Bayern Munich didn’t look like a squad just starting to put things together, but they did lose some focus during the 5-3 win over RB Leipzig in the DFL Supercup. Here are some fast hitters on the match:
- The starting XI shocked me a bit. Jamal Musiala’s recording of Leroy Sané was surprising in a good way. With Kingsley Coman and Matthijs de Ligt not fully fit and Noussair Mazraoui not yet fully proving himself, it was an opportunity for Musiala, Serge Gnabry, Benjamin Pavard and Dayot Upamecano to showcase their respective talents:
- That said, it was a very choppy start to the match for both sides. Bayern Munich seemed to struggle with players having to adapt to different areas of the pitch than they might be used to. Keeping distance and lanes were also an issue at times.
- In the 8th minute, Marcel Sabitzer saved Manuel Neuer’s bacon after the captain had a pretty bad blunder.
- Just after that, Dayot Upamecano made a blunt move that luckily didn’t get a penalty disallowed.
- It was clear it wasn’t exactly a great start for either team, but things would soon get better for Bayern Munich.
- In the 13th minute, Bayern Munich started putting some things together and Musiala capitalized with a goal a minute later. If only someone had argued for Musiala to start now for the better part of two seasons?
- So yes, Musiala > Sané and it has been like that since halfway through last season.
- The formation of Bayern Munich was very variable. It was sometimes difficult to see which alignment was in play from possession to possession.
- Benjamin Henrichs will be difficult for Those Roten Bullen this season. Seems like he doesn’t make the best decisions (which has been a problem for him in the past).
- Bayern Munich took a 2-0 lead as Thomas Müller, Musiala and Gnabry string together one-touch passes to set up Sadio Mane. It was a brilliant run for the Bavarians and one that seemed to decimate RB Leipzig’s hopes.
- I thought both Sabitzer and Pavard were quietly very solid in the first. The two players have been much reviled, but they were extremely stable. However, Pavard later made a quirky decision.
- Musiala was totally disruptive. His turns receiving the ball were off-the-charts good and RB Leipzig just couldn’t handle him.
- Lucas Hernández also performed very well.
- Musiala’s general disturbance also led to Pavard’s goal, making it 3-0 before half-time.
- André Silva’s header in the second half nearly put RB Leipzig on the scoreboard. Silva and Dani Olmo’s entry into the game helped turn the tide for Those Roten Bullen.
- A header from Marcel Halstenberg in the 59th minute didn’t go amiss, however, and RB Leipzig reduced Bayern Munich’s lead to 3-1.
- Serge Gnabry provided the rebound of a shot from Müller in the 66th minute. Bayern Munich’s attack was relentless, but eliminating Musiala and Muller would prove to be detrimental.
- From here, Bayern Munich lost focus and became sloppy. Part of that had to do with Müller being kicked out of the squad and then walking around like a chopped-off chicken.
- A risky and reckless challenge from Pavard gave RB Leipzig a penalty and Christopher Nkunku buried it to make it 4-2.
- Towards the end, the lack of focus became a major problem. Attackers and midfielders were on the edge of the icing on the cake, defenses got a little sloppy and Olmo paid Bayern Munich with a goal to reduce the lead to 4-3.
- In the throws of extra time, RB Leipzig went all out but dropped himself out of position and Leroy Sané found himself in a 1v1, which he won, then put a shot into the net to take the win.
- All in all it was a fun and exciting match…and hey, it was a win! There is a lot of room for improvement and Julian Nagelsmann will certainly do his job for him when it comes to deciding who is in and out match-to-match, but this team has a lot of potential.
If you missed our first analysis, contest prizes, observations or postgame podcast, watch or listen:
It seems very likely that Timo Werner will leave Chelsea FC in the coming days or weeks, but where is he going? Based on a trio of reports, Real Madrid, Juventus and RB Leipzig could be the most likely destinations:
As SPORT1 recently revealed RB Leipzig want Timo Werner back, there are even talks between the cup winner and Chelsea – but are Real Madrid struggling in between now? (REPORT: Leipzig wants Werner back!)
Two years after his $64 million move to London, Werner’s time with the Blues appears to be coming to an end. And now Real have him on their radar, reports Mundo Deportivo.
The royal family is basically not looking for a striker, but they have lost Benzema backup Luka Jovic (Fiorentina). However, Borja Majoral (returned on loan from AS Roma) and Marco Asensio were still able to leave the Real team. Then Werner could become a problem, the Spaniards report. However, only on loan, not as a permanent commitment.
Also in Leipzig, a loan would probably be the only feasible model – because Werner still has a contract with Chelsea until 2025 and with a gross weekly salary of 295,000 euros is one of the five highest paid players in the star ensemble of The Bridge of Stamford. According to SPORT1 information, Werner would lose part of his salary.
SPORT1 also knows that Juventus Turin are still interested in Werner after signing Ángel Di María. In turn, Bild reports that the 53-time national striker is also under discussion at Newcastle United and could therefore remain in the Premier League.
A loan to RB Leipzig is also still on the table for Werner:
Sky’s Florian Plettenberg also chimed in on more Werner-to-Leipzig noise:
Update #Werner: Juventus is definitely interested. But at this stage, Werner is too expensive for them. Leipzig still has very good chances. He can really imagine coming back. Mintzlaff insists on this transfer. Talk about a loan. Leipzig & Werner is getting warmer… @SkySportDE
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) July 30, 2022
Can FC Barcelona star midfielder Frenkie de Jong go to Bayern Munich on a rental basis? It appears that De Jong’s salary is one of the main problems with Barca’s ability to register its new players and the club may need to find an inventive way to get rid of – and/or pay – for the Dutchman for this season :
Frenkie de Jong has been suggested as the ideal candidate to leave the club, as he is currently on a lucrative salary package. The Dutchman is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in Spain and can also generate significant income which helps Barça register new players.
However, the midfielder has so far resisted all attempts to lure him away from the Camp Nou, with the player turning down Manchester United several times this season.
It appears that De Jong has no desire to move to Old Trafford as the Premier League giants cannot offer him Champions League football. But according to Diario AS, a new alternative has emerged in the form of Bayern Munich.
The report suggests that De Jong would prefer a switch to a top European giant who can offer him UCL football next season. A loan to Bayern for that purpose is increasingly becoming a possibility, although it remains to be seen whether the Bavarians are open to such a deal.
The German giants did strengthen their options earlier this summer by convincing Ryan Gravenberch from Ajax. But with Leon Goretzka suffering an injury, it will be interesting to see if Julian Nagelsmann sees the possibility of signing someone like De Jong on a rental basis.
Christian Falk of Sport Bild, however, continues to report that Bayern Munich is not interested in De Jong this summer, but guess who is? Chelsea FC:
— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) July 30, 2022
Hi Hi! I’m back and ready to talk about Bayern Munich!
Apparently I missed A LOT last week, but big thanks to Samrin for filling in. That said, I’m ready to yap. Let’s take a look at the explosive talking points for this week’s show:
- A summary of all the craziness that happened in that one week I was on vacation and unavailable.
- Assess what moves can happen.
- American tour winners and losers.
- Possible red flags for this season.
- Reasons to be optimistic for this season.
Support BFW’s quest to be the best by checking out this link and voting us: World Soccer Talk Awards — Best Club Podcast
He would insinuate otherwise, Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly still looking for a way out of Manchester United:
Update #Ronaldo: As far as we know he still wants to leave #MUFC. He wants to play CL. Clubs he was offered to got the info that it is NOT a question of money. He’s ready for a drastic pay cut. Return to Sports? If it’s all through loan. @Sky_Marc @SkySportDE
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) July 30, 2022
There is no movement in the negotiations between Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig over midfielder Konrad Laimer:
News #Laimer: Bayern is totally relaxed in this poker. They rely on Laimer’s JA. Personal terms agreed. But since the beginning of this week, no contact between the bosses. Leipzig still wants about 30 million euros. Bayern will not pay that. Transfer may take place too late. @SkySportDE
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) July 30, 2022
Zlatan Ibrahimović seems to have no love for Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola:
We are pleased to announce that Bavarian Podcast Works has been nominated for the “Best Club Podcast” by World Soccer Talk.
That’s right your (hopefully) favorite Bayern Munich podcast network has a chance to win a prize. While we’re humbled and honored that we didn’t chase everyone away, we could use your help in securing the trophy. That’s right… you can vote! Support BFW’s quest to be the best by checking out this link and voting us (otherwise INNN will be looking for you): World Soccer Talk Awards — Best Club Podcast
Please note that we have not nominated ourselves or anything like that for this award…someone likes us!
We’ve worked hard to grow and evolve the podcast network over the years. We’d love to take home the gold here and frankly, we haven’t been this excited about a game since the Bunducksliga was at its peak. Voting closes tonight at midnight EST. (Direct link: https://worldsoccertalk.com/best-club-podcast-2022-world-soccer-talk-awards)
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY!
Well, you don’t see this every day: