Bayern Munich rolled into Leipzig and battered Die Roten Bullen for a 4-1 victory as Julian Nagelsmann, Dayot Upamecano, and Marcel Sabitzer all made a triumphant return to the Red Bull Arena. Here are some quick hitters on the match:
- Seeing the energy of the crowd was a reminder of how great the atmosphere for a live football match — with a crowd — can be. The fans in Leipzig brought it even as their team was getting hammered (maybe they were, too?)
- Bayern Munich looked extremely good even in the spurts when RB Leipzig was able to control play — which truthfully was not all that often.
- It seemed like the handball on Kevin Kampl was harsh at first, but the replay showed it was intentional or at least semi-intentional. Robert Lewandowski, of course, made Kampl pay with a penalty kick conversion.
- Leroy Sane on the left side has been excellent. As much as Bayern Munich might prefer its wings to play inverted, to get the best return on investment in Sane, Nagelsmann will have to keep the Germany international where he is most comfortable.
- How good is Jamal Musiala? When Serge Gnabry went down, I had no doubt Musiala would be able to come in and make a big impact.
- Musiala’s goal was near-perfect. Robert Lewandowski’s pass to Alphonso Davies led him perfectly and Davies delivered earlier nice ball to Musiala, who used his fantastic touch and nose for the goal to place in an awesome shot.
- Musiala’s assist to Leroy Sane was also sweet. For his part, Sane looks like a different player these days and did a good job of just getting into the perfect spot to score that goal.
- Alphonso Davies had one of those games where he just wows you multiple times.
- Konrad Laimer’s goal was…fantastic.
- Dayot Upamecano was…decent. I still have him a notch below Niklas Süle and Lucas Hernandez.
- Hernandez did not look like he missed a beat in his first game back. Pavard was solid as well in his return.
- When Hernandez and Andre Silva were exchanging barbs in the first half, I wondered what language they were speaking. Each player is probably speaking two or three languages.
- Did Hernandez have frosted tips?
- That might have been the best club match for Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka as a duo so far this season. I’m not saying they were great, but they have been really shaky up to this point.
- I’m still stunned that Marcel Sabitzer didn’t score on that feed from Alphonso Davies.
- Overall, Bayern Munich did exactly what it needed to do on the road against a good opponent: Assert its dominance.
Erling Haaland’s penalty kick was impressive, but it didn’t match up to the performance by Jude Bellingham after the play. Bellingham one-handed a beer thrown at him and drank it. Top class performance there from the Englishman:
The numerous Bayer Leverkusen fans flipping Haaland the bird was also fun (in a Leverkusen fan kind of way).
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What a week it was for Bayern Munich players on international break.
There were plenty of wins and goals and perhaps an injury or two, but we’ve all made it to the weekend once again. Get ready for the next few days with Chuck....and JAKE! After weeks of promising to bring in a guest, Jake hopped on to give his takes on several pertinent topics. Here is what we have on tap:
- A quick look at the re-energized Germany squad and what this means under Hansi Flick moving forward.
- A discussion on the rumors linking Bayern Munich to both RB Leipzig’s Konrad Laimer and Chelsea FC’s Timo Werner.
- Assessing how Bayern Munich — with its weary legs — matches up with RB Leipzig and FC Barcelona.
Paris Saint-Germain is going to make another run at trying to convince Kylian Mbappe to stay in France:
French side not giving up on tying striker down to new deal
Paris Saint-Germain will make another attempt to convince Kylian Mbappe to stay.
ABC reports the France international has already rejected six lucrative offers from the Ligue 1 side, with the latest totalling €80 million (£68m/$94m) per season for five years.
PSG will make another offer in the coming weeks as they look to prevent him leaving for Real Madrid for free at the end of the season.
Whatever happens with Mbappe could have trickledown effect to the transfer moves for Real Madrid, along with players like Lewandowski and Haaland.
Konrad Laimer might have ripped off a goal of the season candidate against Bayern Munich, but the Austrian midfielder was bitter about his team’s poor performance.
”In the end, four goals do hurt. We can’t concede the two goals after halftime, that was too easy. We knew it would be very difficult. In the end, it was maybe a bit too little to take something here. They finished the attacks much better than we did,” said Laimer. “Against Manchester City, we have to bring our maximum effort. Not everything was bad today, but a lot of things were.”