Germany weren’t 100% working, but won anyway – and Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller was the hero.
Here are some quick hitters from the game:
- Joshua Kimmich looked pretty natural with the captain’s armband, huh?
- Hansi Flick chooses to throw Marco Reus over Müller was curious, but not entirely unexpected. Reus missed the last break, while Flick is well aware of what he has in Müller.
- Germany absolutely needs to be more clinical.
- Unsurprisingly, the offense was not always smooth, but still generated a lot of fire.
- Romanian Ianis Hagi’s footwork and precision in his shot to beat Marc-André ter Stegen were excellent. The nutmeg on Antonio Rüdiger was really just the icing on the cake.
- Rüdiger had a tough time, but it could have had a lot to do with trying to replace Thilo Kehrer. His positioning was bad at times and he just seems to struggle with his challenges and decision making at different times of the game. All in all, it’s not a terrible game for the Chelsea fc, but it was hectic to say the least.
- The streak where Marco Reus sent a cross that Serge Gnabry couldn’t handle – and then Timo Werner’s attempt to clear the lead, defined Germany’s night in many ways. It could easily have been a goal.
- Germany’s defense was from top to bottom. Niklas Süle was – by far – the best of the bunch.
- Gnabry’s long distance goal was really cool. The pace and power of the shot – and Gnabry’s confidence to go far to the post – made all the difference.
- Leroy Sane had to do much better with his luck in the 73rd minute. Even with his improved form, Sane has shown a propensity to fly his shots on occasion.
- Müller was absolutely in the right place at the right time on his winner. Joshua Kimmich’s corner found Leon Goretzka, whose header across the box was perfect for Müller.
- I thought Jonas Hofmann also had ups and downs. He’s had a good time, but needs to polish his game in this new role. I wouldn’t be shocked to see more of Lukas Klostermann in the next game.
- Overall I’m not as worried as some might be after this performance. The attack will be better and more precise. The defense won’t be as … confused (?) As it sometimes was against Romania.
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Ronaldo, who returned to Manchester United from Juventus earlier this summer, is said to be a big fan of Chiesa, according to an Italian Calciomercato source. 23-year-old midfielder Chiesa joined ‘The Old Lady’ on a two-year loan from Fiorentina last summer.
Since arriving in Turin, the 23-year-old striker has made 50 appearances in all competitions, directly contributing to 27 goals. Despite the fact that the striker’s loan term with the Serie A giants is set to expire next year, it is widely believed that the Serie A giants would make his transfer permanent if certain criteria are met.
Surprisingly, after quickly establishing himself as one of manager Massimiliano Allegri’s most reliable strikers, new rumors claim that the Italy international may soon be leaving the Bianconeri. Although Ronaldo has shown his support for his former comrade, a trade for Chiesa wouldn’t come cheap. Calciomercato claim that a possible transfer of one of Europe’s most promising players could cost the Red Devils hierarchy more than £ 85million (€ 100million).
According to a report by SPOX and Goal, Bayern Munich are keen to strike a quick deal with RB Salzburg to acquire Germany international Karim Adeyemi. After the acquisition, however, Bayern Munich would immediately loan Adeyemi to Salzburg:
Young German striker Karim Adeyemi is on the wishlist of several big clubs – including FC Bayern. According to information from SPOX and Goal, the Munich-based company is working on a quick engagement that includes a loan model.
SPOX and Goal can confirm reports from Bild, Sport1 and Sky, according to which, in addition to Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and FC Liverpool, FC Bayern is also dealing with the versatile and precise striker (11 goals and 2 assists in 16 games of the season).
Even more: in a context where the number of competitors is expected to increase rather than decrease over the next few months and the market value of Adeyemi is expected to continue to rise, officials of the German record champions are currently working on a concrete plan to convince the player to change. Adeyemi’s commitment to the approaching winter transfer window – with a subsequent loan to Salzburg not yet scheduled is under discussion.
A week without Bayern Munich? (Gasp!)
It’s okay, we still have chatter about the Bavarians to complain about. Tom Adams joins me for the Weekend Warm-up podcast and here is the list of topics on the agenda:
- Tom’s adult league has the burning question of whether he drinks beer after the game.
- A discussion on the form of Bayern Munich before the break.
- The forward rumors on Niklas Süle and Karim Adeyemi – and what we think should happen with these two players when it comes to Bayern Munich.
- Hansi Flick’s commitment to Germany.
- A quick and spoiler-free review of the The Sopranos prequel, The many saints of Newark.
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According to Sport1’s Florian Plettenberg, Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry is expected to sign a multi-year contract extension and increase his salary to between 13 and 15 million euros per year.
The move would consolidate the status of three of Bayern Munich’s wingers for the foreseeable future. Leroy Sane, Jamal Musiala and Gnabry would all be together for a while. Kingsley Coman, however, might need to make a transfer to get the money he wants – allegedly.
We saw the reports on Friday that Bayern Munich midfielder Marc Roca was no longer happy at the club. Now we know Sevilla have a keen interest in the 24-year-old:
Marc Roca’s situation at FC Bayern is difficult. The young Spaniard does not get any minute of play from Julian Nagelsmann and has to be content with the bench or even the stand. According to information from ‘Sport1’, the central midfielder is at a crossroads.
Talks between Bayern officials and Roca are expected to take place in the near future to discuss the player’s perspective with the record champions. “Sport1” mentions November as the opportune moment for a decision. Roca’s future will therefore be decided in a few weeks.
This summer, the 24-year-old had the opportunity to return to Spain. According to the report, Sevilla FC repeatedly asked Roca and tried to sign left foot. For him a farewell to Munich out of the question: “I currently have no intention of leaving. I feel good at Bayern, I am growing in maturity and in development. I’m where I want to be and it would be cowardly to give up on the first try.
I see no reason why Roca would want to continue with Bayern Munich’s fifth-best midfielder when he can probably go to another club and start.