Bayern Munich traveled to Italy, beating Inter Milan 2-0 behind a solid defensive effort that could have given fans a glimpse into the future. More on that later, but for now let’s start with a few quick hitters in the game:
- Julian Nagelsmann opted for a slightly different look as he rolled with Leroy Sané, Kingsley Coman, Marcel Sabitzer and Matthijs de Ligt over Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, Leon Goretzka and Dayot Upamecano:
- Nagelsmann plays with different combinations within his attacking group and only Thomas Müller and Sadio Mané seem to be “everyday” starters. Sabitzer over Goretzka just makes sense for now, as there’s no reason to rush the German back into the herd – even if he thinks he’s 100% again. As for De Ligt, he just seems better than Upamecano at the moment, although I think Nagelsmann will rotate the trio in an effort to keep them all fresh and healthy.
- Undoubtedly, Müller wanted that opportunity back early in the ninth minute. It wasn’t a “gimme” goal by any means, but an opportunity that he probably thinks should have done better.
- Müller’s day is best categorized as extremely active… and extremely unhappy.
- Joshua Kimmich’s assist on Sane’s goal in the 25th minute was incredible. For his part, Sané did an excellent job in controlling the ball and also in finishing. Just a phenomenal goal.
- If I were Nagelsmann, I would give Mané a rest. This was the least sharp he’s seen. He wasn’t terrible or anything, but he’s a 30-year-old with a lot of miles on his legs. Bayern Munich have a ton of attacking talent for a reason, so rest must be the Senegalese player in the making.
- I loved De Ligt and Lucas Hernandez together. If Hernandez signs a new deal with the club, this could be the centre-back fans can look forward to for years to come. What does that mean for Upamecano? Long term… who knows? For now, though, this is a pretty formidable trio in central defence.
- Edin Džeko almost made De Ligt pay for giving him an inch in the 50th minute, but that was the biggest threat Bayern Munich faced in the game.
- Defensively, this was probably Bayern Munich’s most solid effort overall. Benjamin Pavard and Alphonso Davies were also very solid.
- Manuel Neuer’s spin-o-rama on Lautaro Martínez was a bit off Three Stooges routine, but it worked, huh?
- Bayern Munich’s second goal may have been an own goal, but I feel like this is one of those difficult situations where the amount of pressure broke the defence.
- Check out this little stat:
- Overall, Bayern Munich weren’t always as fluid as they looked at their best, but the squad was dominant in just about every facet of the game. It wasn’t a bad way to start the Champions League season. Now… it’s up to FC Barcelona.
If you missed our first analysis, contest prizes, observations or postgame podcast, watch and/or listen:
Oh man… this thing could really happen – Bayern Munich could really prepare for a run on Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane:
I’m still torn about this. Kane is fantastic and would be a nice bridge to Bayern Munich to get Erling Haaland in a few years (let me keep dreaming!), but I wonder how he would fit under Julian Nagelsmann. Kane is somehow only 29 years old.
Be that as it may, I think if he wants Bayern and Bayern wants him… it should happen.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Sadio Mane knew he would leave Liverpool after last season’s Champions League final.
“If you ask me, I don’t think it was a mistake to sell Mane because if a player wants to leave there’s no point keeping him at the club,” Romano wrote in his CaughtOffside column on Substack. “Mane has repeatedly and with conviction asked to try a new experience, so I believe Liverpool have done well to accept it and it will take time to start a new era without a star like Sadio. It was impossible to change his mind, after the final in Paris Mane was clear with the club: he just wanted to go to Bayern Munich.”
Speaking of Manchester City’s Erling Haaland, Sport Bild has recorded a report from Spain that Bayern Munich and Real Madrid could become serious players for the Norwegian superstar in 2024 – although he would cost a ton at the time, as his deal doesn’t expire until 2027 :
Spanish journalist Josep Pedrerol told El Chiringuito that Real is still determined to sign the Norwegian. However, it is only around the year 2024. Until then, the Royals want to continue to count on Frenchman Karim Benzema (34), who would then be 36 years old and whose career should end at this point.
However, Haaland has signed a long-term contract with Manchester City until 2027 and as things stand it can be assumed that in two years Real will have to dig very, very deep into their pockets to sign the former Dortmund player for a permanent contract. contract. base.
In the spring, many connoisseurs still firmly assumed that Real Haaland would blow this summer. For a long time, a possible (and then very expensive) union of Kylian Mbappé (23, Paris St. Germain) was the only plausible counter-argument to this thesis. In the end, however, Real couldn’t get hold of either player and only strengthened their defenses with Antonio Rüdiger (29, Chelsea FC) and Aurelien Tchouameni (22, AS Monaco).
Haaland-Papa Alf-Inge had explained in a documentary about his son on the streaming service “VIAPLAY” that Real would only have become third as a potential new club this summer. Behind Man City and according to his own statement also behind FC Bayern…
Bayern Munich again could not find a way out past Borussia Mönchengladbach and settled for a draw, but recovered with a nice victory over Viktoria Köln in the DFB-Pokal.
Even with all the action on the pitch, there was still a lot to talk about. Let’s see what we have on tap for this episode:
- Assessing the club’s performance against Gladbach and Viktoria Köln.
- The depth of Bayern Munich is unbelievable.
- It is only a matter of time before Matthijs de Ligt is an anointed full-time starter.
- Daydreaming about a Bayern Munich vs. Manchester City Champions League.
- A look at the Bayern Munich transfer window.
Former Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino has been linked to Sevilla:
Sevilla have reportedly made contact with former Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino.
Following the resignation of Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea FC may also be interested in Pochettino (The Mirror), but it seems more likely they will go after Brighton’s Graham Potter:
Pochettino would certainly take advantage of Chelsea’s highly regarded academy thanks to his ability to educate young players, and he could work on a budget he didn’t have at Tottenham. There is only one major bottleneck; is Pochettino willing to ruin his strong relationship with Spurs fans and would the Stamford Bridge stalwarts accept his ties to London?
When fútbol meets (American) football:
I think Tom Adams sent me this note because he wants to be one of the “Hot Tub Boyz”: