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Weekend Warm-up: Thomas Müller taking Bayern Munich demotion in stride, but what’s next?; Throwing it back to School of Fish; Remembering Pogues singer Shane MacGowan; Bundesliga predictions; & MORE!

Bayern Munich needs to improve this weekend.

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

Bayern Munich star Thomas Müller is out of a starting job and his prospects for playing time look more and more reduced under Thomas Tuchel.

At 34-years-old, Müller has done it all and won it all, but now he faces his biggest battle — and on two fronts: Father Time and a coach in Thomas Tuchel, who does not have plans for how to use him.

Still, the veteran is pushing forward and trying to be a good teammate as the club strives to win a double this season.

“It’s the coach’s job to make decisions, whether we as players like it or not. For me, it’s about doing everything I can when I get my minutes, performing well in the training sessions and being happy with myself. We have a lot of attacking players who are doing very good things. The situation is what it is. Everyone has to put up with it. As long as we win, these are marginal topics,” said Müller (as captured by @iMiaSanMia). “My body is working well, I can keep going. I try to do my thing every second on the training pitch and in the games and it’s actually working quite well.”

Therein lies the rub for Müller as he still feels like he has much to offer — even at his advanced playing age — but has nowhere to ply his trade.

For the the first time since those Manchester United rumors way back in the day, Müller has a choice to make. Will he stay a one-club man or will he chase one more chance to be an impact player elsewhere?

Müller does not feel like the kind of player, who will seek out a move to a big club to chase money, but he also seems like too much of a competitor to wither away on the bench at Bayern Munich for the next two-to-three years.

In this case, it does not feel like Müller will outlast the coach and that he might really have to move on if he wants to finish off his playing days on the pitch.

What do you think Müller will do?

Poll

What will Thomas Müller do about his situation at Bayern Munich?

This poll is closed

  • 51%
    Müller will ride it out at Bayern Munich and remain a one-club man.
    (133 votes)
  • 10%
    Müller will move on to a big money club and take one last crack at greatness.
    (28 votes)
  • 7%
    Müller will take a pay cut and player for a smaller club to finish out his playing days on the pitch.
    (20 votes)
  • 30%
    Müller is going to win his spot back and help lead Bayern Munich to one more Champions League run.
    (78 votes)
259 votes total Vote Now

Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 21

It has been a bit of a crazy week for Bayern Munich.

There was a boring win, followed by a more boring draw, but there was a whole of news in between, so in short, we have plenty to discuss.

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

  • Why is Bayern Munich struggling right now. Is it Thomas Tuchel’s fault? Are the players underperforming? Is the squad flawed? Maybe...maybe not, but there is some reason to think it is bound to look better soon.
  • Does this version of Bayern Munich have a poor mentality?
  • Bayern Munich has been closely linked to Bayer Leverkusen ace Florian Wirtz and could be the leader in the clubhouse to land the star....but does it make sense? Is he worth it? Let’s discuss.

Song of the Week: “3 Strange Days” by School of Fish

Ah...this is a lost classic.

When you think of obscure 90s alt-rock, “3 Strange Days” by School of Fish will absolutely enter the chat.

Released in 1991, this is one of those songs that just always stuck with me. School of Fish did not last too long (1989-1994), but they deliver this terrific diddy.

Enjoy:

RIP Shane MacGowan

The unfortunate passing of Shane MacGowan, lead singer of The Pogues, left a hole in the music world that will not be replaced any time soon.

Simply put, MacGowan was a unique individual. Here are a couple of songs to remember him by:


Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. Union Berlin

The Bundesliga action is back for Bayern Munich this weekend as the Bavarians will take on Union Berlin at the Allianz Arena.

For the Bavarians, a win is needed to keep pace with red-hot Bayer Leverkusen, the table-toppers in the league. Meanwhile, Union Berlin has had a putrid season, so far, and is in desperate need of a reboot to get back on the right track.

Desperation, however, might not be enough for Die Eisernen as Bayern Munich will undoubtedly be looking to shake off the cobwebs from an unfortunate midweek draw with FC Copenhagen in the Champions League.

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

  • A rundown of where each team in the standings and look at the recent form of the clubs.
  • A guess at what Thomas Tuchel might be thinking for his starting XI.
  • A prediction on the match.

Predictions

Bayern Munich will host Union Berlin in a Bundesliga showdown between two teams, who have frustrated fans this season — only for completely different reasons.

Union Berlin has been a mess, already changed coaches, and in general, has underperformed. For Bayern Munich, it has not always looked good, but the team is finding ways to win (for the most part) under Tuchel.

Bayern Munich will hold an edge in talent, depth, and form, but Union Berlin could get a boost of energy from the recent coaching change.

Could is the operative word there.

In reality, the Bavarians are poised to breakout of their attacking slump, even against what will likely be a low-block setup from Union Berlin.

It will not be pretty, but the effort will get the job done for the Bavarians.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 3-0 Union Berlin

Other Bundesliga predictions include:

  • SV Darmstadt 98 1-2 FC Köln
  • Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-0 Hoffenheim
  • VfL Bochum 0-1 VfL Wolfsburg
  • VfB Stuttgart 2-0 Werder Bremen
  • Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 Borussia Dortmund
  • RB Leipzig 4-1 Heidenheim
  • Mainz 05 1-2 SC Freiburg
  • FC Augsburg 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt

Prediction Records

  • Bundesliga Last Active Week: 4-5
  • Bundesliga Total: 50-49
  • DFB-Pokal Total: 1-1
  • Champions League Total: 4-1
  • DFL-Supercup: 0-1
  • Total: 55-52

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