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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich’s link to defender all for naught?; Christopher Nkunku going to Chelsea?; Special pills for Julian Nagelsmann?; Was Jürgen Klopp reluctant to show Sadio Mané the love at Liverpool?; and MORE!

Okay...on to FC Viktoria Plzeň for Bayern Munich.

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Falks says Timber talks are nonsense (@cfbayern)

Just a few days ago, it was reported that Bayern Munich had interest in Ajax defender Jurrien Timber. The Bavarians had been linked to Timber last summer prior to making a move for then-Juventus center-back Matthijs de Ligt.

Sport Bild journalist Christian Falk, however, says that Bayern Munich does not want to pursue Timber at this time, which makes sense given the current depth at the position:

Timber is not a big, hulking presence at center-back and would be more in the mode of Lucas Hernandez than De Ligt in terms of size. Regardless, it does not appear that anything is imminent between the Die Roten and Timber.

Nkunku going to Chelsea...or not? (@cfbayern)

RB Leipzig attacker Christopher Nkunku is one of the most dynamic scoring threats in the Bundesliga...and Chelsea FC might be looking to get an early jump on a transfer for next summer per Sport Bild’s Christian Falk:

Sky’s Florian Plettenberg, however, is reporting that a deal is not close to being finalized:

RB Leipzig has certainly become one of the great “proving grounds” for talent. If Nkunku moved on it would not be shocking at all — especially if Chelsea comes ready with its deep pockets.

Gosens says he wasn’t ready for Leverkusen move yet (Sport1)

Inter Milan star Robin Gosens heard the whispers regarding a potential move to Bayer Leverkusen for the Germany international.

“I play for a world club and I’m happy at Inter. My aim is to assert myself at this big club. I have to play three, four, five games in a row now, that’s what I’m working towards. I also have to get into a rhythm with a view to the World Cup,” Gosens said. “I spoke to Simon Rolfes on the phone and it was an open and honest exchange. I told him that I’m not done at Inter and I want to attack. I feel very comfortable at Inter at the moment and I’m certainly not there against my will. I am fully motivated and look forward to the tasks. But I’m only satisfied when I’m on the pitch, I expect that from myself.”

Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 13 (Bavarian Football Works)

Between Germany and Bayern Munich, there is no shortage of discussion points for fans to talk about and debate.

For those looking forward to the World Cup, we got a sneak peek on what things could look like for Germany in Qatar. For Bayern Munich fans, it is time to re-boot and start over after a tough run in the Bundesliga.

Let’s take a gander at what we have on tap for this episode:

  • A look at Germany’s international break and what we might have learned ahead of the World Cup.
  • What to look for in Bayern Munich’s games.
  • Jamal Musiala’s star is beginning to explode.
  • Bayern Munich might already be planning for life after Benjamin Pavard.
  • Is Bayern Munich interested in Chelsea FC’s Kai Havertz?

Former LFC player says Mané didn’t feel the love from Klopp (TEAMtalk)

Former Liverpool midfielder Salif Diao says Sadio Mané left England because Jürgen Klopp did not fully appreciate the Senegalese attacker.

“I think he had been here for a couple of years and I think at some point he thought he did not have the love that he needed really, here at Anfield,” Diao originally told the Liverpool Echo. “I’m not talking about the fans, for him I think it was more with the manager. Things weren’t really going on as they should be so that’s why he decided to go for a new challenge. I think as a top player, every time you stay four, five years at a top club, sometimes it’s good to go for a new challenge.”

What are these throat pills you speak of? (Bild via @iMiaSanMia)

When I coach basketball, I often get to a point in the season where I lose my voice. I may need the Bayern Munich medical team to chime in on these magic pills they are using to give Julian Nagelsmann his voice back:

And these two pics crack me up because it looks like a deleted scene from The Wire.


Seriously, though, hopefully there are no long-term issues with Nagelsmann’s vocal chords/voice.

Hoffenheim to shun World Cup coverage (ESPN)

Hoffenheim has decided it will not cover the World Cup in Qatar on its club website because of the country’s record on human rights violations:

All these aspects play a role in not wanting to just simply inform in a carefree manner. A celebratory description based purely on the sporting aspect, solely based on goals and performance without looking at the wider picture where this so-called football festival will be held is in our opinion not allowed. But we cannot deliver these necessary analytical comments for the coverage of the sporting event from many thousands of kilometers away.

Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 4-0 Bayer Leverkusen (Bavarian Football Works)

After four consecutive Bundesliga games without a win, Bayern Munich have responded in solid fashion with a 4-0 win over a struggling Bayer Leverkusen side. The entire front four managed to score as Julian Nagelsmann’s system shone in its ability to create chances and suffocate the opposition with a high press. Even so, after all these poor performances, we have to be wary about declaring the crisis over after a single win.

Here are our talking points from the game:

  • A quick recap of how the game went down.
  • How Sadio Mane playing on the left might be a move to optimize his role.
  • Leroy Sane’s excellent performance, overshadowed by the even better Jamal Musiala.
  • Why a “quiet game” from Thomas Muller is a myth.
  • A quick review of the midfield partnership (not much to say here) and Sabitzer’s Kante-esque role.
  • Does Matthijs de Ligt look a little ... large?
  • Countering the confusing narratives about Alphonso Davies.
  • Interesting moves by Nagelsmann on set pieces.
  • Criticism of the substitutions.

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