If you are enjoyed the last serving of Säbener Semmelschmarrn, there’s more for you. Today we have more transfer news as another Bayern player leaves Munich, a less tasty moment as we get the news on Kingsley Coman, and a sweeter aftertaste provided by a more than workable Champions League draw.
The Bundesliga season is underway, and with the Champions League draw finally we can start talking about football. But we still have a few days until the transfer window closes. Sebastian Rudy has left Bayern, and has just been followed out of the door by Juan Bernat.
Will there be any more exits? Will Uli and co change their minds and bring a new face to Munich?
When the news broke about Juan Bernat leaving Bayern, there were very few shakes. Last season was not particularly great for the Spanish left-back, and the only issue was how much another club would be willing be spend. In other words, it was a matter of when rather than if he would go.
Signed from Valencia CF for ten million Euro in 2014, Bernat started well enough in Bavaria under Pep Guardiola. That said, he was never great. Ordinary for the most part, with the occasional decent performance. His ratings on kicker pretty much tell the story. In his eleven matches last season, he registered an average rating of 3.64, the worst numbers among the defensive unit.
Bild | Juan Bernat to PSG is a done deal. The player will sign a 3 year contract after passing his medical. pic.twitter.com/zT0ccC8gHx
— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) August 29, 2018
Given how poor Bernat was in a Bayern shirt last season, a 14 million Euro sale to PSG is more than decent return on investment. Bayern have made a four million Euro profit on a player who was on a clear downward slide with just a year left on his contract.
Paris are also sniffing around Renato Sanches and Jérome Boateng. While one can possibly see the Portuguese youngster moving on, the need for central defenders means that an outbound move for Boa is pretty much out of the question.
Coman out for at least three months
When Kingsley Coman was clattered by new Germany squad member Nico Schulz against Hoffenheim last week, we knew it was going to be bad. Even from a distance away in the stands. The talented winger has never really had a break since he arrived in Munich, and had only just climbed off the treatment table after missing most of 2017/18.
Once again, it is an ankle problem. The hope was that things were not going to be too bad, but when you see a player in tears as he is carried off the pitch, you can only starting thinking “how long?”
It is estimated that the Frenchman could be out of action for around three months.
Kingsley Coman has suffered a syndesmosis ligament tear in his left ankle and will be out for several weeks.
Wishing you the speediest of recoveries, Kingsley! 🙏 pic.twitter.com/649TH4tO3H
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 24, 2018
What makes things even more painful is that while he was on the pitch, Coman was Bayern’s best player by a country mile. Arjen Robben was able to step into the breach, but there is only so much we can expect from the veteran Dutchman, who has also had his fair share of injury issues.
Champions League Draw: we can be happy
No group in the Champions League is easy. Every team puts in 100 percent, and the standard is always a step up from the weekly domestic fare. But it would be silly to say that Niko Kovač’s men have been given a difficult set of opponents in Group E of the competition.
Portuguese side S.L. Benfica gave Bayern a decent run for their money at the quarter-final stage in 2015/16, and will be no pushover. A trip to the imposing Estádio da Luz is always fun for visiting fans, but is suitably intimidating. The two-time European champions will arguably be the toughest of Bayern’s three opponents.
Four-time champions AFC Ajax may not be the powerhouse of the past, but they too cannot be underestimated. We have to go back to the pre-Allianz era to find the last competitive meeting with the Dutch side. In 2004/05 in the group stage of the Champions League, Bayern hammered their erstwhile European rivals 4:0 at the Olympiastadion, before drawing 2:2 in Amsterdam.
The team from the weakest of the four draw pots could have been a little easier. AEK Athens may not boast the same European pedigree as Bayern’s other opponents, but will have a hostile crowd on their side when the two teams meet in the Greek capital. Bayern have played four different Greek teams in European competition, but this is their first meeting with AEK.
— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 30, 2018
Overall, we can be happy with the draw – especially when looking at some of the other groups. On paper, the Die Roten should be a good bet to finish top, and by a comfortable margin.