August 12, 2022

Germany shook off their draw-induced cobwebs and went three points behind in an utterly dominating effort against Italy.

Die Mannschaft picked up a convincing 5-2 victory which made former Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick extremely happy. Here are some quick shots on the match:

  • Flick is working on his options and trying many different combinations with his lineups. There will be some turmoil until Flick starts to sort things out a bit, but things went well against Italy.
  • Switching to a four-man defence, Germany looked to be comfortable and authoritative.
  • Germany looked dangerous throughout the contest.
  • Leroy Sane almost came out of his slump in the 7th minute, but his shot went just wide. Sane definitely played with a lot more energy in this match than in some previous matches, but still couldn’t find a way to break into the scoring column. Sane also had a great chance in the 39th minute, but just hit Gianluigi Donnarumma. Overall, it wasn’t great for Sane, despite the livelier game. The winger is definitely in a funk.
  • Manuel Neuer made an absolutely stunning double save in the 8th minute. Neuer classic.
  • Germany’s goal in the 10th minute was perfect. Niklas Sule hit Timo Werner with a lob pass into the box, the Chelsea FC man settled it, sent it back to David Raum, who hit Joshua Kimmich running late for a scenic goal. What a start for the Germans!
  • Jonas Hofmann nearly made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute when Werner sent him a fine pass, but Hofmann didn’t get much of the ball on his shot.
  • Werner had a good chance in the 40th minute but also found too much of the net as Donnarumma made a leaping save.
  • There was no doubt about Italy’s penalty at the end of the first half. Ilkay Gundogan buried him (although his placement was uncertain) and Germany entered half-time with a 2-0 lead. Die Mannschaft was completely dominant in the first half.
  • Thomas Müller put his name on the scoresheet in the 51st minute with a very Thomas Müller goal taking advantage of a sloppy play from Italy in the final third.
  • Werner’s first goal was spectacular. The team play and passing leading to a “layout” finish from Werner was brilliant. A minute later, Werner struck again. How many minutes for Werner. It was #TimoTime at this stage of the game. Also, Teddy Son made a bad bet in our virtual office and now has to paint his nails because Werner scored… so we all won.
  • Leon Stach came in and almost put himself on the scoresheet, but missed a very good chance.
  • Neuer was a complete beast in the game. What a performance from the GOAT!
  • Overall, what can you say? Germany were superb from start to finish. The only bad thing you can really complain about is that the Germans lost the shutout unnecessarily.

If you missed our initial analysis, match rewards, observations and/or post-match podcast, please check them out or listen to them:

Bayern Munich could be looking to slip in at the last minute and steal Sevilla’s Jules Kounde from Chelsea FC:

Petr Cech and the Sevilla manager had provided updates on Chelsea’s top centre-half target which only reaffirmed hopes that Kounde would turn a rookie in the near future.

On top of that, the 23-year-old’s availability now to discuss transfer and personal terms after finishing his international duties with France last night has made a Blues move somewhat imminent which would be music to the manager’s ears. Thomas Tuchel.

However, one European team in particular are looking to put the brakes on the works and it’s not Barcelona. According to Rudy Galetti, Bayern Munich have become the latest club to enter the race to sign Jules Kounde. The German media report then clarifies that Julian Nagelsmann wants a new central defensive option to compensate for Niklas Sule’s departure to Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern Munich midfielder Marc Roca seemingly went from ‘cannot enter the pitch’ to ‘The Beatles’ seemingly overnight.

After two seasons of being bogged down on the bench, the Spaniard has suitors emerging from the woodwork – causing Leeds United now to worry about being able to secure the defensive midfielder. Eintracht Frankfurt, Sevilla, Wolverhampton, Real Betis and Villarreal could all be plotting last-minute attempts to land Roca:

It has been reported that Leeds have advanced talks with Bayern Munich to sign the 25-year-old, with 90min claiming a £12m deal is close. Not only that, but they also report that Leeds were not alone in their interests, but joined by a host of Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga clubs.

West Ham, Wolves, Eintracht Frankfurt, Sevilla, Real Betis and Villarreal are all credited with an interest in the midfielder. Leeds are hoping to get a deal done as soon as possible as there are still fears another club could rush in with a bid.

Despite this concern, Fabrizio Romano says Leeds United and Roca have agreed on personal terms and the two clubs are set on a transfer fee:

If you’re the type of person who loves the drama surrounding sport – and you love Bayern Munich too – then this week has been designed for you.

Here is what we offer for this episode:

  • A look at the latest on Robert Lewandowski, his supposedly pompous exchange with Julian Nagelsmann, and why it’s probably time to find a bargain and send him packing.
  • Why there could be cracks in Nagelsmann’s foundation at Bayern Munch.
  • An update on Konrad Laimer and why it may take until July for teams to get serious.
  • An appreciation of Germany’s recent success.
  • Bayern Munich’s more than serious work to try to acquire Sadio Mane from Liverpool.

Paris Saint-Germain would need to shell out big salaries to make room for Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski:

According to L’Equipe, PSG are monitoring the situation and are ready to get involved if it becomes clear that Barcelona can’t complete a deal. As things stand, Lewandowski is only interested in signing for the Catalan giants, a sentiment that has already been acknowledged and widely reported.

However, Barcelona need to raise substantial funds to be able to finalize a deal, with the club also waiting for the free transfers of Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie to be made official. Those deals apparently won’t be finalized until sales are made or further pay cuts are taken by the big earners, and that leaves Lewandowski the possibility of having to remain patient to secure his ideal transfer.

If Barcelona continue to struggle with their main task, PSG would be ready to make an official offer, probably beyond what Barcelona are capable of offering. The Ligue 1 champions are also in a position where they should offload players with Neymar and Mauro Icardi both considered available if the price is right.

Paul Pogba seems to be returning to Juventus:

If you ever question Bayern Munich’s transfer tactics, be glad you’re not a Manchester United fan: