Alphonso Davies achieved his international breakthrough with his outstanding performance in the CL game at Chelsea FC. But the youngster could be much more at Bayern.
- FC Bayern Munich * celebrates a deserved 3-0 (0-0) win at Chelsea
- With the victory, the record champion stands with one leg in the quarter-finals of the Champions League
- This game was the international breakthrough for Alphonso Davies
Munich - The 76th minute of play was at Stamford Bridge. FC Bayern led 2-0 at Chelsea after a lightning double by Serge Gnabry (51st, 54th).
The starting position for the Hansi Flick team before the second leg on March 18 in the Allianz Arena * at home was already comfortable. But when Alphonso Davies repeated a sprint at that minute, left three Chelsea defenders standing by and served Robert Lewandowski, who was freestanding in the middle, it was more than 3-0 for Bayern .
It was Alphonso Davies' international breakthrough. For the first time, the Canadian showed his remarkable skills on the big European stage. That one action was the final act of Davies' impressive overall performance that evening. No matter if defensive, where the youngster acted conspicuously. Or on the offensive, where his speed runs on the left repeatedly caused danger.
FC Bayern: Europe bows before Alphonso Davies
The "Phonzie, Phonzie" calls after the game from the Bayern curve were just another confirmation of his outstanding performance this Tuesday evening in London. Even the English press was impressed by the 19-year-old's performance.
After full-time at Stamford Bridge the Bayern fans were singing Alphonso Davies' name ...
He was too shy to properly soak it all in so Robert Lewandowski physically pushed him over to accept their love pic.twitter.com/vGbu9tEykL
Gary Lineker , ex-international and soccer expert on the island, wrote an almost romantic tweet after the game to highlight Davies' performance.
"Alphonso Davies' parents fled Liberia because of the civil war," Lineker wrote: "He was born in a refugee camp in Ghana and moved to Canada when he was five years old. He just plays wonderfully for FC Bayern - at the age of 19. What a wonderful story. "
Alphonso Davies' parents fled Liberia in the civil war. He was born in a refugee camp in Ghana and moved to Canada when he was 5. Here he is playing beautifully for @FCBayernEN at 19. What a wonderful story.- Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 25, 2020
For the international experts, Davies ' appearance was perhaps somewhat surprising. But since Hansi Flick has been the head coach * of FC Bayern , Davies has torn down such an achievement almost every week. Already in autumn in the top game against BVB, he eliminated none other than Jadon Sancho and clearly won the Bubi duel for himself. Mind you in his third start as a left-back.
Since then, Davies' accomplishments have literally exploded. "He is doing excellently, but also has potential where he can and will improve," enthused Hansi Flick after the game at Chelsea : "His development is phenomenal."
FC Bayern: Müller and Flick rave about Davies
Thomas Müller was also impressed by the Canadian youngster on Wednesday evening: “The boy is blessed with a body and a sprint. We never had that with Bavaria, ”said the original Bavarian, who has been playing on Säbener Straße for over 15 years.
But one thing impresses Müller too: “That he also learned a lot tactically last year,” says the 30-year-old, who also immediately ennobles Davies : “He came to Germany as a left-winger, but he showed his world-class achievements in the back left and that's where he can help us the most. "
Alphonso Davies quickly developed into a world-class defender at Bayern
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Of course, the FC Bayern executive board has also registered its outstanding performance. According to information from Sport1, the Bayern bosses want to extend the contract, which is already running until 2023, by another two years and adjust Davies' salary accordingly.
The people of Munich want to tie their new jewel as long as possible, according to Sport1 , Davies ' contract does not have an exit clause anyway.
Alphonso Davies: One of the best left-backs in the world
What a coup Hasan Salihamidzic and chief scout Marco Neppe managed to achieve in January 2019 is only now becoming clear. Because there is actually no left-back in international football who is so young and has such great potential.
Andy Robertson at Liverpool FC, who will soon be 26. At Real Madrid, who have to compete against MancCity in the premier class, Marcelo has his best time at 31. Jordi Alba will also be 31st in a few weeks. Oleksandar Zinchenko (23) from Manchester City could still be performed here.
Alphonso Davies' transfer to Bayern: more important than a possible Sané deal?
In this respect, it is more than legitimate for the FCB officials to pat themselves on the back for this transfer. "Marco (Neppe, Amn. D. Red.) Did a great job, he filtered it out beforehand", Salihamidzic praised the chief scout of Bayern: "We watched several games and videos of him, were from the first Minute convinced of him and immediately fell on us. That's how you have to be when you find such players. ”
Alphonso Davies could have been the real king transfer of FC Bayern when it changed, with all the transfer speculations about Kai Havertz , Leroy Sané and Co. Only nobody knew that at the time ...
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