Timo Werner, the returning RB Leipzig striker, says his squad has the quality to “annoy” perennial Bundesliga title winner Bayern Munich this season, despite his squad’s poor start. While both Bayern and Borussia Dortmund have won two out of two to start the season, the winless pursuers – Leipzig, Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen – have racked up just three points between them. Leipzig, which travels to the unbeaten Union Berlin on Saturday evening, is eleventh after two draws.
Leipzig took their first silverware with a German Cup win in May and were expected to challenge Bayern for the title this year – an expectation bolstered by Werner’s return to Chelsea.
Werner, who scored the opener in Leipzig’s 2-2 draw against Cologne, said he thinks Leipzig has the quality to threaten Bayern all season long.
Werner said in the podcast ‘Einfach mal Luppen’ of Real Madrid and German star Toni Kroos that ‘of course it will be difficult’ to stop Bayern from winning their 11th title in a row, but he insisted his side was good enough. was to take on a challenge.
“As we have seen in many competitions, it is possible for another team to become champions,” he said.
“I think we have enough quality to irritate Bayern and Dortmund during the season.”
In six seasons since his promotion to the Bundesliga in 2016-17, Leipzig has twice finished three times.
“We have a great squad that can really become something big… We can achieve a lot with the team this season – also with a view to the (Bundesliga) title.”
Union Berlin’s Stadion An der Alten Foersterei was not a happy hunting ground for Leipzig, with the away side winning just once from five attempts, with one draw.
One to watch: Jamal Musiala
While the off-season arrival of Sadio Mane has deservedly made summer headlines at Saebener Strasse, the spotlight has been shining well and truly on forward Jamal Musiala since the start of the season.
Musiala, 19, now has four goals in three competitive games this season, despite telling reporters after Bayern’s 2-0 win over Wolfsburg on Sunday: “I’m not a natural striker.”
With 14 Bundesliga goals, he is now the highest-scoring teenager in Bayern Munich history, overtaking the previous brand of club legend and former CEO Uli Hoeness.
Several celebrities of German football have spent the days praising the teenage talent, with World Cup and Ballon d’Or winner Lothar Matthaeus saying Musiala could one day be the best in the world.
Never one to get carried away, current Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn joked with reporters on Wednesday that he wasn’t happy with the latest gem from his side, telling Musiala after Sunday’s game: “Is that all you’ve got?”
4-2 – That was the score in February, the last time Bochum hosted Bayern. Bochum was leading 4-1 at halftime – the first time Bayern have conceded four goals in the first half since 1975.
9 – Union Berlin has not tasted defeat in nine games, winning seven and drawing two since they last lost a game (against Bayern Munich in March).
2023 – The number of free kebabs that Hertha Berlin midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng handed out to home fans on Saturday to celebrate the one-year extension of his contract (until 2023).
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