Bayern Munich: International Break Round-up October 2023

Bayern Munich forwards Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane in action for Germany during international break.. (Photo by Markus Gilliar - GES Sportfoto/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich forwards Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane in action for Germany during international break.. (Photo by Markus Gilliar - GES Sportfoto/Getty Images) /

The second international break of the campaign came to an end on Thursday. Bayern Munich players had a productive break as several players helped their national team to qualify for the next summer’s Euros. Ahead of players reporting at Sabner Strasse to start preparing for Saturday’s trip to Mainz, here is a brief overview of how they fared during the international break.

Germany- Leroy Sane, Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka

German national team travelled to the USA for two friendly games. Former Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann started his tenure with a win against the USA and a draw against Mexico. Leroy Sane continued his impressive form as he looked potent in the attack for Germany. He played a crucial role in Germany’s equaliser against the USA. Jamal Musiala was also in fine form during the break as he scored against the USA and looked lively against Mexico.

Thomas Muller and Leon Goretzka also got minutes under their belt for Germany. Joshua Kimmich missed both games for Germany due to illness. He didn’t train at Sabner Strasse on Wednesday, but Bayern are hopeful about him featuring against Mainz on Saturday.

France- Kingsley Coman, U21- Mathys Tel

France had a very good international break as they clinched victories against the Netherlands and Scotland. Kingsley Coman was not at his best last week when he started against the Dutch team. However, the French forward bounced back well against Scotland, as he scored in the second half after coming off the bench in the 64th minute.

Dayot Upamecano missed both games for France after suffering an injury against Freiburg just before the international break. The French defender faces a spell of four to five weeks on the sidelines due to a muscle injury.

Meanwhile, Mathys Tel marked his debut for the French U-21 team with wins against Cyprus and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Tel was on the scoresheet in the 9-0 win against Cyprus. The young forward cannot stop scoring whenever he is coming off the bench.

South Korea- Kim Min-jae

Kim Min-jae was a standout player for South Korea during the international. Along with excelling in defense by helping the team keep clean sheets against Vietnam and Tunisia, the 26-year-old center-back also helped his team in the final third. He scored the first goal against Vietnam this week and looked a threat on set-pieces against Tunisia.

Canada- Alphonso Davies

Canada had a very disappointing international break as they played only one game against Japan. The Asian side clinched a comfortable 4-1 victory against Canada. Alphonso Davies had a game to forget as he scored an own goal and couldn’t test Japan’s defense. Davies will hope to forget this game quickly and resume action for Bayern with a strong performance on Saturday.

England- Harry Kane

England clinched the qualification for next summer’s Euros with an emphatic win against Italy on Tuesday. Harry Kane was in sublime form against the defending European champions. He scored the equaliser with a well-taken penalty and eventually put the game past Italy by scoring the third goal in the second half. Kane was rested against Australia in the friendly game last week.

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Austria- Konrad Laimer

Austria clinched qualification for next summer’s Euros during the international break despite a mixed bag of results. They suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat against Belgium last week. Konrad Laimer was on the scoresheet against Belgium. The Austrian midfielder didn’t see a lot of the ball in this game but looked threatening while going forward. Laimer and Austria delivered a much better performance this week against Azerbaijan to clinch a 1-0 victory and book a place in next summer’s European competition.

Morocco- Noussair Mazraoui

Noussair Mazraoui started in the defensive midfield position for Morocco against Ivory Coast. The game ended 1-1, but Mazraoui looked fairly comfortable in the midfield. The 25-year-old right-back missed the game against Liberia on Tuesday due to a minor injury. He is likely to be fit for the weekend’s game against Mainz.