Bayern Munich defender Lucas Hernandez made a solid switch against FC Barcelona but suffered an adductor injury which will keep him sidelined for five to six weeks.
While discussing the game with the Spanish media, the topic of Alphonso Davies’ contact with Ousmane Dembélé in the first half was raised. Some people felt that Davies could have been given a penalty on the play, including Hernández:
Speaking to Cadena SER, he said it was a ‘penaltito’ – a light penalty – when Dembele was triggered by the Canadian. Former referee Iturralde Gonzálz told Lucas it was a clear penalty, with the Bayern defender admitting “it was a light penalty, Itu”, on air.
Speaking on COPE, he added: “You can talk all you want, but the result is what it is.”
Surely Hernández wasn’t going to apologize for the no-call, but Bayern Munich got a bit lucky in this case as it could have turned the tide of the game.
Thomas Müller, Joshua Kimmich, Manuel Neuer and the rest of the German national team will be featured in an Amazon Prime World Cup documentary:
Bayern Munich may have been ‘desperate’ for Gavi, but the Spanish midfielder seems set on FC Barcelona for his future:
Gavi signs a new contract, it’s gone and confirmed! Complete deal now 100% done with Barcelona. It’s done and sealed after the breakthrough reported last week. #FCB
▫️ New deal valid until June 2026.
▫️ Salary will be increased.
▫️ Release clause: €1 billion.
Soon official. pic.twitter.com/S4utgPzYNf
— Fabrice Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 13, 2022
After a huge rise, Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona finally found themselves in the Champions League.
The match sparked a lot of intrigue given Robert Lewandowski’s return to his old turf, Bayern Munich’s recent spotty form and pre-match controversy with some players unhappy with their respective roles in Bavaria.
None of that mattered once the teams entered the pitch and Bayern Munich came out with a 2-0 win over FC Barcelona.
Let’s break it all down in podcast style. Here’s what we have on hand:
- A summary of the match.
- A look at how Bayern Munich’s form went from ‘not so great’ to ‘really good’ after half-time.
- Why pre-game controversies matter and how Nagelsmann can try to smooth things over going forward.
- Why Bayern Munich passed their first big test of the season.
- Looking forward to the return match.
Despite the considerable efforts made by Paris Saint-Germain in the hope of keeping Kylian Mbappé happy,
Kylian Mbappé signed a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain at the start of the summer after a long transfer saga involving Real Madrid, amid belief he would move to the Spanish capital. It was understood that Mbappé had signed a three-year contract with PSG, tying him to the club until 2025, but according to new reports that is not the case. According to L’Equipe, Mbappé has in fact signed a two-year contract – until 2024 – and the deal has an option to add an extra year to it, which can only be triggered by the player himself. This means Mbappé could leave the club at the end of the 2023-24 season, and possibly even move to Real Madrid, which by his own admission is his dream destination.
Real Madrid have not closed the door on signing Mbappé in the future either, and have kept relations rather positive in case there is a possibility that they could sign him at some point in the future. . Mbappé’s total package is around 450 million euros, including his salary and a signing fee, making him the highest-paid footballer on the planet.
Bayern Munich transfer target Konrad Laimer will miss several weeks for RB Leipzig through injury:
RB Leipzig will be without midfielder Konrad Laimer for several weeks. The Austria international who had his best game of the season so far in the 3-0 win over Dortmund suffered a left syndesmosis (high joint/ankle) injury.
— Derek Rae (@RaeComm) September 13, 2022
Thomas Müller from Bayern Munich and Robert Lewandowski from FC Barcelona were perhaps the best combination in the history of rekordmeister and the duo had the opportunity to briefly kiss after the Champions League game:
For Lewandowski, the match was not memorable:
Robert Lewandowski failed to score on SEVEN shots against former club Bayern Munich last night. Only once in 108 #UCL appearances, he failed to score after more attempts (8 against Celtic in October 2017). A night to forget….
—WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) September 14, 2022
FC Köln coach Steffen Baumgart is one of a kind:
Hmmm…Everton were too cold, Al-Rayyan were too hot, will Olympiacos be perfect?
James Rodriguez has successfully passed medical tests in Greece – so he will soon sign the contract as a new Olympiacos player. ⚪️ #Olympiacos
Al Rayyan loan agreement with also the option to buy included. pic.twitter.com/LNXOYZOWLP
— Fabrice Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 14, 2022
We are over a month into the season and Bayern Munich have drawn three games in a row. Admittedly, those games were only in the Bundesliga and were punctuated by wins over Viktoria Koln in the Pokal and Inter Milan in the Champions League, but it’s still a bad comeback for a side chasing their 11th title. consecutive. Now Bayern face the prospect of reuniting with Robert Lewandowski midweek when FC Barcelona visit. Lots to say.
In this episode, INNN, Samrin and Marcus discuss:
- What’s behind Bayern’s terrible recent form?
- The problem with attacking at the moment – finishing, chance creation or lack of a real striker?
- How to solve the problem of the front line before facing FC Barcelona?
- Moving on to Barca game preview – what kind of coach is Xavi?
- How Barcelona could line up and our impressions of their squad.
- Apart from Robert Lewandowski, who is the danger-man on their side? Dembele, Pedri, Gavi and many more.
- How Xavi could set up his midfield to neutralize Thomas Muller.
- Will Barcelona setting up offensively help Bayern Munich attack?
- How will Bayern stop Barca’s attack? Should we start Matthijs de Ligt or Dayot Upamecano?
- Should Nagelsmann give Goretzka another chance or stay with Marcel Sabitzer?
- Marcus makes a futile attempt to argue that Gnabry should start ahead of Jamal Musiala in attack. Is he successful?
- Can we still trust Julian Nagelsmann if he loses against Barca in midweek?