FC Bayern - Dortmund

Germany: Bundesliga
FC Bayern R. Lewandowski (17), S. Gnabry (47), R. Lewandowski (76), M. Hummels (80)
Allianz Arena4-0Attendance: 75.000

Dortmund and Bayern expected more from their new signings

By Laura Brandt

Borussia Dortmund and Bayern München can't be entirely satisfied with their summer transfer business so far, claims Lothar Matthäus.

Lothar Matthäus.
Lothar Matthäus.Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0

Neither Borussia Dortmund nor Bayern München can be satisfied with how their summer signings have performed so far, according to Lothar Matthäus.

Dortmund brought in Mats Hummels, Julian Brandt, Thorgan Hazard and Nico Schulz while Bayern most notably signed Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Pavard and Philippe Coutinho.

Speaking in an interview with Kicker, Matthäus argues that both clubs should generally be a bit disappointed with their newcomers so far.

"Both clubs expected more. But I still think the new players should be given time. Mats Hummels isn't really a newcomer as he hasn't had to find his feet at a new club. Although Julian Brandt, Thorgan Hazard and Nico Schulz were already familiar with the Bundesliga, it's a bit different with them. Nevertheless, BVB can't be entirely satisfied," Matthäus told Kicker and added:

"Neither can Bayern. Lucas Hernandez is injured again, Benjamin Pavard is doing a proper job while Coutinho has shown too little so far. The signing of the Brazilian international wasn't planned. When Leroy Sané got injured, Bayern did not only bring in another name, but also a player for a different position. Coutinho has to get used to the Bundesliga first. It's quite different from playing in Spain, England or for the Brazilian national team."

Bayern and Dortmund will lock horns in the Bundesliga at Allianz Arena today at 18.30 CET.

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