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Daily Schmankerl: The aftermath of Bayern Munich vs. FC Copenhagen; Liverpool, FC Barcelona both want Florian Wirtz; Ronald Araújo not leaving FC Barcelona for Bayern; Timo Werner probably not headed to Manchester United; & MORE!

Not good...not good at all.

FC Bayern München v F.C. Copenhagen: Group A - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Die Folgen: Bayern’s 0-0 draw with Copenhagen (Bavarian Football Works)

Well, that was....something.

Bayern Munich and FC Copenhagen fought to a 0-0 draw in the Champions League for a match that highlighted the fight and desire of the Danes, while also showcasing the lack of motivation, precision, and urgency for the Bavarians.

A masterpiece...it was not.

Let’s take a look at some quick hitters on another lackluster match:

  • As always, let’s start with the lineup:
  • Thomas Tuchel’s lineup did not offer many surprises as a rotation was expected, but Noussair Mazraoui was out with an illness and Kim Min-jae got the day off as he has been banged up. Instead, Leon Goretzka played center-back, Konrad Laimer played right-back, and Raphaël Guerreiro played in the central midfield with Joshua Kimmich.
  • Otherwise, Thomas Müller and Mathys Tel jumped into the starting XI, but not Serge Gnabry.
  • Bayern Munich controlled play early, but FC Copenhagen — likely driven by the draw between Manchester United and Galatasaray — was far more conservative and compact than in the first leg of this tie.
  • Bayern Munich’s best chance of the early going came in the 30th minute when an out-swinging cross from Konrad Laimer found the leap head of Tel, who bopped it over to Müller. Despite a decent header attempt from Müller, Kamil Grabara made a great stop on the shot.
  • Grabara had a very good showing in between the sticks.
  • It was 0-0 at halftime, but FC Copenhagen was simply hanging on, which made for (another) boring game.
  • FC Copenhagen was a little more daring in the second half when presented with opportunities, but not much.
  • In the 87th minute, Manuel Neuer put on a freakin’ excellent show in making a couple of stops to keep the game knotted at 0-0. If you ever start to forget that Neuer is capable of greatness, he tends to throw you something like that sequence to remind you.
  • Extra time brought on a handball controversy, but after VAR, it was deemed that FC Copenhagen was not guilty of an infraction. It would have been a tough and unfortunate call for Copenhagen.
  • Overall, it was just a lackluster performance. Bayern Munich needs to be better and the players who finally got opportunities to show themselves needed to be better. Unfortunately, Müller, Tel, and Guerreiro had to play against a low block that had no intention of letting anything leak through. Those are the breaks sometimes, but performances like those three players had (not terrible by any means, but just not enough) will not convince Tuchel to give them more playing time.

If you missed our Initial Analysis, Match Awards, Observations, and/or Postgame Podcast, give them a look and/or a listen:

Araújo rumors dashed (Sport)

Despite the links to Bayern Munich, FC Barcelona defender Ronald Araújo is not going anywhere:

Araujo will not be touched

❌ Faced with the possible interest of Bayern Munich, Barça assures that the Uruguayan is a fundamental piece in the team and is not for sale

✍️ @ferrancorreas

Fabrizio Romano also denied the rumors that Bayern Munich — despite being a fan of Araújo — would bid on the player:

LFC wants Wirtz, too (El Nacional via 90Min.com)

While Florian Wirtz reportedly wants a move to Bayern Munich, Liverpool FC and FC Barcelona are also in the race for the Germany international:

Liverpool are readying an £80m bid for Bayer Leverkusen star Florian Wirtz, with the Reds moving ahead of Barcelona in the race for the in-demand midfielder.

The market for Wirtz could be extremely competitive, so it really could come down to where he wants to move. Right now, it seems like Bayern Munich is the place, but do the Bavarians have the stomach to form over nine-figures to Bayer Leverkusen for the attacker?

Bavarian Podcast Works — Flagship Show: Season 6, Episode 20 (Bavarian Football Works)

With recent flagship episodes pushing the hour mark more often than not, it was time to have a shorter episode to bring some variety to proceedings. This is not to say that things at Bayern Munich were uneventful in the last week or so — there was plenty to talk about with Thomas Tuchel making some odd choices in the game against FC Köln.

In this episode, INNN and Samrin discuss the following:

  • Was Thomas Tuchel sending a message with his lack of substitutions at Köln?
  • The problem with putting results over performances.
  • Why Thomas Müller seems like he’s on his way out at Bayern Munich.
  • How will Tuchel line up versus Copenhagen in the Champions League this week?
  • Why Leroy Sane is in desperate need of some rest.

Frimpong still wants exit (@Plettigoal)

Bayer Leverkusen defender Jeremie Frimpong is still eyeing a move away from the club, but it might not happen until next summer:

News Jeremie #Frimpong: Leverkusen expect him to leave the club in 2024. The 22 y/o is also very keen on a transfer.

He has a release clause of €40m in the summer!

Incredible season again. Best Bundesliga right winger/right-back at the moment: 6 goals and 7 assists in 17 matches yet.

@SkySportDE

If — somehow — Frimpong were to leave Die Werkself in January, it would conceivably open up more playing time for Bayern Munich loanee Josip Stanišić. However, it still seems like a longshot that Frimpong leaves the club that early.

At one point, Frimpong was also linked to Bayern Munich, among other clubs.

Werner wants to battle it out at Leipzig (Metro via 90Min.com)

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner was linked to Manchester United, but it appears that the German wants to stay home and fight for his position:

Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their search for a new striker however, as Timo Werner prepared to stay and fight for his place at RB Leipzig.

Ultimately, it feels like Werner is going to move somewhere in the Bundesliga. He might have to take a salary to stay in Germany, but after his experience with Chelsea FC, Werner might feel like there really is no place like home.

Bayern not serious yet for Stuttgart defender (@Plettigoal)

According to Sky journalist Florian Plettenberg, Bayern Munich is not fully serious about a pursuit of VfB Stuttgart defender Waldemar Anton:

News #Anton: VfB Stuttgart wants to extend his contract beyond 2025. Talks with the 27 y/o have started.

Anton, open to stay as he feels very comfortable at @VfB. But some clubs are monitoring him as he’s a versatile defender.

➡️ No target for Leverkusen

➡️ Bayern impressed of his development. Not more at this stage.

As a captain and regular player, he hopes for a nomination from Nagelsmann next March.

@SkySportDE

Bavarian Podcast Works — Postgame Show: Bayern Munich 1-0 FC Köln (Bavarian Football Works)

A Friday night tilt after an international break against a desperate opponent could have been disastrous for Bayern Munich, but like they have done so many other times this season, the Bavarians fought through some uneven play on both ends of the pitch to claim a 1-0 victory.

Let’s take a look at what is on tap for this episode:

  • A gander at Thomas Tuchel’s odd starting XI and what that might mean for some of the players who were passed over in favor of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
  • A public service message that you do not need to watch this mess.
  • A rundown of the scoring (LOL) as Harry Kane just keeps producing, even though he sometimes appears to be an afterthought in the attack.
  • Steffen Baumgart will likely get sacked soon, but he has nothing to work with. That said, he had his team prepared and they fought hard. This really just a Billy Goats team that lacks talent.
  • Some final thoughts on Bayern Munich as the team heads into the stretch run of the Hinrunde.

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