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    Bavarian Podcast Works: Nagelsmann keeping lineups consistent at Bayern Munich; judging when rotations will be key; commentary on the NYT piece; and more!

    Bavarian Podcast Works: Nagelsmann keeping lineups consistent at Bayern Munich; judging when rotations will be key; commentary on the NYT piece; and more!

    With their 2-0 victory over VfL Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena, Bayern Munich continued their winning start to the season, winning their second match in the Bundesliga and third on the bounce if you count the DFL-Supercup as a competitive fixture. In all three of the aforementioned matches, Julian Nagelsmann has used the exact same starting lineup of Manuel Neuer, Alphonso Davies, Lucas Hernandez, Dayot Upamecano, Benjamin Pavard, Marcel Sabitzer, Joshua Kimmich, Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala, Serge Gnabry and Sadio Mane. So far, it’s worked wonders, and while there have been some different second half changes on all of those occasions, Nagelsmann’s subs have also followed a similar pattern.
    As the saying goes, “if it a’int broke, don't fix it.” Nagelsmann has seemingly adopted this idea for his lineup selections, but as English Weeks approach for Bayern, he’ll certainly have to start to make some changes to avoid running a higher risk of injuries and fatigue. It will also be his job to balance the squad and make sure he does best to keep all of his players happy - even the ones that might not be playing as much as they’d like to. Nagelsmann has a luxury in depth, and it’s up to him to find the right ways to use it.
    A recent New York Times piece also shed some light on the different arguments posed surrounding a lack of interest in the Bundesliga due to Bayern’s long-running dominance domestically. With that, there’s significantly less viewership in the league as a whole than, say, the English Premier League. Will there every be a way to change this trend?
    In this Flagship episode of the podcast, Tom and Teddy discuss:

    Nagelsmann’s consistent starting XI

    When there will be a need for rotations

    Leroy Sane and Tanguy Nianzou’s transfer rumors/links

    Nagelsmann keeping everyone in the squad happy

    How results have fared elsewhere in the Bundesliga

    Do our direct rivals make us winning the league much easier?

    Our thoughts on the NYT piece and if the Bundesliga will ever garner more interest from abroad.


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    • 49 min
    Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 2-0 Wolfsburg (Hinrunde)

    Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Bayern Munich 2-0 Wolfsburg (Hinrunde)

    Bayern Munich put forth another dominant effort in the Bundesliga as it downed Wolfsburg 2-0.
    The Bavarians received strong showings from a number of players including Jamal Musiala, Thomas Müller, Marcel Sabitzer, and Alphonso Davies among others. Bayern Munich was just stellar against an opponent that really wanted to slow them down. Here is what we have on tap:

    Wolfsburg had a good game plan coming in, but just could not contain Bayern Munich’s devastating attack.

    Jamal Musiala has become an indispensable member of the starting XI. His consistency, energy, and production are unrivaled at this point.

    Thomas Müller is still a man who knows to be at the right place at the right time.

    Players like Marcel Sabitzer and Benjamin Pavard continue to show they are legit.

    Some areas for improvement.

    Why you should buy into the energy and fun of this squad.



    Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
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    • 22 min
    Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 6 — Niko Kovač returns to Bayern Munich; The grass might not be greener for Robert Lewandowski; Julian Nagelsmann’s plan when Kingsley Coman returns; Transfer rumor talk; and MORE!

    Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 6 — Niko Kovač returns to Bayern Munich; The grass might not be greener for Robert Lewandowski; Julian Nagelsmann’s plan when Kingsley Coman returns; Transfer rumor talk; and MORE!

    Bayern Munich is rolling, Julian Nagelsmann is pushing all of the right buttons, and everything seems to be heading in the right direction for the Rekordmeister.
    Right about now is where you might be expecting some kind of pessimistic take on why the wheels are about to fall off, but — alas — things are too good for any doubt to start seeping into the podcast.
    Like every week, the boys from Bayern Munich are not boring, so there was a lot to talk about. Here is what we have on tap:

    The return of Niko Kovač and why his time at Bayern Munich was sabotaged from the get-go.

    Robert Lewandowski’s new club can’t get it together off the pitch.

    Kingsley Coman’s return might complicate things for Nagelsmann.

    Tanguy Nianzou’s touchy situation.

    Joshua Zirkzee’s transfer saga could be nearing an end.

    Some thoughts on Better Call Saul’s insane penultimate episode.


    As always, we love your feedback and appreciate all the support!
    Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
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    • 40 min
    Bavarian Podcast Works Preview Show: Bayern Munich vs. Wolfsburg (Bundesliga)

    Bavarian Podcast Works Preview Show: Bayern Munich vs. Wolfsburg (Bundesliga)

    Bayern Munich will take on a familiar foe in Niko Kovac’s Wolfsburg in their upcoming Bundesliga game. Without further ado, we discuss some of the following points:

    What are some transfers Wolfsburg made?

    What has Wolfsburg looked like so far?

    Can Wolfsburg beat Bayern? Will Wolfsburg beat Bayern?

    What are some potential changes Julian Nagelsmann might make?

    Will Nagelsmann’s Bayern eventually get found out?

    What are some other Bundesliga fixtures this weekend?

    A look back at some of last weekend’s fixtures

    A look ahead to some of this weekend’s fixtures including Schalke vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach

    Thank you for your support in helping Bavarian Podcast Works secure the World Soccer Talk Awards — Best Club Podcast!
    Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
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    • 13 min
    Bavarian Podcast Works S5E6

    Bavarian Podcast Works S5E6

    Bayern Munich looks very different from the side we have been used to seeing, and in a good way. Of course, the 6-1 thumping of Frankfurt on Friday was only the first game of the season, but it showed a lot of promise for the rest of the season and gave us a glimpse of Nagelsmann’s strategies for this side, and the plans he wishes to implement moving forward.
    The 4-2-2-2 is just one of many formations Nagelsmann can deploy this season, but it certainly seems to be one that he favors. He also has the right personnel to execute it to perfection, so we might be seeing a lot more of the same in upcoming fixtures. With the squad super stacked everywhere and spirits looking high, one can’t help but speculate whether this is going to be another one of those historic seasons (in a good way, of course). But yeah, too soon to say anything.
    All that being said, Tom and Schnitzel sit down in this edition of the flagship show to discuss many positives (positivity is good :)) and some minor concerns, while also postulating to guess how the rest of the season could pan out.
    Here are the major talking points discussed in this episode:

    Bayern’s dominant performance against Frankfurt

    How Chuck steals the spotlight all the time, leaving the rest of us poor folks hanging

    The 4-triple-2 and what it brings to the table

    Nagelsmann’s plans for the rest of the season

    Tom’s insufferable EPL talk and Schnitzel trying hard to bring him back on track

    Sané transfer rumours

    Throwing shade at INNN and Teddy (once again)

    A look at the other fixtures in the BuLi and early predictions for the rest of the season


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    • 56 min
    Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Eintracht Frankfurt 1-6 Bayern Munich (Hinrunde)

    Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Eintracht Frankfurt 1-6 Bayern Munich (Hinrunde)

    Bayern Munich opened the 2022/23 Bundesliga season with a ruthless battering of Eintracht Frankfurt, a team that regularly gets the better of the Bavarians and won the Europa League just last season. Julian Nagelsmann’s side ran rampant in a game which saw the visitors up 5-0 within the first half, in a performance which somehow managed to shock the Eagles faithful into a stunned silence. Things look good right now. 
    Here are our talking points from the game:

    Our thoughts on the 4-2-2-2 and whether it looks like a plausible way for Bayern Munich to move forward in a post-Lewandowski era. 

    How Sadio Mane, Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, and Jamal Musiala work together to make an amazing front four system. 

    What the current midfield setup offers to the team in terms of passing. 

    Why Eintracht seemed practically bewildered by Bayern’s system in the first half, and the changes in the second. 

    How Serge Gnabry has seen an incredible resurgence in form with the help of Sadio Mane. 

    Why Jamal Musiala has changed the entire shape of Bayern’s offense. 

    Dayot Upamecano’s resurgence and his excellent performances as of late. 

    Concerns over pressing and defensive lapses in the side. 

    Potential tests in the future, including games in the Champions League group stage. 

    A final note on the strange fatigue gripping the squad at the 60th minute of every game. 

    Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.
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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

Djdisksxncmdkzxmc ,

👍🏽

Love the podcasts. Keep it up

ProjectMayhem9 ,

Is this a Bayern Pod or a Liverpool pod?

I swear there is one guy that talks non-stop about Liverpool on this pod. “We get it you are a fan of another team.” But I tune in hear to hear news, updates, and thoughts on Bayern Munich not some EPL team.
How about staying on topic and giving us the info we want to hear or just send that guy to work on a Liverpool site?

BEbertz ,

Can be overly pessimistic, and make many claims without data or stats

I love the premise of the pod and the BFW website which I read almost religiously. My gripe with the show is how opinionated the hosts can be without supplementing their claims with good stats. The hosts criticize Gnabry and Upamecano regularly, but their evidence is often anecdotal and places too much weight on mistakes rather than putting those critiques in context of other aspects of their performances.

Personally, I listen to sports commentary to learn something I don’t know from experts or well-read individuals. Right now, the show just feels like a space for upset fans to air their grievances, and I worry this culture of negativity (unintentionally) contributes to harassment of players on social media, and leads to some players to perform worse or leave on a free transfer.

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