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Daily Schmankerl: The aftermath of Germany vs. Austria; Bayern Munich’s Leroy Sané and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner to Real Madrid?; Should Liverpool sell Thiago Alcântara?; Konrad Laimer lauds Harry Kane; + MORE!

Well...that was rough.

Austria v Germany - International Friendly Photo by Stefan Matzke - sampics/Corbis via Getty Images

Die Folgen: Germany’s 2-0 loss to Austria (Bavarian Football Works)

Former Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann was brought in to right the ship for the German national team after Hansi Flick infamously flamed out.

It is not working...at least not yet.

Germany was embarrassed (again), this time by Austria by a score of 2-0.

Is this rock bottom for Die Mannschaft? Maybe, but here are some quick hitters on the match, anyway:

  • Let’s take a look at the lineup:
  • One thing you probably noticed immediately was that Joshua Kimmich was benched. It is a weird odyssey that Kimmich has had this season. Once considered completely indispensable to both club and country, the No. 6 could have his job threatened for both Germany and Bayern Munich (at least on the surface). Kimmich NEVER used to miss a game.
  • Otherwise there were really not any other surprises aside of Julian Brandt starting over Florian Wirtz, who has not been great for the German national team.
  • This match was yet another one for Germany where it looked largely listless and out of sync. Different coaches, different players, different formations, different strategies...nothing is working.
  • Nagelsmann rolled out Kai Havertz in that hybrid role and — surprisingly — he was somewhat of a bright spot on a day where nearly everyone else was dim.
  • Marcel Sabitzer probably loved scoring against Germany and Nagelsmann.
  • The center-back trio of Antonio Rüdiger, Mats Hummels, and Jonathan Tah was...not great. Nor was the midfield of İlkay Gündoğan and Leon Goretzka.
  • Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sané, and Niclas Füllkrug were poor as an attacking trio.
  • Julian Brandt did nothing in his wing-back role. The fact that Brandt even gets the nod for a starting role after showing up late for team meetings at the World Cup is amazing to me. The dude has really done nothing to warrant anyone overlooking that kind of thing. Yes, that is a long grudge to hold, but if he lacked professionalism a year ago, it seems doubtful that he experienced some type of epiphany to become a better teammate or more responsible professional.
  • Sané losing his (bleep) on Phillipp Mwene was...odd. It was a physical match and the two did have some run-ins, but Sané took it to another level even if Mwene’s act was a little drama filled. Either way, Sané deserved the red card.
  • Nothing worked for Germany, even when Nagelsmann pushed some buttons with early subs.
  • This team is woefully unprepared for the Euros and are at risk of humiliating themselves on their home soil.
  • Nagelsmann is doing his best to prove his detractors right. He is over-thinking and tinkering in a format where those kinds of things can quickly become coach killers.
  • Overall, it was bad. What else can you say? This team might be filled with players who have individual talent, but they stink as a collective — at least right now and for the last year. We can continue to blame coaches (and certainly they do hold some fault in the matter), but these players just are not good enough — that is the bottom line.

If you missed our Initial Analysis, Match Awards, or Observations, check them out. We will cover this mess on the Weekend Warm-up Podcast as well, which will drop later today.

#TimoTime in Madrid? People are asking...(The U.S. Sun)

With Vinicius Jr. out of action for as long as 10 weeks with Real Madrid, Los Blancos could be looking to Germany — specifically RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner to help with the team’s attack:

TIMO WERNER is reportedly being considered as an option for Real Madrid in the January transfer window. Los Blancos are struggling for attacking options this season and have been left in a sticky situation with Vinicius Jr picking up an injury.

The Brazilian winger has injured his hamstring and is expected to be out until late January. And according to Sport, Real Madrid could turn to Timo Werner to temporarily plug a gap.

It’s said that the Spanish giants are looking for loan or permanent options to offer some reinforcement up top. RB Leipzig are reportedly keen to let the former Chelsea striker go in January, barely a year after they re-signed him from the Blues for £25m.

And according to German outlet Spox, Leipzig sporting director Rouven Schroder is ready to listen to offers for Werner this winter. Schroder offered support to his player, but made it clear they would facilitate a move should Werner want to leave.

He said: “We look carefully at our squad, and we want players who have that something a bit different in their heads. Those are the types of players who we will pick. Timo is going through a difficult spell, and we are supporting him. Life isn’t always sunshine.”

Werner has already won one Champions League title during his time with Chelsea FC. Should this move happen (doubtful as it may seem), the attacker would be in a prime position to contend for the UCL once more.

Is Thiago a luxury player for LFC? (King Casino Bonus)

Jermain Pennant thinks Thiago Alcântara has not been great for Liverpool during his time at the club.

‘’Thiago is more of a luxury midfielder who needs a free role in the midfield. Liverpool like to press from the front, middle, and all over the park, and I don’t think that really suited him,” Pennant told King Casino Bonus. “Thiago has not shown any consistency at Liverpool — his time at Anfield has been like a rollercoaster. ‘’Thiago has shown glimpses of absolute genius, but he’s had a lot of injuries and there hasn’t been any form of consistency there. Thiago has been up and down like a roller coaster. It’s a shame. We’ve seen him play wonderful football whilst fit, but we’ve also seen him be off the boil. It’s a mixed bag. There’s so much talent there.’’

Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 19 (Bavarian Football Works)

Ahead of the EURO 2024 competition, yet another international break is upon us.

Bayern Munich players are spread out globally to represent their respective national teams, but that does not mean that there is not a lot to talk about with both the Rekordmeister and the boys representing Germany:

  • Registering a formal take on the hotly-contested Harry Kane vs. Robert Lewandowski debate.
  • The curious story leaked by Bild that indicates Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann will not be using Joshua Kimmich as a right-back.
  • What to expect from Germany’s upcoming games and what are some realistic expectations.
  • Looking at Bayern Munich’s upcoming slate of games.
  • The latest news on Alphonso Davies and his potential transfer — as Real Madrid, Liverpool FC, Chelsea FC, Manchester City, and Paris Saint-Germain all circle.

Madrid could make play for Sané (Sport)

Real Madrid could be yet another club — with Liverpool FC, Manchester City, and FC Barcelona — interested in Bayern Munich star Leroy Sané:

Bayern Munich’s German winger, Leroy Sané, is one of the hottest names on the transfer market. The German player’s contract expires in 2025 and has not yet renewed with the Bavarian team, which is beginning to get nervous about the possible loss of one of its star players.

In recent months, Barcelona and Real Madrid have focused their attention on Sané . If he does not renew next summer, the former Manchester City player could be one of the most sought-after players in the upcoming transfer windows, both in the form of a possible transfer given Bayern’s last opportunity to sell him or as a free player with whom to negotiate, starting January 1, 2025.

Germany names its latest Frauen roster (@DFB_Frauen)

It can’t get any worse for German national teams, right? The Frauen have to carry to the torch for excellence these days, either way.

Get it done, ladies!

Laimer lauds Kane (kicker via @iMiaSanMia)

We can add Konrad Laimer to the list of players who have been impressed by Harry Kane.

“He’s good for all and is a great guy. He’s very down to earth and is a very big personality on and off the pitch - he’s helping the team,” said Laimer.

It is getting tough to think there are many other player more well thought of than Kane.

Tel aiming for starting role at Bayern (@iMiaSanMia)

Mathys Tel has been very productive for Bayern Munich having tallied six goals and three assists in 17 games across all competitions.

However, the youngster is not frustrated by his lack of game time.

“I’m not frustrated by my game time. But I’m definitely working to get a starting spot. Today, I have a supersub status, but that’s not what I’m looking for in the long term. But that’s where we are now and I’ll continue to learn in order to have a more important place within the team,” said Tel. “I’m following the principle that to become big, you have to learn to be small. It comes through learning.”

Bavarian Podcast Works — Flagship Show: Season 6, Episode 19 (Bavarian Football Works)

Yes, we are a Bayern Munich podcast, but after the latest humiliation we simply have to focus on Germany this week. Losing 3-2 to a Turkish B-team is a new low, and we’re only three games into the Julian Nagelsmann era. Where was the free flowing football? The attacking concept? The tactical philosophy? It seems like the coach has fallen into the experimentation trap he experienced at Bayern Munich, where he didn’t know when to stop tinkering.

In this episode, INNN and Samrin discuss the following:

  • What was Julian Nagelsmann thinking with THAT lineup? Kai Havertz at left-back, really?
  • Everything that went wrong for Germany, from offense to defense, the midfield, and individual performances.
  • Why do coaches keep making the same mistakes when taking over the at the DFB?
  • The curious case of İlkay Gündoğan and the major issue with Joshua Kimmich.
  • The problem with Germany that no one seems to talk about — a culture of mediocrity and assumptions.
  • Where does Nagelsmann go from here?
  • What will happen at the Euros?
  • A token amount of Bayern Munich discussion — what is going on with Alphonso Davies? Will he go to Real Madrid?
  • Why losing Davies would be devastating to Bayern in the long term.

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