Bundesliga: Matthäus: FC Bayern does not get a striker in winter

Matthäus: FC Bayern won't get a striker in winter

Has a fan in record national player Matthäus: Mathys Tel. Photo: Peter Kneffel/dpa

Has a fan in Matthäus: Mathys Tel. Photo

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In the striker discussion at FC Bayern, Lothar Matthäus brought a courageous solution into play. Why not put your trust in 17-year-old Tel?

Football record player Lothar Matthäus does not expect FC Bayern Munich to sign a new striker in winter.

"I don't think the club will keep their eyes open for another number nine in the winter and follow up here. Yes, of course it's missing Robert Lewandowski and his callousness in front of goal. But you knew that beforehand, and that's why I don't think you're turning away from this plan now," said Matthäus in his Sky column. "The discussions about Robert really don't help anyone and should be ended."

World footballer Lewandowski had left Munich for FC Barcelona in the summer. the Bavaria want to compensate for the departure of the long-time goalkeeper with an adapted style of play around the newly committed Sadio Mané. After a high-scoring start to the season, that didn't work out recently, causing the striker discussion to flare up again.

Matthew advises to Tel: trust and let play

"Why should I worry when the transfer market is over," said sports director Hasan Salihamidzic after the 0-1 draw at FC Augsburg. A lot of goals were scored in the first games and in the Champions League, he said. "We can do that and we have players for it too - only they have to play it better to the end." There was repeated speculation in Munich that England's top star Harry Kane was an issue for the FC Bayern could become. The 29-year-old's contract with Tottenham Hotspur runs until June 30, 2024.

Matthäus advised returning to the "tried and tested 4-2-3-1 and playing with a real striker. In my opinion, that can be young Tel. Then you just have to trust him and let him play from the start. Because if he played so far, then he convinced," said the 61-year-old. The Frenchman Tel, who signed from Stade Rennes for around 20 million euros, is Bavaria's youngest league goalscorer at the age of 17 years and 136 days. Apart from the 2-2 draw against Stuttgart, he made two other appearances in the Bundesliga, but failed to score.


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