Finally the Bundesliga is back and sport is back in the foreground. After the change of theater around Yann Sommer, the Swiss was finally able to do what he does best in Leipzig: stand between the posts.
Although the 34-year-old didn’t concede a goal on his Bayern debut against RB Leipzig, the Munich side can be commended for that personality after Manuel Neuer’s injury shock. They have an absolute goalkeeper. He proved that enough in Gladbach – nationally and internationally. (DATA: Bundesliga results)
And perhaps the Swiss World Cup participant will stay with the record champions for longer than many people can imagine.
Julian Nagelsmann said Neuer was number 1 when he returned. But it’s not Neuer’s first long-term injury and at his age it’s extremely difficult to come back fully. (NEWS: All current Bundesliga news)
It should therefore not be automatically assumed that Sommer will leave Bayern again after the season, but that he could be number 1 in the long term.
FC Bayern won’t let Neuer down
But now the focus is on the fact that Munich managed to calm down quickly after losing their No.1. They did that with the transfer. And as far as Neuer is concerned: of course he is the most annoyed by the accident. But that’s also how I know FC Bayern. They do not rush the baton to players who deserve it, but respect their past performance for the club.
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Another current Bayern player could also benefit: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. The Cameroon international is playing for a new contract and is currently impressing with strong performances. Of course, that hasn’t escaped Bayern officials either. Besides, he’s a great guy and a striker that record champions need.
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Well, and then we have Thomas Müller, who is currently on the sidelines at FC Bayern. But the Bavarian veteran is too professional to get used to this situation. As a person, he is extremely important to the team. It doesn’t matter if he’s been on the pitch from the start or comes off the bench.
But from a sporting point of view, his objective must be to return to the field regularly. Of course, he must give everything for it.
Rudi Völler: Germany’s biggest football fan
Another person who has to give everything now is Rudi Völler. The home European Championship is only a year and a half away and by then he faces the big challenge of making the national team the Germans’ favorite child again. The DFB team has lost that role at least since the unfortunate World Cup appearance in Qatar.
But if anyone can do it, it’s Rudi Völler. He is a great sympathizer. Possibly the greatest football Germany has. You can accomplish a lot with it. He has the experience and the expertise to do so. So I’m sure he can win the fans back.
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But even Völler, who once drove the sadness out of German football and led the national team to the 2002 World Cup runners-up title, cannot do it alone. For this he also needs the help of Hansi Flick.
A spirit of optimism can only be created if performance on the pitch is correct – and the national coach bears the main responsibility for this. Voller can’t do it alone. There needs to be more gathering.
Frankfurt as Bayern’s top fighter
But let’s get back to the Bundesliga: Eintracht Frankfurt is second in the standings after today and is therefore Bayern’s leading hunter. This is how they reward themselves for a great development, which is also linked to Mario Götze. (DATA: The Bundesliga table)
He is a link between midfield and attack and now has enough experience. It does not shine in all situations, but it is a very important element. Then he took a giant step. You also have to take the risk of returning to the Bundesliga from the Netherlands. But he does it really well.
But now the question arises how Frankfurt will fare in this new position. Munich currently sits in the lead with a five-point lead. But the record champions have tough tasks ahead of them and things may not be going well for FC Bayern. (DATA: Bundesliga schedule)
Then the others have to be there and take advantage of any weakness in Munich. I think Leipzig and Frankfurt have the potential to be there until the end.
Stefan Effenberg won the Champions League with FC Bayern in 2001. He also won several German championships and cups with Bayern Munich and Borussia Mönchengladbach. The 54-year-old has been part of the permanent team of STAHLWERK Doppelpass experts since summer 2018.
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