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Bavarian Podcast Works — Preview Show: Bayern Munich vs. Arsenal (Champions League)

All of a sudden, Bayern Munich is the team riding some momentum and Arsenal FC is the squad reeling and searching for answers. Football...it is a crazy game. Bayern Munich now has the chance to do what many thought was unthinkable just a few weeks ago — knock the Gunners out of the UCL and advance to the semifinals. When everything seemed lost, Bayern Munich might have found a new life in the latter rounds of the Champions League. Funnier things have happened, right? Here is what we have on tap for this episode of the Bavarian Podcast Works — Preview Show: Some thoughts on the recent form of each team. Updates on the injured Bayern Munich players. A guess at Thomas Tuchel’s potential starting XI and why this is probably the best unit he can pick for this match-up. A prediction on the match. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/16/202424 minutes, 54 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 2-0 Köln (Bundesliga)

After two consecutive losses in the league, Bayern Munich had to shape up or else qualification to next year’s Champions League could be in serious jeopardy. Now, the game wasn’t super exciting, but it did have its highlights — made all the more poignant with the Arsenal game looming over the horizon. Beating Köln 2-0 is a result the team can probably live with. Here are our talking points from the game: Marcus discusses the seven different changes in their starting line-up compared to the Arsenal game. Main takeaways discussed: Bayern played slow, un-creative, and didn’t seem to threaten FC Köln much at all before the 64th minute. Does this game give confidence ahead of the crucial game versus Arsenal? Maybe not. Marcus discusses Harry Kane’s inconsistency in front of goal amidst his record chasing. Lastly, special shoutouts to the Bayern fans today – world-class on the stands despite a lackluster performance on the pitch! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @BavarianPodcast @TheBarrelBlog, @BFWCyler, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/13/202421 minutes, 1 second
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Show Season 3, Episode 40 — Final thoughts on Bayern Munich’s draw with Arsenal; Discussing the futures of Alphonso Davies, Dayot Upamecano, and Joshua Kimmich; and MORE!

Bayern Munich must regroup after its Champions League draw with Arsenal FC, but the match told fans a lot about who the team really is. Knowing that, there is plenty to discuss on that performance, plus the recent rumors surrounding Joshua Kimmich, Alphonso Davies, and Leroy Sané. Here is what we have on tap for this edition of the Bavarian Podcast Works — Weekend Warm-up Show: Why Bayern Munich’s showing against Arsenal FC should give fans reasons to have hope — and why it took so long for the team to wake up and remember who it was. Why Thomas Tuchel was so motivated to face Arsenal. Is it just time to let Alphonso Davies walk? Dayot Upamecano might be unhappy with his role as a bench player. Bayern Munich is worried about Joshua Kimmich’s reluctance to discuss his future. Is he on his way out the door? Breaking down the brilliance of the series finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/11/202442 minutes, 55 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works — Preview Show: Bayern Munich vs. FC Köln (Bundesliga)

After a rousing 2-2 draw in the Champions League against Arsenal FC, Bayern Munich will now have to shift its focus (a challenge of late) back to the Bundesliga for a date with a scuffling FC Köln side. On paper, Bayern Munich should be a big favorite, but with another Champions League date with the Gunners looming, the Bavarians could be in danger of falling into another trap game scenario, like what happened last weekend vs. Heidenheim. This is what we have on tap for this episode of the Bavarian Podcast Works — Preview Show: A look at the recent league form of both clubs. Updates on injured Bayern Munich players. A guess at Thomas Tuchel’s potential starting XI and why it is likely we see a lot of changes. A prediction on the match. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/10/202430 minutes, 30 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Arsenal 2-2 Bayern Munich (Champions League)

Bayern Munich went to the Emirates Stadium and came out with a 2-2 draw. It wasn’t pretty, but it gives Thomas Tuchel something to take back to the Allianz Arena for the second leg of the tie. Mikel Arteta will be wondering how his side failed to win after dominating possession for most of the game, and creating plenty of chances. Here are our talking points from the game: Does the result match our expectations? Why did Thomas Tuchel line the team up the way he did? A recap of how the game went and what it feels like after the result. Harry Kane — the perfect striker or a man misused? Why Tuchel’s offensive gameplan makes little sense. Thomas Müller needs to come back for the second leg, full stop. How Leon Goretzka and Konrad Laimer shut Arsenal down in the center. The strange case of Leroy Sané and his general role under Tuchel. What changes should be made for the second leg? INNN and Cyler disagree. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @BavarianPodcast @TheBarrelBlog, @BFWCyler, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/9/202438 minutes, 24 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works — Preview Show: Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich (Champions League)

After falling victim to a trap game against Heidenheim over the weekend, Bayern Munich now needs to shift focus to its Champions League match against Arsenal FC. At a time where it has to ramp things up to face a very strong Gunners side, the Bavarians are fading. While there should be a slew of players returning from injury available to dress against Arsenal, it remains to be seen just how many will play a key role. With everything else lost in the season, Bayern Munich should be on a mission to push its Champions League as far as it possibly can. Here is what we have on tap for the Bavarian Podcast Works — Preview Show: Some thoughts on the recent form of each team. Updates on injured Bayern Munich players Will a loss trigger Bayern Munich’s rumored caretaker plan?. A guess at Thomas Tuchel’s potential starting XI and why he should keep things the same. A prediction on the match. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/8/202425 minutes, 21 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — FC Heidenheim 3-2 Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

In the kind of game that makes a person return to old vices after, the loss to Heidenheim has hurt Bayern Munich not only in their Bundesliga hopes (we can call them dreams at this point), but also in their chances against Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, as morale will inevitably be low. Here's our talking points from this game: The inexplicable changing of tactics that worked in previous games. The individual performances of Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka and Dayot Upamecano. Manager Thomas Tuchel's insistence on certain aspects of play. Harry Kane's bad day in front of goal. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @BavarianPodcast @TheBarrelBlog, @BFWCyler, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/6/202414 minutes, 47 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Show Season 3, Episode 39 — Is Bayern Munich too far gone to beat Arsenal in the Champions League?; Is Hansi Flick the right man to take over as next coach of Bayern?; and MORE!

After getting upset by Borussia Dortmund last week, Bayern Munich is a club grasping at straws for this season and the future. There is still great talent on the roster, but how it functions for the rest of this season and if it will even be around next season remain to be seen. With so many storylines going on, there was plenty to talk about, so let’s get to it. Here is what we have on tap for this episode of the Weekend Warm-up Show: Is it impossible for Bayern Munich to take down Arsenal FC in the Champions League at this point? Are Bayern Munich players missing the necessary hunger and edge required to win at the highest levels? The field is narrowing for Bayern Munich’s coaching search and there still is no clear leader in the clubhouse. As the days go by, could Hansi Flick end up being the choice, who makes the most sense? Why Flick could really be the right guy to take the helm. Breaking down the second to last episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/4/202453 minutes, 49 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works — Preview Show: Heidenheim vs. Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

How does Bayern Munich rebound from a devastating 2-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund? While Heidenheim is not a juggernaut, it is unclear just how healthy and focused the Bavarians are — especially with a Champions League match against Arsenal FC on Tuesday. Some would consider this the classic “trap game”, so Bayern Munich head coach Thomas Tuchel might have to dig deep into his bag of tricks to get his squad motivated and mentally on-point for this game. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this episode: A look at where each team is in the table. Some thoughts on the recent form of each team and a look back at the first meeting between the two teams this season. Updates on injured Bayern Munich players.  Corralling the disappointment of a season lost. A guess at Thomas Tuchel’s potential starting XI and why he should keep things the same. A prediction on the match. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/3/202439 minutes, 17 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S6E38: Why Bayern Munich’s loss to Borussia Dortmund was so frustrating; Is all hope lost for the Arsenal tie?; Should Bayern re-up Leroy Sané?; Will Xabi Alonso prevent Bayern from getting a good coach this summer?; and MORE!

Bayern Munich suffered a deflating and embarrassing defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund over the weekend, which left fans angry, puzzled, and...maybe even sad. So, yeah, it was not great. But maybe — just maybe — not all hope is lost heading into the stretch run of the season. Let’s take a look at some of the burning topics on this week’s edition of the Bavarian Podcast Works Show: Why the loss to Borussia Dortmund was so tough to watch and how it could be the impetus for true change. Mentally, Bayern Munich might just be shot. Is there any hope against Arsenal FC in the Champions League? How are we feeling about another long-term commitment to Leroy Sané? Will any coach worth his salt take the Bayern Munich job, knowing how badly they already want Xabi Alonso — who will be available in 2025? Also, what Alonso’s decision to stay at Bayer Leverkusen might be telling us about a potential future with Real Madrid. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/1/202449 minutes, 37 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 0-2 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga)

Well, that’s it then. Even the most optimistic Bayern Munich fan will concede that the the Bundesliga is gone now. After losing to Borussia Dortmund in an unexpected and humiliating fashion, it’s time to take stock of the season and what’s left to play for.  Here are our talking points from the game: How this result isn’t surprising. You may remember this talking point from previous pods.  Harry Kane may have had his worst game in a Bayern shirt.  Why Thomas Tuchel’s Bayern lacks a foundation that lets them win.  Subbing Thomas Müller remains a grave mistake.  A player-by-player review of every single performance, including some highlights (Kimmich) and lowlights (Alphonso Davies, Leroy Sané).  What is left to play for this season? How player mentality figures into it all.  Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @BavarianPodcast @TheBarrelBlog, @BFWCyler, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/30/202417 minutes, 52 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Show Season 3, Episode 38 — Bayern Munich and Alphonso Davies in a standoff; Germany’s potential adds for the EUROs; An update on Bayern’s coaching search; Exploring if Bayern will get another winger; & MORE!

Bayern Munich is back in action, but the news surrounding the club has exploded in recent days. Transfer rumors, agent/front office squabbles, injuries, and just about everything in between have hit the news cycle and we are here to discuss it. Let’s dig in. This is what we have on tap for this edition of the Bavarian Podcast Works — Weekend Warm-up Show: Assessing the players most likely to get a call into Germany for the EUROs and what the chances really are that any of them will convince Julian Nagelsmann before the deadline. The agent for Alphonso Davies took Bayern Munich to task over its “ultimatum” to accept a new deal. Can this situation be saved or it already too far gone? Looking at the most recent news on Bayern Munich’s coaching candidates. Assessing the transfers rumors linking Bayern Munich to VfB Stuttgart’s Chris Führich and what that could mean for the futures of Serge Gnabry and Bryan Zaragoza? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/28/202449 minutes, 27 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works — Preview Show: Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich is back in action and what better way to return from an international break than to dive right into a matchup against Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker. Bayern Munich still has some belief in trying to win the Bundesliga, but even the players and coaches admit that it will take a lot of help from Bayer Leverkusen to make this a race down the stretch. For Borussia Dortmund, this is a chance to potentially stomp out any semblance of hope that Bayern Munich believes that it has. Here is what we have on tap for this episode of the Bavarian Podcast Works — Preview Show: A look at where each team is in the table and why each club’s fanbase probably expected much more. Some thoughts on the recent form of each team and a look back at the first meeting between the two teams this season. A guess at Thomas Tuchel’s potential starting XI and why he should keep things the same. A prediction on the match. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/27/202422 minutes, 19 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Germany 2-1 Netherlands (International Friendly)

Bayern Munich’s time off is now over. Germany faced off with a very strong team from the Netherlands in Frankfurt and XXXXXX. For Germany, this international break was extremely important and laid the groundwork for a new era with the national team. Was it successful? Will Germany be able to make a run at winning a trophy this summer? Let’s take a look. This is what we have on tap for this episode: A look at Julian Nagelsmann’s starting XI and how those players performed. A rundown of the scoring and subs. A look at what’s next? What might need to change? What might be the foundation for things moving forward? Can Germany be a serious competitor at the EURO 2024 competition. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/26/202425 minutes, 57 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works — Preview Show: Germany vs. the Netherlands (International Friendly)

In the final international game before Bayern Munich’s players return back to Säbener Straße, Germany will take on the Netherlands in a match that could prove to extremely important for Die Mannschaft. Julian Nagelsmann has rallied his troops with a renewed sense of self-belief that has the squad buzzing, but none of that will mean anything without another strong showing. The Dutch will provide a formidable test and should be a good indication of just how much progress has been made under Nagelsmann.  Here is what we have on tap for this episode:  A look at the game and why this could mean a lot to the Germans.  Does Leroy Sané eventually have a role on this team? A guess at Julian Nagelsmann’s lineup and how it could change from what we saw against France on Saturday.  A prediction on the match.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/25/202416 minutes, 31 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S6E37: More thoughts on Germany’s win over France; Did Bayern Munich give Alphonso Davies a deadline to accept the latest offer?; Looking at the sacking of Julian Nagelsmann one year later; and MORE!

Bayern Munich will be back in action later this on the field, but there is much going on in the boardroom these days. While all of that is going on, the German national team is looking like they could potentially have something cooking. Given all of that, we have much to talk about. This is what we have on tap for this episode: After some times to process it all, more thoughts on Germany’s 2-0 win over France and why it seems like Julian Nagelsmann could be close to unlocking something with this German side. Reports are breaking that Bayern Munich wants an answer from Alphonso Davies by next week. Will the Canadian take the best-and-final offer from the Bavarians or will he set sights on a move this summer...maybe to Real Madrid. One year after Nagelsmann was unceremoniously sacked at Bayern Munich, the fallout is still being felt. Let’s discuss where things stand and how much longer that move might affect the club. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/25/202454 minutes, 2 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — France 0-2 Germany (International Friendly)

The German national team had not really fired on all cylinders for, well, years. With deflating performance after deflating performance, there was very little reason for hope...until now! While it is just one match, the Germans were able to outgun France 2-0 for a really strong and convincing away win. Clearly, there was a lot to talk about and with Jack Laushway making his Bavarian Podcast Works debut to help break this one down, we went all-in! This is what we have on tap for this episode: A look at Julian Nagelsmann’s starting XI and how those players performed. A rundown of the scoring and subs. Some thoughts on Germany’s blazing start to the match and that laser of a goal from Florian Wirtz. Kai Havertz proved he up to the task after an iffy first half (with some major help from Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala). Joshua Kimmich vs. Kylian Mbappé. Who was impactful and who might not have turned in their best effort. Some final thoughts on the impressive victory (is this a cause for hope?) and why this was incredibly important to Nagelsmann and the players alike. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/23/202423 minutes, 13 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Show Season 3, Episode 37 — Bayern Munich has an injury problem (again); Julian Nagelsmann back at Bayern?; Why do so many people hate Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka?; and MORE!

Bayern Munich can’t catch a break. Even during the international break, the Bavarians are feeling the wrath of the injury gods. Even aside of that, though, Max Eberl seems to have ramped up his planning for the 2024/25 campaign, so there is a lot going on. Why waste any more time, let’s get to it. Here is what we have on tap for this episode: Bodies are dropping at Germany’s national team camp — and at Bayern Munich. Let’s talk about the impact of Manuel Neuer’s latest ailment, Sacha Boey’s injury, and what this might mean for the rest of the club season. Could Bayern Munich bring Julian Nagelsmann back as its coach? Some final thoughts on the German national team’s upcoming slate. Bayern Munich reportedly made its best-and-final offer to Alphonso Davies, which tops out at €13 million per season. Is that enough? Will Real Madrid top that? Enough with these Ronald Araújo rumors. Why are Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka so hated? How real is it that both will leave this summer? Breaking down another hilarious episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/21/202454 minutes, 18 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works — Preview Show: France vs. Germany (International Friendly)

With Bayern Munich on break, the German national team takes center stage for fans. Die Mannschaft will travel to France to take on the country many consider to be the current world power and will have a new look under Julian Nagelsmann. Let’s dive into what we all should be watching for and talking about heading into the weekend: What will Julian Nagelsmann’s influence and impact be on what should be a very different looking Germany side? Why this all could work...and why it might all just blow up. Can Jamal Musiala and Florian Wirtz carry the torch for Germany? A guess at Nagelsmann’s formation and starting lineup. A prediction on the match. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/20/202436 minutes, 18 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S6E36: Where Bayern Munich stands heading into the break and why changes might be coming?; Were mistakes made during the January transfer window?; What to expect from the German national team; and MORE!

Bayern Munich has the week off, but the news cycle rolls on and there is much to talk about with regard to where the Bavarians are heading into the season’s home stretch. Bundesliga hopes might be fading by the hour, but there is new life in the Champions League for Bayern Munich. Needless to say, there is much to talk about, so let’s get to it: Assessing where Bayern Munich is heading into the break. How the injuries might impact things and Why Thomas Tuchel might not be able to help himself — changes could be coming.  Did Bayern Munich make mistakes in the January transfer window? Having a “never say die” for the Bundesliga title is becoming harder to maintain as Bayer Leverkusen continues to batter everyone in their path. Talking through the Bundesliga coaching turnover. Realistically, what is the best we can expect from Germany against France and the Netherlands? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/18/202457 minutes, 7 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Darmstadt 2-5 Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich won against bottom of the table Darmstadt 2-5, keeping their slim title chances alive. In this podcast, we discuss: Has Thomas Tuchel really improved Bayern’s defense? A look at some individual performances including that of Leroy Sané and Matthijs de Ligt Why it is so important that Jamal Musiala and Thomas Müller keep playing together A word on Eric Dier’s performance today Trying to make sense of Bayern’s past three performances including the inconsistencies from time to time More on Jamal Musiala because the world needs more of Jamal Musiala! A look at Bayern’s Bundesliga fixtures and European fixtures An adjustment period for Bayern A word on the Arsenal fixture in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @BavarianPodcast @TheBarrelBlog, @BFWCyler, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/16/202423 minutes, 38 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works — Special Edition: Bayern Munich draws Arsenal in the Champions League

In a bit of exciting news for Bayern Munich, the club has been drawn to face Premier League powerhouse Arsenal FC in the quarterfinal round of the Champions League. Bayern Munich vs. Arsenal is just one of four intriguing showdowns set for the quarterfinals. Real Madrid will battle Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain takes on FC Barcelona, and Borussia Dortmund will square off with Atlético Madrid. Surely, fans from all right teams will be amped to see how those tie play out. As for Bayern Munich, let’s get down to why this should be a fun experience for fans — and one that the Bavarians could eventually pull out: A look at the draw and why Bayern Munich actually has a chance. Why Arsenal’s true danger is their ability to function as a unit. Why Bayern Munich fans should have some belief that the team can win. A look at the other match-ups and why Manchester City vs. Real Madrid is probably the equivalent of a UCL final. PSG vs. Barca could be a banger as well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/15/202423 minutes, 27 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Show Season 3, Episode 36 — Reacting to Julian Nagelsmann’s German national team call-ups; Bayern Munich’s reported incoming and outgoing transfer list; The best and worst draw for the Champions League; and MORE!

Craziness reigns supreme for Bayern Munich and the German national team. While things are finally starting to normalize after nearly a year under Thomas Tuchel for Bayern Munich. The attack looks dangerous, the midfield is controlling games, and the backline has been sturdy. Things...are good. As for the German national team, the more things change (getting rid of some mainstays), the more they stay the same (leaning on some old heads to lead the way). Given all of that, there is plenty to talk about, so let’s get to it: Discussing the roster selection. The closer we get to the EUROs, the more there is a strong reason to believe that Julian Nagelsmann is going to show the same self-destructive, impulsive tendencies he sowed at Bayern Munich. What can go right and what can go wrong for Germany during the games against France and the Netherlands. Ranking the best and worst possible draws for Bayern Munich in the Champions League. A stalemate in the Alphonso Davies negotiations? Bayern Munich potentially looking to sell seven mainstays....and spend €200 million this summer? Recapping some of the latest transfer rumors including those linking Bayern Munich to VfB Stuttgart’s Chris Führich, FC Augsburg’s Ermedin Demirović, Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Manu Koné, and Real Sociedad’s Martin Zubimendi. What a freaking banger of an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm...let’s discuss why I loved it so much. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/14/202457 minutes, 54 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works — Preview Show: Bayern Munich vs. Darmstadt (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich is riding high and coming off of two consecutive wins as the team has looked a lot better over the course of the last two games. Can the Bavarians keep it going against yet another scuffling opponent in SV Darmstadt 98? The odds would say so, but Bayern Munich’s upswing in confidence and creativity is more important than anything the bookmakers have to say at the moment. Let’s review what we have on tap for this episode: A look at where each team resides in the Bundesliga table at the moment. Some thoughts on Bayern Munich’s recent-uptick in performance and improved form. To rotate or not to rotate? That is the question for Thomas Tuchel. A guess at Tuchel’s lineup. A prediction on the match. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/13/202432 minutes, 59 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 8-1 Mainz (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich have just taken part in a demolition. Mainz were not terrible — they simply refused to sit back and had their team taken apart by a Bayern side who finally played up to their potential. Despite all the doom and gloom surrounding the club as of late, fans can finally breathe easy and bask in the glory of two great performances (this one and Lazio). Here are our talking points from the game: Has Thomas Tuchel figured out his team, or is Bayern Munich flying without a captain? Performance reviews — Harry Kane’s added impact, the importance of Thomas Müller, why Jamal Musiala is cooking now, and more! Leon Goretzka’s new role and what it does for his game. Is this the new Bayern backline going forward? Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @BavarianPodcast @TheBarrelBlog, @BFWCyler, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/9/202419 minutes, 24 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Show Season 3, Episode 35 — Transfer updates on Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich, Alphonso Davies, and Jamal Musiala; Thoughts on Julian Nagelsmann’s rumored starting XI for Germany; and MORE!

Bayern Munich fans have some optimism after a season of frustration, but will these spry feelings go all for naught? Now is the time for the Bavarians to make their final charge at the Bundesliga (longshot!) and the Champions League (avoid Manchester City and Real Madrid as long as you can and you have a chance!). Even with all of that going on, there is plenty of other news to talk about and we will do just that on this episode of the Bavarian Podcast Works — Weekend Warm-up Show. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this episode: Talking through the most recent transfer rumors surrounding Bayern Munich stars Joshua Kimmich, Jamal Musiala, and Alphonso Davies. How Thomas Tuchel mismanagement forced Bayern Munich’s hand with Mathys Tel. The latest on Xabi Alonso. Analyzing Julian Nagelsmann’s rumored starting XI for Germany at the EURO 2024 competition. Discussing the latest episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/8/202449 minutes, 42 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works — Preview Show: Bayern Munich vs. Mainz 05 (Bundesliga)

Hot off the heels of its Champions League win over Lazio, Bayern Munich will host Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga this weekend. The Bavarians will be looking to build some momentum and take one last (improbable) run at somehow knocking Bayer Leverkusen from its perch atop the Bundesliga table. Bayern Munich would need a whole hell of a lot of help for that happen, but at a minimum, the Bavarians can seek to tighten things up for the Champions League quarterfinals. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this episode: A look at where each team is in the table and their recent trends. A rundown of Bayern Munich’s injury situation. A discussion on why Thomas Tuchel should not change too much from how he operated against Lazio. A guess at Tuchel’s lineup. A prediction on the match. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/6/202428 minutes, 16 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 3-0 Lazio (Champions League)

In a game that Bayern Munich absolutely needed to win, the Bavarians out up a 3-0 victory over Lazio in the Champions League. The victory gave Bayern Munich a 3-1 win on aggregate, which propelled the team into the next round of the Champions League — and also allowed fans to exhale...very deeply. Let’s get to it. This is what we have on tap for this episode: A look at Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI and what surprised us with his selections. A rundown of the scoring. Tuchel’s tactics worked! Bayern Munich played with great urgency! The players lived up to their collective potential. Thomas Müller and Matthijs de Ligt carried the team. Aleksandar Pavlović is looking more and more like a keeper as he gains more experience. Joshua Kimmich and Raphaël Guerreiro thrived in their roles (but, yeah, that is probably not sustainable). Give Eric Dier some credit. Some thoughts about what where Bayern Munich goes from here — for at least one day, we got to see what this team should have looked like all season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/5/202428 minutes, 27 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works — Preview Show: Bayern Munich vs. Lazio (Champions League)

In a season that has been marred by controversy and inconsistent play, Bayern Munich will try to take one last chance at salvaging things in the Champions League against Lazio. With a win, there will be hope for the Bavarians to at least have a chance to win something this season. With a loss, though, gloom and doom could reign supreme. Here is what we have on tap for this episode: A look at where the tie stands and how each team has played in their recent match entering the game. What a win means for Bayern Munich...and what a loss signals to the team and fans alike. A look at Thomas Tuchel’s lineup options and a guess at how Tuchel might sent out his starting XI. A prediction on the match. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/4/202428 minutes, 53 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S6E34: Does Bayern Munich stand a chance against Lazio? + Should Tuchel be fired in case of a loss? + Alphonso Davies’ contract discussed

After that devastating draw to SC Freiburg on Friday, Bayern Munich are in a very dark place. The Bundesliga is all but gone, which leaves only the Champions League as the sole chance of silverware this season. Unfortunately, the team is carrying a 1-0 deficit from the first leg into this week’s game versus Lazio, and it’s hard to see how the players will bounce back. Where will things go from here? In this episode, INNN and Cyler discuss the following: What are the chances that Bayern Munich progress to the Champions League quarter-finals? How does this current edition of Bayern stack up against Lazio? Would Thomas Tuchel bench Thomas Müller for a recently returned Leroy Sané? Should he? More lineup options and how they stack up — Kimmich vs Laimer, Guerreiro vs Davies, De Ligt vs Dier, etc. Should the board keep Thomas Tuchel if he loses to Lazio? What’s the point in sacking him? Looking at potential interim solutions. The issue with Xabi Alonso — why it could all go wrong for Bayern Munich. Alternatives to Xabi discussed, including Hansi Flick, Sebastian Hoeneß, and more. Cyler finally snaps and suggests Xavi as a potential coaching option. INNN explains why Thomas Müller would bench Thomas Müller if he became coach (yeah the pod went off the rails a bit). The Alphonso Davies contract situation is a travesty. What Davies’ contract issues say about the people in charge of Bayern Munich right now.
3/3/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 3 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 2-2 SC Freiburg (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich travelled to SC Freiburg and looked like it was still asleep on the bus for the first part of the game, but after a furious comeback, the Bavarians once again failed to complete the mission as the game ended in a 2-2 draw. There is plenty to talk about regarding this contest, so let’s not waste any more time: A look at Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI. A rundown of the scoring and substitutions. The first 25 minutes were painful, but somehow Bayern Munich rebounded. Mathys Tel and Jamal Musiala stepped when plays needed to be made. Manuel Neuer showed that he still has it. Joshua Kimmich looked irate when he was removed from the match. A lapse in Bayern Munich’s defending once again reared its ugly head. What now?
3/1/202427 minutes, 7 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Show Season 3, Episode 34 — Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies seems set for Real Madrid; Liverpool, Bayern battling for Xabi Alonso; Max Eberl’s hiring; Julian Nagelsmann’s Germany rumors; and MORE!

The news cycle surrounding Bayern Munich is wild at the moment. Coaches coming in...players going out...other players coming in? There are no shortage of topics to discuss, so let’s get to it. This is what we have on tap for this week’s episode: Like many of us have expected, Alphonso Davies seems set for Real Madrid. Is Andy Robertson the answer for a replacement? Max Eberl’s hiring at Bayern Munich has gone official...now what? Bayern Munich and Liverpool FC appear headed for a showdown on Bayer Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso. Why is there so much hate toward Hansi Flick these days? Breaking down the recent reports that Julian Nagelsmann has identified his team leaders and which players might get left home. This sounds like history repeating itself in some ways...let’s discuss. Some quick thoughts on the most recent episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
2/29/202455 minutes, 37 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — SC Freiburg vs. Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich got a win under its belt last week against RB Leipzig, but now the focus turns to a Friday match-up at SC Freiburg. The short week on the road against an opponent, who has shown a knack for frustrating Bayern Munich at times could be a big ask for the Bavarians, but there is no room for error. If Bayern Munich wants to retain any sliver of hope for winning the league, it cannot afford to slip up. Here is what we have on tap for this episode: A look at where each team in the table. Some thoughts on the recent form of each team. A look at the recent developments at Bayern Munich. A guess at Thomas Tuchel’s lineup. A prediction on the match,
2/28/202430 minutes, 52 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S6E33: Final thoughts on Bayern Munich’s win over RB Leipzig; What does Max Eberl arrival mean for everyone else at the club?; What should Bayern do with Leroy Sané?; News on the show; and MORE!

Bayern Munich got back on the winning track with a big victory over RB Leipzig, but — as always — there is plenty more going on at the club to talk about. Why waste any more time? Let’s get down to it! Here is what is on tap for this week’s episode: Some exciting news about the future of Bavarian Podcast Works. Some final thoughts on the weekend win over RB Leipzig — and how fans are (rightly) struggling with whether to be optimistic or realistic about where all this is going. The arrival of Max Eberl should propel Bayern Munich into its next generation — but could end up leaving some players and club staffer behind. What should we make of Leroy Sane’s current struggles — and should Bayern Munich have reservations about re-upping his deal.
2/26/202441 minutes, 2 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 2-1 RB Leipzig (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich pulled out a late 2-1 victory over RB Leipzig in a Bundesliga match that the Bavarians absolutely needed. Sure, winning the league title at this point seems like a pipedream, but it only takes one game to get the ball rolling. It was not a pretty match, but it did feature quite a few amazing moments — which we hit on in this show. Here is everything that we have on tap for this episode: A look at Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI — and why some of the changes made sense for this match. A rundown of the scoring and substitutions. Some commentary on the fight and perseverance shown by Bayern Munich, even in a match where not everything was clicking. A call to try and capitalize on the slight momentum built up here with a change in leadership. Why this win mattered, despite the lack of a brilliant showing.
2/24/202426 minutes, 17 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Show Season 3, Episode 33 — Ranting on Bayern Munich’s coaching mess; What players might be in jeopardy; Are Xabi Alonso & Florian Wirtz in cahoots?; & MORE

One thing you can say about this season for Bayern Munich…it has not been boring. The team is at the crossroads of a precipice (thank you Little Carmine for one of my favorite malapropisms) and Here is what we have on tap for this episode: More thoughts on why the move to keep Thomas Tuchel in charge is just an awful decision. Xabi Alonso, Hansi Flick, Sebastian Hoeneß, or Zinedine Zidane? Who ya got. As the club looks closely at the futures of Joshua Kimmich, Leroy Sané, Leon Goretzka, and Serge Gnabry, what will happen with a quartet of players once considered the heart of the next generation. Should Bayern Munich flip the script and just start planning to acquire Florian Wirtz? Some final thoughts on the mess that became of True Detective — and why Curb Your Enthusiasm did well to get back to its roots.
2/22/202437 minutes, 5 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. RB Leipzig (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich will look to get back on track against RB Leipzig this weekend at the Allianz Arena — and it will not be easy. RB Leipzig is not exactly in the best form overall, but is coming off a win over Borussia Mönchengladbach, while the Bavarians are reeling and in the midst of a three-game losing streak. To further complicate matters, there are major issues between some of the Bayern Munich players and head coach Thomas Tuchel. Plus, Tuchel and the club announced that they will part ways after the season. Will he make it that far? The result against Die Roten Bullen could go a long way in determining that. This is what we have on tap for this episode: A look at where each team is in the table. Some talk about what is going on with the recent form of each side. A guess at Tuchel’s lineup. A prediction on the match.
2/21/202420 minutes, 26 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works — Emergency Pod: Bayern Munich has parted ways with Thomas Tuchel...now what?

Early on Wednesday, Bayern Munich made the decision to part ways with Thomas Tuchel, but will wait until the end of the season for the move to go official. Say what? With the locker room fractured, the coach at war with several players, and the season caught in a downward spiral...this was the decision? Of course, that means we have A LOT to discuss on this emergency version of Bavarian Podcast Works. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this episode: A reaction to the shocking announcement. Yeah, it was shocking strictly because of the timing and repeated denials that there would not be a change. Why this was one of the worst options that Bayern Munich had. What replacements could be in line for 2024/25.
2/21/202426 minutes, 7 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S6E32: Reacting to Bayern Munich’s loss to VfL Bochum, will Thomas Tuchel remain at Bayern much longer? + MORE!

Bayern Munich have now suffered a third loss in a row, losing 3-2 to VfL Bochum and essentially killing the team’s chances at winning the Bundesliga and... possibly putting the nail in manager Thomas Tuchel’s coffin? In this podcast, Samrin and Rayyan discuss what went wrong against Bochum, what’s going wrong in general at Bayern, and what Bayern’s future holds in trying to fix things. Included in this pod:- An overview of the VfL Bochum game, with lineups, a tactical discussion and general outlook of the match. Thomas Tuchel’s future at Bayern and why it should or should not end immediately. Bayern’s prospects for the managerial position if Tuchel were to depart now or in the summer. The problem with the players — a lack of motivation? Conviction? Or something else? Rayyan’s usual jabs at the existence of Twitter as a platform. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
2/18/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 29 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Ep 32 — Hard times at Bayern Munich; Roster headed for upheaval?; Another coaching change?; Florian Wirtz, Theo Hernandez to Bayern?; + MORE

Bayern Munich is reeling, fans are angry, players are confused, and the coaches, well, the ship seems to have sailed on their messaging breaking through to this groups (much to their own fault). So...yeah, the discussion points are there, so why waste any more time. Let’s get to it; Bayern Munich is in a rut and there is no easy way out given the current situation. Has Thomas Tuchel lost the team? He might have if that recent quote is true! There is no way that Thomas Tuchel is coaching Bayern Munich next season is there? If not, FC Barcelona has some culpability in how this all plays out. The board has culpability with Tuchel’s handling of Matthijs de Ligt. What is going on with Leroy Sane and why no one should really be shocked. Can Bayer Leverkusen Florian Wirtz or AC Milan’s Theo Hernandez change things for the lineup? Will the roster be headed for a massive overhaul next season?
2/16/202444 minutes, 58 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — VfL Bochum vs. Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

After coming off of another loss — this time against Lazio in the Champions League — Bayern Munich will travel to VfL Bochum in hopes of right what could be a sinking ship. There was a lot to digest from Bayern Munich last two matches — a blowout loss to Bayer Leverkusen, followed up by the Lazio defeat — and now the Bavarians will have to try and grab three points in the league to stay within striking distance of Die Werkself. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this episode: A look at where each team is in the table. Can Bayern Munich get it together? An attempt to figure out Tuchel’s lineup for the game — and why common sense probably will not prevail (again). Why Leroy Sane could be Tuchel’s hope. A prediction on the match.
2/15/202418 minutes, 47 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Lazio 1-0 Bayern Munich (Champions League)

Bayern Munich traveled to Italy to take on Lazio in the Champions League in hopes of getting itself back on track, but failed. It was not a total flamout by any means, but after a disastrous weekend loss to Bayer Leverkusen over the weekend, Bayern Munich desperately needed a win. That did not happen, so let’s pick up the pieces and discuss why. Here is what we have on tap for this episode: A look at Tuchel’s starting lineup. A rundown of the scoring and substitutions. There was a noticeable difference in Bayern Munich’s style of play, but there was also a lot of errant passes, questionable decisions, and general discomfort initially. The unthinkable happened again...Dayot Upamecano had another unfortunate gaffe on the big stage. Another loss. What the hell happened to this season?
2/14/202418 minutes, 32 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Lazio vs. Bayern Munich (Champions League)

Bayern Munich is traveling to Italy for a showdown with Lazio in the Champions League. Though the Bavarians should be considered heavy favorites, there is lingering doubt about how the team will react after being shellacked 3-0 by Bayern Leverkusen on Saturday. Will Bayern Munich respond? Let’s take a look to see if that is in the cards and what else is on tap for this episode: A look at Lazio, where it sits in the Serie A table, and why their current 8th place position is not as bad as it looks. A look at the recent report stating that Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel wants to instill “self-confidence” and “leadership” into the lineup, rather relying on his own “football ideals.” Some thoughts on Bayern Munich’s potential for lineup changes, including what players need to be in the starting XI if the coach is really going to try and change things on the pitch. A prediction on the match.
2/13/202419 minutes, 47 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S6E31: Picking up the pieces after Bayern Munich’s weekend loss to Leverkusen; Can Bayern rebound vs. Lazio?; Why would Matthijs de Ligt stick around after this mess?; & MORE!

Bayern Munich’s title hopes this season took a major hit and morale could be at an all-time low under Thomas Tuchel. So...now what? Bayern Munich needs to regroup and figure things out ahead of its midweek match against Lazio in the Champions League and a Bundesliga tilt vs. VfL Bochum. What we can we expect? Let’s discuss: How Bayern Munich can start to fix things, but there is a risk that some parts of this squad are beyond repair. It is time for Tuchel to re-think this strategy in using Harry Kane.  Is a rebound against Lazio in the works? Yes, but if the Bavarians fail, it will tell us all we need to know about this team’s mentality under Thomas Tuchel. Thomas Müller is proving he is the ultimate company man this season (in a good way). Why would Matthijs de Ligt want to hang around Bavaria under a coach, who has no use for him?
2/12/202443 minutes, 14 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Rant — Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Well, that was an unmitigated disaster. Bayern Munich capitulated against Bayer Leverkusen and succumbed to a 3-0 defeat. Now that the team is five points behind in the title race, will the board take action? Or will they wait until Thomas Tuchel crashes out of the Champions League and slides further down the table before pulling the trigger? Leverkusen were so much better. It’s incredibly frustrating. Here are our talking points from the game: What was that lineup? Why did Tuchel choose a back three? Why bench Thomas Müller in a game like this? Thomas Tuchel committed a cardinal sin — he decided to play scared vs Xabi Alonso’s Leverkusen. Somehow, Thomas Tuchel thinks that he’s still coaching Chelsea FC. The stark difference between Leverkusen’s mentality and Bayern’s mentality, from a tactical and strategic standpoint. Why was Guerreiro not used at left-back? A potential explanation. “Did Nagelsmann do anything like this?”, asks Chuck. INNN proceeds to laugh maniacally. Is the Nagelsmann sacking the reason why Tuchel still has his job? The absurd karma of Josip Stanisic’s goal, and why it says damning things about Tuchel’s talent ID and squad building. Is the board ready to write off the season? A defense of the underperformers (Goretzka, Kimmich, Davies, etc.) in this current system. The strange phenomenon of non-negotiables — why do Leroy Sané and Jamal Musiala get a free pass, while other players need to prove themselves constantly? A final word on the game. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
2/10/202434 minutes, 56 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Ep 31 — Tension builds for Bayern Munich vs. Leverkusen; Germany’s starting XI for the Euros?; Assessing the latest transfer rumors; + MORE!

IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN! Okay, now that you have Europe cued up, you are officially ready for the massive Bundesliga tilt between Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen. If that is not enough, let’s do a little more talking about the match, plus a lot more on this week’s edition of the Bavarian Podcast Works — Weekend Warm-up Podcast. Here is what we have on tap for this episode: There is an excitement and tension building up for Bayern Munich vs. Bayer Leverkusen. Frans Krätzig set off for FK Austrian Wien. The rumors linking Bayern Munich to FC Barcelona’s Ronald Araújo could actually be legitimate, while Leroy Sané probably won’t be going to Liverpool. Why the emergence of Aleksandar Pavlović matters. Sky ran a fan poll to pick Germany’s starting XI...do you agree?
2/8/202435 minutes, 29 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayer Leverkusen vs. Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich vs. Bayer Leverkusen...it is finally that time. If you were looking for a bigger match in the Bundesliga this season, you will not find it. The first place and second place teams are set to do battle in a match that will have a massive effect on the league standings. Why wait any long to get talking on this one? Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this Preview Show: A look at where each team is in the table. The multitude of subplots between these two teams. Some thoughts on Bayern Munich’s injury and absence situation, plus why this week will present Thomas Tuchel with some very, very difficult decisions for his starting XI. An attempt to figure out Tuchel’s lineup for the game — and why common sense probably will not prevail. A prediction on the match.
2/7/202435 minutes, 41 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 3-1 Gladbach (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich hosted Borussia Mönchengladbach at the Allianz Arena and the Bavarians started out extremely fast with some dominant play. However, U-ball (gasp!) came back into play and Bayern Munich lost control of the match for a bit, which put the homeside in a 1-0 hole after a very uncharacteristic mistake from Manuel Neuer. Perseverance would end up being the word of the day, though, as the Bavarians battled back to secure the 3-1 victory. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this episode: A look at Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI and how it played out when working together on the pitch. A rundown of the scoring and substitutes. Aleksandar Pavlović is not disproving any of his believers. If The Mandalorian was here, he would say Jamal Musiala at wing and Thomas Müller attacking midfield is the way. A quick look at what’s next for the Bavarians.
2/3/202422 minutes, 37 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Ep 30 — A win is a win - is it still okay?; Why won’t Bayern Munich make Musiala play wing?; Zaragoza - a panic move; Tuchel discourse; & MORE

Bayern Munich is coming off of a somewhat of a crazy transfer window in the midst of a slew of injuries and while preparing to face-off with the always pesky Borussia Mönchengladbach. Needless to say, we have a TON to talk about. Let’s take a look at what is top for this week’s episode: What the Philadelphia Eagles taught us about “a win is a win” and why Bayern Munich needs to get it together. Why is Thomas Tuchel so averse to Jamal Musiala playing wing — even at a time where the club desperately needs him to? Examining the validity of my own crackpot theory about Musiala possibly refusing to play wing. Is there a primadonna blossoming under the radar? Taking a look at the other options: Thomas Muller, Mathys Tel, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Bryan Zaragoza, and Alphonso Davies. Was bringing in Zaragoza now, a panic move? The acquisition of Sacha Boey and what it could mean for the future of Noussair Mazraoui. A deep dive in how divisive Tuchel has made things in the Bayern Munich fanbase. Thought on the last episode of True Detective.
2/1/202442 minutes, 25 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. Gladbach (Bundesliga)

Bogey alert! Bayern Munich will host Borussia Mönchengladbach for what could be a very important Bundesliga matchup. The Bavarians have had a lot of trouble with Die Fohlen in recent years and this could be a situation where the banged up and weary boys from Bayern Munich need to really dig deep even against a Borussia Mönchengladbach side that is not exactly a juggernaut. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this Preview Show: A look at where each team is in the table. Some thoughts on Bayern Munich’s injury and absence situation and what Thomas Tuchel might to do to work around missing key players like Kim Min-jae, Noussair Mazraoui, Dayot Upamecano, Konrad Laimer, Kingsley Coman, Serge Gnabry, and Joshua Kimmich. An attempt to figure out Tuchel’s lineup for the game — and why common sense probably will not prevail. A prediction on the match.
1/31/202424 minutes, 36 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S6E29: Analyzing the Sacha Boey transfer, Pavlovic’s rise, the injury crisis + Could Jürgen Klopp succeed Tuchel?

Schnitzel and Rayyan had their hands full with topics to discuss, including: The Sacha Boey transfer An evaluation of Christoph Freund’s work so far Bayern Munich’s lengthy injury list How Bayern Munich’s season has looked statistically vs. how it looks to the eye Thomas Tuchel’s tactics being a mismatch at Bayern Jürgen Klopp being the pipe dream to succeed Tuchel Some easter eggs and veiled roasts (as usual)
1/29/202455 minutes, 30 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Augsburg 2-3 Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Phew, Bayern Munich got away with that one. After going 3-1 up courtesy of goals by Aleksandar Pavlović, Alphonso Davies, and Harry Kane, no one would have expected FC Augsburg to make it a nervous finish for Bayern by getting two penalties in quick succession in the dying minutes of the game. Anyway, it was still an important win — no one can argue with three points. In this episode, we discuss the following topics: The starting lineups of the game. Manager Thomas Tuchel’s tactics and how he set up his team. The individual performance of one Aleksandar Pavlović. The future of Tuchel at Bayern Munich. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
1/27/202417 minutes, 36 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 29 — Analyzing the state of Bayern Munich; What’s going on w/ Joshua Kimmich; What should Bayern do with Alphonso Davies; and MORE!

Bayern Munich has had yet another insane week. A loss to Werder Bremen, a win over Union Berlin, a few key injuries, a dozen or so transfer rumors...as the Talking Heads once said, “Same as it ever was.” To help stay competitive through this stretch Bayern Munich might have to spend more money than it is really comfortable with. Needless to say, a lot can still happen...but will anything actually go down? Let’s discuss: Analyzing the state of the team and why Thomas Tuchel still seems to be refusing to do the obvious. There could be a disconnect between Tuchel and his bosses, but no move is imminent. Would Hansi Flick come back and would it work if he did? Does Tuchel hate Leon Goretzka? Examining the latest transfer rumors surrounding Joshua Kimmich. What should Bayern Munich do with Alphonso Davies? Is there any reason to starting being concerned with Leroy Sané? Should we expect any surprises at the end of this transfer window?
1/25/202449 minutes, 40 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — FC Augsburg vs. Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich bounced back into the win column with a midweek victory over Union Berlin, which was much needed. While not everything was great in the aftermath of the match, the boys did pick up three points. The Bavarians were dominant in the victory, but the downside was that a few players picked up injuries, which could make things interesting against FC Augsburg. Let’s take a look at what is on tap for this episode: A look at where each team is in the table. Some thoughts on Bayern Munich’s injury situation and what Thomas Tuchel might to do to work around missing Dayot Upamecano, Konrad Laimer, and maybe even Joshua Kimmich. An attempt to figure out Tuchel’s lineup for the game — one back three option and one back four formation. A prediction on the match.
1/25/202420 minutes, 55 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show – Bayern Munich 1-0 Union Berlin (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich and Union Berlin hooked up for a very testy makeup game, which saw the Bavarians prevail 1-0. It was hard to pinpoint many flaws from Bayern Munich as the Rekordmeister was dominant in nearly every aspect of the match — except for the scoreboard. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this episode: A look at Thomas Tuchel’s starting lineup and the differences between this match and how Tuchel aligned the squad last weekend vs. Werder Bremen. A rundown of the subs and scoring (this game felt like Bayern Munich should have scored more goal, right?). Raphaël Guerreiro took advantage of his opportunity didn’t he? Some thoughts on why the game was a dominant effort, but somehow left us feeling a little unfulfilled.
1/24/202414 minutes, 54 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. Union Berlin (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich has a quick turnaround after its 1-0 loss at the hands of Werder Bremen. The Bavarians are in desperate need of a victory after dropping points over the weekend and it would seem — on the surface — that Union Berlin would be the perfect opponent. Sitting in 15th place Union Berlin has been a mess for most of the season, but is unbeaten (win over FC Köln, draw with SC Freiburg) in its last two games. The Iron Ones were supposed to play Mainz 05 last weekend, but weather conditions postponed that match-up, which probably leaves them fresh to face the Bavarians. Here is what we have on tap for this episode: A look at where each team is in the table. Some thoughts on Bayern Munich’s loss to Werder Bremen, the state of team under Thomas Tuchel, and why things could be falling apart. A prediction on the match.
1/22/202429 minutes, 47 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Season 3, Ep 28 — Do or die time for De Ligt at Bayern Munich?; Müller is the mentality monster; Wirtz news; Wrapping up Fargo + Marvel chatter; & MORE!

Bayern Munich is in the middle of a solid run on the pitch and has been thrust into the craziness of this winter transfer window by being linked to what feels like a dozen names. Clearly, there is a lot going on and much to talk about when it comes to the Bavarians. Let’s get right to it: This is really “do or die” time at Bayern Munich for Matthijs de Ligt. Thomas Müller might have the best outlook and attitude of any athlete (and unfortunately, he will probably need it as this second half goes on). Florian Wirtz might cost an insane amount. The story of the demise of the relationship of Robert Lewandowski and Julian Nagelsmann at Bayern Munich seems on-point. Thoughts on the season finale of Fargo, an update on where I stand with the Marvel Odyssey.
1/18/202449 minutes, 11 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. Werder Bremen (Bundesliga)

After a week in Portugal, Bayern Munich is headed back to the frosty confines of the Allianz Arena. With a week in the sun to rejuvenate and prepare for the second half of the season without any distractions, the Bavarians will seek to continue their winning ways in the Bundesliga against lowly Werder Bremen. With just four wins through 17 match days in the league, Die Werderaner will have its work cut out for it. Let’s see what’s on tap for this episode: A look at where each team is in the table. Some thoughts on Bayern Munich’s training camp in Portugal and who might emerge to play in Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI. A prediction on the match.
1/17/202418 minutes, 6 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show – Bayern Munich 3-0 Hoffenheim (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich got off to a winning start for the second half of the season as it downed Hoffenheim 3-0 in a match that was sometimes frustrating for fans of the Bavarians. Defensively, Bayern Munich was very solid for most of the match, but did — perhaps — get a little lucky. Attacking-wise, Bayern Munich left something to be desire for portions of the game, but did manage to look sensational at other points. Let’s see what Marcus and Chuck have to say about the match. Here is what we have on tap: A look at the starting XI, which saw Leon Goretzka sent to the bench in favor of Raphaël Guerreiro. A rundown of the scoring and substitutions. Takes on how Bayern Munich played, what was good...what needs some work. Why Hoffenheim was a tough match-up and could surprise some people in the second half of the season. Some thoughts on the Eric Dier transfer.
1/12/202420 minutes, 48 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 27 — Eric Dier arrives at Bayern Munich...now what?; Transfer news and rumors on Joshua Kimmich, Alphonso Davies; and MORE!

Bayern Munich gets back to action on the pitch this weekend, but the rumor mill is providing much of the electricity surrounding the team this week. Given all of that, we have a lot of topics to cover, so let’s get to it: Grass bedamned, the NFL is coming back to the Allianz Arena. Eric Dier is in Germany...now what? A move for João Palhinha is off the table...for now. Alphonso Davies and Real Madrid just seems like it is going to happen. Joshua Kimmich to Paris Saint-Germain? That probably will not happen, but let’s explore those rumors and what they could ultimately mean for the Germany’s international’s future in Bavaria. Arijon Ibrahimović could be leaving, while Joshua Zirkzee could come back? A look at the latest episode of Fargo, along with where things are in the great “Marvel Odyssey.”
1/11/202446 minutes, 51 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. Hoffenheim (Bundesliga)

Ah...back to action. Are you ready? Let’s hope that Bayern Munich will be as it will play host to Hoffenheim this weekend in a Bundesliga tilt that will have a lot of focus on it, especially after the Bavarians turned in a -less-than-stellar effort last weekend in a friendly vs. FC Basel. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this Preview Show: A look at the Bundesliga table and where Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim fall into the mix. Checking out how Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim finished off the first half of the season — and where things might be headed for each squad. A guess at what lineup Thomas Tuchel will use for the match. A prediction for the match.
1/10/202417 minutes, 43 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S6E26: Assessing Bayern Munich’s links to Eric Dier, Nordi Mukiele, & Radu Drăgușin; Bayern's player all under the microscope?; What to watch for in the second half; & MORE!

Bayern Munich had a tune-up this weekend and it did not, well, go so great. In the wake of that uneven effort, the Bavarians are closely linked to both Eric Dier, Nordi Mukiele, and Radu Drăgușin, while also seeing reports break that nearly everyone on the squad is going to be analyzed and scrutinized over the course of the second half of the season. Is this normal...or is a powder keg brewing. Let’s discuss! Here are the topics we will take on in this podcast: Should Bayern Munich make a move for Dier? What about Mukiele or Drăgușin? Would they be good fits for the Bavarians? Who are the most likely candidates for Bayern Munich to move on from during the summer? What we are looking most forward to in the second half of the season.
1/8/202437 minutes, 53 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show – FC Basel 1-1 Bayern Munich (Club Friendlies)

Bayern Munich’s first game back and of 2024 is a friendly match against next-door neighbors FC Basel. Try as they might, Bayern could not find a way through the Swiss team’s structure and were shutout for the most part of the game. The match eventually ended in a 1-1 draw. In this pod, RIPLT features in his pod debut and talks about the following: A look at the lineups from both teams Aleksandar Pavlović can make a proper pass; is he Bayern’s next Thiago? Leroy Sané and Alphonso Davies were frustrating in this game The match served as proving grounds for the youth and they did alright Passing around too much is not good, so is not doing it enough Basel played really well and gave Bayern hell (bars) Bayern can still be stifled even with a near full strength team A preview of Bayern’s upcoming January and February games up to the first leg of the Champions League
1/6/202410 minutes, 44 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 26 — Assessing the recent Bayern Munich transfer rumors; Five Bayern players have been put on notice; Some entertainment talk; & MORE!

Bayern Munich has returned to training, but somehow the transfer action has been hotter than what has been going on during the practice sessions. Knowing that Bayern Munich is eager to spend some money and add a few players during this transfer window, the rumors are flowing. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this week’s episode: Catching-up on some an older take to see how it is going. A rundown of the rumor mill, including what we have heard about VfB Stuttgart’s Alexander Nübel and Serhou Guirassy, Chelsea FC’s Trevoh Chalobah, Fulham FC’s João Palhinha, and AC Milan’s Fikayo Tomori. The increasing likelihood that Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Frans Krätzig could leave on loan assignments. Discussing the Bild report that Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry, Matthijs de Ligt and Alphonso Davies are being closely monitored and how that could mean bad things for their respective futures with the club. Finally, we lighten it up with some thoughts on this season of Fargo and my progress working through the Marvel movies.
1/4/202437 minutes, 23 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S6E25: Three things that Thomas Tuchel and Bayern Munich need to do to get fans rallying behind them; Assessing which Bayern players could be flight risks; and MORE!

Well, it is 2024 and we have the very first Bavarian Football Works podcast of the year for release! On this episode, we have a lot to talk about (despite the Winterpause), so why waste any time in droning on about it...let’s just do it! Here is what we have on tap for this episode: With a growing divide in the fanbase and a war brewing between the #TuchelOut vs. #TuchelTime segments of the crowd, we have identified three things that need to happen for Bayern Munich fans to fully get back on board with things. Can they do them? Or maybe the better question is will they do them? We are also looking at the futures of Assessing the futures of Joshua Kimmich, Leroy Sané, Alphonso Davies, Bouna Sarr, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, and Sven Ulreich — all players who have contracts expiring in 2024 or 2025. While Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer are in a bit of a different situation because they are knowingly working year-to-year, these other players all could be packing their bags this summer. Plus, Chuck managed to piss off his wife with interesting pronunciations for Pennsylvania towns. (That’s a bonus!)
1/2/202435 minutes, 53 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Ep 25 — Is Bayern Munich ready to sell Joshua Kimmich & Matthijs de Ligt?; What is Julian Nagelsmann doing w/ Germany?; & MORE!

Ah...the Winterpause is here, so Bayern Munich is on hiatus. Much like rust, however, the Weekend Warm-up Podcast never sleeps. Despite the break, there is still plenty to talk about when it comes to Bayern Munich and the German national team. So, let’s get down to it! Here is what we have on tap for this week’s episode: The most recent transfer rumors, including Joshua Kimmich to Manchester United or Manchester City...and how Matthijs de Ligt might also be on the chopping block. Should Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos return to the German national team? Is this just another tinkering maneuver for Julian Nagelsmann to help quell his insatiable need to make change after change. What do the rumors about Kroos say about Nagelsmann’s confidence in Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka? One final Germany note...İlkay Gündoğan as a No. 10 for Germany? Where does that leave Jamal Musiala, Florian Wirtz, and Thomas Muller?
12/28/202341 minutes, 34 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 24 — Assessing where Bayern Munich play; Grading Bayern players and position groups; Looking at Thomas Müller’s new deal; and MORE!

Bayern Munich close out the first half of the season (effectively, not officially) with a 2-1 win on the road over Wolfsburg that displayed the best and worst of what the Bavarians have showed throughout the Hinrunde. With some downtime in the schedule, now is the moment to reflect on where the team is, how it has played, and where things might be going....so let’s get to it: Running back the first half of the season, assessing where Bayern Munich is at this stage of the season. Grading players and position groups — see who ranked high and who needs to make some big improvements in order for Bayern Munich to get where it needs to be for the second half of the season. Discussing Thomas Muller’s well-deserved new deal, his recent performances, and what kind of role — if any — he has moving forward under Thomas Tuchel.
12/21/202346 minutes, 57 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — VfL Wolfsburg 1-2 Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich held the fort down against VfL Wolfsburg after a quick double in the first half, only conceding courtesy of a thunderous cannonball from Maximilian Arnold. In this podcast, we discuss what went wrong and went right for Bayern this game, including:- How Thomas Tuchel adapted the team’s tactics to VfL Wolfsburg. How those tactics changed over the course of the game. Wolfsburg’s own system and how they managed to expose Bayern’s weaknesses at times. The new attacking structure and why Thomas Müller is integral to it. A short mention of Aleksandar Pavlović’s meteoric rise to the first team and his performance in the match.
12/20/202318 minutes, 1 second
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Wolfsburg vs. Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich will travel to Wolfsburg to take on old friend Niko Kovač and his middling Wolves. Should Bayern Munich win? Yes. Should it be easy? Probably. Will it? Eh...let’s not talk about that just yet. The good news is that Bayern Munich looked like itself in dispatching VfB Stuttgart and could be on the right track. The bad news is that the team has accumulated a lot of wear and tear during the Hinrunde and could be very tired heading into this road match. Things could get complicated for the Bavarians. Let’s get down to it, though, and see what is on tap for this episode: A look at where each team is in the table and how the clubs are trending at the moment. Some thoughts on Wolfsburg. A complete guess at how Thomas Tuchel will line his squad up against Wolfsburg. A prediction on the match.
12/19/202323 minutes, 44 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 3-0 VfB Stuttgart (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich gave high-flying Stuttgart very little room to breathe in the final home game of the year and ran out 3-0 winners. In today’s podcast, we discuss what went right considering Bayern’s recent results and performances among other things: What happened to Stuttgart today? How did Bayern set up today? Was Thomas Müller the #10? How did the Raumdeuter change the game today? A quick look back at Bayern’s recent performances. A look back at Aleksandar Pavlović’s performance. What Pavlović’s performance means for Joshua Kimmich or/and Leon Goretzka. What this performance means for Bayern moving forward. A quick mention of Bayer Leverkusen. What this setup means for the Wolfsburg game on Wednesday. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
12/17/202315 minutes, 20 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 23 — Examining the rise & possible fall of Joshua Kimmich at Bayern Munich; UCL draw discussion; The latest transfer rumors; and MORE!

Bayern Munich has had another eventful week, even if was not pleasing to the eye. After getting routed by Eintracht Frankfurt, the boys traveled to Old Trafford to put the final nail in the coffin for Manchester United’s European hopes. How did that old Facts of Life song, go again? Anyway, the stories off the field were probably more intriguing than what happened on the pitch, so we have plenty to talk about. Why not get get started? Here is what we have on tap for this episode: Reason No. 7777 why I am a bonehead. Discussing the potential Champions League draw candidates for Bayern Munich. Examining the rise and fall of Joshua Kimmich. How did we get to this place where he went from fan favorite to outcast? Looking at the most recent transfer rumors including those for FC Barcelona’s Ronald Araújo, Fulham FC’s João Palhinha, and Real Sociedad’s Martin Zubimendi.
12/14/202337 minutes, 37 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. VfB Stuttgart (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich is set to face off against VfB Stuttgart in what is a massive Bundesliga match. The Bavarians were boat-raced last weekend by Eintracht Frankfurt (5-1 in case you blocked out that bad memory), while Die Schwaben are coming off of a big 1-1 draw with league leader Bayer Leverkusen. Clearly, this will not be a cakewalk for the Bavarians, who desperately need to put together a string of good performances to really get fans back on board: A look at where each team is in the table. A guess at Thomas Tuchel’s lineup, which could be missing some familiar faces. Why VfB Stuttgart is no slouch. Alexander Nübel’s role in the match and will he get a taste of the revenge that we all know that he wants. A prediction on the match.
12/13/202324 minutes, 3 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Manchester United 0-1 Bayern Munich (Champions League)

Bayern Munich faced off with Manchester United in the final Champions League group stage game that meant nothing for the Bavarians, but could potentially have been important for the Red Devils. In the end, Bayern Munich escaped England with a 1-0 victory that was neither fun, nor convincing. Let’s take a look at what is on tap for this episode: A look at Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI. A recap of the scoring and the subs. Some thoughts and analysis on the match. Why is Harry Kane operating as more of a midfielder than a striker (isn’t he with Bayern Munich to score goals)? A much better effort from the backline. Some words on the disappointment and frustration with the attack. A take on the scandalous story that broke before the match, what it means for Bayern Munich’s core group, and why it might really be time to start questioning the power and control that Tuchel holds in Bavaria.
12/12/202328 minutes, 45 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich went out and got walloped 5-1 by Eintracht Frankfurt that was powered by a completely erratic and dysfunctional first half that set the tone for the entire match. When it comes down to it, though, Eintracht Frankfurt was better prepared, more energetic, and simply wanted it more than the Bavarians. It was disappointing to say the least, so let’s get right to it! Here is what we have on tap for this episode: A look at Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI...who was (surprisingly) in and out. A rundown of the substitutes and scoring. Why is Bayern Munich making odd adjustments to play against teams it is better than? The backline was a disaster. Some common themes whenever the attack struggle (and why it could be bad if Leroy Sané is slumping). Some thoughts and analysis on what is all means moving forward.
12/9/202321 minutes, 41 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 22 — Thoughts on Bayern Munich’s current state; The signing of Bryan Zaragoza; The downfall of Robert Lewandowski?; & MORE!

It feels like an eternity since Bayern Munich has played because of last weekend’s cancellation against Union Berlin, but now the Bavarians are set to be back in action (check out our Preview Show) against Eintracht Frankfurt. Just because the game was not played, does not mean that the news has stopped. Bayern Munich had another eventful week, which ensure that there is plenty to discuss. Let’s take a look at what is on tap for this week’s episode: The Snow Day effect hits Bayern Munich! Bayern Munich’s decision to stay home for winter training camp. Taking a look at Bayern Munich’s big signing of Granada attacker Bryan Zaragoza and what it might mean for the team’s roster. Are we witnessing the fall of FC Barcelona star Robert Lewandowski?
12/7/202338 minutes, 26 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich’s game against Union Berlin was snowed out last weekend, but the Bavarians will return to action on Saturday against Eintracht Frankfurt in a key Bundesliga showdown. Sitting in seventh place, Eintracht Frankfurt is eager to vault itself into the top-six position in the table, which could happen if Die Adler can find a way to knock off Bayern Munich. This version of Eintracht Frankfurt does not quite have the star power of some recent versions of This is what we have on tap for this episode: A rundown of where each team in the standings and look at the recent form of the clubs. A guess at what Thomas Tuchel might be thinking for his starting XI. Some thoughts on personnel matters (transfers and the like) going on at Bayern Munich. A prediction on the match.
12/6/202325 minutes, 1 second
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Bavarian Podcast Works S6E21: Do Bayern Munich really need to make moves in January? Reacting to Germany’s Euro 2024 draw + MORE!

Schnitzel and Rayyan had time to discuss plots outside the weekly drama that Bayern experience on the pitch. Included in this podcast:- Do Bayern Munich really need to strengthen this winter? If so, where exactly? Is João Palhinha really the guy for this team? Have Bayern Munich actually improved under Thomas Tuchel? A reaction and preview of Germany’s opponents in the group stage for the upcoming European Championships in 2024.
12/4/202359 minutes, 55 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 21 — Why is Bayern Munich scuffling (but winning) right now?; Is Florian Wirtz a player Bayern should invest heavily in?; and MORE!

It has been a bit of a crazy week for Bayern Munich. There was a boring win, followed by a more boring draw, but there was a whole of news in between, so in short, we have plenty to discuss. Let’s take a look at that is on tap for this episode: Why is Bayern Munich struggling right now. Is it Thomas Tuchel’s fault? Are the players underperforming? Is the squad flawed? Maybe...maybe not, but there is some reason to think it is bound to look better soon. Does this version of Bayern Munich have a poor mentality? Bayern Munich has been closely linked to Bayer Leverkusen ace Florian Wirtz and could be the leader in the clubhouse to land the star....but does it make sense? Is he worth it? Let’s discuss.
11/30/202340 minutes, 31 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. Union Berlin (Bundesliga)

The Bundesliga action is back for Bayern Munich this weekend as the Bavarians will take on Union Berlin at the Allianz Arena. For the Bavarians, a win is needed to keep pace with red-hot Bayer Leverkusen, the table-toppers in the league. Meanwhile, Union Berlin has had a putrid season, so far, and is in desperate need of a reboot to get back on the right track. Desperation, however, might not be enough for Die Eisernen as Bayern Munich will undoubtedly be looking to shake off the cobwebs from an unfortunate midweek draw with FC Copenhagen in the Champions League. Let’s take a look at what is on tap for this episode: A rundown of where each team in the standings and look at the recent form of the clubs. A guess at what Thomas Tuchel might be thinking for his starting XI. A prediction on the match.
11/30/202320 minutes, 44 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 0-0 FC Copenhagen (Champions League)

Bayern Munich and FC Copenhagen battled to a 0-0 draw in the Champions League in a game that no one really seemed to put much effort into. For the second consecutive match, Bayern Munich did not have too much pep in its step. The Bavarians had trouble getting going offensively against the compact and conservative approach from the Danish side. It would have been nice to Bayern Munich find a way to breakthrough FC Copenhagen. but it was not meant to be on this day. Let’s just get down to it...this is what we have on tap for this podcast: A look at the starting XI and what Tuchel did differently in this match. A rundown of the scoring, err, substitutions — what did you think about the non-handball call? Some thoughts on why the game was sooooo boring and a reminder that Manuel Neuer is the best in the business. Where does Bayern Munich from here? Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
11/29/202320 minutes, 47 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 1-0 FC Köln (Bundesliga)

A Friday night tilt after an international break against a desperate opponent could have been disastrous for Bayern Munich, but like they have done so many other times this season, the Bavarians fought through some uneven play on both ends of the pitch to claim a 1-0 victory. Let’s take a look at what is on tap for this episode: A gander at Thomas Tuchel’s odd starting XI and what that might mean for some of the players, who were passed over in favor of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. A public service message that you do not need to watch this mess. A rundown of the scoring (LOL) as Harry Kane just keeps producing (even though he sometimes appears to be an afterthought in the attack. Steffen Baumgart will likely get sacked soon, but he has nothing to work with. That said, he had his team prepared and they fought hard. This really just a Billy Goats team that lacks talent. Some final thoughts on Bayern Munich as the team heads into the stretch run of the Hinrunde.
11/24/202318 minutes, 32 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 20 — Germany is a complete mess and we need to talk about it; A preview of Bayern Munich vs. Köln; Transfers for Müller & Sané; + MORE

What a mess of an international break that way. Germany is a disaster under Julian Nagelsmann, but at least Bayern Munich is coming back this weekend. Given all of that, there is plenty to talk about, so let’s get to it. Here is what is on tap for this week’s episode: Assessing why Germany is a clown show these days (Hint: The answer is pretty simple). Looking at why Julian Nagelsmann cannot help himself and is proving all of his critics right. Break out the torch, it is time to light some folks up. A preview for Bayern Munich vs. FC Köln. Transfer rumors on Bayern Munich stars Thomas Müller and Leroy Sané. What to be thankful for during this Thanksgiving season.
11/22/202344 minutes, 10 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Ep 19 — Bayern Munich’s upcoming slate; Robert Lewandowski vs. Harry Kane; What fans need to see from Germany; Kimmich as a No. 6?; + MORE

Ahead of the EURO 2024 competition, yet another international break is upon us. Bayern Munich players are spread out globally to represent their respective national teams, but that does not mean that there is not a lot to talk about with both the Rekordmeister and the boys representing Germany: Registering a formal take on the hotly-contested Harry Kane vs. Robert Lewandowski debate. The curious story leaked by Bild that indicates Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann will not be using Joshua Kimmich as a right-back. What to expect from Germany’s upcoming games and what are some realistic expectations. Looking at Bayern Munich’s upcoming slate of games. The latest news on Alphonso Davies and his potential transfer — as Real Madrid, Liverpool FC, Chelsea FC, Manchester City, and Paris Saint-Germain all circle.
11/16/202347 minutes, 22 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 4-2 FC Heidenheim (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich ran out eventual winners over FC Heidenheim today in a game of ups and downs, with the Bavarians going 2-0 up in the first half only to see the lead vanish in minutes, but fighting back in the last stretch to bag all three points. There were some clear issues with the squad on display, but some individual performances that still stood out. In this podcast, we discuss the game and parts of the bigger picture, specifically: The lineups and setups of the team. The fascinating rotations of the Bayern Munich XI, such as the inclusion of Bouna Sarr. The visible fatigue in the games of certain players who have been over-worked. The tweaked midfield set-up and how it evolved over the course of the game. The worrying and celebrated individual performances from the difference-makers today. The state of Bayern’s title CHALLENGE in the face of a Bayer Leverkusen super-team. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
11/11/202324 minutes, 30 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Ep 18 — Analyzing Bayern Munich’s win over Galatasaray; A preview of Bayern vs. Heidenheim; Kimmich rumors; Lewandowski to MLS?; & MORE

Bayern Munich was sleepwalking for the majority of its Champions League match against Galatasaray, but did pull out a victory that frustrated many fans. The Bavarians eventually snared a 2-1 win ahead of this weekend’s Bundesliga showdown with Heidenheim. We will cover ALL of that, plus take a look at those pesky transfer rumors surrounding Joshua Kimmich and our old friend Robert Lewandowski’s recent struggles with FC Barcelona. Here is the full rundown of what we have on tap for this edition of the Weekend Warm-up Podcast: A breakdown of the Bayern Munich vs. Galatasaray match. A preview of Bayern Munich vs. Heidenheim — will Thomas Tuchel learn his lesson with injuries? Thoughts on Robert Lewandowski’s struggles with FC Barcelona and those links to MLS (do I have to fire up another post like this?) How legit are the Joshua Kimmich transfer rumors?
11/9/202342 minutes, 48 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S6E17: A breakdown of Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund and where things go from here; Harry Kane’s excellence; and a preview of Bayern vs. Galatasaray in the Champions League

Craziness is abound as Bayern Munich had the most painful of losses and the most exuberant of wins within four days of each other. The Helter Skelter nature of the team’s performances on the pitch continues, but — more than anything — Bayern Munich keeps winning in the Bundesliga and Champions League. There is a lot to talk about and analyze, so that’s what we will do. Here is what is on tap for this edition of the Bavarian Podcast Works — Flagship Show: Some thoughts and analysis on Bayern Munich massive 4-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker — and why even a certain type of loss would have been an okay result (I know...blasphemy). A preview of Bayern Munich vs. Galatasaray in the UCL.
11/6/202340 minutes, 35 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Borussia Dortmund 0-4 Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund very convincingly, 0-4, in what might have been a surprise to Bayern fans but wasn’t a surprise to the just about anybody else. In this podcast, we discussed the following: How Thomas Tuchel’s position as head coach might change after this game; How Tuchel’s desire for a number six is impacted by this game; Will Joshua Kimmich’s position come under fire? What worked for Bayern today? What did not work at all for Dortmund today? A word on the Leon Goretzka - Conrad Laimer pairing in midfield; A word on Bayer Leverkusen and where they stand currently; Is Dortmund a lock-in for top four? Questions to be answered for Bayern moving forward. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
11/4/202319 minutes, 56 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 17 — A preview of Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund; Analyzing Bayern’s loss vs. Saarbrücken; Bayern to get Florian Wirtz?; & MORE

Bayern Munich has had a week, eh? After some brief optimism seeped into the general public’s feeling about the squad, the Bavarians went out and got “out-hearted” (not a word, but we’re going with it!) by 3. Liga side FC Saarbrücken in the DFB-Pokal in what was a horrendous result for Die Rekordmeister. Why wait any longer, let’s dig into what is on tap for this week’s episode: A preview of Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker. Breaking down Bayern Munich’s devastating upset loss to FC Saarbrücken in the DFB-Pokal. What went wrong? How did this happen? Why does this keep happening? Is this team tacking heart and accountability? Let’s discuss. Is Bayern Munich planning to pursue Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz this summer regardless of a potential Jamal Musiala transfer?
11/2/202347 minutes, 34 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Rant — Saarbrücken 2-1 Bayern Munich (DFB Pokal)

This is shocking. Bayern Munich have just lost to 3.Liga side 1. FC Saarbrücken, getting knocked out of the DFB Pokal in the process. Once brought in to save the treble, Thomas Tuchel has lost out on the treble for the second time in six months. Here are our talking points from the game: HOW did that just happen? This result was not a fluke — Bayern Munich have been playing like this for weeks. Leroy Sané not rested again. How the Bayern offense floundered versus Saarbrücken, showing shades of Villarreal. Are there any more excuses for Thomas Tuchel? Losing Matthijs de Ligt could be devastating for Bayern Munich. Why results aren’t everything — a point proven. The unpredictable nature of the DFB Pokal and how Tuchel failed to plan against it. A recap of individual performances — Leroy Sané, Mathys Tel, Choupo-Moting, Kim Min-jae, Alphonso Davies and more. Tuchel out? Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
11/1/202318 minutes, 59 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S6E16: Assessing Bayern Munich’s week that was, Manuel Neuer’s return, Kane and Sané creating magic, the midfield situation + Pokal preview

In this episode, Schnitzel and Rayyan discuss: Bayern’s midfield problems in the absence of Joshua Kimmich and potentially Leon Goretzka. How the attack has found its feet, particularly the upward trajectory of Harry Kane and how he has begun changing games, as well as Leroy Sané’s continued form as amongst the top players in the world. How Thomas Tuchel’s ‘game of two halves’ approach to matches might backfire in more important games. Is Tuchel a fraud or the real deal? The upcoming DfB Pokal game against FC Saarbruecken, and why Bayern should not underestimate their upcoming opposition. A short look at Bayern’s title rivals — namely Bayer Leverkusen. Why Borussia Dortmund might bottle it again.
10/30/202352 minutes, 9 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 8-0 Darmstadt (Bundesliga)

This may be the craziest Bundesliga game in years. Bayern Munich went down to ten men early in the first half thanks to a Joshua Kimmich red card, but instead of capitalizing on that opportunity, Darmstadt surrender the advantage by getting two red cards themselves. Here are our talking points from the game: Why doesn’t Tuchel rotate the lineup more? Harry Kane is in the same situation as Erling Haaland at Man City last year. Why Thomas Müller is the man that Bayern Munich needs. Thomas Tuchel needs to improve performances — this is still far from good enough. The inefficiency of Tuchelball right now. Is Joshua Kimmich a liability? What happens in midfield versus Dortmund? Leroy Sané deserves to be considered the best player in the world right now — but is he being overplayed? Manuel Neuer makes a triumphant return to the starting XI. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
10/28/202316 minutes, 16 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 16 — Bayern Munich’s win over Galatasaray; A preview on Bayern vs. Darmstadt; Transfer rumors; Absorbing the pain of losing; and MORE!

It has been an active week for Bayern Munich...and BFW. Aside of a big win in the Champions League for Bayern Munich over Galatasaray, we saw BFW crash (at the worst possible time), a slew of transfer rumors, and some iffy coaching decisions that all lead into a Bundesliga match vs. SV Darmstadt. Clearly, this was a crazy week and we have plenty to talk about, so let’s get to it. Here is what is on tap for this episode: A preview of Bayern Munich vs. SV Darmstadt. Some thoughts on Bayern Munich’s win over Galatasaray in the Champions League. Thomas Tuchel’s handling of Thomas Müller is foretelling the future for the veteran. The latest transfer news on Jamal Musiala and Alphonso Davies. BFW’s big crash. Why losing sucks (duh!).
10/26/202350 minutes, 7 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S6E15: Assessing Bayern Munich’s weekend win over Mainz; Who are the options to replace Leon Goretzka?; Previewing Galatasaray; and MORE!

Bayern Munich picked up a win this weekend in the Bundesliga over Mainz 05, but bigger challenges lie ahead and the squad is officially battling #InjuryBlitz2023. Leon Goretzka became the latest Bayern Munich player to sustain an injury and the Germany international will be out of action until roughly mid-November if things heal properly. During a season where depth was going to be an issue, the Bavarians are hitting one pothole after another on the pathway to success. Let’s take a look at what is on tap for this week’s episode: Some final thoughts on Bayern Munich’s big win over Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga. How will Thomas Tuchel replace Leon Goretzka in the central midfield? Konrad Laimer? Jamal Musiala? Raphaël Guerreiro? A preview of Bayern Munich vs. Galatasaray in the Champions League.
10/23/202329 minutes, 10 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Mainz 1-3 Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich made a triumphant return from the international break with a 3-1 victory over Mainz 05. It was not always pretty for the Bavarians, but there were some amazing sequences that gave fans a taste of how good this could all look once everyone is back in sync (and off of the injured list). Even with a banged up crew, Thomas Tuchel was able to push the right buttons enough to coax a victory out of his boys. Let’s take a look at what is on tap for this episode of the Postgame Show: A gander at Tuchel’s starting XI selections. A rundown of the scoring. Some thoughts on why the team’s defense looked so out of sorts at times. The lack of service to Harry Kane continues. Eyeing the positives of what could have been a disaster is Mainz could finish. Make sure to check out our postgame coverage here on Bavarian Football Works and follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, @cyl3r, and more.
10/21/202316 minutes, 42 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 15 — A preview of Bayern Munich vs. Mainz 05; Jamal Musiala unhappy?; Assessing Germany’s games and what’s next; plus MORE!

Bayern Munich is back in action, the German national team made some progress, there are transfer rumors galore, and, overall, the craziness is back. This episode of the Weekend Warm-up hits on much of that, so let’s get right to it and take a look at what is on tap: A preview of Bayern Munich vs. Mainz 05 — and why this could be a very important match under less-than-ideal conditions for the Bavarians (even if Manuel Neuer should be back). Some thoughts on the recent transfer rumors surrounding Jamal Musiala and why he might no longer he the fresh-faced phenom that fans have grown to love. Some final thoughts on the German national team’s recent set of games and wondering what Julian Nagelsmann’s plan will be moving forward.
10/19/202340 minutes, 14 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Mexico 2-2 Germany (International Friendly)

Germany and Mexico squared off in an international friendly — in Philadelphia, PA — at the same time as a Major League Baseball playoff game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks and also with the Philadelphia Flyers playing the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL home opener. Needless to say, it was chaos in South Philly at the stadium complex as Germany and Mexico fought to a 2-2 draw, which felt...right. Let’s take a look at what is on tap for this episode: Checking out Julian Nagelsmann’s starting XI. A rundown of the scoring. The game was pure chaos, but was fun...and nerve-wracking...and I am mostly concerned for how anyone got home from that Park-nado that must have occurred in South Philly. Some thoughts on what we learned about Germany during this international break.
10/18/202315 minutes, 8 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S6E14: Reviewing Nagelsmann’s first game in charge of Germany, discussing Tuchel’s potential loss of the dressing room, looking at Bayern Munich’s rivals for the title + MORE!

Former Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann managed his first game for the German national team, coaching a confident 1-3 win over the United States national team. In this latest flagship episode of Bavarian Podcast Works, Samrin and Rayyan discuss the events of the last few weeks involving that and more, including: Lineups and a short discussion of the game between Germany and the USA. Bayern Munich’s reported dressing room problems related to Thomas Tuchel’s brand of football (or lack thereof), and the lack of any real progression from Nagelsmann’s Bayern. Bayer Leverkusen, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and other teams at the top of the Bundesliga, and how they relate to Bayern Munich. Can any of these teams mount a realistic title challenge for Bayern? Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
10/14/202355 minutes, 50 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 14 — Grading Bayern Munich’s position groups so far; Analyzing Julian Nagelsmann’s first squad w/ Germany; Transfer rumors; & MORE!

Bayern Munich might not be active during this international break, but there is certainly a lot to discuss on the club — and also with the German national team. For the first segment, we are catching up with our old pal — Daily Mail journalist Jake Fenner — to talk all things Die Mannschaft. Why waste any more time babbling about what we will talk about, though? Let’s get down to it. This is what we have on tap for this week’s episode: A look at Germany’s first roster under Julian Nagelsmann and what to expect as Die Mannschaft prepares to square off against the United States and Mexico — featuring Jake Fenner. Grading Bayern Munich’s position groups to this point in the season. Where the team is succeeding and what positions might need some work. Addressing the recent transfer rumors linking Alphonso Davies to Real Madrid and Manchester City, while also looking at the possibility of an exit for Joshua Kimmich this summer as Pep Guardiola might be looking for a reunion. Also, those very early rumors on Jamal Musiala.
10/12/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 44 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 13 — A preview of Bayern Munich vs. SC Freiburg; Why Bayern’s wins don’t mean everything; Transfer rumors; and MORE!

As Bayern Munich heads into another international break, the Bavarians will face a stiff test from SC Freiburg, but also have the opportunity to quiet some of noise surrounding the team. Thomas Tuchel has the fanbase at each other’s throats and while the team is winning, things are not as pretty as most would like. There are transfer rumors and our thoughts on Bayern Munich's recent form...in a nutshell, there is A LOT to talk about. So, let’s get to it! Here is what we have on tape for this episode: A preview of the Bayern Munich vs. SC Freiburg match where we take a look at the form of each team, the potential starting lineup for Bayern, and give a prediction on the match. Discussing the uneasy feeling that Bayern Munich’s wins are covering for a lot of flaws with the team. Bayern Munich is not getting the most out of Harry Kane...but why? Let’s talk about it. Leroy Sané, Serge Gnabry, Alphonso Davies, Matthijs de Ligt, and Joshua Kimmich are just some of the names that have already been linked with a transfer away for next summer. Asr these just baseless rumors or is there a brewing problem on the squad? Addressing those Jerome Boateng rumors.
10/5/202356 minutes, 7 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — FC Copenhagen 1-2 Bayern Munich (UEFA Champions League)

Bayern Munich once again came into a game completely unprepared and paid for it with a poor first half in which the team came to the dressing room behind on goals. Just like the last game however, Tuchel was bailed out by individual brilliance from the usual suspects. After a pair of games that made it look like Thomas Tuchel knew what he was doing, we have been treated to a pair of games that have made it look like Tuchel has never managed a game of football in his life. In this podcast, Rayyan goes over (rants about) the game and Bayern in detail. A look at the starting XIs for the game. The tactical decisions that Thomas Tuchel made. The lack of any direction or ‘game plan’ for Tuchel. A signature Cyler Meltdown™ over the state of Bayern.
10/3/202319 minutes, 36 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — RB Leipzig 2-2 Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich are back at it again. To be specific, they are back to floundering. After a pair of games that made it look like Thomas Tuchel finally knew what he was doing, Tuchel proved that he is nothing if not stubborn, making decisions in personnel and tactics that are beyond poor. Genuinely, it is unbelievable that a professional football coach can even think how the team went out there was in any way acceptable. In this podcast, Rayyan and Marcus go over the game in detail. A look at the starting XI and the mistakes Tuchel made in the personnel. The abhorrent tactics that Tuchel employed. RB Leipzig’s great game plan and execution. How Bayern could move going forward with Tuchel (or without him?).
9/30/202319 minutes, 8 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 12 — Breaking down the fan divide on Bayern Munich’s Thomas Tuchel; Assessing the small roster strategy; Transfer rumors; & MORE!

Bayern Munich has had great success so far this season, but not everything has been peachy keen for the boys from Bavaria. Moreover, some fans have drawn lines on Thomas Tuchel and have evolved into warring factions on just about any matter involving the manager. We will talk about why that is and a whole lot more for this episode of the Weekend Warm-up Podcast. Check out what we have on tap: A look at the injury to Serge Gnabry, what it means for the club, and how the transfer rumors linking the Germany international to Manchester United and Real Madrid could be impacted. Assessing the small roster. Manchester City is linked to both Jamal Musiala and Florian Wirtz. Diving into the discord surrounding Bayern Munich fans and Thomas Tuchel. A couple of embarrassing stories on how inept I am and how Terry Francona dissed me into oblivion.
9/28/202349 minutes, 50 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 4-0 SC Preußen Münster (DFB-Pokal) and Preview Show — Bayern vs. RB Leipzig (Bundesliga)

Given the condensed schedule for Bayern Munich and also for Bavarian Podcast Works, we’ve got a double-shot for you! First, we are recapping Bayern Munich’s impressive 4-0 victory over SC Preußen Münster and then we will get you all set for the big Bundesliga showdown between the Bavarians and RB Leipzig on Saturday — a massive match in terms of the league’s title race. Let’s take a look at what is on tap for this episode: A look at Thomas Tuchel’s lineup that he rolled out against  Preußen Münster. A rundown of the scoring. Some takeaways from the match. A look at where Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig sit in the Bundesliga table. An attempt to guess Tuchel’s lineup (good luck!). A prediction on the game.
9/27/202324 minutes, 4 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 7-0 VfL Bochum (Bundesliga)

Well then. Bayern Munich have done it again. Tasked with facing VfL Bochum, the Bavarian giants proved their giant status with a third 7-0 drubbing in just the last two seasons, and this performance may be the most convincing of all of them. In a game that Bochum seemed to never be in, Bayern simply ran through the motions in high gear without skipping a beat, looking sharp throughout. In this podcast, we go over the many factors that went into Bayern’s domination over Bochum: A look at the starting XI and the systemic changes Thomas Tuchel employed from the previous few matches. Where the system’s changes found new spaces and pockets for players to get creative and score from. How the team’s defensive resilience and focus came back to the fore. Why fans should be excited about Bayern and what we’ve learnt about the ever-evolving system.
9/23/202319 minutes, 49 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 11 — A preview of Bayern Munich vs. VfL Bochum; Is Tuchel tempting fate w/ the lack of rotation?; Kane is a nicer Lewandowski; & MORE!

Bayern Munich is fresh off of a nervy 4-3 win over Manchester United in the Champions League and will have to quickly re-focus itself to do battle with VfL Bochum in the Bundesliga. With the English week making things a complete jumble for the podcast schedule, Bavarian Podcast Works has, once again, pushed the Preview Show into the Weekend Warm-up, so listeners are not overloaded with our content. Given all of that, this is what we have on tape for this episode: A preview of Bayern Munich vs. VfL Bochum in the Bundesliga, including some thoughts on how the lineup might change and what the score might be. Examining why Thomas Tuchel’s lack of a rotation is a bad idea for the long-term prospects for this season. Harry Kane is a nicer, less bitter version of Robert Lewandowski We are seeing the best of Leroy Sané, aren’t we?
9/21/202342 minutes, 12 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 4-3 Manchester United (Champions League)

For anyone wondering how Bayern Munich would function without Thomas Tuchel in its Champions League opener against Manchester United, it did not take all that long to see that the visitors were going to be in for a long night. After a somewhat choppy start, Bayern Munich established itself with two first half goals, which left the Red Devils punch drunk — at least for a little while. Let’s take a look what is on tap for this episode as Bayern Munich eventually outlasted Manchester United for a 4-3 win: A look at the starting XI and why it really should not have been all that surprising to see the names listed. A rundown of the scoring. Examining Bayern Munich’s ability to put together the aforementioned first half flurry even though the midfield and defense were not great. Why fans can take out of this match and what we are learning every game from this Bayern Munich squad.
9/20/202319 minutes, 29 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 2-2 Bayer Leverkusen (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen hooked up for the Bundesliga’s marquee showdown of the weekend. With two teams that were rolling heading into the international break, it was a shame that they had to meet on a Friday night to kick things off. The extra day of preparation might have done both teams some good, but the game was closely contested either way. Bayern Munich got off to an electric start, but fizzled just when Bayer Leverkusen was ready to mount a challenge. In the end, the final score was a crazy 2-2 draw that featured many swings of emotion. Here is what we have on tap for this episode: A look at Thomas Tuchel’s starting lineup. A rundown of the scoring. Some thoughts on how Bayern Munich looks at this point. Exploring Mathys Tel’s ability to create from the outside and Leon Goretzka dramatic goal — and how just a little sloppiness from Alphonso Davies killed Bayern Munich at the worst possible time.
9/15/202322 minutes, 13 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 10 — A preview of Bayern Munich vs. Bayer Leverkusen; Some final thoughts on Hansi Flick, Germany; A review of All or Nothing; & MORE!

After an extremely crazy week with the German national team and also Bayern Munich getting back to action in a Friday match vs. Bayer Leverkusen, get ready for a Weekend Warm-up/Preview Show combo — it’s a two-for-one deal! On this episode, we will discuss the following hot topics: A preview of Bayern Munich vs. Bayer Leverkusen — an absolutely key match for the Bavarians in the Bundesliga — Jamal Musiala and Raphaël Guerreiro should be available, but what about Joshua Kimmich? The unsettled situations of Matthijs de Ligt and Leon Goretzka at Bayern Munich — and what it might mean for their futures with the club. A look at Hansi Flick’s tenure as coach of Germany and where it all went wrong, plus is Julian Nagelsmann the next man up? A review of All or Nothing — The German national team in Qatar and why that probably foretold Flick getting sacked.
9/14/202356 minutes, 31 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 9 — Analyzing where Bayern Munich is now; The good & the bad of adding João Palhinha; Jadon Sancho rumors; Germany’s outlook; + MORE

Bayern Munich might be on international break, but there is still an absolute mountain of news going on with the club. And it is not just the Bavarians, either. The German national team is set to take on France and Japan in what could be two important games in determining what future — if any — Hansi Flick has as manager: Analyzing where Bayern Munich is at the break. The case for — and against — João Palhinha making the move from Fulham FC to Bayern Munich. Also, how adding a defender is also still on the menu for the January transfer window as well. Addressing those bizarre rumors linking Bayern Munich to disgruntled Manchester United attacker Jadon Sancho. What to hope for with Germany during this international break. Jamal Musiala’s injury — should Bayern Munich fans be concerned?
9/7/202336 minutes, 43 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S6E8: Is Bayern Munich struggling to get Harry Kane involved?; Assessing Bayern’s transfer window; Analyzing Hansi Flick’s Germany roster; & MORE!

With so much going on between both Bayern Munich and Germany, the topics for a BFW podcast could on for days. Things are going well for Bayern Munich and Germany is — again — looking to try and figure out how to be successful. We have strong opinions on all of that — and we KNOW you do, too — so join us for this Flagship Show where we hit on some of the biggest news from the past week, including the following topics: Harry Kane’s lack of chances in the current system. The deadline day transfer successes and failures. Is Bayern Munich in trouble or are things going to be okay? Did Bayern Munich sell off too much of its depth? Hansi Flick made some curious selections — and had some even more curious omissions for his Germany call-ups.
9/4/202347 minutes, 47 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-2 Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

The Gladbach curse is finally gone as Bayern Munich faced Borussia Mönchengladbach and won 2-1. It took the Bavarians three (!) years and multiple managerial changes, but the win is truly sweet. Here are our talking points from the game: The lineup and its implications Gladbach’s defensive nature and the first goal The Bavarians and their lethargic tactics Where it all changed — the goals from Leroy Sane and Mathys Tel The system has failed Harry Kane and Thomas Mueller Praise for Joshua Kimmich, Leroy Sane, Konrad Laimer and Mathys Tel Tuchel’s tactics — myth or mystery? Worries about squad depth — the bench isn’t good enough Concluding thoughts
9/2/202315 minutes, 16 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 8 — Bayern Munich draw Man United (+ others) in the UCL group stage; Palhinha update; Is letting Gravenberch go a mistake?; and MORE!

So the Champions League draw is official aaaaand ... Bayern Munich will face Manchester United and two others in the 2023 group stage. Okay, that’s being unfair to Copenhagen and Galatasaray, but that really is the first thing you think when you see a group like this. Beyond that there is the news that João Palinha is on his way over from Fulham (transfer pending) and to finance the deal, Benjamin Pavard is headed to Inter Milan (confirmed) and Ryan Gravenberch is on the verge of a move to Liverpool FC (less than confirmed). Given the 40 minute Zoom time limit for meetings, we had to rush to fit all the topics in this time: What can Bayern Munich expect in the Champions League group stages this year? Do we expect any threat from Man United? How many Bundesliga teams will make it to the next round of the UCL? Is João Palhinha really on his way to Bayern Munich ... and for HOW MUCH? Why Ryan Gravenberch never worked out for this club. The final word on the Benjamin Pavard deal and the implications of not getting a replacement. Can Christoph Freund be the guy to turn around Bayern’s failing youth system? Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
8/31/202336 minutes, 43 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich plays perennial bogey team, Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga this weekend. It is the late Saturday game with good reason, with Bayern winless in the last five encounters against Gladbach. In this preview, we discuss Gladbach’s phenomenal record against Bayern and the following: Changes in the Gladbach team since last season How the changes in the team have impacted Gladbach How Gladbach might decide to play against Bayern A possible lineup for Gladbach in light of the injuries Bayern’s injuries and a possible line-up Will the fans see Thomas Müller? How this match might play out How the rest of the Bundesliga teams might fare this weekend including Borussia Dortmund A prediction on Gladbach vs. Bayern Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
8/30/202313 minutes, 11 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 7 — Harry Kane’s impact on Bayern Munich; Leroy Sané or Thomas Müller at the No. 10?; Josip Stanišić’s loan; Transfer rumors; + MORE!

Bayern Munich bagged a 4-0 win over Werder Bremen in its Bundesliga opener and there was plenty to like about what we saw. Moreover, Harry Kane gave everyone an idea of just how impact he can be as the Bavarians aim to add for trophies to their case this season. Given how much other news broke over the week, you know this episode is loaded, so let’s get to it: Kane is everything many fans thought he could be — a dominant force. Will Thomas Tuchel start Leroy Sané over Thomas Müller at the No. 10? Josip Stanišić’s move is beneficial for him, but now Bayern Munich is scrambling. Benjamin Pavard and Ryan Gravenberch could both leave before the transfer window ends. What gives on those rumors linking Leroy Sané to both FC Barcelona and Liverpool FC?
8/24/202340 minutes, 50 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. FC Augsburg (Bundesliga)

After downing Werder Bremen 4-0 in the Bundesliga opener, Bayern Munich will host FC Augsburg in a match that should not present much danger to Thomas Tuchel’s new-look squad. Bayern Munich will be seeking to keep the good times rolling and to also build up a nice base of points early in the season. In past years, there has been a game (or two, or three) that has shocked Bayern Munich, caused an early season loss, and irritated the fan base. If FC Augsburg wants to become the latest team to toss a little doubt into the mix for Bayern Munich, it will absolutely have its work cut out for it. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this episode: Recapping Bayern Munich’s performance against Werder Bremen. A review of where the teams sit in the Bundesliga table. Some notables from FC Augsburg’s roster. A look at who Thomas Tuchel might start this week. A prediction on the match.
8/23/202322 minutes, 15 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Werder Bremen 0-4 Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich won 0-4 and all is right in the world and Thomas Tuchel will win the treble! Well, not quite.....and we will explain why in this podcast. Rayyan and Samrin discuss the following on this show: Leon Goretzka’s performance and why Thomas Tuchel almost had to play him The disjointed performances the attack continues to produce which brings the spotlight on..... .....Jamal Musiala for all the wrong reasons and Thomas Müller for all the right reasons A word on Leroy Sané and another on Noussair Mazraoui Many words on the goalkeeping situation and what Sven Ulreich did (and didn’t) do well Harry Kane’s performance — what the Englishman did right and what he needs to improve upon Whether this performance helps Thomas Tuchel’s case moving forward Upcoming fixtures which will test Bayern Could Mathys Tel becoming a starter? Who should be the centerback pairing for Bayern? A word on Benjamin Pavard and whether he is actually leaving. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
8/18/202330 minutes, 31 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 6 — Talking potential Bayern Munich transfers, Manuel Neuer’s status; Thomas Müller’s role, hype for Harry Kane; and MORE!

Bayern Munich is set for its Bundesliga opener, but there are still many questions that are unanswered when it comes to the squad. How much longer will Manuel Neuer be out of action? How will Thomas Tuchel settle on playing his center-back trio? Is Benjamin Pavard going to leave before the window ends? Is Thomas Müller going to spend the season picking up scrap minutes? Yeah, there is a lot going on. Let’s not waste any more time and get right down to it. This is what we have on tap for this week’s episode of the Weekend Warm-up Podcast: Looking at the potential transfer situations of Pavard and Ryan Gravenberch. A look at what is going on with the goalkeeper situation and why Bayern Munich seems poised to ride it out with Sven Ulreich until Neuer is healthy. Exploring whether or not Müller has a role on this season’s squad. How hyped are you for Harry Kane?
8/17/202336 minutes, 46 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. Werder Bremen (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich will square off with Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga opener and as much as fans would like to believe that everything is rosy heading in the season’s first match, the Bavarians have a lot of questions attached to them. Who will start? Is Thomas Müller ready to play? Can Sven Ulreich be a capable fill-in for Manuel Neuer? Which two center-backs will get the nod? Is Leon Goretzka ever getting off the bench? Does Thomas Tuchel have a plan? Mostly, why is there all of this turmoil? Those are just some of the questions heading in the match vs. Werder Bremen. Let’s take a look at what we will tackle for this season opening edition of the Bavarian Podcast Works — Preview Show: A scan through those topics listed above. A guess at Tuchel’s starting XI. A prediction on the match.
8/16/202324 minutes, 32 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 5 — After weeks of speculation Harry Kane is (hopefully? finally?) headed to Bayern Munich -- react with us HERE!

After months of speculation, it finally appears that Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane is making the seemingly unlikely move to Bayern Munich. The final days here have been a whirlwind of “will he” or “won’t he” stories that eventually all faded away. Barring a last minute collapse, Kane should be making his way to Germany for a physical and could be presented at the DFL-Supercup — if things go to plan. All that said, there was plenty to talk about, so let’s dig in: Why I am crushing a crow sandwich. Recapping the craziness that occurred on Thursday August 10th as news was flowing from everywhere about Kane’s potential move. How Kane will fit and why Thomas Tuchel’s biggest job is to ensure this move is a success. Also, some thoughts on what happens if Tuchel can’t make the team mesh quickly. What else Bayern Munich might be looking at in the transfer market and why some of the perceived needs probably are exactly requirements.
8/11/202340 minutes, 58 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 4 — An in depth look at what we learned from Bayern Munich’s preseason tour; Who might be in trouble on the roster; and MORE!

Bayern Munich closed down its preseason tour in great fashion with a comeback win over Liverpool FC, but the end result was not nearly important as what we learned about this team over the past two weeks. Why waste any time? Let’s get chatting on a number of topics. Here is what we have on tap: An in depth look at what we learned from Bayern Munich’s preseason tour, including why the attack could be positioned to explode, how the midfield might be developing into a mess, and why the defense might take some time to gel. Why the news about Manuel Neuer’s secret surgery is very concerning. Who helped themselves — Josip Stanišić and Serge Gnabry Who might be in trouble on Bayern Munich’s roster — Leon Goretzka, Dayot Upamecano, Noussair Mazraoui...and Paul Wanner. Recapping the latest transfer news.
8/4/202343 minutes, 58 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 4-3 Liverpool (Club Friendly)

Did you miss the club friendly between Bayern Munich vs. Liverpool FC? Well, we have you covered! Check out our Postgame Podcast as Rayyan breaks down what happened as the Bavarians stormed back from a 2-0 deficit to snare a win away from the Premier League power. If you need to catch up on anything else, check out our Initial Analysis, Match Awards, Observations, or any of the numerous reactions from players and coaches in the match.
8/2/202312 minutes
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Bavarian Podcast Works S6E3: Germany’s World Cup woes; An update Bayern Munich’s pursuit of Harry Kane; Is Upamecano getting phased out?; Bayern Munich’s shaky preseason is concerning; and MORE!

The preseason has not been so kind to Bayern Munich just yet. Similarly, the World Cup served up a gut punch to Germany in the form of a stunning defeat at the hands of Colombia (The Revenge of James Rodriguez?). With Harry Kane’s pursuit ongoing and Manuel Neuer still trying to get into form, there is plenty of uncertainty surrounding Bayern Munich — and let’s not think about Germany being in an elimination match against South Korea (where have we seen this before?). Needless to say, we have plenty to chat about, so let’s get to it. This is what we have on tap for this week’s episode of the BFW Flagship Show: Germany’s shocking defeat and why there might be organizational issues with development at the DFB. A quick update on Bayern Munich’s pursuit of Harry Kane. Dayot Upamecano could find himself on the bench for Thomas Tuchel. Why the preseason is a little concerning — even if the results do not mean a damned thing.
7/31/202343 minutes, 43 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 3 — This is the end of the road for the Bayern Munich & Harry Kane saga; Exploring Bayern’s wing situation; A back-up GK?; & MORE

Ah...back from vacation and (somehow) completely worn down! Hell with that, though, it is time to rap about Bayern Munich and all of the craziness that has been going on with the club. Let’s take a look at what is going on in this episode: Some thoughts on why Bayern Munich really might be in the final hours of life without a world class No. 9. A deal for Tottenham Hotspur star Harry appears to be in play. Why there is no way Bayern Munich should be looking to spend any significant cash on a back-up goalkeeper — even if there are some red flags being raised with Manuel Neuer’s recovery. Exploring the potential sale of Sadio Mané, the rumors about Leroy Sané and Serge Gnabry being available...and how that could all mean that Bayern Munich is looking at another big purchase this summer (even if this dolt if content to ride it out with Sané and Gnabry. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
7/28/202333 minutes, 46 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 1-2 Manchester City (Club Friendly)

So Bayern Munich played their first proper preseason friendly against another top level European team, and lost. While it wasn’t the drubbing we saw in last season’s Champions League quarter-final, Manchester City managed to come away with the win thanks to two goals from an antivirus and Laporte. Maybe a better lineup and some better players available could’ve handed Bayern the win, but that’s water under the bridge now. Here are our talking points from the game: A review of the two lineups we saw from Thomas Tuchel today. A quick recap of the flow of the game and who was better on balance. The problem with Bayern Munich’s attack right now. The paradoxical performances of Leroy Sane. What was Konrad Laimer like? Second half undesirables impressed — Bouna Sarr, Sven Ulreich, Mathys Tel. Why is Thomas Tuchel such a muted presence on the sidelines? Especially compared to Pep Guardiola. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
7/26/202316 minutes, 6 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 2 — The final days of Sadio Mané at Bayern Munich are near; Assessing the rumors in the midfield; What’s up with Harry Kane?; & MORE!

Another week, another crazy period for Bayern Munich news. While there were no major breaks in the club’s pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane, there was still plenty of moving and shaking going on. We had a lot of weird news break...some true, some not, some probably falling somewhere in between. Let’s taking a look at which topics we’ll dive into for this edition of the Weekend Warm-up Podcast: A brief look at where things stand with Kane after Uli Hoeneß went scorched Earth on Tottenham. Ahead of a potential move to Al Nassr, a look back at Sadio Mané’s tumultuous tenure at Bayern Munich. Assessing the rumors regarding Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, and Marcel Sabitzer.
7/21/202343 minutes, 9 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — FC Rottach-Egern vs Bayern Munich

That was a long period without Bayern Munich, wasn’t it? The Rekordmeister are back, for the season 2023-24 and there’s a lot going on — from new players, to an interesting scenario involving who’s in-charge. Starting the season off with an easy game against FC Rottach-Egern, we won 27-0 (!!). Featuring the new additions Konrad Laimer and Raphael Guerreiro, the new era of Bayern looks rather exciting and we’re all in for it. Here are our talking points from the game: A quick recap of what went down last season, what’s different from then to now Hype for the new transfers — Kim Min Jae, Laimer and Guerreiro Opinions on Laimer and his role under Tuchel Re-emphasis on Jamal Musiala’s qualities and how he has improved this season Mathys Tel’s future at this club looks pretty good! Marcel Sabitzer and an extended rant about his time here so far Disappointment with Sadio Mane (and a slightly snarky remark) Injuries galore! First half vs second half — critiques, praise and whatnot
7/18/202316 minutes, 54 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S6E1: Looking at Bayern Munich’s defense, the Pavard-Walker swap, Sadio Mane’s future, Tuchel’s job security; and more!

In this episode of the flagship show of Bavarian Podcast Works, Tom and Schnitzel discuss: Not exhausting the Harry Kane rumors The proposed Pavard/Walker swap deal between Bayern and Manchester City How Bayern’s defense is shaping up overall for next season Will Noussair Mazraoui play over Pavard or Walker? Should Sadio Mane definitely leave for Saudi Arabia? What went wrong for Mane last season Tuchel’s prospects of being Bayern manager long term. How long will he last? Would Kane coming put more pressure on Tuchel? Bayern’s plethora wide attacking players Should Bayern keep or sell Serge Gnabry
7/17/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 57 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 1 — The latest on Bayern Munich and Harry Kane; Niklas Süle might be coming for you; Why no one wants to leave Bayern; and MORE!

Bayern Munich’s preparations for the new season are commencing as the team is regrouping to attack the 2023/24 season. As expected there is still a lot of uncertainty with the roster and so many stories that could impact how this team performs in the upcoming campiagn. Let’s take a look at what is on tap for this episode: It sure feels like Harry Kane is using Bayern Munich as leverage against Tottenham Hotspur. Get the latest news on Kane here! No one wants to leave Bayern Munich (well, except Ryan Gravenbech and Alexander Nubel), but it appears that Leon Goretzka, Sadio Mane, Mathys Tel, and Marcel Sabitzer have all caught the Bayern Munich bug. Is anyone worried about Manuel Neuer yet? Niklas Süle is reportedly “Hulking” up. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
7/13/202334 minutes, 18 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 52 — Bayern Munich’s potential pitfalls in pursuing Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane; Transfer rumors on Mané, Sabitzer, and MORE!

While Bayern Munich is expected to have an impactful summer transfer window, this period feels like the calm before the storm. Konrad Laimer and Raphael Guerreiro are signed, sealed, and delivered, while Kim Min-jae is expected to follow suit quickly (potentially by the time you read this!). Otherwise, there is A LOT of rumbling, but not much action otherwise for the Bavarians. As it stands, this seems like a good time to take a step back and look at the big picture of what is going on — including the BPW staff earning another award (thanks to all of you!). Let’s get to it: Some thoughts on BPW nailing down another “Best Club Podcast” Award from World Soccer Talk. Where things stand on Bayern Munich’s pursuit of Harry Kane — and why there are reasons to feel both optimistic and pessimistic. Plus, the new pecking order of things should Kane opt to stay put in London. Addressing the bizarre situations with Noussair Mazraoui, Ryan Gravenberch, Marcel Sabitzer, and Sadio Mane. Why the Leon Goretzka situation is likely coming to a head soon enough.
7/6/202346 minutes, 50 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E52; Assessing Bayern’s chances for Harry Kane; is the defense now complete; and what does/will the midfield look like after the summer window?

In this episode of the Flagship edition of Bavarian Podcast Works, Schnitzel and Tom discuss: The realistic-ness of Harry Kane leaving Spurs for Bayern What a Kane transfer would mean for Bayern and the Bundesliga Kane alternatives for Bayern (Vlahovic, Osimhen, Kolo Muani) Should Bayern loan out Mathys Tel or keep him this summer? Is Bayern’s defensive shape now complete with Guerreiro + Min-jae in and Hernandez out? Could Bayern still add a #6 midfielder in Kalvin Phillips? The necessity for Tuchel to get the transfer decisions right in order to increase the longevity of his job security Alphonso Davies’ struggles and comments about a potential move away from Bayern Whether or not Konrad Laimer and purpose as a #6 in midfield or not
7/3/20231 hour, 1 minute, 45 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 51 — Should Bayern Munich fans be hyped for - or guarded against - a Harry Kane move?; Can Bayern Munich get Federico Chiesa?; & MORE

Bayern Munich seems to have its hands in just about everything right now when it comes to the summer transfer window. The Bavarians are expected to be contenders for multiple players on the market in what could prove to be a make or break transfer window for Thomas Tuchel — and the club itself. Let’s get to it! This is what we have on tap for this week’s episode: The breakdown on what is going on with Bayern Munich’s rumored pursuit of Harry Kane. Bayern Munich has been consistently linked to Federico Chiesa, but what would need to happen for a move to go through and be successful. Thomas Tuchel at odds with bosses over need for defensive midfielder? Bayern Munich bosses frustrated with Alphonso Davies? Bayern Munich’s center-back corps appears to be set. Is it good enough to win a Champions League title? An ode to cargo shorts. Yeah, I am declaring war on my wife’s awful take. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. And while you’re at it, please throw a vote our way for the 2023 Best Club Podcast Award at WorldSoccerTalk! As always, we appreciate all your support!
6/30/202342 minutes, 23 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E51: Reviewing the Laimer & Guerreiro signings, previewing Bayern Munich’s back line, and looking ahead to further transfer business

Even without a current sporting director in the wake of Hasan Salihamidzic getting fired alongside Oliver Kahn, Bayern Munich has already made two summer signings in Konrad Laimer from RB Leipzig and Raphael Guerreiro from Borussia Dortmund. The latter was essentially completed during the winter time, but it’s now official and Thomas Tuchel still wants to bring in Kim Min-jae from SSC Napoli since Lucas Hernandez will be leaving for Paris Saint-Germain as well as a top-class striker. Plenty of names have been linked with Bayern as far as who their new striker could be including Harry Kane, Victor Osimhen, Randal Kolo Muani and Duscan Vlahovic, but the clock is ticking for Tuchel and Bayern. It will be a tough season if they once again don’t have a clear-cut, number 9 striker, and from the offset, Tuchel has identified this as a point of emphasis for this summer’s transfer window. By stark contrast, given the fact that Declan Rice has chosen to stay in the Premier League by virtue of joining either Arsenal or Manchester City, Tuchel is no longer prioritizing the signature of a number 6, defensive midfielder. There’s also been reports that Bayern is set to re-hire former goalkeeping coach Toni Tapalovic, who was fired by Julian Nagelsmann, Kahn, Brazzo and the rest of Bayern’s board just days after Yann Sommer had begun training with the club after joining from Borussia Monchengladbach. His return won’t spell good news for Alexander Nubel, who’s previously vented his frustration for what he referred to as favoritism from Tapalovic towards Manuel Neuer in training sessions. In this flagship episode of Bavarian Podcast Works, Tom and Rayyan (known on the site as CCyler) discuss: The two signings; Laimer & Guerreiro Can Laimer play as a number 6, or is that not his strong suit? Where Guerreiro will best fit in the squad, tactically speaking Kim Min-jae’s expected arrival from SSC Napoli to replace Lucas Hernandez Will Tuchel start to use a back three system more often? Bayern’s plethora of center-backs vs. wide backs All of the strikers linked with Bayern Realistic percentage chances Harry Kane will leave Tottenham for Bayern Bayern’s goalkeeping situation with Tapalovic set to return
6/26/202343 minutes, 38 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 50 — Wrapping up Germany’s performance and what the XI could look like for the Euros; Bayern Munich’s latest transfer news; and MORE!

It has been a wild week at BFW. Germany is floundering. Bayern Munich looks like it will struggle to get world class, impact players for the key positions that it needs. Most of us are perplexed at the thought of how any of this will work out, but hey, if talking about this helps us all sort through things, let’s get to it with the latest episode of the Weekend Warm-up Podcast: Lamenting the state of the German national team, Hansi Flick’s failures, and what a starting XI might look like for the Euro 2024 — and why the best lineup probably won’t ever get featured. Checking in on Bayern Munich’s latest transfer rumors, including the club’s persistent approach to staying in the game for Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane.
6/23/202335 minutes, 39 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Germany 0-2 Colombia (International Friendly — RANT EDITION)

When does Bayern Munich re-start again? That was...terrible.  Germany looked aimless and lacked energy and got the result that it deserved in a 2-0 loss to Colombia. The game looked like it mattered to the Colombians, while the Germans ambled around hoping that something good would happen (Hint: Nothing good happened). Let’s find out if you are as bitter as me! As Stringer Bell once told Brother Mouzone and Omar Little, let’s “get on with it”: A look at the starting lineup and a breakdown of the scoring. Where is the pride on this German team? Colombia was energetic, brash, and talking junk...and Germany withered under the stress of it all. Nothing is good...not the attack, nor the midfield, nor the defense. They are all terrible right now. Hansi Flick is assuredly in some danger. Where does it go from here? And why the players need to take some heat as well. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
6/20/202316 minutes, 25 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Poland 1-0 Germany (International Friendly)

If the confidence of the Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund personnel in the Germany team wasn’t already low considering how the Bundesliga ended, Germany’s latest result did them no favors. In this podcast, Rayyan and Samrin discuss: The gap between Thilo Kehrer and Jonas Hofmann in the first half Rayyan’s deeper look at Germany’s setup today How Joshua Kimmich is impacted when Germany’s back three is narrow Whether Kimmich fits better in a back three or back four What Kimmich’s best position is for Germany Some headscratchers such as Kai Havertz up front Another headscratcher in Niklas Füllkrug’s exclusion from the start Some regrets from the World Cup, especially in line-up decisions Is Hansi Flick’s job safe? What does Thilo Kehrer add to this team? Are there any answers to Germany’s fullback problems? The confusion in midfield with a focus on Jamal Musiala, Florian Wirtz and later, Leroy Sané Is Julian Nagelsmann an option for Germany? Is he the answer for Germany much like Flick was for Bayern? Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
6/16/202329 minutes, 31 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 49 — Is Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich really annoying his teammates?; Bayern’s complicated defensive situation; and MORE!

The summer transfer window has not even opened yet, but things are wild at Bayern Munich. There is plenty to discuss, so let’s get right to it. This is what we have on tap for this episode: RIP to Bayern Munich’s hopes for Declan Rice and maybe Dušan Vlahović. Is Joshua Kimmich driving his teammates crazy with his on-field antics and backroom politics? Bayern Munich is losing Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard. Dayot Upamecano and Noussair Mazraoui are rumored to be unhappy. Even Alphonso Davies’ contract extension went from “sure thing” to “uh-oh.” What can the Bavarians do...let’s look at the options — and there are plenty of good ones at center-back (maybe even some who can unseat Upamecano or De Ligt).
6/15/202343 minutes, 21 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Germany 3-3 Ukraine (Friendly)

Well, that was close. Germany narrowly avoid defeat to the mighty Ukraine despite playing at home and going up 1-0 early in the game. Hansi Flick tested out a back three and it reaped dividends, only not for the team that it was intended to. Germany seem like they have a million problems and a lot of them will be familiar to fans of Bayern Munich, but also brand new ones that are unique to the international setup. Here are our talking points from the game: The back three doesn’t work — please stop using it, Hansi. Did Joshua Kimmich use Lewandowski’s stutter-step penalty technique? The horrible state of the German fullback roster. Should Kimmich be sent back to the flanks? A concerning lack of chances created by the German attack. The missing factor is left as an exercise for the listener. Leon Goretzka is being unfairly maligned for his performance. Does Hansi Flick see Kai Havertz as an alternative to Niclas Fullkrug at striker? You cannot trust a Borussia Dortmund player on the national team. A suggestion for what kind of lineup Germany should use at the Euros. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
6/12/202316 minutes, 22 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E49: Germany’s upcoming matches mean a lot; Why Bayern Munich’s transfer window could go downhill quickly; and MORE!

You want to talk Bayern Munich and Germany? We’ve got you covered. Bayern Munich is in the middle of about a million transfer rumors and is looking to add — at least — three key players this summer. Germany is in throws of trying to figure out who it is as a national team and is facing three opponents in friendlies over the next week. Indeed, there is much to yack about when it comes to some of your favorite topics. Here is what is on tap for this episode of the Bavarian Podcast Works Flagship Show: A look at Germany’s squad for the slate of matches during this international session. Why Hansi Flick is towing a fine line between job security and getting sacked. What could go right for Germany. Why some German linchpins might be out of luck moving forward. How the summer transfer window could turn out disastrous for Bayern Munich. What if Bayern Munich doesn’t get any of the big name players that it wants?
6/12/202334 minutes, 44 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 48 — Is Bayern Munich’s squad set for a massive overhaul?; The latest transfer news and rumors; How long it might take to get stable?

We are deep in the throws of silly season with Bayern Munich and it has been absolute craziness for days now. With some big name (and money!) players potentially coming in to Bayern Munich and some club staples potentially heading out, the team is in a state of flux. There is plenty to talk about, so let’s get to it: The transfer of West Ham’s Declan Rice to Bayern Munich is not looking good...what’s next? Who can Bayern Munich get if Arsenal FC makes its play for Rice? Thoughts on Bayern Munich’s plan to revamp its attack and why it has the futures for Sadio Mané, Leroy Sané, and Serge Gnabry on shaky ground. Why Raphael Guerreiro was a deft pickup. Some thoughts on Bayern Munich’s instability, how long it might take the new leadership to fix, and why patience will be vital for fans of the club.
6/8/202347 minutes, 1 second
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 47 — Assessing the fallout from Bayern Munich’s title win; Transfer updates on Vlahović, Rice, Pavard, Hernandez, Davies, & MORE!

What a long, strange trip it’s been. Bayern Munich somehow won its 11th consecutive Bundesliga championship as Borussia Dortmund suffered through a massive collapse — and somehow that was one of the least crazy stories of the week. Admittedly, Bayern Munich fans have had a lot to process with everything, so what better way to do it than with the Weekend Warm-up Podcast and at Bavarian Football Works. Let’s take a look at what is on tap for this week’s episode: Some thoughts on the title win and the massive fallout that saw CEO Oliver Kahn and sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić get sacked. Who might be coming in: Juventus striker Dušan Vlahović and West Ham defensive midfielder Declan Rice. Who might be headed out: Benjamin Pavard, Lucas Hernandez, Leon Goretzka, and Alphonso Davies. Who is likely coming back (at least for a little while): Marcel Sabitzer. As you can see, there is a lot to cover.
6/1/202343 minutes, 46 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 46 — Will Lucas Hernandez leave Bayern Munich; The latest on Declan Rice and Dušan Vlahović; Why fans should be frustrated; & MORE!

Bayern Munich’s season will come to a disappointing end one way or the others and there is a lot to examine. Needing a win over FC Köln, along with a loss or a draw from Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich is in danger of going trophyless for 2022/23. Let’s take a look at the hot topics for this edition of the Weekend Warm-up Podcast: A look at the Lucas Hernandez situation and why Bayern Munich was right to be cautious with the Frenchman despite the potential for outside interest. Can Paris Saint-Germain get a deal done to bring Hernandez back to France? Can a deal for West Ham’s Declan Rice get done? The wild ride of Dušan Vlahović rumors from this week. Why fan frustration is probably at an all-time high for the last decade — and it does not totally have to do with potentially finishing behind Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
5/25/202338 minutes, 11 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs FC Köln (Bundesliga)

What a journey this season has been for Bayern Munich. Here we are, the final Preview Show of the season — and a match that means something, but could end up meaning nothing at all. Borussia Dortmund’s result against Mainz 05 will determine whether or not the Bavarians have any shot of being the league winner. That means that Bayern Munich has to play this match against FC Köln out in the event that BVB coughs up its two-point lead in the league and risk toying with playing youngsters or gambling that recently-injured players are fully healthy. This is what we have on tap for this final 2022/23 edition of the Preview Show: A look at where each team sits in the league table. Some thoughts on how it all got to this point, why change is imminent, and the overall disappointment that things worked out this way at Bayern Munich. An attempt to guess Thomas Tuchel’s lineup and why it could be the last time we see a few players and player combinations working together in a significant way. A prediction on the match. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
5/24/202328 minutes, 11 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show —RB Leipzig 3-1 Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Well...it happened. At one point, Bayern Munich looked like a serious contender to capture a treble and now the Bavarians are hoping like hell that Borussia Dortmund will suffer through a horrendous collapse...just to win the league crown. After dropping a 3-1 decision to RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich is at risk of losing its first Bundesliga title in what seems like...forever. Let’s take a look at what is on tap for this episode: A look at the starting XI and some of the odd decisions that Thomas Tuchel made for his 4-2-3-1 alignment. A run through the box score, including a timeline of how things fell apart. Thoughts on why the team’s season went down the toilet and why most of it stems from the ill-fated decision to fire Julian Nagelsmann in March and replace him with Tuchel at a totally inopportune time. Talking through why everything was set up for the perfect storm of organizational failures, poor decisions, ill-fitting players, and an overall tinge of arrogance that led to this mess.
5/20/202330 minutes, 8 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 45 — Talking Joshua Kimmich’s position change, power, and transfer rumors at Bayern Munich; Sadio Mané out?; Transfer rumors; & MORE!

Another week, another set of Bayern Munich stories to discuss. The Bavarians stomped Schalke 04 last weekend and we saw some plans for the 2023/24 leaked out this week as well. Knowing all of that, there is plenty to discuss. Let’s take a look at what is on tap for this edition of the Weekend Warm-up Podcast: A look at the rumors regarding Joshua Kimmich’s rumored position change, his power at Bayern Munich, and the interesting timing of the transfer rumors linking him to Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, and Manchester City. What does this all mean for Leon Goretzka’s future with the club? Will Bayern Munich move on Ajax’s Edson Alvarez? What about Chelsea’s Mason Mount and Kai Havertz? Or maybe...West Ham’s Declan Rice? Finally, the latest on Bayern’s interest in Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani. Some thoughts on the title race and the implications of this weekend. Should Sadio Mané stay or go? Manchester United, Chelsea FC, Newcastle United, and Juventus might be interested...but he could want to stay.
5/18/202341 minutes, 4 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig (Bundesliga)

With Borussia Dortmund only one point behind Bayern Munich with two games left to play, RB Leipzig are the last team the Bavarians want to face. The Lawnball-based side have not been having a great season this year, but they will be looking for a win to secure Champions League qualification for next season. This is a game that could decide the title race. Here are our talking points ahead of the game: Who’s in and who’s out in the lineup? Thomas Muller should obviously start. A case for Leroy Sane on the right hand side, and Musiala on the left. Heresy for some: Maybe give Leon Goretzka a chance. Why does Joshua Kimmich get everything he wants? Why Dayot Upamecano will have a tough time getting his spot back. Thomas Tuchel could field a 4-1-4-1 again — is that a good idea? Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
5/17/202311 minutes, 13 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 6-0 Schalke (Bundesliga)

So Bayern Munich finally had a good performance under Thomas Tuchel. Schalke have been undergoing a bit of a renaissance in recent weeks, but they were simply unable to compete with the dynamism and dominance shown by Bayern at both ends of the pitch on the day. Not a single bad performance in sight, making it a good Here are our talking points from the game: An interesting decision by Thomas Tuchel to opt for a 4-1-4-1 setup this week. Why Thomas Muller allows Bayern Munich to make efficient use of space and therefore more dynamic. Serge Gnabry is playing so well. Should Bayern Munich keep him this summer? Why Jamal Musiala is being wasted in the middle. Mathys Tel is the biggest wasted opportunity of the season. Why Noussair Mazraoui is THE guy at right-back for Bayern. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
5/13/202313 minutes, 17 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 44 —Bayern Munich’s plans w/ Thomas Müller; Effects from the Haaland-Lewandowski decision; Joshua Kimmich to Real Madrid; & MORE!

Bayern Munich had another eventful week off the field and that left us with a ton to talk about. There is drama with Thomas Müller, a massive transfer rumor involving a potential future captain, and some thoughts on why the effects of decisions made last spring are still being felt. Check out what we have on tap for this episode of the Weekend Warm-up Podcast: More thoughts on the why Bayern Munich’s indecision and lack of commitment last spring in the Robert Lewandowski-Erling Haaland saga has put the team in such an awful place at the moment. Why Thomas Müller really might want to leave the club...and discussing the reasons he has to stay. Joshua Kimmich to Real Madrid? Let’s talks about how real that might be.
5/11/202342 minutes, 59 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. Schalke 04 (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich will host Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga this weekend and look to secure three more valuable points that could go a long way in helping the Bavarians capture yet another league title. With just three games left in the Bundesliga schedule, they are all important, even if Bayern Munich should be able to smash this Schalke 04 side. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this episode: A look at where each team resides in the Bundesliga table and a peek at their recent form. Schalke 04 is deprived of talent and is still in danger of being relegated...are they a threat to Bayern Munich? A look at some of the squad injuries and ideas on how Bayern Munich could line up for this game and the rationale behind some of our selections. A prediction on the match. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
5/10/202319 minutes, 11 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E44: Bayern Munich looks like a team without an identity, but there is reason for hope; Assessing the latest rumors regarding Ryan Gravenberch and Randal Kolo Muani; and MORE!

Bayern Munich is winding down its 2022/23 season and is doing everything it possibly can to continue holding on to the league lead. Over the weekend, Bayern Munich was unconvincing in a 2-1 win over Werder Bremen and, well, we have a lot of thoughts on where the team is coming out of that. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this episode: Thoughts on the Werder Bremen match including Thomas Tuchel’s selections, Jamal Musiala’s recent struggles, the solid showing for Ryan Gravenberch, and why certain players might be getting a longer look these days. The delicate balance of keeping the focus on winning the league title, while also setting the team up for next season. Thomas Müller’s situation and pondering if Tuchel is sending him a message about where he stands ahead of next season. Some takes on the recent transfer rumors involving Gravenberch, along with Bayern Munich’s links to both Randal Kolo Muani and Ousmane Dembélé.
5/8/202336 minutes, 54 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 2-1 Werder Bremen (Bundesliga)

Things have been difficult for Bayern Munich lately; not even Thomas Tuchel (despite his questionable choices) can deny that. Today was yet another day of hard work, grind and careless errors but Bayern won and made it two consecutive wins — the opposition teams were rather poor in both the games but you can only play the fixtures the DFL sets in the order they set them. In this podcast, we look back on the game and discuss the following: The points tally for previous champions Why Serge Gnabry should not be sold Werder Bremen’s deficiencies that allowed Bayern to win this game Bayern’s good performers on the day Thomas Müller’s absence in the starting lineup A look around the Bundesliga and what took place this weekend Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
5/6/202319 minutes, 16 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 43 — Robert Lewandowski back to Bayern Munich?; Takes on Bayern’s roster plan; Striker transfer talk; & The latest Sadio Mané drama

It has been another crazy week for Bayern Munich as rumors are flying everywhere and fans are generally focused on next season while the 2022/23 squad is embroiled in a title chase. These are clearly crazy times and that is exactly why Bavarian Podcast Works is here — to help sort through the mess like Luke Skywalker in that trash compactor during Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Per the norm, there is a lot to talk about, so let’s get to it: The latest Sadio Mane drama. How Lionel Messi throwing a grenade into his relationship with Paris Saint-Germain could lead FC Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski back to Bayern Munich. The official nail in the coffin on that Harry Kane rumor and why I’m starting to come around on Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic. A look at the “leaked” list of Bayern’s plans for each player during the off-season.
5/4/202352 minutes, 42 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. Werder Bremen (Bundesliga)

Sitting atop the Bundesliga table by the slimmest of margins over Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich will travel to Werder Bremen in a match that it absolutely needs. While much of the focus for fans has been on the changes that could occur on the roster and in the board room, there is still a league title to capture. For Bayern Munich, grabbing another three points this week could be vital to that pursuit. Here is what we have on tap for this episode: A look at where each team resides in the Bundesliga table and a peek at their recent form. Despite some quality names on the roster, Werder Bremen has not been able to put things together this season. Who you should know on Werder Bremen and why. Ideas on how Bayern Munich could line up for this match and the rationale behind some of our selections. A prediction on the match.
5/3/202319 minutes, 47 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 42 — A State of the Union roundtable view of Bayern Munich’s failures, struggles, & why things are very unstable moving forward

What happens when Bayern Munich is in the midst of a crazy period where the executives, the coaches, and the players are all under-performing and are event being referred to as “shambolic” by some pundits? Well, at Bavarian Podcast Works, we throw our normal Weekend Warm-up format out the window and go full roundtable. Instead of just hearing my voice, I teamed up with BFW superstar Ineednoname and former BFW staffer and current Daily Mail journo Jake Fenner to break down what’s went wrong, how things are going, and what things might look like moving forward. We cover it all, give our takes on why this has become a mess, and why no one — from the coach to the CEO to the starting No. 8 — is really safe these days. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
4/27/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 4 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. Hertha Berlin (Bundesliga)

Just a couple of months ago, it appeared unlikely that Bayern Munich would still be playing meaningful games at this point of the season. Now, the team is fight for its Bundesliga life. Sitting in second place, the Bavarians will have to fend off a hapless Hertha Berlin side, in hopes of not totally burying itself in the league. Let’s take a look at wat we have on tap for this episode: A look at the Bundesliga standing and the recent form of both teams. A complete guess at what Thomas Tuchel might do with his lineup for this match. Some thoughts on how this is all unraveling and why it might not be easy to find a solution.
4/26/202325 minutes, 13 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Rant — Mainz 3-1 Bayern Munich (Explicit)

Well that’s it, Bayern Munich are cooked. The Bundesliga title is sliding out of reach, and honestly should’ve been well out of reach if any competent challenger existed in this league. What an absolute shambles. This isn’t time to mince words. The situation is really dire. Here are our talking points from the game: Despair. Sadness. Swearing. How Thomas Tuchel has completely abandoned the simplicity we saw versus Borussia Dortmund. Why can’t Bayern Munich score the second goal? The demise of the “can-opener”. How the Thomas Tuchel DNA is already becoming visible at Bayern, and it’s not good. Thomas Tuchel doesn’t seem to know the strengths of his squad. Another case of awful substitutions — why sub Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich? Calling on the board to resign on the back of this gamble, and many other mistakes. Isn’t the squad good enough to beat Mainz? How Thomas Tuchel needs to fix this. Let’s stop remixing failed experiments — no more back threes especially. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
4/22/202315 minutes, 5 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 41 — A preview of Bayern Munich vs. Mainz 05; The fallout from Bayern Munich’s elimination from the UCL by Manchester City; and MORE!

Bayern Munich’s season has been knocked upside down. The DFB-Pokal run is over, the Champions League hopes have been crushed, and now fan have been left to pick up all of the pieces, while hoping like hell that the squad can remain focused enough to capture the Bundesliga (which is no sure thing at this point): A preview of Bayern Munich vs. Mainz 05. The fallout from Bayern Munich’s elimination at the hands of Manchester City including the Oliver Kahn getting ousted rumors, Thomas Tuchel’s blame game, the team’s collapse since the hiring of Tuchel, and more! Transfer talk including Bayern Munich’s striker list — which has two less names these days, including Hasan Salihamidžić failing to take accountability for the lack of a Robert Lewandowski contingency plan.
4/20/202344 minutes, 22 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 1-1 Manchester City (Champions League QF)

Bayern Munich earned a 1-1 decision against Manchester City in the Champions League, but it was not enough to claw through to the next round. Manchester City won the tie 4-1 on aggregate and the Bavarians will now try to hold on to their slim lead in the Bundesliga to salvage the once-promising season. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this episode: A look at Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI selections — what worked, what didn’t. A rundown of the scoring, the subs, and the many, many yellow cards. Erling Haaland is ruining Dayot Upamecano (who had another rough outing). When the changes go down Kingsley Coman needs to stay. He was menace. What this all means and why the board’s decision continues to be a complete disaster. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
4/19/202330 minutes, 39 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E41: Another gloomy preview of Bayern Munich vs Man City + Has anything improved with Tuchel? + Sadio Mane vs Leroy Sane

Schnitzel and Marcus find something to agree on: their current anger, confusion, and mistrust in the Bayern board. Major talking points: Preview of the Manchester City game in the Champions League. Everything is going wrong at Bayern Munich...is this the perfect time for a comeback worthy of the history books? The monster that is Erling Haaland. Jamal Musiala and his 2023 form - is Bayern’s brightest star being utilized wrong? Sadio Mane vs Leroy Sane debacle. How does the future look like for the Senegalese superstar in Munich? The inconsistency of Bayern’s wingers. Schnitzel states that West Brom should re-sign Serge Gnabry. Has anything improved with Tuchel? Or was the Nagelsmann sacking a colossal miscalculation from the board? Should the board be held accountable for Bayern’s Pokal and, most likely, Champions League elimination? Bayern Munich’s chances of winning the Bundesliga. Thomas Tuchel’s ability as a coach and how long he will have a future at Bayern A quick glance at the upcoming summer transfer window and what striker Bayern Munich should sign.
4/16/202351 minutes, 48 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 1-1 Hoffenheim (Bundesliga)

When it rains, it pours...like cats and dogs for Bayern Munich. The Bavarians sputtered through a 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga in a match that was extremely frustrating — mostly because it was more of the same issues we have been accustomed to seeing of late. Here is what we have on tap for this episode: A rundown of the scoring and substitutions. Some thought on the starting XI and why players like Jamal Musiala and Alphonso Davies were left out of the lineup. Tuchel’s subs — why they partly worked and partly didn’t. Some lamentations on how this season slipped through Bayern Munich’s grasp, including thoughts on how big of a mistake the board made in forcing a coaching change when they did. Some doubts on whether or not everyone has moved on from “the slap.” Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
4/15/202313 minutes, 59 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 40 — A preview of Bayern Munich vs. Hoffenheim; Why this will tell us a lot about Thomas Tuchel; Transfer rumors; & MORE!

Bayern Munich has a suddenly massive match against Hoffenheim this week, a coach still feeling his way out, a league title on the line, and a whole hell of a lot of transfer rumors going on. Yup, there is A LOT to talk about with Bayern Munich, so let’s dive right into it. This is what we have on tap for this episode: A preview of Bayern Munich vs. Hoffenheim, a predicted lineup, and a score line that will hopefully give fans some juice heading into the weekend. Please not that Sadio Mane was not suspended until after this podcast was recorded. Why this match will tell us a lot about Thomas Tuchel’s mindset as a manager, his player preferences, and where things might be going from here. A look at all of the strikers (and other attacking options) that Bayern Munich has been linked to. Chatting on next season’s logjam at goalkeeper. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
4/13/202339 minutes, 23 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Manchester City 3-0 Bayern Munich (Champions League QF)

Well that’s it then. Bayern Munich are out of the UEFA Champions League. Since winning the treble in 2020, the quarter finals seem like they’ve become an impassible wall that this squad cannot get past. Manchester City showed this group of players a different level of football as they overwhelmed possibly the most mediocre Bayern Munich team we’ve seen in years. The second leg is reduced to a formality now. Here are our talking points from the game: The horrible decision to bench Thomas Muller in a game this big. Dayot Upamecano’s huge mistake compared to the season he’s been having. The abject performance of the offense. Leroy Sane, Jamal Musiala, Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman — all not good enough. “Captain” Joshua Kimmich’s complete lack of leadership on the big stage. INNN’s conspiracy theory about Kimmich. How much blame does the board bear for this elimination? Shouldn’t this loss also come back on Thomas Tuchel? Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
4/11/202331 minutes, 37 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — SC Freiburg 0-1 Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich and SC Freiburg hooked up again, this time it was in the Bundesliga, but it sure looked and felt a lot like a rehash of what happened on Tuesday. SC Freiburg was extremely disciplined and Bayern Munich was very disjointed, which led to a shaky 1-0 victory for the Bavarians — thanks to a laser of a goal from Matthijs de Ligt. Here is what we have on tap for this episode: A rundown of the scoresheet — Bayern Munich’s terrible finishing prevented this game from being a blowout on the scoreboard. A look at the lineup, what changed for Thomas Tuchel, and some thoughts on why he might have made the changes (Dayot Upamecano was suspended, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was hurt, and some other benching that were probably deserved). Is Jamal Musiala getting Scottie Jetpacks’d? (Deep cut you might want to hear). De Ligt was the savior. The near brawl at the end whistle and where to go from here. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
4/8/202318 minutes, 16 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show aka Frustrated Incorporated — Bayern Munich 1-2 SC Freiburg (DFB-Pokal)

Bayern Munich met SC Freiburg in the DFB-Pokal in what will be the first of two matches between the clubs in a four day span. The Bavarians were stunned late in a 2-1 loss that was ultimately decided on a crazy turn of events that occurred after a yellow card to Sadio Mané, a handball on Jamal Musiala, a converted penalty kick by Lucas Höler, and a lot of crushed dreams for Bayern Munich fans. SC Freiburg was determined to not give up anything easy and Bayern Munich had its patience tested, but offered no solutions. This is what we have on tap for this show: A look at the scoring breakdown and why it was clear early on that Bayern Munich had its work cut out for it. Why this match was so frustrating and how it looked like a game we have seen a million times before with this team. Assessing Tuchel’s second game at the helm of Bayern Munich — what went wrong and why we should put the brakes on his coronation as King of Bavaria. Why this was so painful for me to watch! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
4/4/202319 minutes, 57 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 4-2 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga)

So the Thomas Tuchel era starts with a bang. Bayern Munich dispatched Borussia Dortmund with 70 minutes of ruthless efficiency combined with 20 minutes of complete incompetence. 4-2 flatters the opponent because it could’ve easily been 6-0 in the first half itself. Safe to say, it looks like Tuchel has hit the ground running. Here are our talking points from the game: Why did Thomas Tuchel return to the standard 4-2-3-1? A quick recap of how the game played out, and the poor play in the final 20 minutes. Why Thomas Muller looks soooooooo much better in the 4-2-3-1 system, especially compared to his role under Julian Nagelsmann. Subbing Thomas Muller remains a critical mistake no matter what your tactics are. The resurgence of Leroy Sane and how he came alive in the second half. The potential changes that could improve this lineup — mainly Jamal Musiala and Noussair Mazraoui. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
4/1/202312 minutes, 20 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 38 — Bayern Munich’s board took a massive risk in sacking Julian Nagelsmann now; Tuchel is a genius, but does present risk; & MORE!

Bayern Munich had one hell of week since the last recording of the Weekend Warm-up Podcast. Immediately after I hit the road for Richmond last weekend, the world fell for Julian Nagelsmann. By the time I hit my destination, Nagelsmann has been fired, Tuchel was linked to the job, and chaos had ensured. It was completely wild and BFW was here for ALL of it. Here is what we have on tap for this episode: What we can take away from Germany’s performance during the international break. Ryan Gravenberch’s feud with Julian Nagelsmann and why he needs to grow up. Thoughts on the firing of Nagelsmann, the hiring of Thomas Tuchel, and why this is a so risky. What the sudden change might mean for the roster — especially during the summer transfer window. Some thoughts on the latest episode of The Mandalorian
3/30/202353 minutes, 51 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga)

Well, this is a hell of way for Thomas Tuchel to get his feet wet at Bayern Munich, huh? Tuchel will lead the Bavarians against his old club — Borussia Dortmund — in a match that will have massive implications in the Bundesliga title race. Yes, this edition of Der Klassiker will have a championship look and feel, plus a lot of uncertainty from a Bayern Munich standpoint. With BVB sitting atop the table, the Bavarians can ill-afford a loss. Here is what we have on tap for this episode: A look at where each team sits in the table and their recent form. Some thoughts about what kind of impact Tuchel can have in this match. A complete guess at how Tuchel will line up and who might start. A prediction on the match. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
3/29/202321 minutes, 32 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E39: Reflections on the sacking of Julian Nagelsmann by Bayern Munich and the hiring of Thomas Tuchel, a look ahead to Borussia Dortmund, a word on Germany and more!

Bayern Munich has entered unsteady ground with a coaching change so late in the season. Marcus and Samrin take up the coaching appointment and discuss many aspects of it as well as what the season might look like moving forward. What Marcus thinks of Julian Nagelsmann’s fashion sense! Did Nagelsmann have the right attitude throughout his time at Bayern? Did the team actually progress under Nagelsmann? What is the right way to run a club like Bayern Munich? How the sacking of Nagelsmann impacts the positions of Oliver Kahn and Hasan Salihamidzic Thoughts on the aftermath of the Bayer Leverkusen match Was the decision to fire Nagelsmann the correct one? What does success mean when it comes to comes to Thomas Tuchel? Is Tuchel the answer for Bayern? Does he have the nous to handle the personalities at Bayern, both in the dressing room and the on the pitch? How will Tuchel’s hiring impact player morale? Where we think Germany stands ahead of the Euros How might the team react to the coaching situation against Borussia Dortmund A word on the Frauen topping the table and on women’s football in general A discussion on the quality of the Bundesliga and whether that has led to a more competitive league season Marcus’s belief in Joachim Löw Marcus underestimates Niklas Füllkrug! A lot of references to INNN! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
3/26/202357 minutes, 34 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Rant edition — Bayern Munich sack Julian Nagelsmann? And hired Thomas Tuchel!? (Explicit)

So this came out of nowhere and we just HAD to react to it. Bayern Munich have decided to sack Julian Nagelsmann with immediate effect, and former Chelsea and BVB coach Thomas Tuchel is set to be named his successor. This is an insane set of developments, especially given the timing during an international break and with the game vs Borussia Dortmund coming right after. In this special edition reaction (or rant) episode, INNN and Schnitzel talk about the following: The strange timing of the decision. Arguing back and forth about Nagelsmann’s record and the decision to sack him. Can Thomas Tuchel get Bayern on track before facing BVB and Manchester City? What criteria does Tuchel need to fulfill to be a success at Bayern? What happens to the board if Tuchel can’t hack it? And arguments. Lots and lots of arguments. Especially about the DFB Pokal for some reason. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
3/23/202327 minutes, 59 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 37 — Has Sadio Mané been a disappointment at Bayern Munich?; Germany’s squad selection; Robert Lewandowski and FC Barcelona splitting

Bayern Munich might be on a break, but BFW has plenty of hot topics — and maybe some hot takes — to chatter about. Join us for this week’s Weekend Warm-up podcast, where we have a ton of good discussion points on the agenda, including: Why Bayern Munich should extend the contract of Benjamin Pavard, Germany’s squad selections and why this was a necessity for Hansi Flick. FC Barcelona might sell Robert Lewandowski...would you bring him back? The acquisition of Sadio Mané was heralded during the summer, but there were always some reasons to think it would not be a perfect fit. Has he been successful? Is it fair to assess him at this point? Would you make the move again? Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
3/23/202345 minutes, 59 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5 E38: Post-game reflections on Bayer Leverkusen vs. Bayern Munich, a look ahead to Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund, and more!

Bayern Munich has a lot of work to do in all competitions upon their return. While they remain in all competitions this season, there is plenty to do in each and every one of those contests. Thus, in this podcast we look at: The team selection by Julian Nagelsmann against Bayer Leverkusen Thoughts on the decisions made by the referee, Tobias Stieler How the lack of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting impacts Bayern’s attack The substitutions made by Nagelsmann for this game — which ones worked and which didn’t Some positives for Leverkusen despite a rather poor performance by Moussa Diaby and the marking of Florian Wirtz Some thoughts on Hansi Flick’s squad selections A quick preview of the Manchester City tie A look at Bayern’s fixtures after the international break How Nagelsmann might be judged at the end of the season Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/19/202330 minutes, 30 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Reaction Show —Bayern Munich draws Manchester City for the Champions League quarterfinals

Well...”We’ll do it live, (Bleep) it!” Bayern Munich will face Manchester City in the Champions League quarterfinals. What would be the great reward if Bayern Munich makes it through that gauntlet? A meeting with the winner of Real Madrid vs. Chelsea FC. Yikes. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this show — “A very special episode” of Bavarian Podcast Works dedicated to the UCL Draw: My initial reaction to the draw — no one can say Bayern Munich will not have earned it if they make it all the way through. Why this is a good matchup. Why this is a bad matchup. Bayern Munich will get a chance to exorcise the ghost of Pep Guardiola. Dealing with Erling Haaland will not be easy. A very, very early prediction on how this might play out. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/17/202317 minutes, 38 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 36 — A preview of Bayern Munich vs. Bayer Leverkusen; Bayern should play a back three moving forward; Bayern’s toughest potential UCL opponents; Erling Haaland’s monster effort; and MORE!

Bayern Munich is set for a little down time as an international break looms, but there is a ton to talk about with the Bavarians. Why beat around the bush? Let’s take a look at what’s on tap for this week’s episode of the Weekend Warm-up Podcast: Some programming notes. A preview Bayern Munich vs. Bayer Leverkusen. Why this international break is needed for Bayern Munich (as long as the boys can avoid injuries). Erling Haaland’s monster performance in the Champions League and reminiscing about his meeting with Bayern Munich last spring. Joao Cancelo’s time at Bayern Munich could be short-lived. A quick look at Bayern Munich’s toughest potential matchups in the Champions League. Let’s do it live! F*ck it! Bayern Munich should absolutely play a back three moving forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/16/202345 minutes, 39 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E37: Potential Champions League opponents and predictions, Nagelsmann’s tactical flexibility, and more!

In this flagship episode of Bavarian Podcast Works, Schnitzel and Fergus discuss: Our thoughts on potential ties with AC Milan, Benfica or Chelsea Predictions of this week’s Champions League matchups Why Real Madrid and not Manchester City are Bayern’s toughest opponents Nagelsmann’s tactical flexibility and whether this is an advantage for Bayern Why Bayern should be favourites regardless of who the outcome of the Champions League Draw Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/13/202335 minutes, 42 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show —Bayern Munich vs Augsburg (Bundesliga)

Here are the major talking points of the pod: The lineups of both teams heading into the game Nagelsmann’s tactical approach, Augsburg’s great start Bayern’s thorough domination and suffocation of Augsburg Pavard and Cancelo having excellent games Kimmich’s scanning and unparalleled passing A reinvigorated Sané Mané and his offside curse Squad’s incredible depth, the future looks great Nagelsmann’s tactical flexibility and the team’s transition Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/11/202330 minutes, 6 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 35 — Breaking down Bayern Munich vs. PSG; A preview of Bayern vs. FC Augsburg; Joao Cancelo already out of favor?; Bayern contract updates; and MORE!

What a week for Bayern Munich, huh? The Bavarians took care of business domestically and in Europe and might have gotten over the hump from being a really good team to a great team in the process. Let’s take a look at what is on tap for this week’s episode: A preview on Bayern Munich’s upcoming Bundesliga match vs. FC Augsburg and why avoiding a letdown is key. Some thoughts Bayern Munich’s massive win over Paris Saint-Germain and what that means moving forward, including the stellar defensive showing, the dominant midfield, and how the attack is finally settling in. All that said, where does this leave Sadio Mané, Leroy Sané, and Serge Gnabry? The latest details on the contract situations of Alphonso Davies, Lucas Hernandez, Sané, and Gnabry. Bayern Munich might have already made the decision to let Manchester City loanee Joao Cancelo leave at the end of his loan. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/9/202351 minutes, 55 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 2-0 Paris Saint-Germain (Champions League)

Bayern Munich overcame PSG in style (not without scares however). It is difficult to pick out one star performer because the display was so complete. In this podcast we look at: The pressing of the team as a whole The difference between each half A look at the performance of each individual Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s contrasting performance in each half What Julian Nagelsmann got right in this game The number of high-risk passes Bayern attempted What was special about this win Thoughts on Marco Veratti’s performance tonight and how he could have been the key tonight Thoughts on Yann Sommer’s performance and what he did well Thoughts on the Raumdeuter himself, Thomas Müller Thoughts on the substitutions Nagelsmann made Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/8/202312 minutes, 16 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E36: Bayern Munich's squad rotations, the fight for the right-back spot + PSG Preview (Champions League)

Here are the major talking points of the podcast: Tom is ecstatic about the massive Liverpool win against United Bayern Munich's recent form Gravenberch's lack of minutes and rotation in the starting 11 Joao Cancelo or Josip Stanisic? Q$G's approach and Galtier's "style" Predicted lineups and formations Result predictions Ending on a positive note (once again!!!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/6/202337 minutes, 31 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show —VfB Stuttgart vs Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Here are the major talking points: The tactics of both sides as the game progressed Lineups and formations The solid defending, and de Ligt’s rise as Bayern’s defensive leader Davies and Josip Stanisic with a solid game Midfield not up to snuff, but not too shabby either M&M’s attacking prowess, and some mandatory Müller propaganda Why Kingsley Coman and Jamal Musiala should start over the other wingers Sané’s nonchalant attitude and why he makes my blood boil Why Serge Gnabry is the most inconsistent player in world football Should Bayern Munich ship these two out? A Q$G preview teaser Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/4/202332 minutes, 11 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 34 — The shaky future of Bayern Munich’s Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry; New rules in the Bayern clubhouse; Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s new deal; and MORE!

Bayern Munich is at a key juncture of its season. With big matches just about every week, plus a roster that is likely to be tweaked this summer, there is nary a day that goes by without some sort of news breaking. This week, there was plenty to discuss and we had no shortage of topics. Here is what we have on tap for this episode: The news that Leroy Sané and Serge Gnabry could be on the way out at Bayern Munich. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s new deal and what it means moving forward. Bayern Munich’s new clubhouse punishment system. Some thoughts on the PSG tilt and why this is such a key moment for Julian Nagelsmann. A recap of the latest episode of The Last of Us. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/2/202337 minutes, 34 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — VfB Stuttgart vs. Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

On the heels of its huge Bundesliga win over Union Berlin last weekend, Bayern Munich will square off with VfB Stuttgart on Saturday...just days before a massive meeting with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. It would be easy for Bayern Munich to look right past this match, but Julian Nagelsmann will have to do everything he can to prevent that from happening. This is what we have on tap for this episode: A look at where each team resides in the Bundesliga table and how they have done in recent games. A couple of VfB Stuttgart players to potentially keep an eye on. Trying to predict Julian Nagelsmann’s formation and starting XI when factoring in upcoming suspensions, rest days, continuity, etc. (It’s not easy!). A prediction on the match. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/1/202318 minutes, 48 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E35: Bayern Munich 3-0 Union Berlin postgame analysis + Is the Bundesliga harder this year?

After losing to Gladbach last weekend, Bayern Munich have dispatched fellow title challengers Union Berlin with a commanding 3-0 win on a snowy night in Munich. Despite the horrible conditions, Julian Nagelsmann’s men quickly took control of the game and managed to score all three goals on one of the best defensive teams in the Bundesliga before the halftime whistle. The second half was more muted, but Union could not strike back as Bayern managed a statement victory to go back to the top of the table. In this episode, INNN and Samrin discuss the following: An overall look at the lineup and formation. How Matthijs de Ligt has become a defensive rock for Bayern Munich. The quiet intelligence of Josip Stanisic and what he brings to the team. INNN vents his frustration about how Alphonso Davies is judged by Bayern fans. The incredible midfield pairing of Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka plus why it works. The definitive rant about Thomas Muller and what he brings to the team. A final note on the attack and attackers — Musiala’s role, Choupo’s excellence, and Coman’s form. Will Julian Nagelsmann stick with this setup? Should he? How Nagelsmann’s tinkering hurts Bayern Munich. Why does the Bundesliga seem harder this year? Are the better European performances a sign of better teams? Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/26/202349 minutes, 34 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 33 — Bayern Munich’s full backing of Julian Nagelsmann examined; The danger of Neymar’s injury to...Bayern (!?); Transfer rumors on Florian Wirtz and Victor Osimhen; plus MORE!

If you want storylines, Bayern Munich has those in bunches. The club is embroiled in a crazy title race and also came out with some extremely strong public support for its manager to continue to be its leader for the foreseeable future. Those two topics generated a lot of buzz these week, plus we heard a couple of juicy transfer rumors, which always make for good conversation. Check out what we on tap for the Weekend Warm-up Podcast’s latest edition: The Julian Nagelsmann Era is in full force and won’t be be derailed. Neymar’s injury and the impact it will have on Paris Saint-Germain’s chances against Bayern Munich. A contract extension for Benjamin Pavard? Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona all competing for Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz? Or will Bayern make a move for Napoli’s Victor Osimhen. Thoughts on the latest episode of The Last of Us. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/23/202340 minutes, 31 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. Union Berlin (Bundesliga)

A title race in the Bundesliga? Yup, that is exactly what we have and when Bayern Munich and Union Berlin square off this weekend, two of the three league leaders will do battle in a match that will have major championship implications. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this episode: A look at where each team is in the Bundesliga table and what their current run of form is. Examining the fighting spirit of Union Berlin and why the match up is not as absurd as it might appear to be on paper. A look at Bayern Munich’s potential starting XI and why Julian Nagelsmann is like to leave some fan favorites on the bench once again. A prediction on the match. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/22/202320 minutes, 5 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E34: Discussing Upamecano's (wrongfully awarded?) red card; Sadio Mané and Noussair Mazraoui's return; Nagelsmann's tactics; and more!

Here are the major talking points of the podcast: Tom being tired (but not due to a Liverpool performance for once!) Upamecano's red card was wrongfully awarded; simulation from Plea? The Nagelsmann-referee room controversy A very tight Bundesliga race Leon Goretzka's recent slump and Gnabry's inconsistency The return of Sadio Mané and Noussair Mazraoui to the starting 11 Is Nagelsmann the right person to carry this team forward? Some much needed positivity Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/20/202358 minutes, 39 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Gladbach 3-2 Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Here are the major talking points from the podcast: Gladbach's impeccable record against Bayern Munich The form of both teams coming into this game (and why it doesn't matter) Tactics and lineups of both sides Why this loss isn't on Nagelsmann Upamecano's red card and the ramifications Lacklustre finishing and poor passing from the midfield Pavard a bright point, Gravenberch is very positive Gladbach games a lost cause before kickoff Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/18/202321 minutes, 29 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 32 — A preview of Bayern Munich vs. Gladbach; A look the PSG match and what it means moving forward; Back three, back four...what’s better?; Thomas Müller's declining role?; and MORE!

Bayern Munich vs. Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League certainly lived up to its lofty billing, but the Bavarians cannot sit back and rest on their laurels. A bit banged up and maybe a little weary, Julian Nagelsmann will have some key decisions to make this weekend, but that is not nearly all there is to talk about this week. This is what we have on tap for this episode: A preview on Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach. Some thoughts on Bayern Munich’s 1-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain — and what might happen in the next match. Julian Nagelsmann seems to be debating on what system (back three vs. back four) works better for his squad. What is Thomas Müller’s role on this team? Should Bayern Munich ink Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to an extension? Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/16/202341 minutes, 12 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Paris Saint-Germain 0-1 Bayern Munich (Champions League)

So Bayern Munich went to France and got the win against Paris Saint-Germain, though it was “only” 1-0. In the Champions League a win is a win, though Julian Nagelsmann can’t exactly relax since the tie remains wide open for the second leg, likely with a fit Mbappe and a suspended Benjamin Pavard.  Here are our talking points from the game: How Christophe Galtier basically threw the game with a horrible 4-4-2 setup in the first half.  A recap of how the game went and the changes that happened when Kylian Mbappe came on.  The great performance by Kingsley Coman against his former club, compared to others like Musiala and Sane.  The strange role of Choupo-Moting in the absence of Thomas Muller.  Why this win just isn’t a satisfying performance.  Criticizing Nagelsmann’s overall approach to the game.  Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/14/202318 minutes, 1 second
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E33: How should Bayern Munich line up against PSG? + Can Nagelsmann survive another Champions League disaster?

Well here it is, not long now until Bayern Munich kick off against Paris Saint Germain at the Parc des Princes stadium. The UEFA Champions League is always the ultimate goal of any season, and after the disappointment versus Villarreal last year, Julian Nagelsmann is under pressure to deliver results at the top level of European football. Of course it’s not just about the coach, there’s also the lineup, referees, injuries, and powerplays between the bosses and the players to discuss. In this episode, INNN and Samrin talk about the following: A quick recap of the injuries at Paris Saint-Germain and whether Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe will all play. Moving onto the lineup discussion in-depth, starting from the back and the question of Joao Cancelo. Why Joshua Kimmich could be the key to Bayern’s first leg performance vs PSG. A quick aside to talk about the referee. Michael Oliver, why? The main lineup question — should Alphonso Davies or Kingsley Coman play on the left? Samrin and INNN disagree. The weird compromise situation between Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala, and the rest of Bayern’s attackers. How important is this game for the future of Julian Nagelsmann at Bayern Munich? The backing Nagelsmann has been given by the board and how it ties into a power play between the new board and the old guard of senior players. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/12/202350 minutes, 30 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich vs. VfL Bochum (Bundesliga)

Here are the talking points from the pod: Bayern Munich's lineup and tactical setup Bayern Munich's goals, and the thorough domination on display The attack missing too many chances Thomas Müller propaganda Solid midfield, excellent defense Why Benjamin Pavard might have a tough time against PSG De Ligt and Upamecano's rock solid outing PSG shade (as usual) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/11/202323 minutes, 51 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 31 — Examining the mess between Manuel Neuer and Bayern Munich; Joshua Kimmich as the next captain?; Talking transfer rumors; Early thoughts on Bayern vs. PSG; and MORE!

Bayern Munich seems to have gotten fully back on track and will now be ready to square up with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Of course, Bayern Munich will have to get by VfL Bochum in the Bundesliga before the mega match up, but there is plenty to talk about — even aside of the upcoming marquee tie. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this episode: Captain-gate: Is Bayern Munich set to replace Manuel Neuer with Joshua Kimmich? Looking at the transfer news of the week, including the stories on Benjamin Pavard, Erling Haaland, Randal Kolo Muani, and...Harry Kane. An early look at some storylines for Bayern Munich vs. PSG. Some thought on episode three of “The Last of Us.” Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/9/202335 minutes, 40 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. VfL Bochum (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich is finally back and rolling, but can the league leaders stay hot? VfL Bochum will visit the Allianz Arena in an effort to throw a wrench into those plans, but even the most optimistic fan of Die Unabsteigbaren might take a look at this match up and wonder if there is anyway to stop Bayern Munich from running away with this game. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this episode: A gander at the Bundesliga table and where each team ranks. Some thoughts on how Bayern Munich might line up for this match and who the starters might be. Will we see a back three again? A prediction on the match. Thank you for all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up-to-date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/8/202316 minutes, 45 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E32: Bayern 4-2 Wolfsburg postgame analysis + Talking Bayern's signings, Benjamin Pavard, and the Manuel Neuer fiasco

Here are the major talking points of the podcast: Bayern's resilient victory Joao Cancelo's spectacular start Some 'Loserpool' banter What went right, and what went wrong for Bayern Defensive lapses and the curious case of Benjamin Pavard The Neuer situation (and Tapalovic's sacking) A call for a Lenovo sponsorship Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/5/202353 minutes, 46 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 30 — A preview on Bayern Munich vs. Wolfsburg; Grading the winter transfer window; Talking the ups and downs of Alphonso Davies; Julian Nagelsmann’s recent news bits; and MORE!

Since the last edition of the Weekend Warm-up, Bayern Munich had another draw (this time against Eintracht Frankfurt), closed out its winter transfer in a scintillating fashion, and picked up a convincing win in the DFB-Pokal over Mainz 05. In between all of that, there was a ton of news. In other words, there was a hell of a lot to talk about before we even get to all of the normal drama (questions about Alphonso Davies, different questions about Julian Nagelsmann, etc). So...let’s get to it. This is what we have on tap for this weekend’s episode: A preview of Bayern Munich vs. Wolfsburg, including Niko Kovac’s dig at his old club. Grading the winter transfer window. What has been up with Alphonso Davies? The world of Julian Nagelsmann, his interactions with the squad, his use of a back three, and more! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/2/202347 minutes, 42 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Mainz 0-4 Bayern Munich (DFB Pokal)

They say a wounded animal is the most dangerous, and Bayern Munich proved that tonight. Coming into this must-win game vs Mainz in the notoriously tricky DFB Pokal, the team proceeded to vanquish the demons of recent games by producing a wonderful 4-0 win. Here are our talking points from the game: A review of the starting XI and the strange back three setup. Why left wingback might be a perfect position for Kingsley Coman. A quick recap of how the game went and how the setup performed. The intangible and tangible benefits of Thomas Muller + his partnership with Jamal Musiala. Another example of the second-half syndrome and another drop in intensity that went unpunished. The potential problems with the back-three setup and how Mainz adjusted to it. An overall review of Joao Cancelo and why he seemed perfectly in sync with the rest of the attack. How the benefits of this setup could be translated to a 4-2-3-1. Why Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is good enough for Bayern’s goals this season. A note on the pitch, the referee, and how passing is trained at this club. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/1/202319 minutes, 18 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E31: Reacting to Bayern Munich’s move for Manchester City star Joao Cancelo; Assessing what’s going on with Bayern; Previewing Bayern vs. Mainz 05 in the DFB-Pokal; and MORE!

Bayern Munich gave its fans a heck of a start to the work week, eh? Coming off of another draw over the weekend — this time against Eintracht Frankfurt — the club made a move for Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo to shake things up on the backline...but why? There could be a bunch of reasons and we explore them all! Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this episode: Bayern Munich’s loan move for Cancelo, why it was done, who it affects, and why this could mean the end of the road for Benjamin Pavard. A look at Bayern Munich’s draw against Eintracht Frankfurt and why things should eventually settle into a comfort zone for the players. Will be it be in time for the squad to knock Paris Saint-Germain? We’ll see. A preview of Bayern Munich’s DFB-Pokal match against Mainz 05. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/30/202336 minutes, 55 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (Bundesliga)

Something is not adding up at Bayern Munich these days. Three points from three games means Bayern’s challengers are all catching up and we have a Bundesliga title race on our hands! In this podcast, we look at the following: The starting lineups for both Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt Thoughts on Yann Sommer and how he has been doing A deep-ish dive into Bayern’s back-line including Josip Stanisic getting a start A look at how Thomas Müller’s inclusion changed up the game including Leroy Sane’s positioning Improvements in this game compared to the previous two games What might actually be the problem right now A look at how Matthijs de Ligt and Dayot Upamecano performed Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/28/202311 minutes, 13 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 29 — A preview for Bayern Munich vs. Eintracht Frankfurt; Is Leon Goretzka losing his role and the fans?; Transfer talk on Harry Kane & Kai Havertz; Assessing Bayern’s attack plans; + MORE!

Bayern Munich is scuffling...BFW’s podcast got whacked like Joe Pesci walking into that room in Goodfellas...and there is a ton of news going on. Plus, Bayern Munich has yet another game in a jammed in — this time against Eintracht Frankfurt. Yeah, there is A LOT going on, but we are covering it all here! Preview? Yes. Riffing on the news? No doubt. Some entertainment talk? For sure. Here is what we have on tap for this episode: A preview for Bayern Munich vs. Eintracht Frankfurt. There seems to be a changing of opinion on Leon Goretzka — and is Ryan Gravenberch going to take over Goretzka’s starting role? FC Barcelona tried to hijack Bayern Munich’s deal for Konrad Laimer and the word that Marcel Sabitzer might want to stay. Chelsea FC’s Kai Havertz and Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane are probably off the table for Bayern Munich. Bayern Munich’s plan for the attack and why it is a mess. Some thoughts on the latest episode of The Last of Us — and some news on the future of Cobra Kai. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/26/202348 minutes, 7 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich vs. FC Köln (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich kicked off its second match in five days and it did so (surprisingly) with the exact same lineup that Julian Nagelsmann rolled out against RB Leipzig last Friday. Maybe surprising, maybe not, the starting XI was not all that effective the second time around as the squad’s battled to a 1-1 draw. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this episode: A quick look at the lineup and its lack of effectiveness. Joshua Kimmich’s blast saves Bayern Munich from dropping points, but it is also clear Bayern Munich still needs Thomas Müller. Why there is no reason to worry, but also why fans should be at least a little bit frustrated at the lack of cohesion on the squad. Some thoughts on where Bayern Munich is as a squad right now and where the team could be heading. Listen below or at Spotify: Thank you for all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up-to-date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/24/202320 minutes, 42 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E30: Bayern Munich’s new look and why the draw isn’t concerning; A preview for FC Köln; Talking the Kai Havertz and Harry Kane transfer rumors; The future of BFW and BPW; and MORE!

Bayern Munich kicked off its Bundesliga re-start with a not-so-promising, but also no-so-concerning draw with RB Leipzig, which left a ton to talk about. When you look at that, the quick turnaround for a match against FC Köln, the crazy news that this podcast has been wacked by SBN/Vox, the Yann Sommer acquisition, more rumors on Harry Kane and Kai Havertz, there is a TON to talk about. So join me for this podcast journey, we are going to hit on a number of topics — because, damn it, that is exactly what we do here: A quick look at the draw with RB Leipzig. A preview of the FC Köln match. Looking at the latest rumors on Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Chelsea FC’s Kai Havertz. The future of Bavarian Football Works and Bavarian Podcast Works. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/23/202340 minutes, 6 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — RB Leipzig vs. Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich doesn’t really have that many average days. Today, against RB Leipzig, was one of them. Considering how long the Bundesliga has been away for, the performance can be forgiven. However, things need to improve fast as games will be coming thick and fast for Bayern. We talk about the following in this podcast: The lineup selected by Julian Nagelsmann Yann Sommer’s debut and his long range distribution The strengths and weaknesses in RB Leipzig’s lineup Joshua Kimmich’s underwhelming performance Some games which are coming up Dayot Upamecano’s “orange” card The difference between having Benjamin Pavard and having Noussair Mazraoui in the lineup A look at each player’s performance on the Bayern side Nagelsmann’s substitutions Thank you for all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up-to-date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/20/202311 minutes, 7 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 28 — Reacting to Yann Sommer’s move to Bayern Munich and is Konrad Laimer next?; Should you get hyped for Arijon Ibrahimović?; Assessing the Bundesliga race; Harry Kane rumors; and MORE!

What a week for Bayern Munich! Yann Sommer officially transferred in, Konrad Laimer unofficially inks his deal (allegedly), and there is wall-to-wall excitement for the squad’s re-start in the Bundesliga. Needless to say, we have A LOT on our minds about the biggest news pieces of the week. This is what we have on tap for this week’s episode: Reacting to the Yann Sommer signing and the weird quirk of this deal that will be odd to watch play out. Konrad Laimer’s signing isn’t official, but it’s done. New rumors on Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and why it will be easier for Bayern Munich to get him rather than other Premier League squads. Should Bayern Munich fans get excited for Arijon Ibrahimović? Assessing the Bundesliga title race. Some brief thoughts on the series premiere of The Last of Us. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/19/202347 minutes, 19 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — RB Leipzig vs. Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Finally. Bayern Munich will spring back to Bundesliga action this week and BFW is here to get you primed and ready as the Bavarians will be squaring off with a very tough RB Leipzig squad. With no Manuel Neuer, Lucas Hernandez, Noussair Mazroaui, or Sadio Mané, it is clear that Die Roten is not exactly operating at full capacity. Is Bayern Munich ripe for the picking? RB Leipzig will surely want to find out. Check out what we have on tap for this episode: A look at where each team resides in the table. Some talk about the form of each club before the extended World Cup break. Why Bayern Munich could be in a little bit of danger. A guess at Julian Nagelsmann’s lineup. A prediction on the match. Thank you for all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up-to-date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/18/202326 minutes, 2 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E29: Bayern Munich youngsters shine vs Salzburg, Julian Nagelsmann’s BIG mistake, bad news about Sommer, and more!

With only one week left to go before the Bundesliga restarts, Bayern Munich still don’t have a new keeper. The test game vs RB Salzburg ended in a 4-4 draw with the youngsters scoring upstaging the senior players by a wide margin. Fans and Julian Nagelsmann are worried about how the transfer window is shaping up, but there are also questions about the starting XI and tactics. In this episode, INNN and Schnitzel talk about the following: Our impressions from the friendly. Comments on Mathys Tel and Arijon Ibrahimovic, the two outstanding talents. Crediting Hasan Salihamidzic for how Bayern’s youth system is functioning at the moment. Why Bayern’s youth setup looks far better than Borussia Dortmund right now. Which youth players deserve a callup to the first team? INNN brings up the elephant in the room — Thomas Muller is being misused AGAIN. A back-and-forth over Thomas Muller’s future role in the team, rotation, and lineups against PSG in the Champions League. How Thomas Muller and Jamal Musiala can coexist in the lineup without conflict. Moving onto Yann Sommer and the problem with the goalkeeper search. A quick aside on the transfer and table weirdness in the EPL. Ending the pod on a positive note. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/16/202344 minutes, 11 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 27 — Takeaways from Bayern Munich’s training camp; Thomas Müller’s cloudy future; A goalkeeper update; Getting hyped for the Rückrunde; and MORE!

Bayern Munich is nearing its return to real action (non-friendlies) and there is plenty to yack about after the team broke its training camp in Doha. With a tough test against RB Leipzig waiting next week, Bayern Munich had some things to work out at training camp and it seems like the team is settling into form. All of that combined with the general craziness surrounding the club leaves for a lot to be discussed. Let’s take a look at what’s on tap for this week’s episode: A look at the takeaways from Bayern Munich’s training camp in Doha, including the winners and losers. Thomas Müller’s role on the squad moving forward...does he have one? A loan for Lovro Zvonarek during the summer transfer window? An update on Bayern Munich’s goalkeeper situation, including some doubt on whether or not Manuel Neuer can return to his top form. Getting excited for the second half of the season. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/12/202343 minutes, 48 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E28: Reacting to the Daley Blind signing, Bayern’s defensive depth, and the ongoing Sommer saga

In this episode, Tom and Schnitzel discuss: Thoughts on the Daley Blind signing The added, and needed depth in Bayern’s defense The rotations Nagelsmann will have to make during the ruckrunde Realistic expectations of Blind; how much and where he’ll mostly deputize Bayern’s crowded midfield and attack If we think Bayern will definitely sign Yann Sommer from Borussia Monchengladbach Bayern’s ability to announce transfers out of thin air Neuer’s choices of what to do while on holiday DAD JOKES GALORE! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/8/202356 minutes, 43 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast: Season 2, Episode 26 — Talking over Bayern Munich’s transfer activity including Daley Blind and Yann Sommer; The Harry Kane pipedream is over...what’s next?; Julian Nagelsmann’s coaching philosophy; & MORE!

Another week and Bayern Munich provided its fanbase with another shocker or two. As always, there is plenty to talk about when it comes to Bayern Munich — and we start this episode by rapping about the surprise pickup of Daley Blind and what appears to be a nearly done deal for Yann Sommer. Here is the full rundown for what we have on tap: What Daley Blind will bring to Bayern Munich — and what it means for other players on the roster. The latest on where things stand with Bayern Munich’s pursuit of Yann Sommer. The Harry Kane pipedream appears to be dead, so is Randal Kolo Muani a viable option to be Bayern Munich’s striker of the future? Was Leon Goretzka using the World Cup platform to grandstand? Julian Nagelsmann had some interesting thoughts on coaching Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/5/202339 minutes, 54 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E27: Ten reasons why 2023 will be a MUCH better year for Bayern Munich

So 2022 is over and it’s time for a retrospective. Bayern Munich had a very mediocre 2022 which saw a dearth of success domestically and internationally. While the club won a 10th consecutive Bundesliga title, an early exit in the Champions League and poor showing by Bayern players at the World Cup mean that 2022 leaves a very bad taste in the mouth. However, if thing go right, 2023 could be a LOT better.  In this episode, Tom and INNN talk about the following: Recapping how 2022 went for Bayern Munich, especially the many (many) lows.  How injuries, illness, and outgoing transfers hurt Bayern last year.  How, paradoxically, Bayern’s upcoming Champions League opponents (PSG) ended up having a great 2022.  Was 2022 worse than 2012? No, but it still feels bad.  Moving onto 2023 — do we feel optimistic about what’s coming?  Here it starts. A looooooooooong list of reasons why Bayern will have a much better 2023 compared to 2022. If you listened to the whole thing, then can you name every single one?  How the uncertainty around Manuel Neuer’s future makes it hard for the club to sign a proper replacement for this season.   Closing off our first podcast of our calendar year on an optimistic note.  Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/2/202346 minutes, 40 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 25 — Why Alexander Nübel rejected Bayern Munich; Real Madrid wants Leroy Sané; Bayern’s eagerness to lock up three stars, plus ink Florian Wirtz; and MORE!

It has been a wild holiday week at BFW. There is a ton of Bayern Munich news going on and we have just the platform for you to talk about it all. One way to get your thoughts in motion is to give our Weekend Warm-up Podcast a listen. On this episode we discuss the following topics: Alexander Nübel’s hardline decision to spurn an offer to return form his loan at AS Monaco to Bayern Munich. Bayern Munich’s eagerness to lock up Lucas Hernandez, Alphonso Davies, and Jamal Musiala to long-term deals. Bayern Munich’s ongoing interest in Bayer Leverkusen ace Florian Wirtz and what it might eventually mean for the future of the roster. Is Leroy Sané pondering a move away from Bayern Munich? If so, do you believe that Real Madrid rumor? Matthijs de Ligt needs to be better in the second half of the season and why Bayern Munich’s season might depend on it. Some brief thoughts on Andor. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/30/202248 minutes, 10 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E26 (Christmas Special): Christmas cheer, Neuer’s replacement, Bayern youngsters dominating, contract extensions, AND MORE!

Merry Christmas, folks! Here are the major talking points in the podcast: Christmas greetings Neuer’s replacement and potential goalkeeper replacement options Why Alexander Nübel deserves his shot Bayern Munich’s youngsters, with a focus on Mathys Tel How these youngins are unfazed by the spotlight and performing admirably Some speculation about the formations Nagelsmann could potentially employ in the Rückrunde Contract extensions on the horizon Benjamin Pavard on the move? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/26/202230 minutes, 36 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 24 — Assessing Bayern Munich’s goalkeeper and striker situations; Joshua Kimmich as captain?; Bayern’s youngsters and how they fit; plus MORE!

Ah, the holidays — a time to appreciate everything that has happened over the course of a particular year. We will do a little bit of that a whole lot of Bayern Munich talk on this episode, so why not get right to it. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this episode: The latest on Bayern Munich’s goalkeeper situation. Who will replace Manuel Neuer...Alexander Nübel? Sven Ulreich? Yann Sommer? The Bavarians are trying to get this all resolved quickly. Joshua Kimmich’s likely move to being captain and that story about his altercation at the World Cup in Qatar. The rise of Arijon Ibrahimović and the potential loan of Paul Wanner. The latest on Bayern Munich’s striker search. What Bayern Munich should ask Santa Claus for? A thank you to the Bavarian Podcast Works listeners. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/23/202240 minutes, 13 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Special Edition — Wrapping up the World Cup and breaking down Germany’s poor showing

No Bayern Munich players walked out of Qatar with championship medal, but that does not mean the World Cup was uneventful or not worthwhile. The tournament was a fun, rollicking, and sometimes unpredictable affair that ultimately saw Lionel Messi finalize his case to be known as the G.O.A.T., France make an unbelievable comeback in the finale led by its own superstar, Kylian Mbappe, and most pertinent here, Germany flail and fail its way home far earlier than it should have. We dusted off former BFW podcaster/writer and current Daily Mail scribe Jake Fenner for a special edition to talk about the tourney’s big happenings. This is what we have on tap for this episode: A look at the fantastic finale — and why Argentina deserved to win. Lionel Messi’s strong claim to being the best ever. Kylian Mbappe’s growth as a leader. Germany’s massive flame out, where things go from here, and why some fans might have missed Timo Werner. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/21/202238 minutes, 9 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E25: Leo Messi the GOAT, Mbappe the terror, and implications for Bayern Munich vs PSG

What. A. Game. Was that the best game of football ever? Maybe. The 2022 FIFA World Cup comes to a close with an incredible 3-3 draw between France and Argentina in the final. For once, a Bayern Munich player will not be coming home with the trophy as Messi and his Argentina side triumphed on penalties to win a well-earned world champion title. In this episode, Schnitzel and INNN talk about the following: What this World Cup final means for the two of us in India. Adding some cultural context for those who may not know. Our quick impressions about the final. Is Lionel Messi the greatest ever? Kylian Mbappe — what a player. The one player who always lives up to the hype. The incredible talent and quality of the French national team. Should Benjamin Pavard have played instead of Jules Kounde? The strange egotism of Pavard these days. The incredible performance of Dayot Upamecano — our only hope vs PSG. The implications of this final on Bayern’s upcoming Champions League clash vs PSG. How this World Cup seems to have completely derailed Bayern Munich’s season. Can Julian Nagelsmann pull back his players from this disappointment? If the worst happens, how should Nagelsmann be judged? How the goalkeeper search is going so far — our impressions. Closing out with a quick note about Bayern Frauen. A request — please do suggest topics to be discussed in the coming weeks. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/18/202233 minutes, 50 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 23 — Looking at Bayern Munich’s goalkeeper dilemma; What impact can Germany’s advisory council make?; The transfer rumor rundown; Why Julian Nagelsmann is in for a huge test; and MORE!

Bayern Munich’s season is unraveling. Germany got booted early from the World Cup. Argentina and France are set to duke it out in the World Cup finale. Things have clearly not been coming up BFW lately, but here we are — still grinding away. With so much going on, you know there is a ton to talk about, so let’s get to it. This is what we have on tap for this week’s episode: Germany’s task force/advisory council and what impact can they really make? The crazy transfer rumors we heard this week: Konrad Laimer’s potential positions? Marcel Sabitzer out? Marcus Rashford over Harry Kane? A look at Manuel Neuer’s injury, what it means for Bayern Munich, and why replacing him has become such a debacle. Alexander Nübel, Dominik Livaković, Yann Sommer, and Keylor Navas all have been mentioned as solutions. Babbling about the backline: Injury clauses in a contract proposal to Lucas Hernandez? Benjamin Pavard is definitely out, but the coaches want to keep him, and MORE! Why the second half of this season will be Julian Nagelsmann’s biggest test as a coach. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/15/202248 minutes, 36 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E24: Twitter mailbag in the fallout of Germany’s World Cup + Neuer’s leg break and how it affects Bayern Munich

It’s the holiday season, and scheduling logistics at BFW and BPW become a nightmare with how spread over the globe all of our podcast contributors are, and that added to the delay this time around for the Flagship show. Nonetheless, we’re thankful for all of you that sent us in questions on Twitter via the #AskBPW hashtag, as it provided more than enough material to be covered in this week’s episode. In this episode of the flagship show, Tom answered questions from Twitter and discussed; Is it time for someone to replace Neuer as the #1 keeper for Germany What will Neuer’s leg break mean for Bayern’s goalkeeping situation The future state of Bayern’s back line Whether or not Hansi Flick should utilize some more younger players for Germany Whether or not the short World Cup prep affected Germany/teams that went far in Qatar The importance of Germany getting and finding more natural strikers How academies can help produce more strikers and center backs Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/13/202243 minutes, 58 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 22 — The aftermath of Germany’s flameout at the World Cup; Examining Bayern Munich’s positional battles; That ridiculous Kingsley Coman-Christian Pulisic; and MORE!

I am BACK! After a one-week hiatus (thanks to Schnitzel for running with a combination Weekend Warm-up Podcast/Postgame Show last week), I am here to talk all things Bayern Munich and Germany...and boy is there a lot to talk about. With all of that said, let’s get down to it. Here is what we have on tap for this week’s loaded episode of the Weekend Warm-up: The aftermath of Germany’s flameout, who’s to blame, why the team failed, where to go from here. Other World Cup musings including Brazil’s incredible play, Spain’s failure, the rise to fame for Josko Gvardiol and Dayot Upamecano, and more. Bayern Munich’s rumored positional battles and what that means. The ridiculous Kingsley Coman for Christian Pulisic swap rumor. Bayern Munich’s decision to pass on Joao Felix. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/8/202241 minutes, 39 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E23: Who is responsible for Germany’s World Cup disaster? + Can a Bayern Munich player still win?

Well Germany are out of the World Cup, and as a Bayern Munich fan it feels miserable to see how devastated everyone looks because of it. This elimination hits much harder after the disaster in 2018, and it could have serious implications for the club season coming up, especially in the Champions League. In this episode, Fergus and INNN talk about the following: How much blame does Hansi Flick deserve for the elimination? Fergus and INNN argue two different positions. What effect did personnel issues — especially in defense — have on Germany’s performance? How Flick misused his Bayern Munich core this tournament, especially Thomas Muller. Addressing the role of the DFB in this debacle. Should Hansi Flick be the coach for Euro 2024? Did Germany have a mentality problem at World Cup 2022? Did Spain knock Germany out on purpose by losing to Japan? Moving onto another topic — can any Bayern Munich player still win the World Cup? Assessing France, Croatia, Morocco, and the Netherlands. How getting knocked out early could be an advantage for Bayern. The psychological impact of early eliminations at the World Cup. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/5/202239 minutes, 44 seconds
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Weekend Warm-up + Postgame show - Germany 4-2 Costa Rica (special edition podcast): Thoughts on the game; an anti-Flick rant; Spain’s terrible gameplay; some TV recommendations; and MORE!

Here’s what we have in store in this special edition podcast: Germany’s shortcomings, and the disappointing exit Spain looking quite toothless for large stretches Hansi Flick’s baffling decisions and stubborn approach Complacency being a key issue of this German NT squad Why Japan is a great team to root for in this tournament Hustle as a Netflix movie recommendation Some classical music talk: Mozart, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, et al. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/1/202233 minutes, 53 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E22: Spain 1-1 Germany postgame analysis + Is Bayern Munich having a terrible World Cup?

Another game on the books and Germany are still alive in the World Cup. In some ways, a draw versus an in-form Spain team looks good on paper, but Hansi Flick needed so much more. Germany were far from convincing for most of the game, but some game-changing subs including the addition of Leroy Sane and Niclas Fullkrug in the second half allowed them to rescue a point. The performance leaves a lot to be desired. In this episode, Chuck and INNN talk about the following: Why did Hansi Flick field another strikerless lineup versus Spain? The problem with the role Thomas Muller was forced to play, illustrated by the players around him. No gegenpressing again — why? The strategic failure of the lineup. How and why the substitutes changed the game for Germany. The sheer impact of Fullkrug. Pointing out the terrible performances of the fullbacks, Thilo Kehrer and David Raum. Who should start against Costa Rica? What changes should Hansi make? Should Serge Gnabry or Thomas Muller start the next game? What kind of World Cup is Bayern Munich having? Answer: A really bad one. Is Jamal Musiala a little over-awed by the occasion? Serge Gnabry’s awful form. Dayot Upamecano shining among the French contingent. Bad news for Matthijs de Ligt. An overall roundup of the injury situation and the silver lining if the Bayern players get knocked out early. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/27/202248 minutes, 9 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 21 — What to expect from Germany vs. Spain at the World Cup; Bayern Munich’s backline plans without Lucas Hernandez; Marcus Thuram to Bayern?; Finishing off The Walking Dead; and MORE!

Bayern Munich’s luck has been pretty terrible at the World Cup. For Germany, is has not been much better, either. For both club and country, Citizen King’s 1999 tune “Better Days” absolutely rings true (and yup, there may have been ample Thanksgiving beers consumed for me to remember that song). Bayern Munich and Germany could use some new juju to change up the way things have been going and we’ll see if we can find some reason to get the optimism rolling. This is what we have on tap for this episode: A look at what we can expect from a young and hungry Spain team against an inefficient and unsure Germany squad. Bayern’s rumored offer to Gladbach’s Marcus Thuram. Could Bayern Munich really expedite its pursuit of Florian Wirtz? What Bayern Munich’s backline will look like without Lucas Hernandez. Some final thoughts on the series finale of The Walking Dead. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/25/202244 minutes, 3 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Germany 1-2 Japan (World Cup 2022)

Well here we go again. Another World Cup, and the same story for the German national team. Even with Hansi Flick and a whole host of Bayern Munich players on the roster, Germany have succumbed to Japan even after a fortuitous penalty gave them the lead in the first half. Now it looks like this tournament might be another write-off for the Germans. Here are our talking points from the game: This loss is on Hansi Flick. Discussing the baffling lineup selection from the coach. Why didn’t Leon Goretzka start? Where was Sulinho? What happened to Musiala? The problem of players underperforming. The issues with the offense and creativity versus Japan. Did losing Leroy Sane sink Germany? What should Hansi Flick change versus Spain? Is Flick no longer the savior for Germany? Our closing thoughts on a final few topics — the new defense, Joshua Kimmich at right-back, Thomas Muller goals, and possible silver linings. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/23/202234 minutes, 17 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E21: Why Germany could be in trouble this World Cup, Japan game preview, Neuer’s armband controversy, and more!

Well the FIFA World Cup is underway and a bunch of our Bayern Munich boys are set to kick off against Japan in the inaugural game of Group E. Germany have a solid team and a coach with the credentials to win it all, but that doesn’t mean that everything looks good. Problems with the attack, lineup selection headaches, defensive issues, and potential injuries all threaten to derail this German campaign before it even begins. Can Hansi Flick beat the odds and come out on top? In this episode, we talk about the following: Why Germany might be in trouble this World Cup. Hansi Flick’s lack of room to experiment. Why the “Bayern Munich formula” might not be enough. A take on Manuel Neuer’s decision to wear the One Love armband in Qatar (be nice!). Finishing off on a classic INNN monologue about Thomas Muller and his World Cup scoring record. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/21/202234 minutes, 47 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 20 — What to expect from Germany at the World Cup + predictions; Is Paul Wanner Bayern Munich’s Anakin Skywalker?; Benjamin Pavard is leaving Bayern isn’t he?; and MORE!

Bayern Munich is on break, but its 17 players who were called to their international teams for the World Cup certainly are not. What does that mean? There is still plenty to talk about, so let’s get right to it and see what we have on tap for this episode: A look at Germany’s unconvincing performance against Oman why it isn’t time to panic yet, and how this can all round into form pretty quickly. A run through each World Cup group with predictions on who will survive and advance. Is Paul Wanner Bayern Munich’s Anakin Skywalker? Why the end is near for Benjamin Pavard at Bayern Munich. A quick look back at what to think about Bayern Munich’s first half of the season. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/18/202241 minutes, 39 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Oman 0-1 Germany (World Cup Warm-up)

Germany barely got by Oman with a 1-0 victory in a match that likely will not inspire a lot of hope from fans. That said, former Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick did not exactly go out of his way to detail many secrets about what his squad will really look like when they finally take the pitch against Japan during the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. While there was certainly a lot of ranting that could be done, there is no reason to unravel (yet!), so we kept the negativity to a minimum. Here is what we have on tap for this episode: A rundown of the subs and scoring. A look at the choppiness of the offense and the shakiness of the defense. Why we probably had too high of expectations for this match. A look at where we go from here. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/16/202215 minutes, 49 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E20: How should Germany line up at the World Cup? Hansi Flick’s options analyzed

With the Hinrunde over, the conversation finally shifts from Bayern Munich to the German National Team. World Cup 2022 is almost upon us, and Hansi Flick has announced the squad that he will be taking to Qatar. Despite including the likes of Karim Adeyemi, Kai Havertz, Thilo Kehrer, and other ... questionable names in the roster, Hansi Flick shocked the football community by snubbing the likes of Mats Hummels and Robin Gosens, and choosing only three midfielders for the roster. What kind of starting XI does that make? In this episode, INNN and Tom discuss: Why the fullback issue could sink Germany in the World Cup this year. Is Niklas Sule Germany’s best option at right-back? How Hansi Flick’s squad selection limits his options in midfield. Does Thomas Muller make the lineup in its current form? Who do you drop for him? What should the attack look like? Should Flick use a striker or go with a Bayern Munich style strikerless system? Why Hansi Flick may choose to bench Leroy Sane over Serge Gnabry. What should the expectations be for Germany at the World Cup? Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/14/202243 minutes, 18 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Schalke 0-2 Bayern Munich (Hinrunde)

Well that’s it. Bayern Munich have closed out 2022 with a 2-0 win over Schalke, a scoreline that is a lot less dramatic than what you’d expect when looking at the lineups of the respective sides. Julian Nagelsmann will be pleased with his team, as they controlled proceedings and never looked in danger throughout the entire 90 minutes. Now he sends his players to the World Cup in great form and a solid win behind them. Here are our talking points from the game: Why the World Cup is the best chance for Jamal Musiala to get the recognition he deserves. How Serge Gnabry’s good form is reflected in his overall game right now. Why the formation change introduced an imbalance in the system, which was only fixed when Joshua Kimmich moved back into midfield. Rant — why Thomas Muller still walks back into this lineup. Appreciating the great attacking brand of football Nagelsmann has the team playing. Once again criticizing Julian Nagelsmann for how he uses youngsters like Ryan Gravenberch and Mathys Tel. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/12/202220 minutes, 42 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 19 — A complete breakdown of Germany’s World Cup roster; Some thoughts on Bayern Munich’s recent form; and MORE!

Former Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick named his squad for the World Cup in Qatar and boy did it get people reacting. There were some obvious choices, some surprises, and some head scratchers, but that is exactly why we are here — let’s react and hash out where we thought Flick got it right and where he might have gotten it wrong. Here is what we have on tap: An overview of the position groups and who the starters might be. Where the Bayern Munich boys fits into the mix. What some options are for Flick to look at in his attack. Why Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka should get the call as starters. Why it appears that Flick valued versatility? The surprising return of Mario Götze and the stunning — and possibly regrettable — omission of Mats Hummels. Also, we talk about Bayern Munich’s recent form, the impressive run the team is one, why it might take some time to get back to that level after the World Cup, and MORE! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/11/202242 minutes, 50 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Schalke vs. Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich’s star is on the rise as the Bundesliga draws to a conclusion. Meanwhile, Schalke 04 might also be improving after what has been a torrid season to date. In this podcast, we cover the following: Bayern’s recent run of form and of course, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s contribution to it What some of the most surprising elements of Bayern’s run has been How Schalke has fared this season and whether they should have more points How this game might play out A quick word on Sadio Mané’s injury How the environment at Bayern Munich feels currently What Schalke’s expectations for this season might be A possible starting lineup for Bayern Thank you for all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up-to-date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/10/202213 minutes, 51 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 6-1 Werder Bremen (Hinrunde)

Bayern Munich absolutely smacked Werder Bremen in a Tuesday delight and while it was not quite the 69-0 score that yours truly predicted, it was a 6-1 beatdown nonetheless. Let’s take a peek at what is on tap for this episode: A rundown of the lineup and scoring. No sign of fatigue from Bayern Munich. The relentless and fun attacking style that Bayern Munich used against Werder Bremen. Serge Gnabry’s incredible game. Despite some early lapses on defense, it was a good showing from a makeshift group. Why Julian Nagelsmann should start letting whoever earns the penalty, take the penalty. An assessment of whether or not Bayern Munich can ramp it up one more time for Schalke 04 on Saturday. Thank you for all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up-to-date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/8/202216 minutes, 19 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E19: Reacting to Bayern Munich drawing PSG in the Champions League Ro16 + Werder Bremen preview

So the Champions league draw is over, which is the reason why we delayed recording this podcast until Monday so we could talk about who Bayern Munich will play in the Round of 16. It turned out to be Paris Saint-German, a team we’ve faced a number of times in the last few years. Boasting an attack with the likes of Leo Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe, the Parisians have a formidable XI that can beat any team on their day. Meanwhile there is also the game against Werder Bremen on Tuesday, which is worth discussing because we need to talk about how Julian Nagelsmann will fare with the World Cup looming. So lots to talk about in a quick pod. In this episode, INNN and Schnitzel discuss: How we feel about drawing PSG yet again. How the World Cup could affect the tie — in terms of both fatigue and mentality. Is this the must-watch game of the Round of 16? Will former Bayern youngster Renato Sanches play in the tie? PSG’s attack vs Bayern’s defense — how they stack up. The playbook to stop Leo Messi. Joshua Kimmich vs Marco Verratti and the midfield battle. What about the rest of the Bundesliga — how will RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, and Eintracht Frankfurt fare? Moving onto the Werder Bremen preview — how does Bremen stack up? Why Bremen are like the Fulham of the Bundesliga (Schnitzel explains). Nagelsmann’s options to replace Phonzie, and the overall fullback conundrum. INNN laments the downfall of the Muller Mafia. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/7/202235 minutes
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Hertha Berlin 2-3 Bayern Munich (Hinrunde)

Here are the major talking points from the podcast: Davies’ injury, and what it means for Bayern and Canada Julian Nagelsmann’s setup and Bayern Munich’s outstanding first 45 minutes The lineups of both teams, and the passage of play Why Choupo Moting might even get some Ballon D’Or shouts Joshua Kimmich’s elevated game, and why he’s the best DM in world football Bayern’s defense with a stunning effort; Upamecano spectacular Lucas Hernandez and Leroy Sané impressing as substitutes Why Mazraoui is a right-hand side Davies Jamal Musiala simply unstoppable Picturing Germany’s world cup attack and midfield Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/5/202223 minutes, 26 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 18 — Bayern Munich vs. Liverpool in the Champions League...let’s do this!; What Timo Werner’s injury means for Germany; Bayern transfer news; and MORE!

Bayern Munich finished off a dominant Champions League run, Germany got some unexpected injury news, and Benjamin Pavard’s tenure at Bayern Munich could be coming to an end — right as he is hitting his peak as a player. As always, there is a TON to talk about, so this is what we have on tap for this episode: Bayern Munich’s incredible Champions League run. A quick look at Bayern Munich’s possible Champions League draw — and a look at what kind of coverage is in store on BFW. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to....Manchester United? Benjamin Pavard is hitting his prime...and now he’s like leaving Bayern Munich. Timo Werner’s injury for Germany, what that means for Hansi Flick’s roster, and is Toni Kroos coming back? My TV watching has suffered as the Phillies have went on this incredible run. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/4/202242 minutes, 8 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Hertha Berlin vs Bayern Munich (Hinrunde)

After finally taking care of business in the Champions League, Bayern Munich are set to return to Bundesliga action against one of the league’s worst teams. Hertha Berlin have only won two games this season and sit near the bottom of the table, which tells you the state of the bottom of the Bundesliga this season (and every season, frankly). With an English week coming up, rotation will be on Julian Nagelsmann’s mind, but so will the impending start of the World Cup. Here are our talking points before the game: Can Mathys Tel please get a start? He needs it. How the World Cup affects Julian Nagelsmann’s selection — both in terms of rotation/injuries and keeping players happy. Why Joshua Kimmich is never going to be rested and Bayern fans need to make their peace with it. Worries about Alphonso Davies and his lack of rest. A rant about the incredible mental fortitude of Manuel Neuer on the eve of his potential return. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/3/202214 minutes, 2 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 2-0 Inter Milan (Champions League)

So once again, Bayern Munich have played a perfect Champions League group stage campaign, winning 6/6 games and collecting all eighteen available points. This extraordinary feat was accomplished in a group many predicted would be the competition’s “Group of Death” with the likes of Inter Milan, FC Barcelona, and, well ... Viktoria Plzen among the participants. Bayern put all doubts to bed by coasting to a simple win over the group runners-up in the final game of the group stage. Here are our talking points from the game: How resting Alphonso Davies forced Julian Nagelsmann in his rotation elsewhere. An overall assessment of Inter Milan based on what we’ve seen in this group. Can they compete in the Champions League knockouts? A quick look at the players who stood out — Choupo-Moting, Noussair Mazraoui, and Sadio Mane. How Julian Nagelsmann’s Bayern shows the ability to finally control games even after making substitutions. Ryan Gravenberch’s move to attacking midfield and whether it makes sense. A recap of the youngsters’ performances — Mathys Tel and Paul Wanner. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/1/202214 minutes, 30 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E18: Injuries mounting at Bayern Munich, should Nagelsmann rotate more? + Inter Milan preview (Champions League)

As the World Cup gets closer, Bayern Munich are starting to suffer from more and more minor injuries in every game. In the most recent win over Mainz, Matthijs de Ligt had to be subbed off as a precaution due to a presumed muscular issue. With complaints about rotation commonly levied at Julian Nagelsmann throughout the season, it seems like the upcoming Champions League game vs Inter Milan may end up becoming the moment of truth for the coach and his rotation policy. In this episode, INNN and Tom discuss: Has Nagelsmann been rotating enough so far this season? Why the coach seems to be more static with the personnel he trusts to start. Friction with Ryan Gravenberch and Benjamin Pavard and future dressing room issues. Why the upcoming World Cup makes player injuries more difficult to manage. A looming issue with Manuel Neuer and his shoulder. Why Thomas Muller has been getting injured more often this season. Moving onto the Inter Milan game — what does the match mean for Inter and Simone Inzaghi? How should Julian Nagelsmann tackle the game? Is winning a prerogative? Which players should be rotated in/out? The problem with Alphonso Davies having to play way too many games. A final prediction from Tom on the scoreline. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/31/202244 minutes, 44 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 6-2 Mainz (Hinrunde)

Well, that was quite something. Bayern Munich blew past Mainz in a spectacular 6-2 win that say the Bavarians barely break a sweat throughout the full 90. While two goals were conceded and Bo Svensson’s men can comfort themselves with a high xG number, the fact is that Julian Nagelsmann coached this game almost to perfection and Bayern look as good as ever, despite injuries to key players. Here are our talking points from the game: How Julian Nagelsmann’s midfield setup makes perfect sense for the team’s buildup and defense. Matthijs de Ligt and Dayot Upamecano defending in concert. Noussair Mazraoui blossoming into a great inverted fullback. The problem with refereeing in the Bundesliga nowadays. How defensive injuries could derail Bayern Munich this season. Why Nagelsmann needs to give Mathys Tel and Ryan Gravenberch more minutes. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/29/202215 minutes, 38 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 17 — Bayern Munich’s Matthijs de Ligt is showing his worth; Is Robert Lewandowski regretting moving to FC Barcelona?; Transfer rumblings; Discussing the House of the Dragon finale; & MORE!

Bayern Munich had another strong week in dispatching both Hoffenheim and FC Barcelona (LOL) and the squad looks — dare I say — very good. Julian Nagelsmann is pushing all of the right buttons and the boys are responding, so there is plenty to talk about with that subject alone...but we’ve got even more! This is what we have on tap for this episode: A look at Bayern Munich’s ever-improving form. The emergence of Matthijs de Ligt as a force to be reckoned with on the backline. Why the move back to a 4-2-3-1 seems inevitable. Does Robert Lewandowski regret his move to FC Barcelona? İlkay Gündoğan to Bayern Munich? Nah...that can’t be happening can it? A look at the House of the Dragon season finale and why reading the books might have made it painful for some. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/28/202241 minutes, 19 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. Mainz 05 (Bundesliga)

After Bayern Munich bounced FC Barcelona 3-0 in the Champions League, the boys from Bavaria will now move on to face off with Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga. Our guy Marcus Iredahl took the mic for this episode and this is what he has on tap: A look the recent form of Bayern Munich and Mainz 05. Some players to watch on Mainz and why the Carnival Club could create some issues for Bayern Munich. A look at a potential lineup for Bayern Munich. A prediction on the match. A prediction that Jamal Musiala will officially usurp Thomas Müller’s role as Bayern Munich’s starting No. 10. Some thoughts on how the World Cup might affect Bayern Munich. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/27/202219 minutes, 32 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — FC Barcelona 0-3 Bayern Munich (Champions League)

So Bayern Munich went to the Camp Nou and won 3-0. Fortress? Not really. FC Barcelona could barely manage a chance as they struggled to break down a much more solid Bayern side than the one we saw at the Allianz Arena a month ago. Robert Lewandowski barely got a look in as Julian Nagelsmann’s system neutralized the new lineup chosen by Xavi to reverse Barca’s flagging fortunes in the Champions League. Here are our talking points from the game: Xavi’s weird lineup and how it was intended to influence the game. A quick recap of what went down. Player-by-player performance ratings. How good is Choupo-Moting right now? Is Jamal Musiala’s recent quietness a cause for worry? Unintentional fouls from Bayern Munich — Anthony Taylor’s fault or a real concern? Compliments to the defense today. How Matthijs de Ligt and Dayot Upamecano shone against Barcelona. How Nagelsmann’s risky defensive system puts a ton of pressure on defenders to make the right decisions each time. Ending the pod with one final criticism. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/26/202217 minutes, 41 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E17: Should Bayern Munich sign Vlahovic?; Choupo Moting's stellar rise; heavy rotation in the upcoming fixtures? + FC Barcelona preview (Champions League)

Here are the salient talking points of the podcast: Choupo GOATing is here... Lewanwhoski? Serge Gnabry and Sadio Mané being inconsistent Why Vlahovic would be a great signing Why Bayern should not sign Vlahovic in the winter window A call for more rotations in the upcoming dead-rubber UCL fixtures Barcelona schadenfreude (they are a really good team though - anti-jinx!) A nice little roast Predictions for the UCL fixture against Barcelona Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/23/202236 minutes, 11 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 2-0 Hoffenheim (Hinrunde)

Here are the talking points from the podcast: Bayern Munich’s absolute, thorough domination Hoffenheim’s lineup and plan, and how it fell right into Nagelsmann’s hands Fantastic performance from the defense Why Bayern Munich’s defense is Europe’s best Singing more praises of Jamal Musiala Why Choupo Moting is the player Bayern needed, and how he’s stepped up Mané and Coman’s worrying form and why they’re at a higher risk of being benched Bayern’s prospects in the near future Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/22/202221 minutes, 51 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 16 — Bayern Munich might be turning the corner; Bayern flirting w/ Joao Felix again?; Liverpool & Chelsea wants Laimer; Gravenberch is still unhappy; Talking House of the Dragon; & MORE!

Another week is headed into the books and Bayern Munich is looking good. The Bavarians picked up a couple of convincing wins since our last show and there is plenty to talk about regarding why the squad is showing some heart and rounding into form. Here is what we have on tap for this episode: Why Bayern Munich might be turning the corner and how the squad is melding together. Liverpool and Chelsea are in pursuit of Bayern transfer target Konrad Laimer. Is Bayern Munich really plotting a January move for Atlético Madrid’s Joao Felix? Ryan Gravenberch is still unhappy. Did Bayern Munich reject a release clause for Erling Haaland? Talking House of the Dragon (it’s been great of late!). Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/21/202236 minutes, 42 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Hoffenheim vs. Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich raced past Augsburg in the DFB Pokal after a tough first half; Hoffenheim quite easily beat Schalke as well to progress past the second round. Traditionally, Bayern has not always had it easy against Hoffenheim. So, how will things work out this time? We discuss how the match might play out as well as the following topics in this podcast: Why Hoffenheim’s season has been strange so far Who are some impressive players for Hoffenheim A quick look back at Hoffenheim’s results to date including a loss to Werder Bremen What was most impressive about Bayern’s win over Augsburg Who some absentees are on both sides Who might start for Bayern in this game A look at some past results in this fixture Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up-to-date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/20/202212 minutes, 49 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 5-2 Augsburg (DFB-Pokal)

Here is a synopsis of what is covered in this episode: Maaßen’s setup and Nagelsmann’s answer to Augsburg’s early press The stats and a walkthrough of the scoring sequences Jamal Musiala’s brilliant display Alphonso Davies the unstoppable roadrunner Choupo GOATing, and why he’s an all time great Sven Ulreich’s shortcomings, and why Bayern need a new no.2 behind Neuer Sadio Mané’s rut Overall player ratings and general observations Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/19/202223 minutes, 28 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E16: Does Robert Lewandowski regret leaving Bayern Munich? + Freiburg review and Augsburg preview

So Bayern Munich just won 5-0 against a team that were, coming into the game, above them in the table. In beating Christian Streich’s SC Freiburg, Julian Nagelsmann has capped off one of the most impressive performances of the season so far. Meanwhile, a certain someone who agitated a move to FC Barcelona is staring the Europa League in the face, and coming off a defeat in his inaugural Clasico. The two FCBs contrasting fortunes make for good discussion fodder this week. In this episode, INNN and Samrin discuss: Did the presence of a target man in Choupo-Moting make the difference? Leroy Sane’s new role that demolished SC Freiburg. Why chance conversion seems like the major issue at Bayern this season. A debate over how Bayern Munich control games and manage the tempo after taking the lead. Our headline topic: Does Robert Lewandowski regret moving to FC Barcelona? How Lewy’s move could end up backfiring on him. Who could start for Bayern Munich against Augsburg? Who should start? Benjamin Pavard vs Noussair Mazraoui — who looks better? How Julian Nagelsmann needs to balance minutes with games vs Hoffenheim and Barcelona coming up and the cramped fixture list. Finishing off with a final prediction for the game from INNN. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/16/202247 minutes
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Weekend Warm-up Podcast: Season 2, Episode 15 — Bayern Munich’s befuddling form; Is Julian Nagelsmann losing the locker room?; Benjamin Pavard to Chelsea?; Robert Lewandowski flunking out of the UCL?; Bayern to shop for a No. 9?; and MORE!

Another week for Bayern Munich and more up-and-down performances to totally muddle everyone’s view on where exactly this team is at during this stage of the season. Regardless, there was still plenty to talk about. Here is what we have on tape for this episode: A look at how befuddling this Bayern Munich squad is and how they can make you confident and frustrated all at the same time. Robert Lewandowski and FC Barcelona could flunk out of the Champions League. Why people are openly speculating that Julian Nagelsmann could lose the team. Chelsea FC is said to be looking to bring in Benjamin Pavard. The reality that Bayern Munich is going to be shopping for a No. 9 next summer and how that fits into Mathys Tel’s timeline for his career path. A quick discussion on House of the Dragon and why last week was the best episode so far. Also, a little bemoaning the state of The Walking Dead. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/14/202237 minutes, 43 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. SC Freiburg (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich is not used to this situation; they have been out of first place for a few weeks now and will play in-form SC Freiburg on Sunday, the same day in which Borussia Dortmund takes on Union Berlin. Without further ado, we discuss the following in this podcast: What has SC Freiburg been up to this season so far? A look at Freiburg’s games in both the Bundesliga and the Europa League A reminder of what happened last weekend for both teams Who is available for Bayern Munich? Who will start? Anyone....anyone? How might this game go down? A quick word in about Werder Bremen What Freiburg’s results tell us about them How might Freiburg line up for this one? Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/13/202216 minutes
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Viktoria Plzeň 2-4 Bayern Munich (Champions League)

Bayern Munich downed Viktoria Plzeň 4-2 in the Champions League in a match where The visitors took care of business early on. The home side did make a strong comeback in the second half, but it was not nearly enough to match up to the Bavarians. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this episode: A rundown of the scoring, substitutes, etc. Why the second half collapse shouldn’t really be all that concerning. Hey, hey…Paul Wanner made an appearance! Some appreciation for Leon Goretzka, who sometimes gets a raw deal from certain fans. The drop-off at outside-back while Benjamin Pavard played center-back and Alphonso Davies was injured. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/12/202218 minutes, 32 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E15: Why can’t Julian Nagelsmann fix the problems at Bayern Munich? + Upcoming games preview

So that resurgence didn’t last. After big wins vs Leverkusen and Plzen, Bayern Munich have gone and conceded a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 vs Borussia Dortmund. Once again we’re back to debating Julian Nagelsmann and the crisis that the team finds itself in. With the specter of poor results hanging over Bayern, where do we go next? In this episode, INNN and Tom discuss: The complete lack of any pattern to Bayern Munich’s draws/losses this season. What exactly can Julian Nagelsmann do to fix these errant results? Is there a mentality problem with the players? A quick look at the next three games coming up — Plzen, Freiburg, and Augsburg. Why Bayern Munich CANNOT afford to lose to Plzen no matter what. Implications for the Champions League group. Musings about Oliver Kahn’s potential reaction to a loss to Augsburg. Why Thomas Tuchel being available casts a shadow over Julian Nagelsmann’s future at the club. INNN crushes Tom's dreams of being a pro footballer. Rapidly ending the pod with an appeal to Hansi Flick. Come baaaaack. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/11/202236 minutes, 10 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Bayern Munich (Hinrunde)

Sooooo ... Bayern Munich went to the Signal Iduna Park and came out with a draw. Under normal circumstances you’d take that result, but when the team were leading Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at one point ... a draw leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. Once again, Bayern have dropped points where they shouldn’t have, meaning that the club is back in crisis again. When will it end? Here are our talking points from the game: Our impressions of the result overall. What does this mean for Bayern Munich? Is Sadio Mane becoming a problem? Would the presence of Thomas Muller have prevented a collapse like this from happening? Did Bayern Munich get unlucky in this game? Is it time to ask questions about Julian Nagelsmann? What is going on? Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/8/202220 minutes, 22 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 14 — Are Thomas Müller and Jamal Musiala the keys to Bayern Munich’s season?; Erling Haaland might be a career vagabond...and that’s a good thing; Looking at Bayern’s recent form; and MORE!

Bayern Munich had a good week in the Bundesliga and Champions League. The squad is getting healthy after a string of injuries and a couple of bouts with COVID-19. Things are looking decidedly good...right? Hell yeah, they are! There are plenty of reasons to be excited about the recent developments with the Bavarians and a whole lot to talk about in the great world of football. Here is what we have on tap for this episode: A look at Bayern Munich’s bounce-back week that might have cost Gerardo Seoane his job (Welcome Xabi Alonso!). Some thoughts on Der Klassiker. Transfer updates on Christopher Nkunku and Alexander Nübel. Erling Haaland is throttling the Premier League and EPL elitists don’t know how to handle it. Bayern Munich is at its best with Thomas Müller and Jamal Musiala working together...for now. Liverpool is among the clubs yearning for a player like Moose. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/7/202240 minutes, 53 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, third and fourth in the Bundesliga table respectively, will take on each other in Der Klassiker in the Bundesliga. Both teams have had some strong performances and some head-scratching ones. We look ahead to the game in this episode, and cover the following: A look at what stood out in Bayern’s win over Viktoria Plzeň Is Bayern — Dortmund the biggest clash in the Bundesliga? Dortmund’s front-man situation A look at Dortmund’s results to date (yes, we talk about Werder Bremen!) and performances Should Dortmund have beaten Manchester City? Dortmund’s midfield attacking options and how Dortmund might line-up Some possible changes Bayern might make How should Dortmund approach this match? Why has BVB not been able to make progress and win a title since Jürgen Klopp’s days? Did Dortmund do the right thing letting Marco Rose go? Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/5/202222 minutes, 20 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 5-0 Viktoria Plzen (Champions League)

So Bayern Munich have won another game in the Champions League, and it really wasn’t even close. Viktoria Plzen will be counting their lucky stars that this game only ended 5-0, because the early minutes of the game seemed to be building up to a massacre. We saw complete dominance and clinical attacking football as Juian Nagelsmann’s side tore the Czech giants apart. Here are our talking points from the game: How do you pronounce “Plzen”? A quick recap of what went on in the game. Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane’s amazing linkup plays. Sadio Mane, offsides, and criticism of the automated offside technology. A basic review of each player’s performance. Why Leon Goretzka might be preferred over Marcel Sabitzer against certain types of teams. An interesting note on Benjamin Pavard being subbed on as a center-back. Criticizing Julian Nagelsmann for his use of youth players this season and this game in particular. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/4/202215 minutes, 13 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E14: Is Sadio Mané overrated?; Jamal Musiala for the Kopa Trophy; + Viktoria Plzen preview (Champions League)

In this episode, Schnitzel discusses the following topics at length: Is Sadio Mané better as a left winger? Should Sadio Mané even be starting games right now? Jamal Musiala is the world’s best winger currently and deserves the Kopa Trophy The 4-2-2-2 and why it is the way to go Is Nagelsmann getting things right tactically? Throwing some shade at Ligue 1, as always. How Viktoria Plzen might line up Bayern’s formation to face Plzen A scoreline prediction for the UCL tie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/3/202236 minutes, 6 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 4-0 Bayer Leverkusen (Hinrunde)

After four consecutive Bundesliga games without a win, Bayern Munich have responded in solid fashion with a 4-0 win over a struggling Bayer Leverkusen side. The entire front four managed to score as Julian Nagelsmann’s system shone in its ability to create chances and suffocate the opposition with a high press. Even so, after all these poor performances, we have to be wary about declaring the crisis over after a single win. Here are our talking points from the game: A quick recap of how the game went down. How Sadio Mane playing on the left might be a move to optimize his role. Leroy Sane’s excellent performance, overshadowed by the even better Jamal Musiala. Why a “quiet game” from Thomas Muller is a myth. A quick review of the midfield partnership (not much to say here) and Sabitzer’s Kante-esque role. Does Matthijs de Ligt look a little ... large? Countering confusing narratives about Alphonso Davies. Interesting moves by Nagelsmann on set pieces. Criticism of the substitutions. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/30/202220 minutes, 31 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 13 — Is Bayern Munich planning move for Chelsea’s Kai Havertz; Assessing Germany ahead of the World Cup; A future without Benjamin Pavard?; What to watch with Bayern’s next games; and MORE!

Between Germany and Bayern Munich, there is no shortage of discussion points for fans to talk about and debate. For those looking forward to the World Cup, we got a sneak peek on what things could look like for Germany in Qatar. For Bayern Munich fans, it is time to re-boot and start over after a tough run in the Bundesliga. Let’s take a gander at what we have on tap for this episode: A look at Germany’s international break and what we might have learned ahead of the World Cup. What to look for in Bayern Munich’s games. Jamal Musiala’s star is beginning to explode. Bayern Munich might already be planning for life after Benjamin Pavard. Is Bayern Munich interested in Chelsea FC’s Kai Havertz? Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/29/202244 minutes, 20 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen (Bundesliga)

Things are not getting easier for Bayern Munich or Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga! Bayern lies fifth while Bayer Leverkusen currently sits fifteenth with only one win to their name in the Bundesliga (and a surprising victory over Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League). Without further ado, this is what we have in this episode: A look at how some Bayern Munich players performed over the international break including Serge Gnabry and Dayot Upamecano A change in heart from me regarding the number of goals Bayer Leverkusen has conceded so far A look at Bayer Leverkusen’s current squad and some of their transfers A discussion about what is really wrong with Leverkusen Discussing who might start for Bayern this game (Ryan Gravenberch?) Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/28/202215 minutes, 44 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — England 3-3 Germany (UEFA Nations League)

Former Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick must have been run through the gamut of emotions in this one. Germany and England hooked up for a boring, lifeless, and uninspired first half before teaming up to put together a wild, rollicking second half that featured six goals and ended in a 3-3 draw. Here is what we have on tap for this episode:  A rundown of the scoring. The boring first half that has me reaching for booze. The incredible emotional roller coaster that was the second half. Hansi Flick’s subs did make an impact (whether fans want to admit it or not). What we can take away from the the UEFA Nations League as we near the World Cup. Thank you for all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up-to-date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/26/202218 minutes, 13 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E13: What went wrong for Germany vs Hungary, looking ahead at the World Cup fixtures, is Nagelsmann’s 4-2-2-2 working?; and more!

Germany failed to impress against Hungary in what can be summed up as a disappointing showing overall, particularly from the attack. If Hansi Flick’s side is to have any shot at going deep in the competition, they simply cannot look so toothless up front. Also, is Germany’s poor form coinciding with Bayern Munich’s poor showings of late mere happenstance, or are the two related? Coming to the situation at Bayern, does Julian Nagelsmann show a preference for more senior players? Is the 4-2-2-2 getting exposed, or does the drop-in form have nothing to do with Nagelsmann’s preferred setup? Loads of questions out there, sure, and that is precisely what Schnitzel, Samrin, and Tom are here to dissect in this podcast. The following is a list of the major talking points: What Tom thinks the issue is with Germany at the moment Schnitzel’s scathing views on Timo Werner starting upfront for Germany Is Jonas Hofmann at RB actually a bad idea? What the go-to attack should be for Germany in the World Cup The underperforming midfield Bayern Munich’s poor form coinciding with Germany’s... bad luck or something more? Nagelsmann’s ‘alleged’ penchant for picking senior players The 4-2-2-2 formation... the real deal or a hindrance? Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up-to-date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/26/202248 minutes, 4 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Germany 0-1 Hungary (UEFA Nations League)

Germany knew it would have a strong challenge against a very game and aggressive Hungary side and that is exactly what Hansi Flick’s boys got during a 1-0 victory for the Hungarians. The loss ended Germany’s 13-match unbeaten streak. Nothing came easy for Germany and an early goal for the Hungarians put the Germans in a very uncomfortable spot for the match. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this episode: A rundown of the scoring and game play. Ádám Szalai’s circus flick was something to behold. Some words on Hungary’s relentless style of playing. Germany’s more urgent pace for the second half and why it needs to be that way from the outset in every match. Thank you for all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up-to-date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/23/202217 minutes, 26 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 12 — Talking all of the drama surrounding Bayern Munich, Julian Nagelsmann, the players, and front office, plus thoughts on what to watch in Germany’s UEFA Nations League matches; and MORE!

Bayern Munich might be on international break, but there is a massive amount of news breaking from Säbener Straße despite most of the club’s players being on duty with their international teams. This is what we have on tap for this episode: What to look for as Germany faces off with Hungary and England. An examination of all the drama emanating from Bayern Munich these days...Players complaining about the system? Nagelsmann not hard enough on the players? Players not liking Nagelsmann’s criticism? The front office wants Nagelsmann to be tougher. Trying to wrap our heads around House of the Dragon. Man...there is A LOT to talk about this week and we’ve got a lot to say about everything, so check it out. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/23/202252 minutes, 17 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Germany vs Hungary; England vs. Germany (UEFA Nations League)

Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann might be relived that he is getting a break; plenty of his squad members are away on international duty. In this podcast, we look forward to Germany’s games in the UEFA Nations League against table-topping Hungary and England. In this podcast we discuss: Germany’s squad selections by Hansi Flick Covid cases and injuries impacting the national side How Germany might line up in the matches against Hungary and England A look back to Germany’s earlier Nations League matches against both aforementioned opponents How Germany’s style might differ from Hungary to England Who might play in the forward position What Julian Nagelsmann might learning from watching his players work under Flick Some bonus tidbits regarding the Bundesliga Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/22/202214 minutes, 9 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E12: Will Bayern Munich move forward with Julian Nagelsmann?; a quick look forward to Germany and more!

Bayern Munich suffered their first loss of the season against a struggling Augsburg side. With players unable to capitalize on chances and unwilling to track back at times, it seems there are issues popping up everywhere at FC Bayern. Tom and Samrin try to make sense of the issues and discuss the following: What Tom thinks the main issue with Bayern currently is Is Julian Nagelsmann’s job truly at risk? Are there signs of problems in the dressing room? What is happening with the front quartet at Bayern? Whether Robert Lewandowski is missed Whether Bayern should sign a striker in January Can Bayern work without a true number nine? Will the poor finishing of Bayern’s front line impact the German National Team? How the players’ performance with Hansi Flick might possibly impact Julian Nagelsmann Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/19/202241 minutes, 47 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 0-1 FC Augsburg (Hinrunde)

After three consecutive draws in the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich squared off with FC Augsburg in hopes of finally nailing down three points. Getting that much-needed league victory, however, would once again prove to be a difficult task as Bayern Munich dropped a 1-0 decision to FC Augsburg in an effort that was simply not good enough. Here is what we have on tap for this episode: A rundown of the scoring. How impressive FC Augsburg’s energy and desire were throughout the match. Rafał Gikiewicz entered into Yann Sommer mode. Mergim Berisha’s goal and how it was the product of FC Augsburg’s energy and desire as Bayern lacked both in trying to prevent it. Some talk about what is missing from Bayern Munich at the moment, including the inefficiency of the squad’s attack. Where we go from here — this is not the way to enter into the international break. Thank you for all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up-to-date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/17/202223 minutes, 1 second
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 11 — Assessing where Bayern Munich is before the break; Are Bayern Munich players unhappy?; Re-upping Benjamin Pavard could be tough; A couple of Bayern starlets are killing it; and MORE!

Bayern Munich will soon set off for an international break, but there is a ton to talk about. We had some mini-controversies emerge this week, plus a HUGE Champions League win over FC Barcelona as the big happenings, but there was plenty more to discuss as well. Here is what we have on tap for this episode: Checking on on where we think Bayern Munich stands entering the final week of the Bundesliga before the international break. Germany’s latest round of call-ups. Re-upping Benjamin Pavard and Alexander Nübel might not be easy. Why Bayern Munich could really have something in Paul Wanner and Arijon Ibrahimović — and what that could mean moving forward. Some Bayern Munich players probably are unhappy, but it’s fine for now. House of the Dragon got icky. As always, we love your feedback and appreciate all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/16/202243 minutes, 53 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works Preview Show — Augsburg vs. Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich is coming off of a huge performance against Barcelona; in a game of two halves, they looked very nervous in the first half and quite assured in the next. Now, ahead of the international break, Bayern must produce a much-needed Bundesliga win against local rivals FC Augsburg. In this podcast we talk about: Augsburg’s run in the Bundesliga so far An in-depth look at Augsburg’s last performance against Werder Bremen Changes that have taken place in terms of personnel at the club How Augsburg might set up against Bayern What Bayern’s personnel shortage means for the defense Who will Julian Nagelsmann play next to Joshua Kimmich? Who will occupy the front four slots? Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/15/202213 minutes, 22 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 2-0 FC Barcelona (Champions League)

After a massive amount of build-up, Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona finally hooked up in the Champions League. The match held a lot of intrigue given the return of Robert Lewandowski to his old stomping grounds, the recent uneven form of Bayern Munich, and the pregame controversy with some players not being happy about their respective roles in Bavaria. None of that mattered once the teams hit the pitch and Bayern Munich exited with a 2-0 victory over FC Barcelona. Let’s break it all down podcast style. Here is what we have on tap: A rundown of the match. A look at how Bayern Munich’s form went from “not so great” to “damn good” after halftime. Why the pregame controversies matter and how Nagelsmann can attempt to mitigate things moving forward. Why Bayern Munich passed its first big test of the season. Looking forward to the return leg. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/13/202217 minutes, 14 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E11: What’s wrong with Bayern Munich lately? + FC Barcelona preview (Champions League)

We’re more than a month into the season and Bayern Munich have drawn three games in a row. Granted those games were only in the Bundesliga, and were punctuated by wins against Viktoria Koln in the Pokal and Inter Milan in the Champions League, but it’s still a poor return for a team searching for its eleventh consecutive title. Now, Bayern face the prospect of reuniting with Robert Lewandowski in midweek, when FC Barcelona come to visit. Plenty to talk about.  In this episode, INNN, Samrin, and Marcus discuss: What’s behind Bayern’s awful recent form? The problem with the offense at the moment — finishing, chance creation, or the lack of an actual striker? How do we solve the frontline problem before facing FC Barcelona? Moving onto the preview for the Barca game — what kind of coach is Xavi? How Barcelona could line up and our impressions on their team. Aside from Robert Lewandowski, who is the danger-man on their side? Dembele, Pedri, Gavi, and more. How Xavi might set up his midfield to neutralize Thomas Muller. Will the fact that Barcelona set up offensively help Bayern Munich attack? How will Bayern stop the Barca attack? Should Matthijs de Ligt or Dayot Upamecano start? Should Nagelsmann give Goretzka another chance, or stick 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 in Julian Nagelsmann if he loses to Barca in midweek? Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/12/202246 minutes, 10 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 2-2 VfB Stuttgart (Hinrunde)

Bayern's 2-2 draw against Stuttgart was a disappointing, yet well-deserved result. Here are the talking points from the podcast: The stat sheet, and how it doesn’t correlate with the result Bayern Munich’s complacency Matthijs de Ligt’s howler of a game Serge Gnabry’s appalling form, and whether he should be starting anytime soon for Bayern Why Sabitzer should be starting over Goretzka against Barcelona Why the team needs to change a lot against Barcelona Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/10/202220 minutes, 13 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 10 — Why FC Barcelona will be a gauge on Bayern Munich’s progress; Harry Kane to Bayern in 2023?; Why coaching is harder now; Who should start in the Bayern Munich midfield; and MORE!

Bayern Munich pulled out a nice victory over Inter Milan in the Champions League after a disappointing showing against Union Berlin in the Bundesliga last weekend. While Julian Nagelsmann as done a good job of managing his personnel, the recent lack of precision, efficiency, and synchronicity on offense has some fans mildly concerned. Like always, there is plenty to talk about — including those issues listed above. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this week’s episode: Why coaching is getting more difficult every year (as Thomas Tuchel and Domenico Tedesco found out — and as Jürgen Klopp might soon learn). Also, did we mention there are some unhappy players at Bayern Munich now? The FC Barcelona is going to tell us a lot about where Bayern Munich is at this stage. Matthijs de Ligt and Lucas Hernandez look great together. The midfield conundrum...Leon Goretzka wants to start, but Marcel Sabitzer has been great? What will happen there. Bayern Munich and Harry Kane might really be interested in forging a relationship in 2023. As always, we love your feedback and appreciate all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/9/202241 minutes, 19 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. VfB Stuttgart (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich is coming off of consecutive draws in the Bundesliga (Borussia Mönchengladbach, Union Berlin) and is facing another team, who will likely be happy to pack eight or nine players into the box in hopes of squeezing out a point on the road — VfB Stuttgart. Sitting in third place, Bayern Munich will have to find a way to break through offensively, but a lot will depend on who Julian Nagelsmann rolls out as part of his starting XI. Let take a look at what we have on tap for this episode: VfB Stuttgart’s recent form and why Bayern Munich fans should keep an eye on Borna Sosa and Konstantinos Mavropanos A quick discussion Bayern Munich’s struggles in its past two league games. Some thoughts on who Nagelsmann might start — and why. A call for Sadio Mané to take a rest. A prediction on the match. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/8/202222 minutes, 41 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Inter Milan 0-2 Bayern Munich (Champions League)

So Bayern Munich open their account in the Champions League with a solid 2-0 win over Inter Milan. Beating one of the strongest teams in Italy at their home ground might be cause for celebration in other cases, but many fans feel this one was a little bit frustrating. At least this puts the team in a solid position before facing FC Barcelona on MD2. Here are our talking points from the game: Why a good result is also a disappointing performance from Bayern Munich. How Julian Nagelsmann decided to set up the team — in a 4-2-3-1, and its merits and disadvantages. Frustration at Kingsley Coman’s final ball. How the two flanks felt incredibly imbalanced, with the right flank preferred by both Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Muller. A rare poor performance from Alphonso Davies. Praising Leroy Sane for an excellent performance, and contrasting it against his game vs Union. Why Joshua Kimmich needs to be acknowledged more. The difference between Leon Goretzka and Marcel Sabitzer in midfield and why the German sometimes offers more. Matthijs de Ligt’s clumsy but solid defending style. Is Manuel Neuer (gasp) starting to decline? How a lack of goals should worry the Bayern Munich fanbase heading into the next set of games. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/7/202220 minutes, 57 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E10: Is Bayern Munich weak to parked buses? + Inter Milan preview (Champions League)

Bayern Munich have dropped points in two league games in a row, and now proceed into the Champions League with a less-than-stellar recent record. Thankfully Inter aren’t exactly faring too great themselves, but they will look at the Union Berlin game and maybe have a few ideas about how they should set up their team. In this episode, INNN and Schnitzel discuss: The many times Bayern Munich have been eliminated by parked buses in the Champions League in the past. Does the lack of defensive teams in the Bundesliga put Bayern at a disadvantage in the CL? Why Thomas Muller is the main key to this Julian Nagelsmann system. Schnitzel and INNN argue over whether the coach has made recent changes to the system. Moving onto our preview for Inter Milan — what do we know about them? Should Matthijs de Ligt start against Inter? Assessing the threat of Edin Dzeko. Possible changes in midfield from Nagelsmann. How should the attack be set up? Should Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry, or Kingsley Coman start? Final thoughts and a prediction for the game. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/5/202241 minutes, 7 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Union Berlin 1-1 Bayern Munich (Hinrunde)

It’s happened again. After an amazing start to the season, Bayern Munich have suffered a second consecutive draw to Union Berlin, putting an end to the perceived invincibility of this side. With Champions League games starting up again, it’s a very bad time for Julian Nagelsmann to hit a bump in the road. Here are our talking points from the game: Bayern Munich draw yet again thanks to some staunch defending by Union Berlin. Should that concern us? (Answer: Yes.) Addressing Nagelsmann’s choice to have a lack of width on the pitch. Why this Union game result differs greatly from what happened against Gladbach. Sadio Mane’s terrible, not-good, very bad game. Is the honeymoon over? The problem with Leroy Sane today. Addressing the rest of the forward line and their issues. Why Julian Nagelsmann needs to bring the unpredictability back to Bayern’s attack. Pointing out a few good performances — Matthijs de Ligt and Marcel Sabitzer. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/3/202217 minutes, 32 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 9 — Looking at Bayern Munich’s recent performance; The inevitable starting role for Matthijs de Ligt; Assessing Bayern’s transfer window; plus MORE!

Bayern Munich once again could not find a way past Borussia Mönchengladbach and settled for a draw, but rebounded with a nice win over Viktoria Köln in the DFB-Pokal. Even with all of the action on the pitch, there was still a lot to talk about off of it. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this episode: Assessing the club’s performances against Gladbach and Viktoria Köln. Bayern Munich’s depth is incredible. It’s a matter of time before Matthijs de Ligt is an anointed full-time starter. Daydreaming about a Bayern Munich vs. Manchester City Champions League finale.  A look at Bayern Munich’s transfer window. As always, we love your feedback and appreciate all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/2/202238 minutes, 53 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works Preview Show: Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

This mouthwatering fixture has all the elements of a blockbuster showdown. As always, everything you’ll require to prime yourself for the game has been covered in the pod, including the following: Union Berlin’s form, and why they are so fearsome Bayern Munich’s form and recent fixtures Reflection (more like a state of denial) on Bayern’s most recent Bundesliga game Union Berlin’s key players Union’s lineup and preferred tactic(s) Bayern Munich’s lineup and potential changes Nagelsmann’s approach and tactics for the game A final scoreline prediction Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/1/202216 minutes, 13 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 5-0 Viktoria Köln (DFB-Pokal)

As expected, Bayern Munich throttled Viktoria Köln 5-0 in the DFB-Pokal. The match started out tough for the Bavarians, who struggled to get going, but once they did, they were an unstoppable force. This is what we have on tap in this episode: A walkthrough of how the scoring broke down. An incredibly slippery pitch thanks to rain (and maybe over-watering) — which set the Bavarian Grass Works alert off. A choppy start to the match did not deter Bayern Munich for too long. The kids are alight — Ryan Gravenberch and Mathys Tel scored goals, while Josip Stanišić got his first extended run of the season. Viktoria Köln was scrappy and played tough as hell. The rotation was necessary and good for squad morale. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/31/202215 minutes, 30 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E9: Yann Sommer the wall, Bayern’s UCL group, Brazzo’s new contract, #bananagate, and more!

In this flagship episode of Bavarian Podcast Works, Tom and Schnitzel discuss: Yann Sommer’s Bundesliga saves record masterclass Bayern’s prospects in their Champions League group Sadio Mane’s knack for goals being ruled out Brazzo’s summer and incoming contract extension as sporting director Julian Nagelsmann’s mid-match tactical switches and rotations Bayern’s upcoming English Weeks Manuel Neuer housing a banana mid-match at VfL Bochum Tom’s brilliant European football impersonations Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/29/202250 minutes, 34 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 1-1 Gladbach (Hinrunde)

Bayern Munich have been stopped. The juggernaut is slain. All rejoice, the Bundesliga is now free from tyranny. Okay, maybe not. But it is true that Gladbach have not lost to Bayern. And given the kind of performances we’ve been enjoying lately, that is quite an achievement. Yann Sommer saved 20 shots in what could be the greatest performance by a keeper in the history of the Bundesliga. Here are our talking points from the game: A very short mental breakdown to preface the pod. Why Yann Sommer deserves the credit for this result. A quick recap of what happened in the game. Could Robert Lewandowski have changed this result? Did Nagelsmann subbing on Matthijs de Ligt mean he needs a CF? Why Julian Nagelsmann’s tactics cannot be blamed for this result. The referee was horrible. That is all. Why Thomas Muller remains one of the most effective players on the pitch, despite a lack of recent goals/assists. Sadio Mane’s constant offsides — why does it keep happening? How a draw against Gladbach allows us to make adjustments for the upcoming Champions League table. Why we can’t take too many negatives from this game because of Gladbach are our bogey team. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/27/202217 minutes, 14 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 8 — Bayern Munich’s Champions League draw; Brazzo’s time spent with Erling Haaland; Manchester United’s run at Benjamin Pavard; Transfer ins-and-outs; and MORE!

We are back and that means you’ve got another Weekend Warm-up Podcast to listen to. Bayern Munich is set for a couple of matches in the next few days and as the transfer window nears a close, things are getting a bit wild. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this episode: Quick thoughts on Bayern Munich’s Champions League draw. Transfer comings and goings for Adrian Fein, Joshua Zirkzee, and Callum Hudson-Odoi (!?). Bayern Munich’s plan for Paul Wanner. Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidžić’s admission on how the club dealt with Erling Haaland and Cristiano Ronaldo. Manchester United’s late run at Benjamin Pavard. Some thoughts on House of the Dragon...were you let down or did you just not expect much? As always, we love your feedback and appreciate all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/26/202242 minutes, 46 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Special Edition — Reacting to Bayern Munich’s Champions League group stage draw

The draws are in! Bayern Munich will face FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League group stages this season. It’s arguably the group of death this year as at least one big club WILL find itself dumped into the Europa League this season. Of course, that just gives us more juicy games to talk about. Here are our talking points from the draw: The trouble with not getting an English Premier League team in the draw this season. How the FC Barcelona draw concerns us this season. The importance of Barca’s new additions, especially Robert Lewandowski. Why Inter Milan is a deceptively tough tie despite being a Serie A team. How this could be the “Group of Death” for this campaign. How should Julian Nagelsmann tackle the group stage? Shouldn’t Bayern top the group? Could Plzen pull off something against the bigger sides in the group? Upsets incoming? More terror at the prospect of facing Robert Lewandowski and questions about Bayern’s defense. Arguments about the type of striker Romelu Lukaku is, and an Upamecano vs Lukaku debate. A look at the rest of the draws of the Bundesliga teams. How many German teams will qualify? As always, thanks for your support and let us know what you think! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/25/202219 minutes, 17 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works Preview Show: Bayern Munich vs. Gladbach (Bundesliga) AND Viktoria Köln vs Bayern Munich (DFB Pokal)

Bayern Munich has an English week to look forward to with two games on the horizon — Gladbach in the Bundesliga and Viktoria Köln in the DFB Pokal. In this podcast, we preview both games and discuss the following: Why this fixture is different from any other fixture in Bayern’s Bundesliga calendar Gladbach’s style of play under Daniel Farke Changes in Gladbach’s line-up that Farke has made Gladbach’s past results, including a bizarre 2-2 draw against Schalke The interesting inclusion of Joe Scally over Stefan Lainer How Gladbach has coped with the losses of Matthias Ginter and Breel Embolo An introduction to Viktoria Köln and where they stand currently in their division The changes Julian Nagelsmann might make against Viktoria Köln Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/24/202215 minutes, 45 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E8: Was Robert Lewandowski holding Bayern Munich back? + Champions League group stage preview

Bayern Munich are off to a record-breaking start in the league and things look so good it’s almost magical. The combination of the 4-2-2-2 formation and the newfound chemistry between all of Bayern’s forwards makes every single game an unprecedented goal fest. Of course new challenges await over the horizon, with the Champions League group stage draw set to take place later this week. In this episode, INNN and Samrin discuss: Whether the departure of Robert Lewandowski is responsible for the incredible upswing in performances from Bayern Munich this season. Why Julian Nagelsmann’s philosophy seems to work better without a true striker in the system. How the addition of Sadio Mane has made Bayern’s attack much stronger overall. Why this current system wouldn’t work under another coach such as Hansi Flick. Thomas Muller’s new playing style in Lewandowski’s absence. Did the board let Lewandowski leave ... on purpose? Concerns about the defense, and the number of chances conceded in each game. A discussion about Champions League groups — who is our preferred opponent and why is it Liverpool FC? Our preferred picks from Pot 2 in order. Chelsea, Barcelona, Tottenham, etc. A look at Pot 3 and the best teams available — Inter, Napoli, and Salzburg. Why an easy team from Pot 4 would be better for Bayern. How the rest of the Bundesliga teams might fare in the CL group stages this season. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/22/202240 minutes, 57 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — VFL Bochum 0-7 Bayern Munich (Hinrunde)

There were a lot of positives and a lot to discuss, so here’s a synopsis of the major talking points in the podcast: The lineups, and Bochum’s tactics and gameplan How Nagelsmann set his team up (taking into account the absences) Bayern’s attack and THAT performance Leroy Sane, Kingsley Coman, Sadio Mane, and how the attack clicked Serge Gnabry the super sub That midfield machine Superb defending, plus a clean sheet :) #Bananeuer the legend Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/21/202221 minutes, 18 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 7 — Assessing Tanguy Nianzou’s exit from Bayern Munich; Brazzo’s future; Leroy Sané’s “B” squad status; Robert Lewandowski’s tough start; Thoughts on the Better Call Saul finale; and MORE!

Bayern Munich dispatched Wolfsburg in a hard-fought contest and is set for another Sunday match-up against VfL Bochum. There was plenty to talk about, aside of the match schedule this week, so let’s take a look at what is on tap for this week’s episode: Tanguy Nianzou’s surprise exit and how the defense it setting up for this season. A contract extension for sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidžić and how he has evolved as an executive. Robert Lewandowski’s tough start for FC Barcelona Leroy Sané’s form has landed him on the B team for training. Serge Gnabry’s injury is an opportunity for Kingsley Coman. A dive into the Better Call Saul final, my thoughts, why I am a selfish viewer, and potentially a bad person! As always, we love your feedback and appreciate all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/19/202243 minutes, 54 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works Preview Show: VfL Bochum vs. Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich has an interesting assignment up next in the Bundesliga in the form of VfL Bochum. We look ahead to the fixture in this preview podcast. Without further ado, these are some of the topics we delve into: How has VfL Bochum started the season? Reflection on Bochum’s performance against Hoffenheim in the past weekend A quick look back at the Wolfsburg game Why the Wolfsburg game was interesting in its own way How Bochum might set up for this one Will Bayern Munich make any changes? Why Serge Gnabry is a better fit for the team than Leroy Sané A look at the rest of the Bundesliga fixtures including some headscratchers A thought or two on that finale of Better Call Saul Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/17/202212 minutes, 14 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E7: Nagelsmann keeping lineups consistent at Bayern Munich; judging when rotations will be key; commentary on the NYT piece; and more!

With their 2-0 victory over VfL Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena, Bayern Munich continued their winning start to the season, winning their second match in the Bundesliga and third on the bounce if you count the DFL-Supercup as a competitive fixture. In all three of the aforementioned matches, Julian Nagelsmann has used the exact same starting lineup of Manuel Neuer, Alphonso Davies, Lucas Hernandez, Dayot Upamecano, Benjamin Pavard, Marcel Sabitzer, Joshua Kimmich, Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala, Serge Gnabry and Sadio Mane. So far, it’s worked wonders, and while there have been some different second half changes on all of those occasions, Nagelsmann’s subs have also followed a similar pattern. As the saying goes, “if it a’int broke, don't fix it.” Nagelsmann has seemingly adopted this idea for his lineup selections, but as English Weeks approach for Bayern, he’ll certainly have to start to make some changes to avoid running a higher risk of injuries and fatigue. It will also be his job to balance the squad and make sure he does best to keep all of his players happy - even the ones that might not be playing as much as they’d like to. Nagelsmann has a luxury in depth, and it’s up to him to find the right ways to use it. A recent New York Times piece also shed some light on the different arguments posed surrounding a lack of interest in the Bundesliga due to Bayern’s long-running dominance domestically. With that, there’s significantly less viewership in the league as a whole than, say, the English Premier League. Will there every be a way to change this trend? In this Flagship episode of the podcast, Tom and Teddy discuss: Nagelsmann’s consistent starting XI When there will be a need for rotations Leroy Sane and Tanguy Nianzou’s transfer rumors/links Nagelsmann keeping everyone in the squad happy How results have fared elsewhere in the Bundesliga Do our direct rivals make us winning the league much easier? Our thoughts on the NYT piece and if the Bundesliga will ever garner more interest from abroad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/15/202248 minutes, 40 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 2-0 Wolfsburg (Hinrunde)

Bayern Munich put forth another dominant effort in the Bundesliga as it downed Wolfsburg 2-0. The Bavarians received strong showings from a number of players including Jamal Musiala, Thomas Müller, Marcel Sabitzer, and Alphonso Davies among others. Bayern Munich was just stellar against an opponent that really wanted to slow them down. Here is what we have on tap: Wolfsburg had a good game plan coming in, but just could not contain Bayern Munich’s devastating attack. Jamal Musiala has become an indispensable member of the starting XI. His consistency, energy, and production are unrivaled at this point. Thomas Müller is still a man who knows to be at the right place at the right time. Players like Marcel Sabitzer and Benjamin Pavard continue to show they are legit. Some areas for improvement. Why you should buy into the energy and fun of this squad. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/14/202221 minutes, 17 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 6 — Niko Kovač returns to Bayern Munich; The grass might not be greener for Robert Lewandowski; Julian Nagelsmann’s plan when Kingsley Coman returns; Transfer rumor talk; and MORE!

Bayern Munich is rolling, Julian Nagelsmann is pushing all of the right buttons, and everything seems to be heading in the right direction for the Rekordmeister. Right about now is where you might be expecting some kind of pessimistic take on why the wheels are about to fall off, but — alas — things are too good for any doubt to start seeping into the podcast. Like every week, the boys from Bayern Munich are not boring, so there was a lot to talk about. Here is what we have on tap: The return of Niko Kovač and why his time at Bayern Munich was sabotaged from the get-go. Robert Lewandowski’s new club can’t get it together off the pitch. Kingsley Coman’s return might complicate things for Nagelsmann. Tanguy Nianzou’s touchy situation. Joshua Zirkzee’s transfer saga could be nearing an end. Some thoughts on Better Call Saul’s insane penultimate episode. As always, we love your feedback and appreciate all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/12/202239 minutes, 4 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works Preview Show: Bayern Munich vs. Wolfsburg (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich will take on a familiar foe in Niko Kovac’s Wolfsburg in their upcoming Bundesliga game. Without further ado, we discuss some of the following points: What are some transfers Wolfsburg made? What has Wolfsburg looked like so far? Can Wolfsburg beat Bayern? Will Wolfsburg beat Bayern? What are some potential changes Julian Nagelsmann might make? Will Nagelsmann’s Bayern eventually get found out? What are some other Bundesliga fixtures this weekend? A look back at some of last weekend’s fixtures A look ahead to some of this weekend’s fixtures including Schalke vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach Thank you for your support in helping Bavarian Podcast Works secure the World Soccer Talk Awards — Best Club Podcast! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/10/202212 minutes, 3 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E6: Thoughts on Bayern’s thumping victory at Frankfurt; talking Bayern post-Lewy; analyzing the 4-triple-2 formation; and more!

Bayern Munich looks very different from the side we have been used to seeing, and in a good way. Of course, the 6-1 thumping of Frankfurt on Friday was only the first game of the season, but it showed a lot of promise for the rest of the season and gave us a glimpse of Nagelsmann’s strategies for this side, and the plans he wishes to implement moving forward. The 4-2-2-2 is just one of many formations Nagelsmann can deploy this season, but it certainly seems to be one that he favors. He also has the right personnel to execute it to perfection, so we might be seeing a lot more of the same in upcoming fixtures. With the squad super stacked everywhere and spirits looking high, one can’t help but speculate whether this is going to be another one of those historic seasons (in a good way, of course). But yeah, too soon to say anything. All that being said, Tom and Schnitzel sit down in this edition of the flagship show to discuss many positives (positivity is good :)) and some minor concerns, while also postulating to guess how the rest of the season could pan out. Here are the major talking points discussed in this episode: Bayern’s dominant performance against Frankfurt How Chuck steals the spotlight all the time, leaving the rest of us poor folks hanging The 4-triple-2 and what it brings to the table Nagelsmann’s plans for the rest of the season Tom’s insufferable EPL talk and Schnitzel trying hard to bring him back on track Sané transfer rumours Throwing shade at INNN and Teddy (once again) A look at the other fixtures in the BuLi and early predictions for the rest of the season Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/8/202255 minutes, 50 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Eintracht Frankfurt 1-6 Bayern Munich (Hinrunde)

Bayern Munich opened the 2022/23 Bundesliga season with a ruthless battering of Eintracht Frankfurt, a team that regularly gets the better of the Bavarians and won the Europa League just last season. Julian Nagelsmann’s side ran rampant in a game which saw the visitors up 5-0 within the first half, in a performance which somehow managed to shock the Eagles faithful into a stunned silence. Things look good right now.  Here are our talking points from the game: Our thoughts on the 4-2-2-2 and whether it looks like a plausible way for Bayern Munich to move forward in a post-Lewandowski era.  How Sadio Mane, Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, and Jamal Musiala work together to make an amazing front four system.  What the current midfield setup offers to the team in terms of passing.  Why Eintracht seemed practically bewildered by Bayern’s system in the first half, and the changes in the second.  How Serge Gnabry has seen an incredible resurgence in form with the help of Sadio Mane.  Why Jamal Musiala has changed the entire shape of Bayern’s offense.  Dayot Upamecano’s resurgence and his excellent performances as of late.  Concerns over pressing and defensive lapses in the side.  Potential tests in the future, including games in the Champions League group stage.  A final note on the strange fatigue gripping the squad at the 60th minute of every game.  Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/5/202221 minutes, 43 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 5 — Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga competition; Leroy Sané’s position in jeopardy?; Matthijs de Ligt and Noussair Mazraoui behind the 8-ball?; and MORE!

Here we are! Bayern Munich is all set for its Bundesliga opener against Eintracht Frankfurt and now it feels like things are finally starting to turn up! With all of the excitement brewing, let’s take a look at what is on tap for this week’s podcast: A look at the Bundesliga and why this could be a fun season in terms of competitiveness. Leroy Sané’s tenuous position on the squad and why it might be difficult for the Germany international to be patient with a reserve role. Why it is not the worst thing in the world for Bayern Munich to pass on Konrad Laimer right now. Some wariness about Julian Nagelsmann points system. Some thoughts about why it has been hard to Matthijs de Ligt and Noussair Mazraoui to break through at Bayern Munich so far.   As always, we love your feedback and appreciate all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @jeffersonfenner, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/5/202238 minutes, 12 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works Preview Show: Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich does not have an easy opening day fixture in the Bundesliga; they travel to Frankfurt to play the Eagles, Eintracht Frankfurt. In this podcast, we talk about, among many topics: Eintracht Frankfurt’s summer moves including the acquisition of a player who won Germany their fourth World Cup, Mario Götze Frankfurt’s striker situation and whether Rafael Santos Borré will retain his place A look back at Frankfurt’s win over Magdeburg in the DFB Pokal How Frankfurt might set up The players Bayern must keep an eye on to win this game How Bayern might set up and potential changes Julian Nagelsmann might make Thank you for your support in helping Bavarian Podcast Works secure the World Soccer Talk Awards — Best Club Podcast! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @jeffersonfenner, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/3/202215 minutes, 29 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Special Edition — Celebrating our award-winning Bayern Munich podcast, how we started, and where one of us is going...

How about that? A little ol’ Bayern Munich podcast taking down some superpowers in the World Soccer Talk “Best Club Podcast” competition. This is a special edition for us to say thanks to all of you for the support, re-live how this all got started, and maybe share a few laughs in between. Here is what we have on tap for “a very special” Bavarian Podcast Works: Recapping the victory! A look about how we started and how we ultimately evolved to our current state. Some gratitude. A look at the future and why one of the founding fathers of the podcast won’t be around all that much any longer. As always, we love your feedback and appreciate all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @jeffersonfenner, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/3/202239 minutes, 57 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E5: Reacting to Bayern Munich’s victory in the DFL Super Cup; analyzing Nagelsmann’s formation and tactics; a Women’s Euro final preview; and more!

In this episode of the Flagship show, Schnitzel and Teddy discuss: How good (and how bad) Bayern Munich were in their Super Cup win What a phenomenon Jamal Musiala is Other players who impressed during the game What formation Julian Nagelsmann used and what he might use throughout the season Why a back four is the way to go How good the Germany women’s national team has been at the Euros, and how the final might play out Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/31/202241 minutes, 21 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich’s 5-3 victory over RB Leipzig in the DFL-Supercup

Bayern Munich started off its season in a rollicking way with a thrilling 5-3 victory over RB Leipzig in the DFL-Supercup. There is a lot to talk about in this match, but Julian Nagelsmann’s decision to start Jamal Musiala and the youngster’s subsequent standout performance will go down as nothing short of brilliant. This is what we have on tap for this episode: A recap of the starting XI and scoring. Jamal Musiala’s terrific performance. Thomas Müller might be the Bavarian T-1000. Bayern Munich’s variable formations and how it kept RB Leipzig guessing. Explaining why there is plenty to be excited about. Help support BFW’s quest to be the best, by checking out this link and giving us a vote: World Soccer Talk Awards — Best Club Podcast Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @jeffersonfenner, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/30/202221 minutes, 59 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 4 — Recapping Bayern Munich’s moves with Matthijs de Ligt, Robert Lewandowski, Mathys Tel; Reasons for optimism this season; Potential red flags; What we know so far about Bayern; and MORE!

Hey, hey! I’m back and ready to chat all things Bayern Munich! Apparently, I missed A LOT last week, but big thanks to Samrin for filling in. That said, I am ready to get yapping. Let’s take a quick look at the explosive talking points for this week’s show: Recapping all of the craziness that happened on the one freaking week I was on vacation and unavailable. Assessing what moves could happen. Winners and losers from the U.S. tour. Reasons to be optimistic for this season. Potential red flags for this season. Help support BFW’s quest to be the best, by checking out this link and giving us a vote: World Soccer Talk Awards — Best Club Podcast As always, we love your feedback and appreciate all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @jeffersonfenner, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/29/202244 minutes, 47 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works Preview Show: Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig (DFL-Supercup)

In this episode, Schnitzel is joined by BFW’s Muller_Era aka ‘Swaz’ on what is her first podcast. Excited much? Here are the topics that the two mulled over: Thoughts on the preseason tour and the latest signing, Mathys Tel Overall expectations from the squad Some shade thrown at Teddy and INNN (those pessimists, ugh!) An analysis of the Leipzig squad, and a recap of their most recent game Bayern lineup discussion + team news An overall analysis, plus some final scoreline predictions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/26/202226 minutes, 23 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E4: Reacting to Bayern Munich’s preseason friendlies and the Mathys Tel transfer news

It was a rather short preseason for Bayern Munich having only had the chance to play two friendlies in the United States against DC United and then Manchester City. There was a bit of gap in terms of quality of the opponents, but Julian Nagelsmann was able to use the opportunities to get a good look at some different players in the squad, our new signings, and some different formations. Bayern now has less than a week until the competitive fixtures start with a trip to RB Leipzig for the DFL-Supercup on Saturday. Bayern looked like they were in the mood to score for fun, beating DC United by a scoreline of 6-2 with goals from Sadio Mane, Marcel Sabitzer, Serge Gnabry, Matthijs de Ligt, Joshua Zirkzee and Thomas MUller, but they were unable to find the back of the net against Pep Guardiola’s Man City in Green Bay. Gnabry had a goal ruled out for offside, but the replay suggested Joao Cancelo was actually keeping Muller on in the buildup. It’s now also expected that Stade Renne’s Mathys Tel will become one of Bayern’s last signings of this summer window, as it looks like Bayern has agreed upon approximately 30-million Euros to sign the young striker. While he’s certainly no Robert Lewandowski, Nagelsmann has said that he does feel the youngster can become a striker that’s good for nearly 40 goals in a season once he’s had time to develop. In this episode of the Flagship show, Tom and Teddy discuss: Grading Bayern’s preseason overall The win over DC United The loss to Manchester City Players that impressed us during the preseason matches Things we didn’t like from the two matches Nagelsmann formation choices Predicting how productive of a signing Mathys Tel will be Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/25/202234 minutes, 14 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 3 — The Robert Lewandowski saga at Bayern Munich is finally over! Matthijs de Ligt is here! Leon Goretzka is injured; Serge Gnabry will stay on, flares in the stadium and MORE!

Bayern Munich made some big splashes in the transfer market in terms of buying and selling. Many important events occurred this week and we reflect on some of them in this podcast. Here is what we have for this episode: Reflecting on the Robert Lewandowski transfer and his departure Discussing Robert Lewandowski’s legacy at Bayern Will Bayern change their style of play due to Lewandowski’s departure? Where will the goals come from? Lewandowski’s stature in world football Matthijs de Ligt arrives! What does this mean about Bayern’s defense? Who will be the new leader of the defense? Leon Goretzka is injured! What will Bayern do in this situation? Serge Gnabry extends! Does the decision to keep him make sense? Why the DFB fining Bayern and Bochum for flares in the stands makes sense A note about Bayern’s spending this summer Reflections on a possible Konrad Laimer transfer A small spoiler about Better Call Saul :) Help support BFW’s quest to be the best, by checking out this link and giving us a vote: World Soccer Talk Awards — Best Club Podcast As always, we love your feedback and appreciate all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @jeffersonfenner, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/22/202234 minutes, 51 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E3: How Robert Lewandowski leaving affects Bayern Munich (Transfers, tactics, and expectations)

So it happened. Bayern Munich have sold Robert Lewandowski to FC Barcelona for a fee of around €45m guaranteed plus €5m in bonuses. With his departure, Bayern lose a striker who has scored 50+ goals a season for three seasons in a row. Without him, Julian Nagelsmann will have to find new solutions for the attack, while the transfer fee raises money to reinvest into the squad. Since this is a major discussion, we got three people together for only our second-ever three-person podcast. In this episode, INNN, Tom, and Schnitzel discuss: Our initial impressions on Lewandowski leaving the club. Can the striker pairing of Sadio Mane and Serge Gnabry make up for the loss of Lewy’s goals? The problems with the rumored 3-5-2 formation planned by Julian Nagelsmann. Schnitzel suggests a different formation that gives INNN conniptions. How Bayern can still operate a 4-2-3-1 with Sadio Mane as a lone striker. INNN’s take: Why the defense needs to be the focus for the upcoming season. Massive argument about formation fluidity and how to use Thomas Muller. What transfers do Bayern Munich have left in the window? Which transfers are still likely? Why Cristiano Ronaldo could still end up coming to Bayern. Closing thoughts — what are the expectations for Julian Nagelsmann in the upcoming season? Expected positions in the Bundesliga, DFB Pokal, and the Champions League. If you guys like what you hear, PLEASE vote for us on the World Soccer Talk — Best Club Podcast award. Go on that page and vote for Bavarian Football Works. We cannot lose to a Spurs pod! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @jeffersonfenner, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/18/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 28 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 2 — The soap opera that is Bayern Munich, Robert Lewandowski, and FC Barcelona; The latest on Matthijs de Ligt; How Serge Gnabry fits if he returns; and MORE!

If you thought HUGE news would drop in the early part of this week, you were probably a little disappointed. Fear not, though, there was still plenty to talk about when it comes to Bayern Munich. Here is what we have on tap for this episode: A look at the ongoing (festering?) situation between Bayern Munich, Robert Lewandowski, and FC Barcelona. The latest on Matthijs de Ligt. Can Bayern Munich get the deal done soon? Serge Gnabry looks like he will ink a new deal...where does he fit? An exit for Chris Richards seems more and more likely. Is a kinder, gentler Brazzo getting deals done? Some quick takes on the season finale of The Boys and the second half premier of Better Call Saul. Help support BFW’s quest to be the best, by checking out this link and giving us a vote (or INNN will hunt you down): World Soccer Talk Awards — Best Club Podcast As always, we love your feedback and appreciate all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @jeffersonfenner, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/15/202238 minutes, 16 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E2: Should Matthijs de Ligt become Bayern Munich’s record signing + Omar Richards’ departure

Matthijs de Ligt wants to join Bayern Munich - that point has been clear by the player and his representatives. At this point, Bayern just has to negotiate an appropriate transfer fee with Juventus for the defender, but it is understood that the Serie A club want between 80 and 90 million euros for him. With that said, there is a VERY real possibility that de Ligt could become Bayern’s record transfer signing if a move does, in fact, materialize. In this episode of the BPW Flagship show, Tom and Fergus discuss: If De Ligt is worth becoming Bayern’s record signing. How would De Ligt fit in Bayern’s back line in a back four system. Would he bring enough to shore up Bayern’s defense. Omar Richards departing to Nottingham Forest. How do we backup Alphonso Davies now that O. Richards is gone? Our preferred starting back four. Should the transfer window close prior to domestic seasons starting? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/11/202232 minutes, 44 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 1 — Bayern Munich and Matthijs de Ligt looks real; BPW up for an award?; Can Bayern wait a year on Konrad Laimer?; Youth gone wild; and MORE!

What seemed like a crazy notion last weekend, looks like it could be very close to happening — Bayern Munich and Juventus center-back Matthijs de Ligt could finally be getting together. What does this mean for the club? Where does he fit? Who will be affected if De Ligt walks through the gates on Säbener Straße? We’ll talk through all of that and MORE! Here is what we have on tap: A quick aside about the award nomination for BFW’s podcast network. A deep dive into the possible move for De Ligt. Why waiting for Konrad Laimer might not be a bad thing, but would limit Julian Nagelsmann’s ability to tinker. What will Bayern Munich do with some of its prized youngsters this season? What if Robert Lewandowski stays with the club for this season? Help support BFW’s quest to be the best, by checking out this link and giving us a vote (or INNN will hunt you down): World Soccer Talk Awards — Best Club Podcast As always, we love your feedback and appreciate all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @jeffersonfenner, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/8/202246 minutes, 33 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S5E1: Should Bayern Munich sign Cristiano Ronaldo? + Nagelsmann’s 4-3-3 analyzed

July is here, and Bayern Munich have once again been linked with Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese superstar almost certainly wants to leave Manchester United this summer, and some parts of the fanbase think that Bayern should be happy to oblige. But is that a good idea? Meanwhile, there have been reports in the past week that Julian Nagelsmann wants to transition his team into a 4-3-3 formation for the upcoming season. With players already arriving for preseason, the coach’s tactical choices are once again under scrutiny. In this episode, INNN and Tom discuss: The big Ronaldo news — is it a plausible transfer for Bayern Munich? What does CR7 bring to Bayern and the Bundesliga? And what does the club offer him? Is signing Cristiano Ronaldo a two-edged sword? Does his popularity bring unwanted attention? Concerns about CR7’s presence the dressing room under an inexperienced coach in Julian Nagelsmann. How would Ronaldo fit into a Bayern Munich team? Would he just slot in for Robert Lewandowski, or play a different role? Based on the last point, how viable would a 4-3-3 be at Bayern? The merits and problems with the 4-3-3, from personnel to tactics. How Thomas Muller’s role in the 4-3-3 formation changes everything about it. Would moving Sadio Mane to a false-9 role enable the 4-3-3 to work properly? Closing thoughts. As always, thanks for your support and let us know what you think! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @jeffersonfenner, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/4/202240 minutes, 41 seconds
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Podcast Season 1, Episode 56 — The latest on the Bayern Munich transfer drama with Robert Lewandowski and FC Barcelona; A logjam in the attack; Looking at center-backs linked to Bayern; and MORE!

Hey, hey, hey! No, it’s not Dwayne Nelson from What’s Happening...it’s me and I’m back for a couple of weeks (before I leave again). While I am in town, however, I am hear to talk all things Bayern Munich and maybe some other junk, but here is what we have on tap for this episode: A look at the latest on the three-way transfer saga involving Bayern Munich, Robert Lewandowski, and FC Barcelona. Assessing the current logjam in Bayern Munich’s attack. Check out the three center-backs linked to the Rekordmeister this week. Why we addressed the Julian Nagelsmann rumors when we really don’t care what he does. Borussia Dortmund is getting closer, but is not quite there yet. Why I get the attraction to So Cal. This was also the final episode of season one of the Weekend Warm-up Podcast. Hopefully you have enjoyed it (or at least tolerated it!). As always, we love your feedback and appreciate all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @jeffersonfenner, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/1/202242 minutes
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Bavarian Podcast Works S4E36: Should Bayern Munich extend Brazzo? Mané, Lewandowski, and more incidents examined

For the first time ever, BFW is doing a three-person show! Hasan Salihamidzic has been a perennial subject of controversy at Bayern Munich, and with his contract set to run out next season, we decided to do a deep dive on his record and what he has achieved in his tenure as sporting director. With the Sadio Mané saga fresh in everyone’s minds, it seemed like a good time to finally tackle this issue. In this episode, INNN, Tom, and Schnitzel discuss: Our opening thoughts about Brazzo and how he has conducted his business at Bayern Munich. Does Brazzo deserve the flack he gets for failing to extend certain contracts? Talking about the communication issues at Bayern, especially the Robert Lewandowski saga. The Niklas Sule incident — what happened there? Going through everything from top to bottom. Criticism of Herbert Hainer and Oliver Kahn. How much of their failings are being blamed on Brazzo? INNN tries to come up with some redeeming points for Brazzo. Maybe he learned his lessons this season? What happened between Hansi Flick and Brazzo? Final question: Has Brazzo earned his contract extension yet? What more should he do? As always, thanks for your support and let us know what you think! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @jeffersonfenner, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/27/202251 minutes, 14 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 1, Episode 55 — The importance of the transfer of Sadio Mané ; diving into some Sasa Kalajdzic rumors; Robert Lewandowski might have to stay at Bayern; and MORE!

Bayern Munich made a big move official this week with Sadio Mané joining from Liverpool. He received a warm reception from the bosses in Munich. However, while the Robert Lewandowski saga was put on the backburner for a bit, this does not mean that that topic is by any means over. Both Mané and Lewandowski are discussions on today’s podcast which cover the following topics: Mané’s transfer can almost be regarded as a “status” transfer in that Bayern remains a hugely attractive destination. Robert Lewandowski might be forced to stay regardless of how he feels. Sasa Kalajdzic rumors persist; this might mean that Bayern might believe that there is a chance that Lewandowski will leave. Fans have short memories. Brazzo needs to keep up his streak of good transfers so far this summer. If Konrad Laimer is signed, Julian Nagelsmann’s job next season might get just a little bit harder. As always, we love your feedback and appreciate all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @jeffersonfenner, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/24/202235 minutes, 29 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Special Edition — Sadio Mane joins from Liverpool FC! (Reaction)

Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Sadio Mane! The Liverpool FC winger joins on a deal worth €32m + €9m in add-ons, which looks like a great deal given the current state of the market.  Helping INNN on this reaction show is Fergus, who makes his podcast debut! Be sure to welcome him warmly.   In this special edition podcast, INNN and Fergus discuss the following: Our first reactions to the Sadio Mane transfer — are we excited or cautiously optimistic? Does Bayern Munich need to sell either Robert Lewandowski or Serge Gnabry to afford their massive spending this summer? Could the Bayern board have done better with the money spent on Mane?  Moving onto the actual positives (for a change) — does Mane’s arrival mean Leroy Sane is sent to the bench?  How the player’s presence affects both the dressing room and mood of the fanbase overall.  Where will Julian Nagelsmann use Mane? Where do we want to see him used? On the left with Alphonso Davies, or as a center-forward once Lewandowski leaves?  As always, thanks for your support and let us know what you think! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @jeffersonfenner, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/22/202219 minutes, 51 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S4E35: Reacting to Bayern Munich’s trio of summer signings thus far and looking back at Germany’s Nations League campaign

We’ve reached a point where there’s a bit of a lull in competitive matches for both club and international football, but there’s been plenty of news to follow in terms of Bayern Munich’s activity in the transfer market. They’ve already secured the signing of both Noussair Mazraoui and Ryan Gravenberch from AFC Ajax while Sadio Mane’s move from Liverpool is a done deal pending his medical later on this week. The trio of players have certainly been positive additions to Julian Nagelsmann’s squad, though we still don’t know what the near-term futures hold for both Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry. Germany also had a slew (four to be exact) of UEFA Nations League matches that gave Hansi Flick a chance to make some adjustments to his squad and get a good look at some players that he hasn’t had the chance to do so for in recent international breaks. They finished their slate of matches with a draw to Italy, a draw with England, a draw with Hungary and then an emphatic win over Italy to close out that round of fixtures. In this episode of Bavarian Podcast Works, Tom and Teddy discuss: The arrival of Noussair Mazraoui The arrival of Ryan Gravenberch The anticipated arrival of Sadio Mane How the three signings will fit into Nagelsmann’s systems How often we think the signings will play Bayern’s added depth Germany’s results in the Nations League matches Germany’s future Nations League matches in September ahead of the World Cup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/20/202256 minutes, 36 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 1, Episode 54 — The latest on Bayern Munich’s transfer sagas with Robert Lewandowski, Sadio Mane, and Serge Gnabry; Joshua Kimmich’s power play; Leroy Sane’s funky slump; and MORE!

There is a lot of moving and shaking these days Bayern Munich and we’re covering it all here at BFW. This week, though, some of the biggest pieces of news were not necessarily always revolving around transfers. Take a look at the big topics we have on tap for this episode: A deep dive into the relationship between Joshua Kimmich and Julian Nagelsmann. A look at Leroy Sane’s extended slump and why 2022/23 might not be so kind to the sometimes dazzling attacker. The latest transfer reports on Robert Lewandowski, Sadio Mane, and Serge Gnabry. Ryan Gravenberch’s arrival at Bayern Munich. Some sad news on some of our favorite prospects. As always, we love your feedback and appreciate all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @jeffersonfenner, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/17/202236 minutes, 48 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Germany 5-2 Italy (UEFA Nations League)

For anyone fretting Germany’s recent performances, former Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick had quite a way to make people feel a little bit more assured. Germany smacked Italy 5-2 in a match that really was not even that close. Die Mannschaft was dominant from the outset and never let up. Here is what we have on tap for this episode: A look at how the scoring went down. What looked different in this match for Germany as compared to some previous games. The offensive explosion fueled by Timo Werner, Thomas Müller, and others. A good showing from the squad’s outside backs. Why Leroy Sane needs to catch a break of some sort to get back in gear. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @jeffersonfenner, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/14/202218 minutes, 5 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 1, Episode 53 — What is going on with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski?; Is Julian Nagelsmann fighting an uphill battle at Bayern?; Germany’s success; The latest on Sadio Mane; and MORE!

If you are the type of person who loves the drama surrounding sports — and you also love Bayern Munich — then this was a week built for you. This is what we have on tap for this episode: A look at the latest news on Robert Lewandowski, his — alleged — pompous exchange with Julian Nagelsmann, and why it is probably time to find a good deal and send him packing. Why there might be cracks in Nagelsmann’s foundation at Bayern Munch. An update on Konrad Laimer and why it might take until July for teams to get serious. An appreciation of Germany’s recent success. Bayern Munich’s more-than-serious work in trying to acquire Liverpool’s Sadio Mane. As always, we love your feedback and appreciate all the support! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @jeffersonfenner, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/10/202240 minutes, 13 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Germany 1-1 England (UEFA Nations League)

Germany put forth an excellent effort in drawing with England 1-1 in the UEFA Nations League. Die Mannschaft played an exciting, intense style in an environment that felt more like a Euro 2024 finale than a regular UEFA Nations League tilt. Here is what we have on tap: An appreciation of former Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick and the impact he has had on the squad. Why it now makes sense that Germany might have been sleepwalking a bit against Italy. Jonas Hofmann re-paid Flick for his belief in him. Flick is getting the best out of a lot of players, including Ilkay Gundogan. Why this was a terrific sign of things to come for Germany, despite the unfortunate — and very unlucky — ending. Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @jeffersonfenner, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/7/202217 minutes, 16 seconds
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Bavarian Podcast Works S4E34: Talking points from Germany’s draw to Italy + Bayern Munich and Serge Gnabry’s confusing standoff

Welcome back! It’s been a week since our last podcast and a huge chunk of the Bayern Munich squad is back in the spot with Germany finally back in action for the UEFA Nations League. Given that the World Cup is only months away at this point, these games versus Italy, England, and Hungary are invaluable for Hansi Flick to assess the state of his squad and their reaction to his tactics. The first test vs the Azzurri ended in a draw, and there’s already plenty of talking points from that one. In this episode, INNN and Samrin discuss: Our first impressions from Germany’s performance against Italy. The huge problem Hansi Flick has with Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane. Why Kai Havertz and Thomas Muller should be starting regularly together for the national team. Did Jonas Hofmann secure his spot in the XI for Germany? Why does Hansi Flick keep playing Thilo Kehrer? Who we want to see in the starting lineup versus England in midweek. How Bayern’s problems under Nagelsmann might soon become Germany’s problems as well. Moving onto the Gnabry situation — what exactly is going on here? Why was Gnabry offered 19m a year? And why did he reject it? Potential reasons Gnabry might have for leaving Bayern Munich, and why they don’t make any kind of sense. How Bayern needs to deal with this entire mess. As always, thanks for your support and let us know what you think! Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @jeffersonfenner, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/6/202238 minutes, 35 seconds