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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich’s link with the defender for nothing?; Christopher Nkunku going to Chelsea?; Special pills for Julian Nagelsmann?; Was Jürgen Klopp Reluctant To Show Sadio Mané Love At Liverpool?; and more!

Just a few days ago, it was reported that Bayern Munich are interested in Ajax defender Jurrien Timber. The Bavarians had been linked with Timber last summer before moving on then-Juventus central defender Matthijs de Ligt.

Sport Bild journalist Christian Falk, however, says Bayern Munich don’t want to pursue Timber at the moment, which makes sense given the current depth of the position:

Timber isn’t a big, commanding presence at centre-back and would be more in Lucas Hernandez mode than De Ligt in terms of height. Either way, it doesn’t look like anything is imminent between the die rotten and Wood.

RB Leipzig striker Christopher Nkunku is one of the Bundesliga’s most dynamic threats… and Chelsea F.C. could be looking to secure an early jump on a move for next summer by Sport Bild’s Christian Falk:

Sky’s Florian Plettenberg, however, reports that a deal is not close to being finalized:

RB Leipzig has certainly become one of the great ‘proving grounds’ for talent. If Nkunku moves on, it wouldn’t be shocking at all – especially if Chelsea are ready with their pockets deep.

InterMilan Star Robin Gosens has heard the rumors about a potential move to Bayer Leverkusen for the Germany international.

“I play for a global club and I’m happy at Inter. My goal is to assert myself at this big club. I have to play three, four, five games in a row now, that’s what I’m working towards I also need to get into a rhythm in view of the World Cup,” Gosens said. “I spoke to Simon Rolfes on the phone and it was an open and honest exchange. I told him that I hadn’t finished at Inter and that I wanted to attack. I feel very comfortable at Inter at the moment and I am certainly not against my will. I am fully motivated and looking forward to the tasks. But I’m only satisfied when I’m on the pitch, I expect that from myself.

Between Germany and Bayern Munich there is no shortage of talking points for fans to talk and debate.

For those looking forward to the World Cup, we got a glimpse of what things could look like for Germany in Qatar. For Bayern Munich fans, it’s time to restart and start again after a tough run in the Bundesliga.

Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this episode:

  • A look at Germany’s international break and what we could have learned ahead of the World Cup.
  • What to look for in Bayern Munich matches.
  • Jamal Musiala’s star begins to explode.
  • Bayern Munich may already be planning their life after Benjamin Pavard.
  • Are Bayern Munich interested in Chelsea that Kai Havertz?

Ancient liverpool Midfielder Salif Diao says Sadio Mane left England because Jürgen Klopp didn’t fully appreciate the Senegal striker.

“I think he had been here for a few years and I think at some point he thought he didn’t really have the love he needed here at Anfield,” Diao told Liverpool. Echo. “I’m not talking about the fans, for him I think it was more with the manager. Things weren’t really going the way they should have been, that’s why he decided to take on a new challenge. I think that as a top player, every time you stay four or five years at a top club, sometimes it’s good to take on a new challenge.

When I coach basketball, I often come to a point in the season where I lose my voice. I may need the medical team at Bayern Munich to intervene on these magic pills they are using to restore Julian Nagelsmann’s voice:

And these two photos crack me up because it looks like a deleted scene from Thread.


Seriously though, I hope there won’t be any long term issues with Nagelsmann’s vocal chords/voice.

Hoffenheim decided not to cover the World Cup in Qatar on his club’s website due to the country’s record of human rights abuses:

All these aspects play a role in not wanting to just inform in a careless way. A celebration description based only on the sporting aspect, only based on goals and performance without looking at the bigger picture where this so-called football festival will be held is in our opinion not allowed. But we cannot deliver the analytical comments needed to cover the sporting event several thousand kilometers away.

After four consecutive Bundesliga games without a win, Bayern Munich responded in solid fashion with a 4-0 win over struggling Bayer Leverkusen. All of the front four managed to score as Julian Nagelsmann’s system shone in its ability to create chances and smother the opposition with high pressure. Even so, after all this poor performance, one should be wary of declaring the crisis over after a single win.

Here are our talking points from the game:

  • A brief recap of how the game went.
  • How Sadio Mane playing on the left could be a way to optimize his role.
  • The excellent performance of Leroy Sane, eclipsed by the even better Jamal Musiala.
  • Why Thomas Muller’s “quiet game” is a myth.
  • A quick look at the midfield partnership (not much to say here) and Sabitzer’s Kante-esque role.
  • Does Matthijs de Ligt look a little…tall?
  • Countering confusing stories about Alphonso Davies.
  • Interesting moves from Nagelsmann on set pieces.
  • Critique of substitutions.