Bayern Munich were exceptional from start to finish against Borussia Mönchengladbach and Robert Lewandowski had a hat trick at home to come within two goals of breaking Gerd Müller’s record. Here are some quick hitters on the game:
- Hansi Flick’s programming was curious to say the least. No Leon Goretzka. No Serge Gnabry. No Leroy Sane (at least for starters) … no problem I guess.
- Jamal Musiala’s nod was deserved and well deserved. The youngster has been Bayern Munich’s best winger for around two months now.
- Robert Lewandowski got things going early on with his 37th goal, which gave the Bavarians a good start.
- Musiala made Flick smart by creating the team’s second goal, which was ultimately scored by Thomas Müller.
- Lewandowski’s second goal was a fantastic volley and gave Bayern Munich a 3-0 lead. Fittingly, Müller got help on this incredible effort. The rout was on.
- Kingsley Coman added a fourth goal in the first half for Bayern Munich. Lewandowski’s presence attracted so much attention that Coman’s job was quite easy. Lewandowski was credited with an assist on the game.
- Coman put in a very solid turn overall which was great to see considering he had been struggling a bit lately.
- Lewandowski capped his day with his 39th goal from the penalty spot. What a phenomenal day for the Polish Hitman.
- Goretzka’s injury stained what was otherwise a spectacular day for Bayern Munich. Hopefully, it’s nothing serious or even persistent.
- It was also good to see Leroy Sane get back on track with a late goal as well.
- Benjamin Pavard was great. It’s been a completely heartwarming second half for the Frenchman and it really looks like the lingering effects of his injury last summer that held him back earlier in the season.
- Manuel Neuer had his own clean sheet, so yeah, it was a good day.
If you miss our post-match Match Awards, Observations or Podcast, check them out or listen to them:
Sevilla are another club in search of Bayern Munich’s supposed target Khvicha Kvaratskhelia. The young Georgian has a pretty impressive roster of contenders, including Sevilla, Bayern Munich, Borussia Monchengladbach, Leeds United, Juventus and AC Milan:
Already followed by many clubs including Bayern Munich, Borussia Monchengladbach, Leeds United, Juventus and AC Milan, Georgia international winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, according to La Razon, has also been targeted by Sevilla FC. Rubin Kazan plans to let him out for a transfer fee of around € 20million.
The future of former Bayern Munich midfielder Sebastian Rudy is in limbo. On loan from soon to be relegated Schalke 04, the 31-year-old needs to know if Hoffenheim plan to keep him:
Sebastian Rudy from Hoffenheim faces an uncertain future this summer. The midfielder’s contract with FC Schalke runs until 2022. But it seems absurd that he will fulfill his contract with the relegated team. TSG also remains undecided as to whether and under what conditions Rudy may be involved. And Schalke could also work on terminating the contract for severance pay, so the 31-year-old does not return to Schalke after the season or stay with TSG.
Thomas Tuchel made Hansi Flick very intelligent. When Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard, Flick had this to say:
“Chelsea have huge potential in terms of both quality and quantity,” said Flick. “It’s a young team with a lot of talent. They can go a long way in the Champions League this season. Thomas has acquired experience at PSG which will benefit him at Chelsea. He is ready to take up this challenge.
Without a doubt, Flick enjoys the work Tuchel has done with the club, but also with two of Flick’s favorites: Timo Werner and Kai Havert. Werner and Havertz, of course, are two players Flick has been accused of “going it alone” regarding last summer’s transfers.
De Graafschap was promoted to the Eredivisie and won a parade with farm equipment:
De Graafschap, a Dutch second division team, can be promoted to Eredivisie today, so their fans have decided to escort the team bus in tractors.
Real football farmers pic.twitter.com/fidENJ8GvJ
– ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 7, 2021
Atalanta star and German international Robin Gosens is getting a lot of attention in the transfer market for Leicester City, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and Juventus:
Leicester City are in talks with Atalanta over the attack by German international winger Robin Gosens (26), according to Italian and British sources. Stemming from a new top-notch seasonal performance, La Dea sensation, set on a transfer fee of 40 million euros, is still followed by Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and Juventus.
If he joined the Foxes, Gosens would find his former Atalanta teammate and “twin of the opposite flank”, Timothy Castagne.
Wolfsburg want to find a way to keep forward Maximilian Philipp with the squad, but need to make sure the price is right:
VfL Wolfsburg are keen to keep Maximilian Philipp, who came from Dynamo Moscow in the summer of 2020 on a loan of around two million euros – although the club have let go of the option to buy for eleven million euros. “If everything is correct, we would like to continue working with him,” says Managing Director Jörg Schmadtke. In Moscow he still has a contract until 2023, but the 27-year-old can still imagine staying at Wolfsburg. So it becomes a question of price.
Philipp is an intriguing talent, whose career has taken many turns. At the right club, he can be a very solid member of the roster.