RB Leipzig midfielder Tyler Adams has expressed his anger at Bundesliga clubs consistently selling their best talent to perennial champions Bayern Munich.
Bayern have long been the dominant force in the German top-flight, calling on better finances, a bigger fanbase and more prestige than their counterparts.
After securing their ninth consecutive Bundesliga title last season, Bayern replaced outgoing manager Hansi Flick with Julian Nagelsmann, while also signing centre-back Dayot Upamecano and midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, recruiting all three from Leipzig, who had finished second.
Robert Lewandowski, Mats Hummels and Mario Gotze have all previously joined Bayern from Borussia Dortmund when they were the Bavarian club’s closest challengers.
And it’s something that clearly frustrates Adams, who joined Leipzig in 2019.
“Nothing – nothing – gets me more angry than the fact that all the German clubs just sell to [Bayern]. Like, I can’t. I can’t. It boggles my mind, man,” the United States international told The Athletic.
Adams understands the individual decision of players and coaches to further their careers by joining Bayern. But it’s still something that gets under the skin of the 22-year-old, even if it adds an extra layer of motivation to beat them.
“It’s only right. Those guys deserve to take that kind of step for their careers,” he added. “But it just, it really does suck. There’s no other way of putting it when they go to a rival.
“For me and my mentality and where I’m at, it’s kind of bittersweet, but it’s going to bring an even better feeling when we beat them.”
Unfortunately for Adams, the chasm in quality between the two sides – especially since Nagelsmann, Upamecano and Sabitzer made the switch this summer – was all to clear as Bayern ran out 4-1 winners away in Leipzig on Saturday. Upamecano played the full 90 minutes of the game and Sabitzer replaced Leon Goretzka just before the hour mark.
Despite bringing in the likes of Andre Silva and Josko Gvardiol, and replacing Nagelsmann with American coach Jesse Marsch, Leipzig have struggled to cope without their departing stars. Die Roten Bullen are 13th in the Bundesliga with just three points from their opening four games.