- Bayern Munich looked calm, confident, and composed for the entirety of the match. The Bavarians were not fazed at all by Camp Nou.
- Bayern Munich’s defensive corps was fantastic for the entirety. Alphonso Davies, Niklas Süle, Dayot Upamecano, and Benjamin Pavard were outstanding and the entry of Lucas Hernandez and Josip Stanisic into the game did not diminish the quality.
- I honestly thought the foul on Robert Lewandowski in the 10th minute was a penalty. In the end it did not matter, but it definitely could have been consequential in a game of this magnitude.
- Lewandowski doing what he does and scoring a brace was another day at the office for the Polish Hitman.
- Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s save on Leroy Sane in the 19th minute might not have looked spectacular, but that shot was hit hard by Sane, was deflected, and the FC Barcelona goalkeeper has rely on his reflexes to make that stop.
- Thomas Müller getting the offense going with his goal was very fitting. Müller, though, should have ripped off a shot in the 27th minute as well. Instead, he passed to Jamal Musiala, who really could not muster anything with the chance.
- The midfield duo of Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka had an...okay game. As a twosome, they weren’t great together, but at no point did I feel like they lost the battle in the center of park.
- Jamal Musiala was not as impactful as he had been previously this season. Musiala was not bad, but he seemed to struggle a bit against Barca.
- Leroy Sane just looks more confident on the left side.
- Overall, it was not always the most fluid game for Bayern Munich, but they were staunch defensively, opportunistic offensively, and won in a very difficult venue
There is a chance that Bayern Munich could be interested in Chelsea FC’s Timo Werner, but there is almost no way that the Bavarians are considering a swap deal involving Leroy Sane:
Chelsea are keen on swapping Timo Werner with Bayern Munich’s winger Leroy Sane. The 25-year-old forward has struggled at Stamford Bridge and the arrival of Romelu Lukaku makes him less important for Thomas Tuchel, while Sane - who has fallen down the pecking order at Bayern - is still wanted by his current club after joining from Manchester City in 2020, reports The Sun.
Sport1 journalist Florian Plettenberg was also quick to shoot this rumor down:
La Liga boss Javier Tebas thinks Los Blancos have the cash to make it happen:
Spain’s league boss Javier Tebas is sure that Real Madrid have the financial means to bring both the PSG star and Dortmund’s top scorer.
“Madrid sold players for 200 million euros. You have the money to sign Mbappé and Haaland together,” said the 59-year-old on Monday. “You haven’t lost any money and have sold well on top of that. What you cannot understand is that a club (PSG, d. Red.) That loses 400 million has salary costs of 500 million and can reject offers for Mbappé.”
Borussia Dortmund wanted to bring in Chelsea FC’s Callum Hudson-Odoi prior to the transfer window closing, but Thomas Tuchel was not going to let his old club rob his current club of a valuable depth piece:
Borussia Dortmund would have liked to sign Callum-Hudson-Odoi shortly before the end of the transfer window. After the Blues 3-0 win against Aston Villa, Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel explained why he would not let the winger go.
“We talked about it. But it was a very easy decision for me on the last day of the transfer window.” Tuchel justified the decision with the narrow roster of the Champions League winner. “We have a squad of 18, 19 men,” said Tuchel. And Hudson-Odoi is an option for him on both flanks. Against Aston Villa, Tuchel Hudson-Odoi even used a little more defensive on the right wing. For Callum, a move to Dortmund would have been a good chance.” Since Chelsea wanted to achieve ambitious goals for the season, a move was ultimately out of the question. Hudson-Odoi, with whom FC Bayern has dealt intensively, still has a three-year contract in London.
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Bayern Munich seem to be on a roll at the moment, having won their third Bundesliga game on the trot against none other than league contenders RB Leipzig. With that out of the way, the focus now shifts to the Champions League fixture against FC Barcelona, who would undoubtedly be looking to do some damage repair against the club that dismantled them just over a year ago.
With the scene set for an exciting midweek, Tom and Schnitzel discuss:
- Bayern’s performance against Leipzig
- Nagelsmann’s changes to this Bayern side
- Sabitzer’s debut and his role in the team moving forward
- Bayern’s situation in the defense (depth, contract situations, etc.)
- Leroy Sané’s resurgence
- How Bayern Munich and Beyoncé are linked
- Thoughts on the Barcelona game
This has to be the dumbest contractual clause in the history of sports — it’s arguably worse than the equally idiotic Bobby Bonilla contract (deep cut for you MLB fans):
Neymar earns €375k net a month as part of an 'ethical bonus' that's included in his PSG contract— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 13, 2021
Some of the clauses include saluting the fans, being on time for training and not criticising the club publicly. pic.twitter.com/oW5u3uZ9aE
This was pretty funny: