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Daily Schmankerl: Timo Werner raves over Jamal Musiala; PSG’s Lionel Messi back to FC Barcelona?; Amine Adli explains choosing Bayer Leverkusen over Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg; and MORE!

It’s game day! Germany vs. Armenia!

Germany Training And Press Conference Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Werner raves about Musiala, future with Germany (@iMiaSanMia)

Germany forward Timo Werner got off to a good start for this international break with a goal against Liechtenstein. On that tally, Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala set Werner up via a terrific assist and the former RB Leipzig man was very appreciative.

“He’s gone through the roof in the last six months, he’s a great player & has a huge future. We’re happy to have players at his age with us. Jamal just goes out on the pitch, plays his game and has fun. Maybe we, other players, have to come back down this path,” Werner said of Musiala.

As for how things are going under Hansi Flick, Werner is happy to be working with the former Bayern Munich skipper. Flick, of course, wanted to bring Werner — and Kai Havertz — to Bavaria before the duo ultimately signed with Chelsea FC back in 2020.

“We didn’t talk about the past, we are happy to be able to work together now. We always got on well. In the first game I was able to show with my goal that it wasn’t a very bad idea to let me play,” Werner said. “Sometimes you win a game like that one against Liechtenstein 8-0 because the first few chances go in. On other occasions, however, you only win 2-0. The time will come again where we score two goals from a half chance.”

Adli explains choosing Leverkusen over Bayern, Wolfsburg (Transfer Market Web)

Amine Adli was linked to Bayern Munich for a stretch this summer, but we heard the Bavarians were not keen on paying that much for the youngster. Adli ultimately signed with Bayer Leverkusen. Here is his story on how it all went down:

At 21, Amine Adli left Toulouse after long weeks of conflict with his club. Free from any contract in 2022, the best player of the last year in Ligue 2 has finally signed with Bayer Leverkusen. Also courted by Bayern Munich or VfL Wolfsburg, the former Toulouse player told Kicker why he chose Leverkusen and not Bayern.

“I chose Leverkusen after talking to the coach. He explained to me the goals of the club and told me that there was a lot of attention on the young players here. The team is very young. These are all things that made the difference for Leverkusen. I made the decision between Leverkusen and Bayern at the last moment. I think the project here at Bayer is very interesting. Then I spoke to my family and the choice finally fell on Leverkusen. Everything happened very quickly,” he said.

Messi back to Barca? (Sport 1)

Could Lionel Messi head back to FC Barcelona? There is speculation already that it could happen:

Lionel Messi has only played a single game for his new club Paris Saint-Germain, but a return to FC Barcelona is already being discussed.

At least one Argentine legend assumes that this will happen. “I’m sure that Leo ( Messi, editor’s note ) will end his career in Barcelona. He will win the Champions League PSG and then he will step down with his people in Barcelona,​ ​”said Juan Roman Riquelme, who played with the six-time world footballer on the Argentina national team, at ESPN .

Messi had left Barca in the summer after much back and forth and joined the top French club. There he signed a two-year contract with an option for another.

“Hopefully Messi will feel at home in Paris,” Riquelme wishes his compatriot: “I don’t know if it’s funny, but we’re all looking forward to enjoying him playing with Mbappé and Neymar.”

How grand would that whole situation be?

ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 1, Episode 15

With another crazy week in the books for Bayer Munich and Germany, we are here to recap all of the action. With the summer transfer window closing, an international break kicking off, and Bayern Munich’s strong effort last weekend, there is plenty of news for the Bayern Munich fanbase to discuss:

Here is what we have on tap for this week’s episode:

  • Bayern Munich’s dominant effort against Hertha Berlin.
  • The continued excellence of Jamal Musiala.
  • The transfer deadline: Who came in and who failed to make it out?
  • How and where Marcel Sabitzer might fit under Julian Nagelsmann at Bayern Munich.
  • First impressions of what Germany looked like under Hansi Flick and why the fan base might need to relax a bit.

Lewy, Davies, Gnabry in Team of the Month (@WhoScored)

Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry, and Alphonso Davies all found their way on to the Who Scored Bundesliga Team of the Month:

Dortmund’s Reyna youngest to get 50 Bundesliga appearances (@RaeComm)

This was a neat little stat from Derek Rae:

ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Germany vs. Armenia (Bavarian Football Works)

With Germany winning against Liechtenstein, Hansi Flick is off to a strong start in his stint as the national team coach. Now, the Germans are set to host Armenia, who currently sit at the top of Group J. With Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer set to return for this one, we hope to see Hansi continue experimenting with his lineup to find the right combination before the next World Cup.

Here are the talking points before the game:

  • How missing Thomas Muller hurts Germany right now.
  • The search for a striker and why the false 9 system is a stopgap.
  • Hansi out to prove that Timo Werner and Kai Havertz should’ve been signed by Bayern.
  • Why Robin Gosens could be replaced on the lineup.
  • Some experiments to look forward to.