Daily Schmankerl: Julian Nagelsmann admits Joao Cancelo unhappy at Bayern Munich as FC Barcelona hang on; Bayern support or PSG hate in France?; Robert Lewandowski tells what awaits us; Marcelo Sabitzer and Mason Mount’s Futures Equal?; and more!

For Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann, there was no reason to sugarcoat what was happening with Manchester City loanee Joao Cancelo. The Portuguese international is not very enthusiastic about his place on the Bayern bench.

Although Cancelo will start against FC Augsburg, it could be more of a cameo role than a move into a starting role.

“He will start (on Saturday). When he’s playing everything is fine, when he’s not playing… it’s not. It’s normal,” Nagelsmann told the media at his weekly press conference (as captured by Fabrizio Romano). “I told João my point of view after training where he didn’t make a good impression, we talked – he always had a good reaction.”

Twitter account @iMiaSanMia caught more of Nagelsmann’s thoughts on Cancelo.

“I had a similar case in Leipzig with Angelina. One training session was not so good, but afterwards we had a very good conversation. I explained to him my point of view and how to deal with the situation. Opportunities can also develop from that, it was a very open conversation, and not only about football. Since then, he trained very well and showed joy and ease in the game. Tomorrow I will reward him with a start because of his last impressions in training. I’m sure that the good things he showed in training will also show in the game,” said Nagelsmann.

It seems there may have been something to the problems we’ve been hearing about between Cancelo and Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. The difficult part for the Portuguese star is where he fits in at Bayern Munich. The competition for the outside and wing back positions (depending on which formation Nagelsmann uses) is fierce.

Things may not get easier — or better — for Cancelo anytime soon, but he’s a nice weapon to have in Nagelsmann’s arsenal, and it looks like the coach will continue to work with the player to help him settle into some sort of role in the club.

If Joao Cancelo is brought back to Manchester City when his loan ends, football club Barcelona will wait to make a move:

Joao Cancelo’s move on loan to Bayern Munich was considered by many to be masterful for the German team, which in January received one of the most valued defenders in the world on a profitable loan.

However, just a few months into his time in Munich, Cancelo appears to have fallen out of favor with the Bundesliga. He failed to make an impression, as coach Julian Nagelsmann struggles to include him in his tactical plans.

This has led to renewed speculation about Cancelo’s future, with many expecting him to join a brand new club at the end of the season. Barça are among the clubs interested in his services.

Reports earlier this week revealed that Barcelona are among the clubs in the running to sign the Portugal international this summer. The Catalans were interested in the defender in January, but the move was not realized due to the rules of financial fair play.

What a week for Bayern Munich, huh?

The Bavarians took care of business at home and in Europe and may have gone over the hump from a really good team to a great team in the process.

Let’s take a look at what’s in store for this week’s episode:

  • A preview of Bayern Munich’s upcoming Bundesliga match against FC Augsburg and why the team must avoid defeat.
  • Some thoughts on Bayern Munich’s huge win over Paris Saint-Germain and what it means going forward, including great defensive play, a dominant midfield and how the attack finally settled. All that said, where does this leave Sadio Mané, Leroy Sané and Serge Gnabry?
  • Latest details on the contract situations of Alphonso Davies, Lucas Hernandez, Sané and Gnabry.
  • Bayern Munich may have already made the decision to rent Manchester City loanee Joao Cancelo leaves at the end of his loan.

Well, this pretty much tells us all we need to know about what they think of Paris Saint-Germain in Marseille:

Arsenal FC he could be ready to take over following the summer arrival of Napoli striker Victor Osimhen transitional period:

Arsenal made Napoli striker Victor Osimhen and Western ham midfielder Declan Rice is their primary transfer target ahead of the 2023/24 season.

Bayern Munich beat PSG in style (not without a scare, though). It’s hard to single out one star because the display was so complete. In this podcast we look at:

  • Pressing the team as a whole
  • The difference between each half
  • A look at each individual’s performance
  • Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s contrasting performance in each half
  • What did Julian Nagelsmann get in this match
  • Number of high-risk passes attempted by Bayern
  • What was special about this victory
  • Thoughts on Marco Veratti’s performance tonight and how he could have been the key tonight
  • Thoughts on Yann Sommer’s performance and what he did well
  • Thoughts on Space Interpreter himself, Thomas Müller
  • Thoughts on the changes made by Nagelsmann

This means that Robert Lewandowski will end up at LAFC at some point, right?

Manchester United could run Chelsea FC star Mason Mount during the summer transfer window and, if successful, the move could play a role in whether the Red Devils try to keep Bayern Munich loanee Marcel Sabitzer:

Manchester United sold Paul Pogba JuventusJesse Lingard to Nottingham Forest, Juan Mata to Galatasaray and Andreas Pereira to Fulham last summer have only signed Christian Eriksen from Brentford and Marcel Sabitzer on loan from Bayern Munich as replacements, so Eric ten Hag is looking for another attacking midfielder.

The Guardian’s Jacob Steinberg says United are interested in Mason Mount, as his future at Chelsea is uncertain. The 24-year-old is out of contract in 2024 and wants a new contract that reflects his importance to the club. Steinberg says Mount earns £75,000-a-week at Stamford Bridge but has been offered £180,000-a-week. It remains to be seen whether he will accept the proposal.

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