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Daily Schmankerl: The aftermath of Bayern Munich vs. Eintracht Frankfurt; Real Madrid to give PSG’s Kylian Mbappé a deadline?; Former Bayern player unhappy with new club; Where will Manchester United’s Jadon Sancho land?; & MORE!

What a disaster!

Eintracht Frankfurt v FC Bayern München - Bundesliga Photo by Vasile Mihai-Antonio/Getty Images

Die Folgen: Bayern’s bitter 5-1 loss to Frankfurt (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich was looking to revive their season after an unexpected one-week hiatus, but instead of being amped to play, the Bavarians were a flatlined mess.

By mess, we mean debacle.

By debacle, we man all-out throttling.

Thomas Tuchel is not pushing the right buttons and the players are not responding. The fault lies on both parties (coaching staff and players) for the absolutely throttling that occured.

Let’s take a look at some quick hitters on that horrific match:

  • As always, let’s start with the lineup:
  • The lineup offered a few surprises. Neither Jamal Musiala, nor Thomas Müller started, but instead it was Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. Noussair Mazraoui was deemed healthy enough to play, which relegated Konrad Laimer to the bench. Finally, Kingsley Coman got the nod over Serge Gnabry. All three of those decisions were very questionable.
  • Die Adler came out flying and buzzing. Bayern Munich was on its heels early on. Eintracht Frankfurt was faster, more precise, and more physical...which resulted in a 12th minute goal from Omar Marmoush.
  • A terrible touch from Mazraoui keyed the goal and then some horrid positioning on the play was the icing on the cake. It is hard to think he was operating at 100% after being sick for almost two weeks.
  • Bayern Munich was playing like Berni in mid-hibernation...after a three-week bender...after being roofied by the guy from The Hangover.
  • Bayern Munich’s attacking movement and effort was severely lacking early in the match. What a thoroughly disappointing approach to the game from the players and coaching staff.
  • It is time for Tuchel to get over his Kingsley Coman infatuation. The winger is going through one of his patented spells of inconsistency and poor decision-making. Sit him down for a while and let him get back on track.
  • Eintracht Frankfurt’s second goal was just sheer “want.” Ansgar Knauff worked over Kim Min-jae in embarrassing fashion before sliding a pass to Éric Junior Dina Ebimbe, who deftly beat both Alphonso Davies and Dayot Upamecano to sneak a goal by Neuer, who — undoubtedly — would like that one back.
  • It is hard to take advantage of poor play by an entire backline on one specific play, but the Eintracht Frankfurt duo made short work of the Bavarians on that goal.
  • But wait! There was MORE shambolic play in the first half! A terrible Joshua Kimmich pass was picked off and Eintracht Frankfurt once again took advantage of Bayern Munich’s god-awful backline, which resulted in another goal — this time by Hugo Larsson.
  • Eintracht Frankfurt was up 3-0 by the 36th minute and Bayern Munich had no answers.
  • For as good as Leroy Sané has been, his recent performances look eerily similar to how he looked while slumping in the past. Has fatigue caught up to the Germany international?
  • Kimmich would atone for his miscue with a goal in the 44th minute after Sané slid him a pass.
  • Mercifully, the first half ended at 3-1, but it felt like it could have been a lot worse.
  • To start the second half, Tuchel replaced Davies (who might have suffered a pull or strain of some sort) with Raphaël Guerreiro and Mazraoui with Konrad Laimer. Both starting outside-backs were dreadful, which put a lot of strain on the center-backs, who were also scuffling.
  • Speaking of that exact thing, Upamecano made a horrific mistake with too big of a touch that resulted in a quick counterattack — and a 4-1 lead for Eintracht Frankfurt behind another goal from Ebimbe.
  • As much as Tuchel might not want to admit it, this team needs Matthijs de Ligt back in the worst way.
  • Saying this for the people in the back: Bayern Munich’s best XI includes Müller and Musiala together — but Tuchel refuses to do it (Author’s Tinfoil Hat Theory — Because Musiala will threaten a transfer if he is not playing the No. 10).
  • The hits kept on coming: Knauff added another goal on a perfectly timed-run, which was initially ruled offside. 5-1 vs. Eintracht Frankfurt...we haven’t see this type of thing since November 2, 2019! Niko Kovač surely remembers that one well.
  • Bayern Munich’s players not speaking to the media after the match (with the exception of Müller) was weak and an insult to fans.
  • Overall, that was just an all-out debacle. What else is there to say? The coaching staff and the players alike need to own this. This result would have triggered a react from the Bayern Munich board in the past, but it will not this time around. Unless Tuchel changes some personnel and some strategies, the team could limp into the Winterpause.

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

Madrid to put deadline on offer to Mbappé? (AS via 90Min.com)

Real Madrid could be getting serious about Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappé — and could even be setting a deadline, so it can either know the Frenchman is coming to Spain or whether the club needs to move on:

Real Madrid are ready to offer a deal to long-term target Kylian Mbappé, whose contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires in the summer, but the Spanish giants want a decision by 15 January.

It feels like this story will go on forever, despite any kind of fake deadline.

Dreesen talks big move for Kane (@iMiaSanMia)

Bayern Munich CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen says the club decided that Harry Kane was worth it and went “all in” to get the deal done last summer.

“We went all in, and we were lucky that it was worth it. Even though 100 million transfers will certainly remain the exception. A real No. 9 that fits Bayern’s DNA perfectly. We’re happy that he’s now wearing the right shirt: Harry Kane. A great athlete and a real gentleman. Never before have so many people visited our social media channels as on the day he arrived. We want to help him add a few more titles to his career,” said Dreesen.

Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 22 (Bavarian Football Works)

It feels like an eternity since Bayern Munich has played because of last weekend’s cancellation against Union Berlin, but now the Bavarians are set to be back in action (check out our Preview Show) against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Just because the game was not played, does not mean that the news has stopped. Bayern Munich had another eventful week, which ensures that there is plenty to discuss. Let’s take a look at what is on tap for this week’s episode:

  • The Snow Day effect hits Bayern Munich!
  • Bayern Munich’s decision to stay home for winter training camp.
  • Taking a look at Bayern Munich’s big signing of Granada attacker Bryan Zaragoza and what it might mean for the team’s roster.
  • Are we witnessing the fall of FC Barcelona star Robert Lewandowski?

Juve might pull out of Sancho pursuit (Tuttosport via 90Min.com)

Juventus could be done waiting for Manchester United to decide to sell off or loan away Jadon Sancho:

Juventus are expected to pull out of a winter loan move for outcast Manchester United winger Jadon Sancho, who remains out of the picture at Old Trafford after falling out with Erik ten Hag.

Bayern keeping eye on young Brazilian (UOL Esporte via @iMiaSanMia)

Bayern Munich is keeping an eye on Brazilian youngster Henrique Carmo:

Bayern have been monitoring São Paulo and Brazil U17 forward Henrique Carmo (17) for around six months. The Germans sent scouts to watch Henrique on-site and want to continue following his development in 2024. Henrique signed his first professional contract last year and has a €50m release clause.

Yildiz unhappy at Juve (@Plettigoal)

Former Bayern Munich prospect Kenan Yildiz is finding out that the grass is not always greener:

⚠️ News Kenan #Yildiz: He‘s completely frustrated with his situation at @juventusfc!

➡️ 0 minutes in Serie A after his matches with Turkey national team.

Talks will follow in the next days as the 18 y/o top talent is really considering to leave #Juve in winter!

Loan? Permanent deal? Understand that everything is possible. Many teams inquired about him. Also from and …

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