Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland barely left, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and, in general, the Bundesliga already have their new headliners. Instead of the Pole and the Norwegian, two 19-year-old boys, Jamal Musiala and Jude Belligham. Radiant since the start of the Championship, they have been England’s youth teammates as well as friends, and could be in starring roles in the next decade.
“A single being is missing and everything is depopulated” Alphonse de Lamartine said at the beginning of the 19th centuryme century. This adage, which has never really gone out of style, is on its way to receiving a huge success 200 years later, thanks to two children. At 19 years old, Jamal Musiala and Jude Bellingham embody both the present and the future of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, who meet this Saturday. The two prodigies are ready to take the places of Robert Lewandowski, who this summer went to Catalonia to take the pill, and Erling Haaland, who preferred the Mancunian grays. Certainly for the first Klassiker Played without the Pole since February 13, 2010, an eternity, the two players will be the center of attention, and of the game, on the pitch at Signal Iduna Park.
fountain of youth
Finding Musiala and Bellingham in these spheres is not really surprising. Since their professional beginnings, and even before, both have always presented themselves as phenomena of the future. The youngest player in the history of Birmingham City, where his number 22 was retired on his departure, the Borussia Dortmund midfielder sweeps the stage with disconcerting ease. The last? Marco Reus injured, and Mats Hummels absent, it was he who inherited the BvB captain’s armband against Cologne and Seville.
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Voted man of the match in Andalusia, the boy visibly convinced his coach, Edin Terzić, who left after the match: “Jude was fantastic again today (Wednesday, editor’s note). You understand why he wears the captain’s armband despite his young age. He blew the screen, he had a great game like the rest of the team. » Words that echo those of Declan Rice last month during the England rally: “I don’t think I’ve seen anyone as good as him at 19. I watch a lot of 19-year-olds, whether it’s at a club, in the world or in the country. It is not easy to gather all the required qualities, and I have the impression that he has them. » also went through Three lionsAs a young man, before opting for Germany, Musiala does not deserve pity either. Third youngest player to wear the colors of rekordmeister, the German international is preceded only by recent arrival Mathys Tel in the category of youngest goalscorers. The boy was even nicknamed by the most Bavarian of Munich, Thomas Müller: “One day, he will take my place in the starting team. Why ? Because he is a magician. » In addition to inscribing their names in the history of the two clubs, the two little ones have fun in the Bundesliga.
Among Munich’s attacking sector, which still includes Kingsley Coman, Leroy Sané, Serge Gnabry, Thomas Müller and Sadio Mané, Jamal Musiala remains the most decisive Bavarian player since the restart. With seven pawns and six assists in twelve games, Bambi, as he is nicknamed, has made his mark. Hansi Flick, who launched him at Bayern and now accompanies him in the national team, confirms: “He has extraordinary talent, he is both defensive and offensive. I think he is a good player for us. Just because of his ability to dribble, he can get penalties, but he can also move the opponent. » So if the Stuttgart native hasn’t really taken Thomas Müller’s place yet, he has secured himself one in Julian Nagelsmann’s starting lineup.
From the top of his seventeen selections among the Three lions, Bellingham ranks first in the BvB scoring rankings with four pawns. Now the undisputed starter in the Ruhr, the Birmingham-trained player quickly seduced everyone. Judas (Bellingham, editor’s note) he has gained in consistency, controls and better manages his game and his efforts. But that is not the end, there is much more to come.” Edin Terzić pointed out this Friday at a press conference. In addition to congratulating his colt, the trainer also recalls that he still has significant room for improvement. An item also applicable to Musiala. At the end of Bayern’s great victory against Bayer Leverkusen, well assisted by his young international, the Munich coach recalled: “He is young, he is talented and he is not 35 years old, so there is still a lot of room for improvement. » If the former Chelsea player could very well continue his journey in Germany, it will undoubtedly be difficult for Borussia, and Bellingham, to resist the sirens of Real Madrid who would ardently court the Englishman. The truth, however, is that in the Bundesliga or elsewhere, the two men are probably not done talking about each other.
By Florian Porta
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