Daily Schmankerl: The consequences of Bayern Munich against Wolfsburg; ESPN chooses Manchester as Champions League favorite; Frank Lampard defends Kai Havertz at Chelsea; and more!

FC Bayern Munich beat Wolfsburg 2-1. Bayern had to fight back against an early deficit. Robert Lewandowski was the man with the plan to thwart Wolfsburg when he recorded braces. Here are some quick hits of the game:

  • Hansi Flick’s staff and training were certainly interesting decisions, but ultimately they worked. For some reason, Bayern Munich have got used to slowly coming out of goal and forcing themselves to rebound after a troubled game. Yesterday was no different. I understand what Flick does to give certain players more playing time, and as awkward as it may have been at times, the result was still three more points. #FlickiFlaka
  • The absence of Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka is extremely difficult for Bayern Munich to overcome. Corentin Tolisso is a good player but he can’t do what Kimmich and Goretzka can. especially in midfield alone.
  • Serge Gnabry fed Leroy Sane with an almost perfect ball in the 4th minute, but Sane threw his touch off and lost the ball. Borussia Dortmund’s former vantage point, Max Philipp, only moments later left Sane with a massive volley for a goal Pay in the 5th minute.
  • Philipp is a strange case. He showed his talent as a young player at BVB, but his skills were not considered as strong as some other young Dortmunders. After leaving, he moved to Dynamo Moscow and is now back in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg. We saw what he can offer against Bayern Munich yesterday. When he’s in shape, Wolfsburg has a pretty offensive trio with Philipp, Wout Weghorst and Josip Brekalo.
  • Brekalo could easily have made it 2-0 in the 12th minute, but sent his attempt by airmail.
  • Robert Lewandowski could have done better with a smooth pass from Thomas Müller in the 17th minute. Bayern immediately seemed to wake up briefly.
  • Overall, Müller was one of the bright spots of the day for Bayern Munich. I found him fantastic and creative and a real catalyst for the offense.
  • I think it’s fair to say Gnabry and Sane both have problems while Kingsley Coman continues to show that he’s the best wing in the squad. Coman’s smooth cross, which led to a Robert Lewandowski header just before the end of the first half, was exquisite. Overall, Coman, Muller and Lewandowski carried the offensive workload again.
  • Lewandowski’s second goal was equally impressive, but more because of what led to it. Muller’s non-stop struggle for ball power was a turnover that ended with Jerome Boateng cleverly pushing a pass on Lewandowski that buried the chance.
  • Sane is clearly frustrated right now. I’m not going to say he’s on a funk, but things just don’t click on him. Even so, he did some good things over the course of the game and was much more active and committed. I would say this has been his most active performance to trace back this season so far.
  • Aside from an early breakdown, Boateng, Niklas Süle, David Alaba, and Lucas Hernandez were solid that day. Hernandez and Süle were the standout members of the group, while Alaba continues to seek out his form. I don’t care what someone says, their uncertain future weighs on them.
  • Manuel Neuer’s 85th minute after a shot by Wout Weghorst was a game saver and further proof that Neuer is still the best.
  • The sequence between Müller, Lewandowski and Sane in the 89th minute was fantastic. Had the Polish Hitman’s pass attempt been linked to Sane, he would have been a candidate for the goal of the season.
  • Now I’ll give you what you really came here for: The Allianz Arena lawn was absolutely not up to date. Admittedly, Munich was hit by a few rainy days, but there were players who were sniffed and bailed from left to right went. The Bayern Munich ground team absolutely needs to bring it together and solve this problem. Bayern just can’t be the curators of sloppy bad luck! We all know that there is nothing worse than a wet grass surface at this time of year. Bring it together people!

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According to ESPN’s prediction / analysis page Thirty-fiveManchester City are considered the favorites to win the Champions League with 26%, with Bayern Munich taking second place with 19%:

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is not satisfied with the criticism of the former Bayer Leverkusen ace and the German national player Kai Havertz.

With just one goal and two assists in ten Premier League games, Kai Havertz draws a little fire from Chelsea fans. Havertz has four goals and four assists in 16 games in all competitions this season.

Still, Lampard knows that some fans are getting impatient.

“I would say wait and give a young player time, whether it’s a week, a month, six months or a year, and then talk to me again,” said Lampard. “Because I know what kind of player Kai Havertz will be. I have no problem with Kai. Nowadays every player from every club who loses a game is criticized. From a Chelsea perspective, we should definitely be patient with Kai Havertz because he is a top talent who is new to this league. “

Earlier this week we reported on Bayern Munich’s interest in Olympique Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara, but it won’t be easy to land the talented 21-year-old. FC Barcelona is one of the teams that are also interested in the youngster:

Barça’s very serious interest in Boubacar Kamara (21) has been confirmed and the recommended hiring of the French center will not be easy unless Olympique de Marseille accept player swaps. Kamara is worth $ 32 million, but Barça, Bayern and Milan, among others, are following in his footsteps. In Marseille it is estimated that some teams will offer around 60.

60 million euros? That seems really high and certainly more than Bayern Munich would be willing to pay (at least it seems to be so from now on).

Eintracht Frankfurt star Filip Kostic is not entirely sure whether he has a future with Eintracht Frankfurt or not:

Filip Kostic is experiencing the “best time of my career” in Frankfurt. Nevertheless, the Serb cannot promise to play for Eintracht after the winter break. “I can’t say that because I don’t know what the club is up to either,” said Kostic in an interview with Kicker. At the moment he can say that he “wants to stay,” says Kostic, whose contract runs until June 2023. “But I still don’t know what’s going to happen.”

The 28 year old winger / outside midfielder would be a great addition to almost any team and would be a huge loss for them The Eagles if he goes on.

Wolfsburg striker Wout Weghorst didn’t get much service yesterday, but that doesn’t prevent Tottenham Hotspur from kicking the 28-year-old’s tires:

According to Transfermarkt.de, Tottenham’s chances of signing 28-year-old Dutch striker Wout Weghorst from Wolfsburg are decreasing. The former AZ Alkmaar killer, who has been playing for a German club since 2018/19, is currently worth around 18 million euros.

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Jordan Huitema scored Canada’s top scorer in the UEFA Women’s Champions League for PSG yesterday. It was her sixth goal in the competition, well before her boyfriend’s zero. If Phonzie doesn’t make it, she’ll leave him far behind.


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