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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich prez won’t delve into rumored Florian Wirtz pursuit; Everyone is lauding Bayern’s Harry Kane; Real Madrid out on PSG’s Kylian Mbappé?; Joshua Kimmich’s attacking mindset; + MORE!

Here we go...the Bundesliga weekend is upon us.

Bayer Leverkusen final training session Photo by Federico Gambarini/picture alliance via Getty Images

Bayern prez won’t give hints on Wirtz (Abendzeitung’s Maximilian Koch via @iMiaSanMia)

The rumors of Bayern Munich getting ready to pursue Bayer Leverkusen ace Florian Wirtz during the summer are growing, but club president Herbert Hainer is not going to give any hints on what might be in store for the Bavarians.

“Florian Wirtz has just extended his contract at Bayer Leverkusen, there’s nothing more to say. In general, he and Jamal Musiala are among the most talented young players in the Bundesliga,” said Hainer.

Hainer is saying just about all he can say at this stage. It still seems difficult to envision Musiala and Wirtz coexisting in a starting XI to me (maybe not to you, but I am dope). Surely, the German national team is going to give the duo a chance to run together, which should give Hainer and the rest of the Bayern squad planners some time to assess how it might work in Munich.

Redknapp scoffs at notion that Spurs are better without Kane (Daily Express via @iMiaSanMia)

Harry Kane has been a savior at Bayern Munich (especially when his teammates actually pass him the ball), but there were some talking heads out there insisting that Tottenham Hotspur was better off without him.

For Spurs manager Harry Redknapp — rightfully — thinks that is nonsense.

“People say they (Tottenham) are better without Harry Kane, but that’s rubbish. Nobody is better without Harry Kane. He’s the best centre-forward in the world. If he was still at Spurs he would have scored 12 goals already - and had another half dozen or so assists as well,” said Redknapp.

Bavarian Podcast Works — Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 18 (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich was sleepwalking for the majority of its Champions League match against Galatasaray, but did pull out a victory that frustrated many fans.

The Bavarians eventually snared a 2-1 win ahead of this weekend’s Bundesliga showdown with Heidenheim. We will cover ALL of that, plus take a look at those pesky transfer rumors surrounding Joshua Kimmich and our old friend Robert Lewandowski’s recent struggles with FC Barcelona.

Here is the full rundown of what we have on tap for this edition of the Weekend Warm-up Podcast:

  • A breakdown of the Bayern Munich vs. Galatasaray match.
  • A preview of Bayern Munich vs. Heidenheim — will Thomas Tuchel learn his lesson with injuries?
  • Thoughts on Robert Lewandowski’s struggles with FC Barcelona and those links to MLS (do I have to fire up another post like this?)
  • How legit are the Joshua Kimmich transfer rumors?

Dempsey lauds Kane, too (The Boot Room)

Another member of the “Hulk-a-Kane-iacs” is out there, brother, and it is former USMNT star Clint Dempsey.

“I want to talk about the old Tottenham player and how well he’s been doing,” Dempsey told Thierry Henry on CBS Sports. “He’s been on fire man. 17 goals and seven assists, we know he can do it in the Premier League and with England but now he’s doing it in another league and another country and that’s why he’s a top striker in the world.”

“Before you turn off the lights, let’s get one thing understood...” (@willbrazier)

In Peru, they have ways to combat visitors celebrating on the home team’s pitch:

If you are wondering why the title of this note sounds familiar...then you were likely a teen in the 90s and have some faint memory of this song:

Bavarian Podcast Works — Flagship Show: Season 6, Episode 17 (Bavarian Football Works)

Craziness is abound as Bayern Munich had the most painful of losses and the most exuberant of wins within four days of each other.

The Helter Skelter nature of the team’s performances on the pitch continues, but — more than anything — Bayern Munich keeps winning in the Bundesliga and Champions League.

There is a lot to talk about and analyze, so that’s what we will do. Here is what is on tap for this edition of the Bavarian Podcast Works — Flagship Show:

  • Some thoughts and analysis on Bayern Munich massive 4-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker — and why even a certain type of loss would have been an okay result (I know...blasphemy).
  • A preview of Bayern Munich vs. Galatasaray in the UCL.

Kimmich getting work done (@WhoScored)

Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich had himself a night against Galatasaray:

Madrid out on Mbappé over price? (Cadena SER via

Trying to keep up with Real Madrid’s rumored interest in Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappé is dizzying:

Real Madrid have decided to end their pursuit of Kylian Mbappé, whose high salary and bonus demands are no longer seen as feasible. Instead, the Spanish side wan to build around younger talents like Endrick.

Bavarian Podcast Works — Postgame Show: Borussia Dortmund 0-4 Bayern Munich (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund very convincingly, 0-4, in what might have been a surprise to Bayern fans but wasn’t a surprise to just about anybody else. In this podcast, we discussed the following:

  • How Thomas Tuchel’s position as head coach might change after this game.
  • How Tuchel’s desire for a number six is impacted by this game.
  • Will Joshua Kimmich’s position come under fire?
  • What worked for Bayern today?
  • What did not work at all for Dortmund today?
  • A word on the Leon Goretzka - Konrad Laimer pairing in midfield.
  • A word on Bayer Leverkusen and where they stand currently.
  • Is Dortmund a lock-in for top four?
  • Questions to be answered for Bayern moving forward.

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