Weekend Heat-up: Is an all Bayern Munich attacking group ok to win the World Cup for Germany?; Will Kai Havertz escape in Qatar?; Throwing it again to The Weakerthans; Bundesliga predictions; and MORE!

When former Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick introduced his squad for Germany’s World Cup effort in Qatar, followers instantly began to take a position what a beginning XI may appear like.

To many, having a standard striker within the lineup trumps utilizing the perfect gamers obtainable no matter pure positions. Is that the suitable rationale?

When perusing the record of names on the staff sheet, it turns into apparent that accidents to RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner and Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus take lots of the controversy out of the query on who ought to begin within the attacking group for Germany — no less than to me.

If I’m making an attempt to roll with my greatest gamers, I believe Flick has to have a look at beginning the quartet of Thomas Müller, Jamal Musiala, Leroy Sané, and Serge Gnabry. The Bayern Munich foursome will give Germany the perfect probability to carry house the trophy and right here is why:

  • They’re simply higher: Proper now, these 4 gamers are the perfect you have got for the assault.
  • Familiarity: These 4 know the way to play collectively. They perceive one another’s means, the way to area when working collectively, how the opposite gamers wish to function, what sort of runs they wish to make, and so on. Having this sort of cohesion might be a serious benefit.
  • Interchangeability: The 4 Bayern Munich boys are so aware of every, they know their particular person function and the roles of their attacking brethren. They may be capable of seamlessly interchange to create confusion and make the most of mismatches — all whereas having the opposition scrambling to maintain up with the place every German is on the sector from possession to possession.

Prefer it or not, Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland weren’t born in Germany. There is no such thing as a magic elixir to simply make a battle-tested, dynamic striker present up able to go for the Germans.

If Flick does determine to strive another person with three of the 4 gamers listed above, Chelsea FC’s Kai Havertz, Werder Bremen’s Niclas Füllkrug, and the Borussia Dortmund duo of Karim Adeyemi and Youssoufa Moukoko might all get a glance. Füllkrug is as near a real No. 9 as Germany has on its roster, whereas Moukoko — a 17-year-old — is actually rising into the function. Havertz and Adeyemi symbolize extra of the identical, when it comes to not being pure striker, however versatile, interchangeable attackers.

The panorama may not be supreme, however that is the perfect Flick has to work with. Can these gamers get the job executed?


Can this attacking group win a World Cup for Germany?

  • 35%

    Sure – Little question. Flick will play to the strengths of this group.

    (24 votes)

  • 34%

    Sure – Attacking is only one a part of the sport and this group will do sufficient to make it work.

    (23 votes)

  • 5%

    No – There simply isn’t sufficient firepower.

    (4 votes)

  • 23%

    No – Germany will not win the World Cup, but it surely won’t be due to the assault. Have you ever seen the protection?

    (16 votes)

67 whole votes

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Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Heat-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 19

Former Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick named his squad for the World Cup in Qatar and boy did it get folks reacting.

There have been some apparent selections, some surprises, and a few head scratchers, however that’s precisely why we’re right here — let’s react and hash out the place we thought Flick obtained it proper and the place he might need gotten it fallacious. Here’s what now we have on faucet:

  • An summary of the place teams and who the starters may be.
  • The place the Bayern Munich boys matches into the combo.
  • What some choices are for Flick to have a look at in his assault.
  • Why Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka ought to get the decision as starters.
  • Why it seems that Flick valued versatility?
  • The shocking return of Mario Götze and the beautiful — and probably regrettable — omission of Mats Hummels.
  • Additionally, we speak about Bayern Munich’s current type, the spectacular run the staff is one, why it would take a while to get again to that degree after the World Cup, and MORE!

Time to shine for Havertz?

At one level, Kai Havertz was the “it boy” for German soccer. A speedy, lithe attacking midfielder, he was all set to steer the following technology of German footballers to glory.

Now, nevertheless, he’s a position-less participant biding his time at a membership that actually doesn’t seem to make certain the way to get probably the most of him.

Since making the transfer to Chelsea, Havertz skilled nice glory (he scored a Champions League game-winner), however a complete hell of lots of uncertainty as properly.

As of now, I do not even have Havertz within the beginning XI, but when there was ever a time for him to dwell as much as his lofty his potential, it’s now. If Havertz can play confidently and rediscover what as soon as made him a prized prospect, he might be the X-factor that Flick can look to in hopes of offering massive performs at massive moments.

Music of the Week: “Civil Twilight” by The Weakerthans

So…yeah, Canadian trendy rock has been a theme of late. The Weakerthans are a band from Winnipeg, Manitoba and I used to be turned on to them again in my 60-mile one-way commute days once I would go away my home at 4:30AM EST.

I heard this gem within the wee hours one morning on the native public music station (88.5 WXPN) — and its upbeat nature, lyrics, and catchy melody wrapped me in. I couldn’t discover the precise day this was launched, however the video appeared in 2007, so that matches the timeline of the place I used to be and what I used to be doing at that interval of my life:

Go Canada, hey! Take pleasure in:

Leisure Rundown

The Strolling Lifeless

One other week, one other slogging episode. Why do I do that to myself? Am I a glutton for punishment? Do I identical to bread?

I am unable to clarify it, however the gang continues to be working the entire following angles: discovering lacking children, beginning an rebellion in a piece camp, taking up the leaders of The Commonwealth, and being the initiators of a larger revolution.

I’ll say Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan character has been fully neutralized at this level however Morgan continues to be extraordinarily good. I hate that they’ve stripped the soul of what was nice in regards to the present away.

What’s Occurring!!

That is right here for no purpose apart from I would like this injected into my veins:

And sure, I’m nonetheless not streaming in any respect. Life has been…hectic to say the least.

Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Present—Schalke vs. Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich’s star is on the rise because the Bundesliga attracts to a conclusion. In the meantime, Schalke 04 may also be bettering after what has been a torrid season thus far. On this podcast, we cowl the next:

  • Bayern’s current run of type and naturally, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s contribution to it.
  • What a few of the most shocking components of Bayern’s run has been.
  • How Schalke has fared this season and whether or not they need to have extra factors.
  • How this recreation may play out.
  • A fast phrase on Sadio Mané’s damage.
  • How the setting at Bayern Munich presently feels.
  • What Schalke’s expectations for this season may be.
  • A potential beginning lineup for Bayern.


I count on Bayern Munich to be somewhat unfocused on this one. The World Cup is looming, Sadio Mane is damage, some gamers shall be distracted, others upset. That is the proper form of lure recreation for a staff like Schalke 04, however Bayern Munich is a degree from the remainder of the league in the mean time. Even on what I count on to be an “off” day, I believe Bayern Munich has greater than sufficient firepower and defensive stability to fend off Die Konigsblauen.

It will not be fairly on a regular basis, however it is going to be a win.

Prediction: Schalke 04 0-3 Bayern Munich

Different Bundesliga predictions embody:

  • Borussia Monchengladbach 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
  • Werder Bremen 1-2 RB Leipzig
  • FC Augsburg 1-0 VfL Bochum
  • Hertha Berlin 1-1 FC Koln
  • Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 VfB Stuttgart
  • Hoffenheim 1-1 Wolfsburg
  • Mainz 05 0-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
  • SC Freiburg 1-0 Union Berlin

Prediction Information

We will not communicate…of the mess I made within the midweek (unhappy face emoji).

  • Final match day’s file: 4-5
  • General Bundesliga file: 60-66
  • DFL Supercup file: 1-0
  • DFB-Pokal file: 2-0
  • Champions League file: 5-1
  • WWU general file: 68-67
  • Visitor predictions: 7-4

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