Germany took care of business in Stuttgart against Armenia during a 6-0 win where the visitors never had a chance. Hansi Flick’s Germany look significantly more dangerous and confident than anything we have seen since 2014.
Here are some quick hitters on the match:
- Seeing Flick on the bench just instills a little more confidence in Germany these days.
- Thilo Kehrer got up for that early header that went just high.
- What a combination from Timo Werner to Leon Goretzka to Serge Gnabry on “The Chef’s” goal. It was a perfect pass from Goretzka and a top-notch finish from Gnabry.
- Germany looks so much more lethal (and yes, acknowledging they played Armenia — but do you remember the last set of qualifiers?).
- Gnabry’s second goal was a product of the relentless attacking of Germany and was a bit fortuitous, but they all count the same on the scoresheet.
- Werner’s touch to Marco Reus was terrific and Reus hammered home Germany’s third goal.
- Werner gets hammered by the media, but he was at his disruptive best against Armenia. Seeing him get on the scoresheet again can only help his level of comfort and confidence. Goretzka’s header assist on Werner’s goal was deft as well.
- Niklas Sule was very good as he always seems to be these days.
- Jonas Hofmann absolutely looked like he could play right-back for a quality squad. Aside of his goal, he was very solid defensively and looked like he had no problem finding a way to contribute offensively.
- Florian Wirtz and Jamal Musiala put a in a very solid showing.
- The work between Wirtz and Karim Adeyemi on Adeyemi’s goal was fantastic.
- Overall, it was an outstnding effort for the Germans, who will close down this international break against Iceland on Wednesday.
With the emergence of Jamal Musiala, this was bound to happen: Transfer rumors are swirling around Leroy Sane. Chelsea FC, Arsenal FC, and Tottenham Hotspur have all been linked to Sane — and Chelsea could be planning a swap deal:
Chelsea are blessed with a huge squad full of talent but if they want to sign Bayern Munich’s Sane, they might have to let some go.
He scored just six times in the Bundesliga - a lacklustre total considering the attacking talents that previous wingers in Munich have done. It has led to talk that Sane could be back in the Premier League very soon and Chelsea have been linked. Arsenal and Tottenham have also been linked while Julian Nagelsmann is puzzled over how to get the best out of the 25-year-old.
One player that could go the other way is Callum Hudson-Odoi, who has long been on Bayern’s radar. Another player in a troubling situation at Stamford Bridge is Hakim Ziyech, a top talent but could find Tuchel’s tactics tough for his position as a No. 10 or inverted winger Christian Pulisic is another who could end up going to Bavaria with the number of attacking players at Chelsea keeping the American from having a consistent stretch of form in the first-team.
This move will never happen, but if I had to take Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, or Pulisic, give me the Pride of PA Classics soccer club seven days a week.
It is not just Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal, however, who are taking a peek at Sane, though. Leicester City is also being prodded to make a move:
One of the names that should be on the City boss’ shortlist of targets is ex-Manchester City winger Leroy Sane. Whilst no formal link has been made between the Foxes and Sane, it is a suggestion which makes plenty of sense.
It appears a rather strange proposition given the wide-man’s goal tally in the Bundesliga was above his expected goals rate, and he produced three more assists than his expected assists statistic (6.4xA) had him ranked at.
According to a report from Spanish publication AS, Real Madrid have set their sights on Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski as Plan B in case their pursuit of Erling Haaland fails in the summer of 2022.
Real Madrid have grand plans of building a ‘Galactico’ strikeforce for the next season and have identified Kylian Mbappe of PSG and Borussia Dortmund’s Haaland as their priority additions in 2022. Mbappe, given that he is in the final year of his contract and has his heart set on a move to the Spanish capital should not pose any issues with regard to a transfer next summer.
However, things could get tricky with the pursuit of Haaland. The 21-year-old, who has plundered 63 goals in 64 games for Dortmund since arriving in January last year, will see a release clause worth €75 million kick in next summer. While Real Madrid are believed to be the frontrunners in the early stages, the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City are also very much interested.
Italian journalist Rudy Galetti also chimed in with his own information as well:
⚪️ #RealMadrid have set plans for 2022 transfer market.— Rudy Galetti (@RudyGaletti) September 5, 2021
finalize #Haaland purchase (pre-agreement already in place);
have #Mbappe & #Pogba sign the pre-contract (starting from Jan). ⚽️ #Calciomercato #Transfers #PSG #BVB #ManUtd @juvinsight