How did it all get to this point for Matthijs de Ligt at Bayern Munich?
Just under a year ago, De Ligt was in the midst of a terrific season where he the team’s best, most consistent defender — and arguably the club’s best overall player as well. The backline was solidified with the Dutchman’s leadership and it could have been strongly argued that the center-back was also the team’s Most Valuable Player.
Heck, one dope even wrote just that on this very site:
Chuck: I sometimes struggle with weighing the difference between most valuable player and someone who might be the most outstanding player. I settled in on Joshua Kimmich, Kingsley Coman, Thomas Müller, and Matthijs de Ligt as a few of the players who would fit into that sort of mold. In the end, though, I selected De Ligt even though I felt as if Kimmich might have been more outstanding (though not as valuable) and Müller might have been more valuable (but maybe not as outstanding). In my mind, Coman just fell a little short in both categories. De Ligt presented me with the “Goldilocks” solution (and not because of his towhead). He was “just right” in this scenario. Selection: Matthijs de Ligt.
In the end, De Ligt won the poll associated with that post (you can view it here) by a landslide. You — the BFW community — were remarkably in sync on just how strong De Ligt was during the 2022/23 campaign.
Yes, De Ligt was that good.
So...why are we sitting here a year later with the club’s leadership — allegedly — trying to not only replace De Ligt, but also ship him out of Bavaria on the first flight out of town during the summer transfer window?
It is hard to say, but if you read any of the reports regarding Thomas Tuchel’s alleged feelings about De Ligt, you can guess who might be driving the #DeLigtOut movement in the offices at Säbener Straße.
Some would point to mid-September as the point where things might have started to unravel in the relationship as De Ligt spoke openly about being confused as to why he was not playing. The defender spoke to both t-online and Sport1 and issued this quote when asked questions about why he was not playing — which likely landed De Ligt in the coach’s doghouse: “You’ll have to ask the coach.”
Later in September, other reports emerged that De Ligt was unhappy with his playing time, which Tuchel responded to in kind: “As a center-back, you don’t get many opportunities to be subbed on. Matthijs 100% deserves to play. He’s in good shape. Of course his playing time so far is not enough for him personally, but he’s a team player.”
While it is unclear what the relationship between Tuchel and De Ligt looks like behind closed doors, the aforementioned stories tell a tale of mutual frustration. To read into the matter, one might assume that Tuchel does not highly rate De Ligt, while the defender might not wholly respect Tuchel’s decisions on just how much he plays.
There does seem to be at some friction...just like there could be with Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, and some others for Tuchel. It is not anomaly by any means.
Aside of that speculation, though, fans should be hoping that the coach will be able to make the decision to play the best players — even if he might be annoyed by them personally.
Will Tuchel, though? Do you trust him to do that? What if De Ligt takes over for Kim Min-jae and displays that wonderful form which earned him rave reviews last season? Does Tuchel have the mentality to suck it up and do what is best for the team even when Min-jae returns from international duty?
Moreover, will anyone come to their senses at Bayern Munich and just ride De Ligt, Dayot Upamecano, and Min-jae into next season rather than spending nine figures on a transfer fee and paying FC Barcelona’s Ronald Araújo upwards of €15 million per season?
That remains to be seen, but if the recent reports are to be believed, the club might be going out of its way to ship out De Ligt in favor of a player that is expected to cost the club over €100 million for a position that is not in need of a huge investment.
Once considered to be a dream transfer, De Ligt’s tenure at Bayern Munich could be turning into a nightmare.
In the end, though, De Ligt needs to stay and Bayern Munich needs to end the nonsense. Not everything needs to change just for the sake of change.
Should Bayern Munich sell Matthijs de Ligt during the summer?
This poll is closed
Yes - he needs to move on.
Yes - he is not that good.
No - this is a farce.
No - it would be financially stupid.
Bavarian Podcast Works — Weekend Warm-up Podcast: Season 3, Episode 26
Bayern Munich has returned to training, but somehow the transfer action has been hotter than what has been going on during the practice sessions.
Knowing that Bayern Munich is eager to spend some money and add a few players during this transfer window, the rumors are flowing. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this week’s episode:
- Catching-up on some an older take to see how it is going.
- A rundown of the rumor mill, including what we have heard about VfB Stuttgart’s Alexander Nübel and Serhou Guirassy, Chelsea FC’s Trevoh Chalobah, Fulham FC’s João Palhinha, and AC Milan’s Fikayo Tomori.
- The increasing likelihood that Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Frans Krätzig could leave on loan assignments.
- Discussing the Bild report that Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry, Matthijs de Ligt and Alphonso Davies are being closely monitored and how that could mean bad things for their respective futures with the club.
- Finally, we lighten it up with some thoughts on this season of Fargo and my progress working through the Marvel movies.
Song of the Week: “Never Say Never” by Romeo Void
Yup, way back in 1982 Romeo Void released this gem — “Never Say Never”. While I have some early memories of this one from the period (I was only seven when it came out, so it is fair to question exactly what my parents were aware of at the time), I more remember this song once I got more into alt rock where this got some airplay in the 90s.
I still enjoy the tune to this day and occasionally, I offer some of the chorus as a retort to my wife when she gives me a hard time (she doesn’t get the joke). Anyway...enjoy:
Fargo Season 5, Episode 7 — Linda
- Man…what a bizarre episode, but it was compelling nonetheless.
- The Camp Utopia dream sequence scenes were odd to say the least, but they played a key role in giving some background on Dot (Nadine)’s backstory, along with answering the question of who Gator’s mom was (Linda).
- We also got the reveal on how things were going to progress with Munch, now that he was back on Team Tillman. Well, that didn’t last long.
- It has to be said that Joe Keery’s portrayal of Gator Tillman as the bumbling, wannabe badass, always-acts-before-he-thinks is pretty incredible.
- In typical Fargo fashion, the puppet show told a very key part of the story in an extremely odd manner. Just about every unanswered question with regard to the main plot was answered through the puppet show.
- Granted, it all ended up as a dream sequence, but it was one that was sorely needed.
- The truck crash was…thoroughly unexpected and the appearance of Roy added the turn to the final part of the plot that will play out in the remaining episodes.
- They could not make it any more clear that Roy Tillman is the main villain.
Fargo Season 5, Episode 8 — Blanket
- The fallout from the previous episode found Dot in the hands of Roy once more, however a stroke of luck made others aware as to what was going on.
- As reprehensible as his character is, Jon Hamm has been incredible playing it.
- The multiple Roy Tillman debate plan executed by Danish Graves, worked to perfection in making the real Roy unravel and show his true self in a public setting.
- The entire episode was one twist and turn after another. Roy became completely unhinged, Danish met his end, Gator might have, too…what an episode.
The Marvel Odyssey
Here are quick hit takes from my second venture into the Marvel cinematic universe...
Thor: The Dark World — 3.75/5.0
- I liked this flick a lot, bit it did feel like a step down from the previous Thor movie.
- One thing that was key about this was getting more background to all of the mysterious things going on in the universe, plus more info about how import the Infinity Stones would be.
Iron Man 3 — 3.5/5.0
- I am sucker for the Iron Man movies, but this one had some holes...and I don’t know why, but I hated seeing Tony Stark’s house in Malibu destroyed.
- One thing is certain about all of the Marvel flicks is that there is massive destruction in every move. The cost for clean-up and rebuilding in that “world” must be off the charts.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier — 3.25/5.0
- Okay, so...again. I felt like this was a little bit of a step back, but still good.
- The backstory of “The Winter Soldier” definitely tied up some loose ends.
- The premise of H.Y.D.R.A. having fully infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. was definitely far-fetched, even for this world.
Guardians of the Galaxy — 5.0/5.0
- This was awesome.
- I was totally shocked with how much I enjoyed this. It was extremely well done and the cast was spot on.
- As I said before, as a kid I gravitated toward the Earthbound comic books, but GotG was incredible. I did not expect to like it as much as I did.
- As I stated before, the GotG ride in Epcot Center is top notched a must-ride attraction if you hit Disney World.
Guardians of the Galaxy — 4.5/5.0
- It was tough to totally repeat the magic of the first GotG, but this was still very good and provided some additional, valuable insight on the back stories for several characters.
Avengers: Age of Ultron — 4.0/5.0
- A legendary story in the Marvel Universe, Age of Ultron’s plot advanced at a rapid pace and we got even more rampant destruction.
- This definitely laid the groundwork for future conflict within the Avengers, even though the movie ended in a way where everyone felt good.
- It was obvious that Stark and Clint Barton were leaving...but not for long.
- Overall, a thrillride of a move.
Round 2 Summary
- You can see how intricate the writers and producers were with keeping the underlying storyline going throughout the movies. In retrospect, it would have been much better to release the moved in the chronological order rather than how Disney/Marvel did, but you can at least understand why they did what they did (to build up a fanbase using some of the bigger titles first).
- It would have also been awesome to keep the characters consistently matched up with actors, but — again — viewers can understand how hard that might be given this saga lasted more than a decade.
- Regardless, the casting of each main character was pretty much spot on (though, as stated before, I preferred Ed Norton over Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner).
If you want to see the previous thoughts and ratings, you can get them here.
- Bundesliga Last Active Week: 5-4
- Bundesliga Total: 72-71
- DFB-Pokal Total: 1-1
- Champions League Total: 5-1
- DFL-Supercup: 0-1
- Total: 78-74