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Daily Schmankerl: Team chemistry is good with Bayern Munich, critical eyes go toward Julian Nagelsmann; FC Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong talks transfer saga; Joshua Kimmich, Benjamin Pavard, Jamal Musiala recognized; Bayern delaying Pavard talks; and MORE!

Here we go! Germany vs. Hungary later today!

FC Augsburg v FC Bayern München - Bundesliga Photo by S. Mellar/FC Bayern via Getty Images

Bayern players not sniping at each other, anger directed at coach (Bild via @iMiaSanMia)

For all of the ups-and-downs that Bayern Munich has had so far this season, things are at least going well within the locker room. According to Bild, team chemistry is great for the Bavarians:

Even though some players are unhappy with their playing time, the chemistry within the team (between players is good). The players are rather looking critically at Nagelsmann - which is a first alarm signal for the coach.

The only somewhat troubling part of the Bild report (if true), is that it is never a good sign if sections of the locker room start to direct ire — collectively — at the coach. The relationship between players and coaches can be tricky and it does not need to be all hugs and pats on the back, but pointing fingers and an “us against them” mentality will eventually cause the foundation of the squad to crack.

I don’t think things are all that bad at Bayern Munich at this stage, but it would be great to see less stories about the players being unhappy with the manager for one reason or another.

De Jong says he was never moving to Chelsea or United during summer (Sport1)

FC Barcelona Frenkie de Jong insisted that he never considered moving to Chelsea FC or Manchester United over the summer.

“Interested by Chelsea and Man United? I already decided in May that I want to stay in Barcelona. I didn’t change this decision in the summer and I always stayed calm. I can’t give too many details,” said De Jong. “The club has its own ideas and I have my own ideas, sometimes they clash. But at the end of the day everything went well.”

The primary issue for De Jong with Barca (aside of the fact that the club executives wants to unload his substantial salary) is that he is in danger of no longer being a regular in Xavi’s starting XI.

De Jong has started just three of six La Liga matches and one of two game in the Champions League.

Bayern Munich, of course, is also rumored to have interest in De Jong as both manager Julian Nagelsmann and sporting director Frenkie de Jong are purported to be fans of the Dutchman.

Pavard, Kimmich named to Europe’s best far (@WhoScored) compiled it’s best XI for the European season so far and Bayern Munich’s Benjamin Pavard and Joshua Kimmich are both on the squad:

Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and FC Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski leading the attack would be scary (only if that could have worked out this season for Bayern Munich). Anyway, it was also good to see Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Yann Sommer and Ramy Bensebaini get some recognition.

Bavarian Podcast Works: Flagship Show — Season 5, Episode 12 (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich suffered their first loss of the season against a struggling Augsburg side. With players unable to capitalize on chances and unwilling to track back at times, it seems there are issues popping up everywhere at FC Bayern. Tom and Samrin try to make sense of the issues and discuss the following:

  • What Tom thinks the main issue with Bayern currently is.
  • Is Julian Nagelsmann’s job truly at risk?
  • Are there signs of problems in the dressing room?
  • What is happening with the front quartet at Bayern?
  • Whether Robert Lewandowski is missed.
  • Whether Bayern should sign a striker in January.
  • Can Bayern work without a true number nine?
  • Will the poor finishing of Bayern’s front line impact the German National Team?
  • How the players’ performance with Hansi Flick might possibly impact Julian Nagelsmann.

Lewy (Przeglad Sportowy via Barca Universal)

Speaking of Robert Lewandowski, the Pole said what may have been thinking — it will be easier to win a Ballon d’Or playing for FC Barcelona than say...Bayern Munich.

“Maybe Barcelona’s players won it more often, but this trophy does not keep me awake at night. My approach is that from Barca there is a shorter way to the Golden Ball than from Bayern,” Lewandowski said.

Musiala recognized for early season effort (@WhoScored)

Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala was named to’s U-21 squad for the Europe’s top five leagues:

Bayern playing wait-and-see on Pavard (@Plettigoal)

As seen above, Benjamin Pavard has been one of the — if not the — best right-back in Europe so far this season. Still, Bayern Munich is playing a game of “wait-and-see” when it comes to working on a contract extension with the Frenchman:

Pavard has made it clear that he wants to play center-back, which could prove difficult with Matthijs de Ligt, Lucas Hernandez, and Dayot Upamecano all currently in the fold. How much of a factor that plays in his decision-making could be key when the two sides eventually start talks.

With Noussair Mazraoui and Josip Stanišić already in-house as a potential starting options at right-back, Bayern Munich is at least poised to backfill that position quite easily if Pavard leaves.

Manchester United, Chelsea FC, and Juventus are among the teams reportedly interested in Pavard.

Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Germany vs Hungary; England vs. Germany (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann might be relieved that he is getting a break; plenty of his squad members are away on international duty. In this podcast, we look forward to Germany’s games in the UEFA Nations League against table-topping Hungary and England. In this podcast we discuss:

  • Germany’s squad selections by Hansi Flick.
  • Covid cases and injuries impacting the national side.
  • How Germany might line up in the matches against Hungary and England.
  • A look back to Germany’s earlier Nations League matches against both aforementioned opponents.
  • How Germany’s style might differ from Hungary to England.
  • Who might play in the forward position.
  • What Julian Nagelsmann might learning from watching his players work under Flick.
  • Some bonus tidbits regarding the Bundesliga.

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