Bayern Munich dismantled VfL Bochum 7-0 in an incredibly dominating effort, despite missing a few key players – some expected to miss, some didn’t. It didn’t matter who was in the lineup though, as Bayern Munich’s depth proves to be a problem for their opponents.
Here are some quick shots on the match:
- The starting lineup was pretty much what we expected once we found out Alphonso Davies was banged up:
- The muscle-injured Davies allowed Julian Nagelsmann to change some things, but as you can see…it all worked out.
- If you bet Leroy Sané was going to score a right-footed howler in the opening minutes of the game, you could probably cash in on that ticket and become a rich person. Sané’s 4th-minute tally was outstanding and he set the ball rolling for a rout:
- The amazing thing about this goal is that we so rarely see Sané using his right foot effectively; that made it even more of a surprise.
- This Bayern Munich team is very tight-knit – see how the team rallied around Sané after he scored. Even people competing with him for playing time were really happy for him.
- In the 25th minute, Matthijs de Ligt officially made his rather memorable first Bundesliga start by giving Bayern Munich a 2-0 lead with a header. I thought De Ligt was also the best defender in the team that day.
- You know… I felt that Thomas Müller had a very “meh” performance. In this team – with this depth of attack – it feels like a “meh” performance might not keep you in the starting XI for long. Given Müller’s age and the fact that it’s a World Cup season, the veteran will need more rest anyway, but he’s going to be pushed every week for his starting position .
- Kingsley Coman put Bayern Munich ahead 3-0 in the 33rd minute and I think you can really say Coman was the team’s best player against VfL Bochum. For me, it was a three-way race between Sané, Coman and De Ligt.
- Just when you thought VfL Bochum might escape into the dressing room only trailing 3-0… Sadio Mané decided it was time to score a fourth goal (42nd minute) in the first half.
- The second half wouldn’t really be better for the hosts.
- Mané (PK in the 60th minute), an own goal (69th minute) and Serge Gnabry (76th minute) finalized the score for Bayern in a thoroughly dominant outing.
- It was good to see Josip Stanišić getting some much needed pitch time and also for Gabriel Vidović to be credited with an assist.
- All in all, Bayern Munich was just unreal. The offense was relentless, the defense suffocating, and Nagelsmann didn’t try to deploy a 2-1-1-3-1-2 formation…so, all good!
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liverpool is being pushed to consider kicking the tires for Bayern Munich star Leroy Sané which seems highly unlikely – especially after he looked so sensational against VfL Bochum:
According to Football Insider (h/t Liverpool Echo), former Everton Player Kevin Campbell has claimed Liverpool should consider looking at the player profile of FC Bayern Munich striker Leroy Sane.
“I think there is room for Leroy Sane at Liverpool. There are going to be injuries, loss of form and a consecutive league and Champions League Games. You need to be able to flip your team so everyone is fresh.
Simply put, Liverpool should be willing to pay Sané and Bayern Munich a ton to make this happen.
USMNT Prospect Joe Scally was pleased with Borussia Monchengladbach’s win over Hertha Berlin on Friday but knows a tough test awaits him at Bayern Munich.
“Bayern are the best team in the league and have been for many years, but we can go there with confidence. We won in Munich last season and of course we will try to do it again, even though we know that we have a tough game in store,” Scally said.
Are BVB going to the transfer market again? Cristiano Ronaldo won’t come, but otherwise Sebastian Kehl hasn’t ruled out another deal.
“I wouldn’t rule it out, I would just say that we can’t splurge anymore,” said the Borussia Dortmund sporting director. Live picture. BVB have already made numerous transfers with Sébastien Haller, Karim Adeyemi, Nico Schlotterbeck, Anthony Modeste, Salih Özcan, Niklas Süle and goalkeepers Marcel Lotka and Alexander Meyer.
Check out our preview of this weekend’s game against VfL Bochum, as well as a review of VfL Wolfsburg’s dispatch on Bayern’s second day of fierce competition.
There was a lot to say. On tap:
- The surprise exit of Tanguy Nianzou and the setting up of the defense for this season.
- A contract extension for sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidžić and his development as a manager.
- The difficult beginnings of Robert Lewandowski for FCBarcelona
- Leroy Sané’s form landed him in the B team for training.
- Serge Gnabry’s injury is an opportunity for Kingsley Coman.
- A dive into the You better call Saul Finally, my thoughts, why I am a selfish spectator, and potentially a bad person!
Former Bayern Munich transfer target and current USMNT prospect Sergiño Dest is still struggling to fit into Xavi’s lineup at FC Barcelona – and his future is completely uncertain at the club:
Xavi: “We wanted to sign Azpilicueta and it was not possible. We will have to see what we do. Sergino Dest? He knows the situation”. Dest, currently out of Barca’s plans. #FCB
“Frenkie de Jong is a spectacular player, with a lot of leadership,” added Xavi. pic.twitter.com/ijC1ZtQcO5
— Fabrice Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 20, 2022
Bayern Munich currently don’t need Dest, but any young player stuck in that situation probably needs to hit the road. If he doesn’t transfer, Dest could be looking at a long spell on the bench which could affect his chances or form for the World Cup.
Gabriel Vidović’s future could become a bit clearer as it looks like FC Augsburg, as well as clubs in the Netherlands and Belgium, want the Croatian youth international:
Bayern bosses are actively looking for a club to send Gabriel Vidović on loan. It should be a Bundesliga club for the player to get used to the league. Augsburg are interested, as well as clubs from Belgium and the Netherlands.