German football

Finally, the machine dries – Transgaming

by: Adam Smith


Finally, the machine dries

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After Alphonso Davies moved into the starting life for FC Bayern Munich as a left-back, he initially convinced the defense especially. Meanwhile, in the offensive game he is a win for the team, this was in the Champions League 3-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur clearly. On Saturday (at 15.30 in LIVETICKER) it is for FC Bayern against Werder Bremen.

There was not much to criticize against Tottenham about the game for Bavaria, except perhaps the one or other deficit of speed and speed of the two experienced (or old, depending on) central defenders Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez. Sometimes Ryan Sessegnon ran away, other times Lucas Moura.

Asked about the game after the game, sports director Hasan Salihamidzic reasoned: "We also got speed when you saw Alphonso Davies." And in fact: it was often the 19-year-old left back who prevented worse things with his pace.

72 minutes in, and Christian Eriksen made an excellent save, tipping the awkwardly curled shot past the post. Davies started the pursuit about ten yards behind him in the center circle, putting Son right behind the penalty area, preventing an almost sure 2: 3. "You can see what he can do with his speed and defensive physique," Flick said.

Davies never missed a second during Flick

Since Flick took office, Davies didn't miss a single second. At first, it shone with defensive stability. In his 4-0 win against Borussia Dortmund, for example, he annoyed opponent Jadon Sancho so much that coach Lucien Favre replaced him after 36 minutes.

"This is absolutely top-notch. Thanks to his athleticism and speed, he has the physical conditions to get hold of every player," Joshua Kimmich said at the time.

But Kimmich also said, "In the long run, he will certainly dare to put accents even on the offensive." It was the mission that pursued the left wing Davies in the ensuing games: Make more daring! "In the future, he could add a bit more momentum to the offense," Flick explained.

Before the Bundesliga match against Fortuna Düsseldorf, he said: "There are still a few things he needs to do better on the offensive." Before the Champions League game at Red Star Belgrade: "If he increases on the offensive, he can be a lot of fun for us."

Davies v Tottenham: Two assists, outstanding values

And Davies actually dared more and more, proving ever-increasing training going forward. He showed his best performance against Tottenham in this regard. In the post, he shot Thomas Müller at 2-1, with a pass to the opponent's penalty area Philippe Coutinhos 3-1. In the opposing half, Davies played the third most passes of all FC Bayern players (48), almost a third more than his counterpart to the right, Benjamin Pavard. His pass rate of just under 91 percent was the best value of all the eleven starting Bayern players.

However, all the offensive urge was not at the expense of defense work. Davies had the most tackles, the second most ball wins, the second most tackles and won almost a staggering 89 percent of them. "He's an absolute machine," praised Leon Goretzka weeks ago. This statement was more true than ever after beating Tottenham.

Flick on Davies: "What he's playing at the moment is just great"

The Davies machine slipped into the team just a few weeks ago because some other machines had to go to the workshop. Niklas Süle got a cruciate ligament in the tears, Lucas Hernandez an inner ligament. Meanwhile, Jerome Boateng was missing due to a red lock.

Nominal left-back David Alaba moved into central defense – so there was room for Davies in the back left and since then Flick has given no reason to deprive him of this spot. Alaba, meanwhile, became friends with his role in the middle and did his job until his injury went so well that he received high praise from his colleagues. "I also like him outstanding as a left-back, but as a center-back, he's really one of the best in the world to me," Kimmich said.

If Flick looks the same, and even after the injured center comes back, he is dependent on Alaba, then Davies has his job as a left back. There are no other rivals. After beating Tottenham, Flick famously said: "What he is playing at the moment is just good." Meanwhile, not only in the defensive, but also in the offensive game.