Bayern Munich used a different line-up, but was still successful in picking up three points during its 3-2 victory over FC Köln. Here are some quick hitters on the match:
- And so it begins…no matter what the club released, that sure looked like a 3-4-3 to start the match, but it was tough to tell because Tanguy Nianzou started on the right side of the defense (as a right-back if you considered it a 4-2-3-1). Alphonso Davies was pushed up so far at times, that it made very difficult to tell what kind of formation they were playing initially.
- At different points, it looked like a back-four and at other it looked like a back-three. In the end, I felt like it was a 3-4-3 despite what the pregame lineup sheet said.
- Bayern Munich had great pressure early, but just was not fully in sync.
- Results against Bayern Munich be damned, Steffen Baumgart seems like the right man for the FC Köln job.
- It was cool to see that many fans back in the stadium.
- Tanguy Nianzou was not impactful in his first Bundesliga start of the season. That’s not necessarily a knock by any means, he just didn’t get a chance to show much.
- Leroy Sane put in another poor performance, which got him yanked at halftime. Is this just what he is as a player?
- How bad was Sane? Well…
Leroy Sane taken off at half-time for Bayern Munich.— Ronan Murphy (@swearimnotpaul) August 22, 2021
Was booed during the first-half by some of the home fans.
Completed just 9 of 16 passes. Lost possession 11 times.
A poor 45 minutes. #FCBKOE
- Serge Gnabry was heading down the same road as Sane, but rebounded in the second half with a move to the right side.
- Thomas Müller and Gnabry pressing high and Robert Lewandowski sitting back was a different look.
- FC Köln did a good job of cutting down the shooting lanes in front of Timo Horn.
- Niklas Süle’s spinning Maradona and shot in the 24th minute was brilliant. Let the big man run free.
- At times, Lewandowski looked like he was playing the 8, 9, and 10 all at the same time.
- Jamal Musiala is the team’s best wing. It took him five minutes to come in and set up Lewandowski. He is just simply more impactful than Sane, Gnabry, and Coman. It was a tidy finish by the Polish Hitman as well.
- Gnabry’s first goal was good for him. He needed that in a bad way.
- Anthony Modeste’s goal was pretty impressive. He found a gap between Süle and Davies. Süle should have drifted back to put a body on him.
- On Mark Uth’s goal, Upamecano just lost him. After a strong start for the defense, it fell apart in the span of a couple minutes. Both goals were the fault of more than one player, but the center-backs were closest to where things totally broke down.
- The midfield tandem of Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka was not great on the day. I’m face, they were very poor at times.
- Gnabry’s second goal was an absolute blast. What a hit!
- Gnabry looked like a new player in the second half. Playing Musiala on the left allows Gnabry to play on the right, where he might just feel more comfortable.
- Overall, the second half was a lot of fun for the most part. Both teams shook off the doldrums of the first half to put on a show.
When we originally heard that Bayern Munich was linked to Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie we all kind of...laughed. It was so absurd, we didn’t even put it in the Schmankerl, instead focusing on the part of the story that linked McKennie to Borussia Dortmund.
McKennie is a great talent, but is caught up in the midfield logjam in Turin. He likely needs to move, but with a €30 million asking price, that destination will not be Bayern Munich. If given the choice of RB Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer at €18 million or McKennie at €30 million, I think Bayern Munich would take the better, more versatile, and cheaper player every time.
Anyway, here is the latest on McKennie to Bayern Munich from Sport1’s Patrick Berger:
Weston McKennie is no topic for Bayern Munich at the moment. No contact, no negotiations. @FCBayern are still pushing to sign Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer. Former #Schalke player McKennie is on the market for the right price. Juve want €30m. ⚫️⚪️ @plettigoal @SPORT1— Patrick Berger (@berger_pj) August 22, 2021
With another crazy week in the books, the Weekend Warm-up podcast is here to hit all the latest Bayern Munich news — and there is no shortage of that.
Here are the topics we have on tap:
- How things stand after matches against Borussia Mönchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund.
- The news that Robert Lewandowski wants to move on why that means Bayern Munich needs to prepare to bid on Erling Haaland.
- Why won’t anyone bid on Corentin Tolisso?
- Is Bayern Munich taking a big risk by playing this season with Tolisso and Niklas Süle on lame duck deals?
- The uncertain season ahead of Julian Nagelsmann — especially after declaring his roster was a bit thin.
Juventus right-back Danilo wants to stay in Turin:
Danilo expresses desire to continue at Juventus despite Bayern Munich interest Juventus defender Danilo has expressed his desire to stay at the Bianconeri despite interest from more than one club. Daniele Longo has reported that Danilo is increasingly becoming the leader of the team and his versatility and flexibility as a player impressed Massimiliano Allegri.
The new Juve boss is convinced that the Brazilian will play a key role for him in the 2021/22 season. In recent days, Danilo has expressed his clear desire to continue at Juve, even though Bayern had made contact for the defender. Juve made it clear that they want over €30 million for the ex-Manchester City man, which is a sign of how much the player is valued at the club.
I have zero interest in Danilo. I’m content to ride out Benjamin Pavard and Josip Stanisic this season. I don’t believe those players are weak enough to hurt the squad at all. In fact, seeing how they do this season will enable the club to make a decision on what needs to be done moving forward.
Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria was linked to Bayern Munich at one point, but now looks to be headed to AS Roma:
Sempre più ridotte le distanze tra #Roma e #BorussiaMönchengladbach per il centrocampista #Zakaria. #Mourinho potrebbe così ottenere il tanto richiesto CC (dopo aver "perso" #Xhaka): accordo vicino sulla base di circa €15M+bonus. ⚽️ #Calciomercato #Transfers #SerieA— Rudy Galetti (@RudyGaletti) August 22, 2021
The distance between #Roma and #BorussiaMönchengladbach for the midfielder #Zakaria has been reduced more and more. #Mourinho could thus get the much requested player (after having “lost” #Xhaka): deal close on the basis of about €15M+bonus. ⚽️ #Football #Transfers #SerieA
Olympique Marseille’s Dmitri Payet was pelted with a water bottle against Nice, threw it back into the crowd, and then it was bedlam:
Payet je t’aime et j’en ai rien à foutre. T’as eu raison pic.twitter.com/Sm19CT03sc— ⚪️Ⓜ️⭐️ (@jo_massilia13) August 22, 2021
Here is the bottle connecting with Payet’s head: