Two young talents face each other at the top of Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich today


In the battle for the leaders of the German Football League between Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen today (Sunday), two international youths stand out: Bavarian striker Jamal Musila and Bayer’s rising star Florian Wirts. Musiala is a skinny young man with a childish face, nicknamed by his colleagues “Bambi”. He gives a wonderful impression of vitality and agility when he manipulates the opponent’s defense and exhausts him with swaying dribbles. “He has magnets in his feet, the ball always comes back to him, he’s fantastic,” says his young coach, Julian Nagelsmann. In turn, Lothar Matthaus, the record holder for international matches (150), talks about the “new Neymar”.

Hansi Flick, the former Bayern coach and now the national team, has unleashed Musyala’s talent on the world stage. He brought him from the Recordmeister training center and gave him his start in the Bundesliga and then the Champions League in 2020. Several months earlier, in March, then-team coach Joachim Löw gave him his international debut for the national team at the age of 18. And a month. He also participated in the German squad in the European Cup, where he appeared in a few minutes.

Last week, he became the youngest scorer with the German national team since 1910, at the age of 18 years and 227 days, after he scored against North Macedonia (4-0). With dual citizenship, he previously held the colors of the England age teams. His colleague Thomas Muller testifies: “He is distinguished, he has a strong mentality in addition to his talent,” describing him as a “magician”. The veteran striker continued: “He works hard, is humble, but is confident. He’s not arrogant in the dressing room, but he plays smart.”

Today he will face Florian Virts. The 18-year-old made the cover of Kicker magazine: “This player’s story has just begun and is expected to be a bestseller. There is no doubt that he will be a key player in the national team.” Virts is not satisfied with the role of the talented, but “embodies the artist who is capable of harm. He does not retreat, he sets out to fight duels with confidence and fierceness.” The attacking midfielder or junior winger (1.76 m) has a record: by giving Leverkusen a 1-0 victory over Mainz on September 25, he became the youngest player in history to reach the 10-goal mark in the Bundesliga. The European Junior Champion 2021 with Germany, scored four goals and five assists this season in six matches. Flick called him last in Talherr for the first time to the national team. In 76 minutes he played (four participations as a Joker player), he passed two goals to his teammates, revealing a strong character.

An ostentatious figure in the dressing rooms as well, unlike Musiala. His Austrian teammate at Leverkusen Julian Baumgartlinger says: “From day one he started putting his touches. He doesn’t care about other people’s opinions. He is rude, speaks freely and does not care how others think of him.” Today, Vertes will have an advantage over Musila: in Leverkusen he has a definite chance to start. As for Musiala, he is competing with the likes of Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry, French Kingsley Coman and Muller, in a squad that also includes Polish striker Robert Lewandowski. His uncanny talent gives him no advantage in a competitive squad led by another youngster, coach Julian Nagelsmann.


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