Bayern Munich crushed Bremer SV in the DFB-Pokal in a match that was not exactly competitive (well, duh!). Here are some quick hitters on the match:
- Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was king for a day. Simply put, the former PSG an took care of business with four goals.
- Jamal Musiala was a delight to watch...as always. He just always looks so confident and like he’s having fun. His give-and-go goal with Choupo was tremendous.
- It was good to see Sven Ulreich pick up a clean sheet.
- Leroy Sane, Michael Cuisance, and Corentin Tolisso all needed the goals they scored respectively — for various reasons.
- Sane scuffled a lot in the first half He is definitely fighting himself on the pitch. There is nothing worse for a talented player than be at a point where he can’t figure out why things are not working. That’s where is seems Sane is at these days.
- Sane playing on the left side was also very interesting. His goal was really, really nice by the way.
- Tolisso had some good, aggressive runs into the box. That is arguable the strongest part of his game and it was great to see him moving aggressively and with confidence.
- Atta guy to Malik Tillman for scoring. Bremer SV made that pretty easy for him, eh?
- Bouna Sarr also scored — but he did himself no favors if he was trying to impress a suitor enough to pay his full wages. Bayern must rue the day it contracted Sarr.
- I wonder at what point Bremer SV had that harsh dose of reality that they were in too deep?
- It felt like Tanguy Nianzou took a while to get going, but eventually turned in a stellar effort.
- Niklas Süle bailed the backline out a few times after they got sloppy — especially in man-on-man defending. I get it...it was a 5th division side and they were never really a threat, but it was good to see Süle not letting things get loose while he was in the game.
- It’s early, but I’m already at the “I want to see Thomas Müller be more selfish” part of the season. I feel like there is still so much more inside him, but he just defers to others too much. The squad is just better when Müller is a scoring threat.
Just wanted to give special thanks to a few BFW staffers who stepped up as well as many of us were out of pocket when the game was live:
- Miran Kostic did a hell of a job covering observations and awards.
- Ineednoname battled a sickness to bring his special blend of sarcasm to the Live Blog.
- John Dillon pitched him with a relief appearance on the Twitter account (our A’s fan should just grow Rollie Fingers mustache after that showing from the bullpen).
- Phillip Quinn for the editing assistance.
- Everyone else who helped throughout the day as we managed availability issues.
He won a Champions League title, but Timo Werner has not had much else go right since moving to Chelsea FC. He has not performed badly, but the deep-pocketed club is just hoarding forwards to the point where eventually it is going to have to offload two or three very good players to make things work...Werner could be one of them.
The Germany international, however, is trying to fight for a spot in London as he rejected a move to Inter Milan:
There was no truth to the rumor that Chelsea was seeking to swap Werner to Atletico Madrid for Saul Niguez, though:
Bayern Munich is extremely reluctant to unload Kingsley Coman this season and its asking price for the French winger even scared away deep-pocketed suitor Chelsea FC:
Chelsea were interested in a move for Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman this summer but were ‘scared off’ by the German giant’s demands. That’s according to SportBILD, who say the Bundesliga champions want a mammoth €90m if they are to sanction a sale.
Coman is currently locked in contract negotiations with Bayern, who are yet to really match what the 25-year-old is looking for.
His current contract expires in 2023, so there is no immediate rush for a new deal, but that will become more of a pressing issue next summer when he will enter the final year of his deal.
It is hard to figure out or understand Bayern Munich’s strategic direction with Coman. The Frenchman wants to be played a top-end salary, but is injury-prone and has struggled with bouts of inconsistency.
With no rush to sell, it is easy to see why Bayern Munich would want to keep Coman for this season, but it appears likely that the two sides are going to have a contentious round of negotiating ahead of them next summer should the Bavarians seek to extend Coman’s contract.
Manchester United wanted both Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka: