Speculation has mostly centered around Thomas Tuchel’s desire to bring in a new central midfielder, one with a defensive focus. However, recent reports indicate that the Bavarians are more focused on inking a new, versatile defender, who can play a few spots along the backline.
Even if the club did want to pursue another midfielder, there seems to be some disagreement internally about which type of player is most needed.
With a January budget that might now allow for both, the club seems to be zeroing on a defender to help compensate for the upcoming losses of Kim Min-jae and Noussair Mazraoui due to international duty in January.
That might not be such a popular decision to some fans, who has vociferously called for either Joshua Kimmich Kimmich, Leon Goretzka — or both — to be sent off to the bench.
Has the duo been that bad, though?
Surely — like every other player on the squad — Kimmich and Goretzka have not earned “straight A’s” across the board with their performances, but they have been good overall. Moreover, their partnership, communication, and understanding of each other has dramatically improved this season. The roles, while still fluid at times, seem more defined.
Kimmich, while not a beacon of press resistance has handled those situations better during this campaign, while Goretzka has shown why he was considered such a box-to-box dynamo during his younger days.
Simply put, the central midfield duo has been pretty good this season — even if some fans do not want to hear it.
With Konrad Laimer as a third wheel and Raphaël Guerreiro and Jamal Musiala also able to seamlessly slide into to play in those positions if needed, there is a little bit of a comfort zone built into the roster now. In addition, Aleksandar Pavlović and Frans Krätzig are youngster who have shown promise and can spell the aforementioned midfield options when needed.
In actuality, the outlook for Bayern Munich’s central midfield option is pretty good.
(Dodges rocks and tomatoes)
In the end, though, it will still be Kimmich and Goretzka, who play the biggest roles, so how are you feeling about the situation?
How do you feel about the Bayern Munich midfield?
This poll is closed
I am all good with Kimmich and Goretzka...LET’S GO!
Goretzka needs to go, but Kimmich can stay in the starting XI.
Kimmich needs to go, but Goretzka can stay in the starting XI.
Both players need to go from the starting XI!
They need a new defensive midfielder to compliment the Kimmich, Goretzka, and Laimer.
They need a new ball-playing midfielder to compliment the Kimmich, Goretzka, and Laimer.
Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 22
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 ensure 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?
Song of the Week: “Add It Up” by Violent Femmes
To preface, there are some NSFW lyrics in this one...let’s carry on.
Released way back in 1983 — an era with a ton of unique sounds — “Add It Up” by Violent Femmes was definitely ahead of its time.
The band put out a few bangers in its time, but they were also known to be incredibly difficult to deal with (which kind of comes through in this song, in particular). Oddly, though, you could argue that the song did not reach its peak of popularity until about a decade later when alt rock stations made the Violent Femmes catalog a regular part of their respective programming rotations.
Anyway, this is one still hits hard today, so enjoy:
Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich’s game against Union Berlin was snowed out last weekend, but the Bavarians will return to action on Saturday against Eintracht Frankfurt in a key Bundesliga showdown.
Sitting in seventh place, Eintracht Frankfurt is eager to vault itself into the top-six position in the table, which could happen if Die Adler can find a way to knock off Bayern Munich.
This version of Eintracht Frankfurt does not quite have the star power of some recent versions of
This is what we have 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.
- Some thoughts on personnel matters (transfers and the like) going on at Bayern Munich.
- A prediction on the match.
Bayern Munich should be well-rested and ready to go against a pesky, but not supremely-talented Eintracht Frankfurt side. The road environment in Frankfurt is not the easiest to deal with, but the Bavarians should be champing at the bit to get back on the pitch.
Bayern Munich should dominate play, but also could find it hard to score against what should be a very compact structure from Die Adler. It will be close on the scoreboard, but probably not in the visuals while watching the game.
Prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt 0-2 Bayern Munich
Other Bundesliga predictions include:
- Hoffenheim 2-0 VfL Bochum
- SV Darmstadt 98 2-1 Heidenheim
- Union Berlin 2-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
- FC Augsburg 1-0 Werder Bremen
- VfL Wolfsburg 2-1 SC Freiburg
- Borussia Dortmund 2-2 RB Leipzig
- VfB Stuttgart 2-3 Bayer Leverkusen
- FC Köln 1-0 Mainz 05
- Bundesliga Last Active Week: 6-2 (Bayern game was cancelled)
- Bundesliga Total: 60-56
- DFB-Pokal Total: 1-1
- Champions League Total: 4-1
- DFL-Supercup: 0-1
- Total: 65-59
(*Note, the dope who writes this messed up his totals last week)