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"Pressure Can Make A Diamond"

With the start of the 2021/2022 Bundesliga season around the corner, teams are gearing up to produce high quality football, but with ongoing pressure. Certain individuals are facing this pressure for many different reasons, some are facing it to win games and some are waiting for new contracts. DW Sports Correspondent and German football expert Kres Harrington breaks down these pressure blocks and provides an in-depth analysis on the situation.

In the latest episode of the SL Podcasts’ “Bundesliga Connection,” DW Sports Correspondent Kres Harrington breaks down Bayerns’ poor form in their pre-season friendlies, he explains the pressure that is building in and around the league and more!

"Nagelsmann Has To Get It Together"

With the reigning Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munichs’ pre-season not going according to plan, one can only think about the future and what’s next for the Bavarian club. Newly-appointed head coach, Julian Nagelsmann is yet to get a win under his belt and expressed his worry of complacency from his players against Ajax. After 2 poor performances in pre-season friendlies, it is very evident that Nagelsmann has his work cut out for him.

In the latest episode of “The Bundesliga Connection,” DW Sports correspondent and German football expert Kres Harington joins Soccer Laduma to discuss all things Bundesliga; this episode highlights the struggles Bayern Munich are currently facing in their pre-season friendlies.

Is The Field Becoming More Level?

With The Bundesliga getting some friendly matches underway, a few shock results came from this past weekend, with Bayern Munich losing to FC Koln 3-2, with Bayern not fielding a full-strength team. Another shock result was the newly promoted VfL Bochum overpowered Borussia Dortmund 3-1. Dortmund were without Jadon Sancho who has been signed by Manchester United, as well as Erling Haaland.

In the latest episode of The SL Podcast’s “The Bundesliga Connection,’ German football expert and DW Sports correspondent Kres Harrington breaks down the pre-season friendlies and poses the question, ‘does this mean that the playing field is becoming even?’ Kres also talks about the racial abuse hurled towards the German National team which saw them leave the pitch in protest.

Can Dortmund Afford To Lose Haaland?

With the European Championships officially done and dusted, it was Italy who proved too strong for the rest of the continent as the Azzurri were crowned champions over Gareth Southgates’ Three Lions, and with many Bundesliga players featuring in the tournament, German football expert Kres Harrington breaks down certain players' performances. In other news, the transfer window is wide open, with Jadon Sancho, former Borussia Dortmund star, already making his way to the red side of Manchester to join the Red Devils; another Dortmund star in Erling Haaland is rumoured to be moving to the EPL.

In the latest episode of The Bundesliga Connection, German football expert Kres Harrington expresses his disgust towards the situation involving three England players and their ‘so-called’ fans delivering vile racial abuse over social media. Kres also speaks about the star Bundesliga players who featured in the EURO’s 2020, as well as a rumour circulating about Erling Haaland making a transfer to the EPL!

Is Sancho Ready For The Leap?

With the transfer season well underway, arguably the most noticeable transfer that has happened is Manchester United confirming the signature of English 'wonderkid', Jadon Sancho. The red Devils have had to wait over 12 months to confirm this signing, with negotiations going back and forth between them and Borussia Dortmund. You could say that it was worth the wait as United managed to secure the deal this past week for 30 million Euros less than Dortmunds’ original asking price they laid down over a year ago. The English Football League, is arguably the most difficult league to prosper in, so the question remains, is Sancho ready for this leap?

DW Sports correspondent, Kres Harrington states that Sancho is more than ready, eager too, for this move. Harrington explains that Sancho had a fall out with United rivals Manchester City a few years ago and has been wanting to come back to English football.

Familiar Foes & Bitter Rivals

The round of 16 matches are nearing completion and with Germany managing to progress out of the group stages of the European Championships, albeit with a struggle, they are set to face England, at Wembley, in their last 16 fixture. With the majority of the quarter-final places already occupied, Die Mannschaft will want to make light work of the Three Lions, who have not been scoring as many goals as they would have liked. Germany are the favorites to win and progress, however, a determined English team stands before them.

DW Sports correspondent Kres Harrington explains that “History is on Germany’s side,” however, with fans being allowed into the stadium, it’s self-explanatory to realise that the majority of the fans will be supporting the lions, so Germany will have their work cut out for them.

Where Is Sancho?

With no Bundesliga football going on, the EURO’s are well underway with many Bundesliga players representing their respective countries. Although England has played some mouth-watering football, the one thing that is for sure is that the three lions have failed to score goals, and with Jadon Sancho sitting on the bench having not played a single minute at this year's competition, heads are being scratched with Gareth Southgates’ decision. Sancho has had a fantastic few seasons in the Bundesliga, scoring plenty of goals and assisting many more. Sancho is targeting by Manchester United for what could be the record signing for any English player, everyone is thinking the same thing, when will Sancho get to play?

In the latest episode of the SL Podcast’s “The Bundesliga Connection” DW Sports correspondent and German football expert, Kres Harrington provides an in-depth breakdown of the Sancho-Southgate situation. “I don’t believe what he said” explains Kres after quoting Gareth Southgate.

Will Germany Overcome France?

With The European Championship 2020 well into matchday one, all eyes will be focusing on arguably the match of the week. The current FIFA World Cup champions France, take on Germany in a Group F clash. Right now, the Germans are currently the underdogs with France having speed, skill, and power all over the pitch.

Speaking on the SL Podcast’s “The Bundesliga Connection,” Germany football expert Kres Harrington, talks about the ‘Group Of Death ’ clash between Germany and current FIFA World Champions, France. Harrington also analyses the performances of Bundesliga players representing their respective Nations, why Jadon Sancho needs to perform when given the opportunity, as well as a certain African Bundesliga player who has been banned for 3 months thanks to his agents' wrongdoing!

‘Germany Lives Off Of Fans’

With the European Championships only a few days around the corner, Germany find themselves in the proverbial group of death. Joining the Germans in this group are Hungary, Portugal, and current FIFA World Cup holders, France. Germany will come up against France in their first game of the tournament which will surely prove to be a daunting task. However, what Germany does have in their favour, is the fact that 14 000 fans will be allowed to watch the match, live in the Allianz Arena, potentially giving Germany the upper hand.

In the latest episode of SL Podcast’s “The Bundesliga Connection,” German football expert Kres Harrington provides an analysis on European Championships, a Bayern star penning a new deal, and more!

‘The Expectations Are Low’

With The European Championship 2020 finally around the corner, Germany find themselves in a fairly tough group, with the likes of Hungary, Portugal, and their first game, France. Speaking on the SL Podcast’s “The Bundesliga Connection”, Harrington explains that “the expectations are low for this German Side,” with the likes of seasoned veterans Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels being included in the German team. Harrington also expressed joy with Kai Havertz. The former Bayer Leverkusen playmaker scored the sole goal in the UEFA Champions League Final, leading Chelsea to European glory!.

In the full show, Harrington also breaks down Robert Lewandowski’s future and provides analysis for the recent UEFA Champions League Final.

Dortmund’s Dynamic Duo

The DFB Pokal Final took place this past weekend with RB Leipzig facing Borussia Dortmund. The Bulls are sitting in second place in the Bundesliga, whereas Dortmund are in third. Dortmund have won their last 5 games which would have surely brought some worry to the Leipzig outfit. Dortmunds’ dynamic duo of Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho stole the show, each netting a brace in the DFB Pokal final, allowing Dortmund to win that match 4-1 and get their hands on silverware. In the latest episode of The Bundesliga Connection, Kres Harrington speaks about Jadon Sancho and his agent putting a deal together with Manchester United and another potential player who could leave Dortmund, Erling Haaland.

In his analysis, Harrington also discusses Robert Lewandowski equalling Gerd Muller’s record of 40 goals in a season with 1 game to go as well as the relegation battle that is happening at the bottom of the table.

How Will Bayern Line Up Under Nagelsmann?

Bayern Munich were recently crowned Bundesliga champions for the ninth season in a row after thrashing Borussia Monchengladbach 6-0 on the back of a Robert Lewandowski hat-trick. The result means that coach Hansi Flick will leave the club on high, as he is set to leave the club and be replaced by current RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann. In the latest episode of The SL Podcast's "The Bundesliga Connection", DW Sports Correspondent Kres Harrington discusses how Bayern could line-up next season under their new coach.

In his analysis, Harrington breaks down rumours linking Lewandowski with a move away from the team, the upcoming arrival of star Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano and how Nagelsmann can solve Bayern's defensive instabilities. In the full podcast, Harrington also discusses Borussia Dortmund's 3-2 triumph over RB Leipzig, which helped strengthen their chances of finishing in the top four

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