Bayern Munich crushed VfL Bochum 7-0 behind a dominant effort from just about everyone on the pitch.
The Bavarians looked fantastic in every aspect of the match and did exactly what they needed to do against an inferior team. Here are some quick hitters on the game:
- The special edition kit looked sweet. Adidas did a superb job on the Oktoberfest kit, the Alps kit, and the away kit. Even the home kit is growing on me a bit, though it is still my least favorite.
- I liked that Julian Nagelsmann opted to rest Jamal Musiala, Benjamin Pavard, and Dayot Upamecano. I’d have preferred Kimmich was also rested, but the new boss probably didn’t want to wake up with a maniac standing over him last night.
- The center-backs are all so good; there should be a rotation and Pavard is just coming off of a long spell of being sidelined. As we saw last season, Pavard is infinitely better when he is at 100% — and his recovery time seems to typically be a little longer than most players.
- As I called for Kimmich to be rested, he responded by giving me the double bird and scored a brace. Typical Kimmich.
- As for Musiala, the kid needs to stay fresh. The Germany international has been so good that fatigue is really one of the only things that can slow him down.
- That was a beautiful, dipping free kick for a goal by Leroy Sané. Sané has been looking completely rejuvenated in the past three weeks. VfL Bochum’s wall should be given an assist for clearing the way for the attempt to go through. Film study will not be fun for those fellas.
- It was clear from early on that VfL Bochum was overmatched.
- It was not the cleanest game for Josip Stanisic, but the kid is resilient and never lets up. He turned in a very solid effort, even if he scuffled a bit.
- Bayern Munich looked like they were having a blast in their build-up play. The squad’s attack was unselfish and entertaining.
- Serge Gnabry’s goal was a fine example of that fun style in the build-up resulting in a break.
- I give VfL Bochum credit, they didn’t just sit back and try and absorb the Bayern Munich attack for 90 minutes. They tried to play, but were just overmatched.
- I loved seeing VfL Bochum manager Thomas Reis just wearing what looked initially to be a generic hoodie that I might have been able to pick up at German version of Costco. Ineednoname informed me that it did say Bochum on the back (which I eventually saw), but it’s still great anyway.
- The variety in game day attire for Bundesliga coaches is always superb.
- Ooooof. Bayern Munich’s fourth goal was just an awful own goal by VfL Bochum. Ouch.
- Sané’s defense has been the unexpected surprise of his tenure so far. After Hansi Flick benched him last season, he got “it”.
- Robert Lewandowski deserved that tap-in goal.
- Kimmich’s second was nice as well.
- Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting went three for a dollar to get his goal.
- Thomas Müller almost scored the Müller-est goal ever for what would have been the squad’s eighth tally of the day. Unfortunately, it was called offside.
- Overall, what can you say? That was awesome.
Some Liverpool observers think that getting Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski or Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland is not realistic. Instead, they want the club to go after RB Salzburg’s Karim Adeyemi:
Liverpool may have been linked with the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland as Jurgen Klopp wants to bolster his attack. But Fenway Sports Group (FSG) will likely have one target in mind.
Two strikers that have popped up in recent reports are Lewandowski and Haaland - but a January transfer is just simply not going to happen.
If either are to be looked at more closely, the summer of 2022 would be more reasonable, but even that would be pushing the boat out.
While Adeyemi is far from the likes of Lewandowski and Haaland in terms of ability, his potential to grow into a player like that is what would attract Liverpool and FSG the most.
Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland has been tipped to sign for Real Madrid ahead of Liverpool by former Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Speaking in an interview, as relayed by MARCA, former Bayern Munich CEO and reputed football figure Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has claimed that he does not see Erling Haaland make the switch to Liverpool, but has refused to rule out the possibility of him signing for Real Madrid.
Haaland is currently one of the most in-demand strikers in Europe. The 21-year-old signed for Borussia Dortmund in January last year and has plundered 66 goals in 66 matches across all competitions during his time with the Black and Yellows.
His rapid rise to superstardom has put Haaland on the radars of several top clubs across Europe. Real Madrid have been linked the strongest with a move for the Norwegian international, even though they remain interested in signing Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain as well. Los Blancos president, Florentino Pérez, is said to be working out a way for the club to sign both the prolific strikers.
After failing to lure Leon Goretzka to England, Manchester United wants it to be known that it was not interested in him anyway:
Manchester United midfielder list was not including Leon Goretzka as free agent. He’s always been convinced to extend his contract with Bayern after talking with Nagelsmann. #Bayern #MUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 16, 2021
…and now he has signed until June 2026. Salihamidzic, key to agree the new deal. pic.twitter.com/m7glzc6jxR