an impressive — and hard-fought — 3-1 victory over the home side. Here are some quick hitters on Julian Nagelsmann’s first victory as coach of Bayern Munich:
- Nagelsmann went back to the well with his lineup aside using Kingsley Coman in for Leroy Sane and it worked well. There was good pressure throughout, barring that one stretch of the second half that Borussia Dortmund dominated just prior to scoring its goal. Coman, of course, ended up leaving the game early with an injury.
- Borussia Dortmund’s pressing game was strong and definitely flustered Bayern Munich at times early on, but the Bavarians started to be able to deal with it better over the course of the match.
- Serge Gnabry inexplicably fluffed a tremendous change in the 6th minute where he could have done just about anything other than what he did. Gnabry really struggled early in the match, but he got a lot better.
- Bayern Munich, in fact, wasted a couple of golden opportunities early on. Bayern Munich did not have a shortage of good chances early in the match, but just scuffled in converting them.
- Coman airmailed a sure fire goal after Gnabry did a fantastic job of pressing to win the ball. That was one of those, “I hope this does not come back to bite us” moments.
- Bayern Munich did a solid job of limiting Erling Haaland’s touches, but the big Norwegian was often looking for the home run long balls. It would be interesting to know if that was the specific game plan or Haaland was reading what he thought Bayern Munich was giving him. Whatever the case, Bayern Munich’s defenders made life tough on the phenom.
- Both teams struggled to handle the pressure in the first half. Passes were forced and/or off-target. It made for some really sloppy play.
- Manuel Neuer’s save on Marco Reus in the 20th minute was insane. Reus’ run to get to that point was almost as good.
- Niklas Süle’s foul on Haaland in the 23rd minute was true “Henchman on Henchman” crime. Either of two guys look like they would be ready to take on Titus Pullo in the Gladiator pit during that glorious “XIII” scene from the old series, “Rome.”
- How did Müller not score in the 34th minute off of Kimmich’s free kick?
- Bayern Munich was sort of lucky that Youssoufa Moukoko started in place of the injured Thorgan Hazard. Hazard’s chemistry with Reus and Haaland would have made things a lot harder for the Bavarians.
- That touch from Haaland in the 39th minute that ultimately led to a terrific save by Neuer was exquisite.
- Süle and Josip Stanisic were great. Dayot Upamecano and Alphonso Davies were also extremely good. It was a very strong effort from the backline as a whole. I came away extremely impressed with the foursome.
- What a header by Lewandowski on Bayern Munich’s first goal! That effort was nothing sort of tremendous. It was a great ball in by Gnabry as well. Gnabry did a lot of good things. He had some maddening moments with losing the ball, but overall a very positive effort after a rocky start!
- Kimmich was caught too deep on Marco Reus’ goal, which left Dortmund’s captain wide open. Reus hit a fantastic shot as well.
- Müller cleaning up that spinning attempt from Lewandowski was appropriate. The Raumdeuter is always in the right place.
- It was awesome to see Corentin Tolisso come in and make an impact. Injuries have derailed his promising career, but his hard tackle on Manuel Akanji forced the ball free to Lewandowski, who was sooooooooooooo cool in depositing the ball into the net.
- Overall, you have to be happy with that effort if you were a Bayern Munich fan. The team played hard, tough, and physical in a very intense battle. Credit to both teams...the better side just won, though.
Juventus likely out on Tolisso (@FabrizioRomano)
Juventus appears to have a deal in place or Manuel Locatelli, which probably will remove them from the Tolisso Sweepstakes:
Manuel Locatelli to Juventus, done deal confirmed and here-we-go! Total agreement completed with Sassuolo for €35m plus add ons. Contract until June 2026. ⚪️⚫️ #Juventus— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 17, 2021
Official announcement in the next few days. Done deal. pic.twitter.com/ge7nUgXGOc
Arsenal are weighing up an offer to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso, according to a report in Italy. Italian website Calciomercato, as quoted by TuttoJuve, is reporting that the Gunners could turn their attention to the France international as Mikel Arteta looks to sign a new central midfielder in the 2021 summer transfer window.
Arsenal helping Bayern Munich out here would be huge — especially because a Juventus has now left the Tolisso chat.
With Bayern Munich seemingly focused on Marcel Sabitzer and Paris Saint-Germain adding to its already ridiculous payroll by adding Lionel Messi, it appears that Manchester United might be the most serious contender left in the field for Stade Rennais midfielder Eduardo Camavinga:
From Liga Financial, Manchester United reportedly still pursues moves for Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier and Rennes playmaker Eduardo Camavinga ahead of the next season.
The 20-times English champions have spent big on England international forward Jadon Sancho and France centerback Raphael Varane this summer. However, according to ESPN, the Red Devils still want to boost their ranks by adding Camavinga and Trippier.
Atletico Madrid defender is allegedly quietly confident of securing a move to Old Trafford before the summer window ends, with the England international prepared to stay patient when it comes to a possible move to Manchester.
Camavinga, meanwhile, continues to be rumoured with a number of teams, including La Liga giants, Real Madrid, as the 18-year-old only has one year left to run on his current deal with Rennes.
It looks like Werder Bremen’s Max Eggestein will be on his way to SC Freiburg:
This would be a fantastic move for Eggestein.
Liverpool FC was very interested in former Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches, but the Lille man’s recent meniscus tear has them looking elsewhere:
Liverpool have been handed a major blow in their pursuit of Portuguese star Renato Sanches, after Lille confirmed that the midfielder would be out for six weeks. So far during this window Jurgen Klopp has only made one acquisition, as Ibrahima Konate joined in a £36million deal from RB Leipzig, but Liverpool have reportedly been looking for a midfielder.
According to Mirror, Sanches had been tipped to join Liverpool but a deal looks increasingly unlikely with only two weeks remaining in the transfer window. Lille confirmed on Monday that Sanches underwent successful surgery for a meniscal lesion in his right knee, and is estimated to be out of action for a minimum of six weeks, fending off potential buyers with the window drawing to a close.