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FC Hollywood is used to incredible scenarios and experiences emotional roller coasters quite regularly. It is therefore at the very bottom of the slope that Bayern Munich started the year 2023. In a month and a half, the Bavarian club has lost no less than four executives in view of the 1/8th final first leg of the Champions League against at Paris Saint-Germain which is held this Tuesday. First victim, Sadio Mané, hit in the last Bundesliga match before the World Cup against Werder Bremen (6-1). The Senegalese left winger missed the World Cup and if his return becomes clear, he will not play against the Ile-de-France region. In the competition, it took just nine minutes against Australia for Lucas Hernandez to injure his knee. Victim of a cruciate ligament rupture, he will not play again this season. Same story for Manuel Neuer. Returning from elimination in the group stage with Germany, he was injured skiing and will no longer play exercise as well. Finally, Noussair Mazraoui found himself on the flank for several weeks following an inflammation of the pericardium and will also miss the deadline against the Ile-de-France region. Four frames down the flank, a holiday comeback that could hardly have been worse for the Rekordmeister.
But the resource is not a missing quality for Julian Nagelsmann, Hasan Salihamidzic and the Bavarian staff. The latter then carried out a fairly precise emergency transfer window to compensate for their needs. In defense, Matthijs de Ligt and Dayot Upamecano remain the reference duo, but Daley Blind (32) has come to intensify the competition – while being a double in the left-back position – while Benjamin Pavard has become number three in the hierarchy. The Frenchman, who is also a solution for the right flank, saw his status diminish and Bayern Munich opted for the loan of João Cancelo (28). Another construction site, the guard post. Despite many leads, the Bavarians opted for a local solution with one of the best goalkeepers in the Bundesliga in recent years with Yann Sommer (34), who came from Borussia Mönchengladbach. Three valuable recruits to end the season with Bayern Munich and who are already giving sources of satisfaction to his coach Julian Nagelsmann.
Three rookies already well suited
First come, first judged, Daley Blind clearly had to wait before wearing the jersey of the German team since his first appearance only came on February 1 against Mainz (4-0). Also entered against Wolfsburg (4-2) and Bochum (3-0), he played his role, distinguishing himself neither positively nor negatively during these meetings. However, the Bavarians are happy with his arrival like sports director Hasan Salihamidzic. “Anyone who watched the training sessions saw how well the boys were showing up. They all came out. And Daley trains like he’s been with us for years. That was also the idea. Let him bring his experience and intelligence. I’m very optimistic that he will help us.” he explained to Sports 1 a few days after the arrival of the Dutchman. In an interview for German club websiteDayot Upamecano also valued the contribution of recruits: “João and Daley fit perfectly into our team. João provided two assists on his debut and Daley just has a lot of experience. I’m glad they’re both with us.”
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If Daley Blind is above all put forward for what he brings on a daily basis more than by his performance on the ground for the moment, João Cancelo has already made a strong impression. Arrived at the very end of the transfer window unexpectedly from Manchester City, the Portuguese intends to mark the spirits during his loan. “It’s a very good feeling. I took the risk. I knew this great club and I wanted to take this opportunity and train as soon as possible with the other players. I look forward to getting to work”, he announced at first. The next day, he was already a starter against Mainz (4-0) in the German Cup. A brilliant appearance where he distributed a caviar for Eric-Maxim Choupo Moting. Bis repeated against Wolfsburg (4-2) in the Bundesliga with this time an offering for Kingsley Coman. Two assists in three matches, enough to get the compliments of his coach Julian Nagelsmann: “He is a very, very gifted player, he will do us good. He is a competitor who likes to play all the time and wants to have an impact on the success of his team. It offers us new possibilities. He was very strong against Mainz in the first half. Able to play on both flanks, to return to the interior as well as to take depth, João Cancelo is a tool with multiple uses for Julian Nagelsmann who will be able to benefit from new options.
Third recruit, Yann Sommer, benefits from the long-term absence of Manuel Neuer and has been able to play more. Playing six matches, he started with three parity scores against Leipzig (1-1), Cologne (1-1) and Frankfurt (1-1) before experiencing three successes including two clean sheets. While the context at the club is very tense around Manuel Neuer, the Swiss goalkeeper is trying to adapt to what looks like the chance of his life. Reference in the Bundesliga, he finally has his chance in a very big club and he is delighted. “I had a great situation in Gladbach. But moving to Bayern is a new challenge in my career, a new challenge.” he explained in an interview for Blick. While his future at Bayern beyond this summer is unclear, especially in relation to the potential return of Manuel Neuer, his manager is delighted to count on him. “We have some clear processes, it’s not rocket science. He can do it because he is brave. He played really well on foot and I never had any doubts about that. That’s why I let him play, even though he only trained once with the team. He knows how to play football and I also told him in Leipzig that when he is brave, like he was from set pieces, he can make mistakes. What I don’t like is when we make mistakes because we were scared. It’s something I don’t like in real life either.” explained Julian Nagelsmann after the first of his doorman against Leipzig. A trio which for the moment gives satisfaction to Bayern Munich and which comes at the right time before challenging Paris Saint-Germain.
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