Bayern Munich: Chris Richards thrilled to learn from best players

Chris Richards in action for Bayern Munich.(Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images)
Chris Richards in action for Bayern Munich.(Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images) /

Chris Richards is eager to improve at Bayern Munich after facing the best striker in the world during training sessions.

Bayern Munich is experiencing a good start to the 2020/21 campaign, gaining momentum in every competition. The results and goals for flowing for Hansi Flick as Die Roten is hungry to win more trophies after the treble triumph last season.

Along with good results, there is also excitement around youth players that could be involved with the senior team this season. Flick is not afraid to rely on young players in important games, so the Bavarian faithful are hoping that few youngsters will shine this season.

Jamal Musiala has been stealing the headlines for Die Roten after scoring two senior goals for the senior team. The young winger has been consistently getting playing time in the Bundesliga under Flick this season despite turning 17 in February.

Along with Musiala, Chris Richards was also handed the first start in the Bundesliga by Flick. The young USA defender shone in the right-back position in the game against Hertha Berlin. In an interview with Sirus XM (via, Richards admitted that facing Robert Lewandowski in training will help him to become a better player. He also insisted that training with senior defenders will improve his game.

"“Even though a lot of times he gets me, it’s definitely a back and forth thing. If I can play against Lewandowski, I can play against any striker in the world.”“Most of the time I talk with the other center-backs. Guys like Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Niklas Süle, they give me pointers afterwards about what I could have done better and how to defend a guy like Lewandowski.”"

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Bayern decided to sign Richards from FC Dallas in 2019 after impressing during his loan spell in the reserves team. The teenager was linked with loan moves in 2019, but he ended up staying at the club. Richards will be hoping to continue his development at the club as he regularly trains with the senior team.

Richards has been impressive as a central defender for reserves teams. He came off the bench for the senior team at the end of the last Bundesliga campaign. Richards is expected to make steady progress in this position, but he is open to learning the offensive aspect of the game while playing as a right-back for the senior team.

The youngster managed to get an assist to his name during the 4-3 win against Hertha Berlin at the start of October. Since then, he has been on the sidelines due to injury. Considering the injury to Alphonso Davies, Richards may get few opportunities to play in central defense from the bench in upcoming weeks.

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After the success of Joshua Zirkzee last season, there is a lot of optimism for younger players to get playing time at Bayern. Moreover, the club is eager to bring more younger players in the senior team as they have been aggressively recruiting at the youth level. Since transfer fees are shooting up, this strategy may turn out to be a smart move for the German giant.