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Liverpool in for Hudson-Odoi as Mane rumours continue

Liverpool even now hold an interested in Chelsea starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi amid doubts over Sadio Mane’s Anfield foreseeable future, a report claims.

Latest reports have recommended that Real have rekindled their interest in Mane with Zinedine Zidane’s return to the club as manager.

They apparently perspective the Senegal international as a ‘cheaper option’ than Chelsea star Eden Hazard or Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen.

The report even claimed that Los Blancos are willing to offer up unsettled defender Raphael Varane in order to get the offer more than the line, but given that his present-day agreement expires in 2022, he retains a valuation of £85million.

In the meantime, Hudson-Odoi has been just lately connected with an exit
from Chelsea possessing struggled for consistent game time less than Maurizio Sarri.

Bayern Munich have been the facet most significantly connected with the England starlet, and it has been suggested they are eyeing a summertime swoop for the Chelsea and England starlet this summertime getting been seriously linked in January – but it has been proposed he could expense £35m.

SportBild have supplied an update on the condition, suggesting that Liverpool are in the hunt for Hudson-Odoi as the rumours of fascination in Mane continues.German paper Bild claimed in January that Jurgen Klopp experienced a late play to rival Bayern for Hudson-Odoi’s signature just after he made him 1 of his two major transfer targets heading forwards.

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Title race issue attracts fury from Klopp in Munich

Jurgen Klopp gave an angry response when questioned how defeat or victory in the Champions League on Wednesday at Bayern Munich could effect Liverpool in the EPL League title race.

Immediately after a goalless draw in the last-16 to start with leg at Anfield 3 weeks in the past, a win or score draw in Munich in the return game would send out Liverpool into the quarter-finals.

Liverpool are locked in a tense battle with Manchester City at the top rated of the EPL League and their fans on Merseyside are desperate for a initial English league title for 29 yrs.

An exasperated Klopp took offence when asked whether he felt defeat in Munich would hamper Liverpool in the title race or if victory could support them make momentum in the league.

“I really do not believe that any other coach or manager in the world has to respond to this dilemma when he performs in the Champions League,” he fumed.”I truly think which is exceptional — that only transpires if you are the Liverpool manager or if the pundits (inquiring) occur from Manchester United.”We want to be centered on this game and even if it (defeat) would harm us, we could not transform it, the whole world will be viewing this game tomorrow night time.

“On the other aspect, it (victory) will establish momentum, certainly, but only if we play excellent football.”This game has nothing to do with anything else.”EPL League pressure aside,

Klopp knows his Liverpool facet face a stern test against a Bayern side buoyed by likely leading in the Bundesliga at the weekend for the first time due to the fact September.

Liverpool welcome again defender Virgil van Dijk, who was suspended for the initial leg, but Naby Keita, who begun the Anfield stalemate, is dominated out injured.

Bayern have gained their 3 league games easily since the initially leg, putting up crushing 5-1 and 6- victories about Moenchengladbach and Wolfsburg respectively.

Klopp tasted victory in 4 of his 9 games at the Allianz Arena as Borussia Dortmund coach from 2008-2015.

He is aware what to anticipate in Bayern’s yard and referred to as on the travelling Liverpool fans to lend their guidance.”I might say to ours (fans), never be reluctant — give it your all,” stated Klopp.”We have to be prepared from the 1st 2nd and if we deal with it, we will have deserved it.

“What I know of facing Bayern is you have to be seriously courageous on the ball, that’s what we have to do, we will get our times, but it is really all about striking a stability.”Bayern defended in the first leg at a significant amount and they will not do that tomorrow, but it will not be easier for us.”

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Alexander-Arnold & Oxlade-Chamberlain injury updates before Bayern

Bayern Munich vs Liverpool on Wednesday in the Champions League, Liverpool get Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

The match at Anfield a fortnight ago finished 1-1.

Bayern occur into the midweek clash in fantastic form.

The Bavarians pursuing up a 5-1 win over Gladbach by beating Wolfsburg 6- on Saturday.

As a result, Bayern have moved into to start with tempo higher than Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have dropped behind Man City in the Premier League in recent weeks.

Trent Alexander-Arnold & Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain injuries updates

Liverpool conquer Burnley 3-1 in the league on Sunday.

In the final stages of the match, Trent Alexander-Arnold was forced out of the game with an damage.

Will Alexander-Arnold be in shape for the Bayern game?

Paul Joyce has posted a beneficial update in the Times on Tuesday:

One particular man who hopes to play his component is Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has a sore back but is optimistic that he will be accessible for selection.

In other places, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finally return to the pitch previous Friday evening fir Liverpool U23s.

Sadly for Oxlade-Chamberlain, nevertheless, his initial comeback match ended early. Certainly AOC didn’t even play the entire initial fifty percent.

Paul Joyce has also up to date Liverpool fans on the Ox’s most current injuries status:

Klopp has performed down fears over Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s fitness just after a muscle problem pressured him off after only 41 minutes against Derby County less than-23s on Friday, in his to start with physical appearance in almost a calendar year following a severe knee injuries.

“The very good news is the knee is fantastic.” Klopp reported. “Football games are unique to football training, which is why he felt the muscle a small bit.”

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‘Nothing personal’ in beating Bayern for Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has buried the hatchet of his old Bundesliga rivalry with Bayern Munich but would like Liverpool to present they are Champions League contenders by beating the German giants when the sides meet in the initially leg of their final sixteen tie on Tuesday.

Bayern have gained the Bundesliga for the earlier six years since Klopp’s Dortmund claimed back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012.

Dortmund also dropped the Champions League final to Bayern in 2013 and the rivalry between the two was intensified as Bayern picked off some of Klopp’s ideal players in Mario Goetze, Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski.

“It is almost nothing, not a small little bit private,” claimed Klopp on Monday. “There were under no circumstances any negative points with Bayern but when we performed them or when they bought our players how could I be content and say ‘Great, good strategy I am going to carry him in my auto.’

“That was not good for us at Dortmund but it really is component of the business. In these moments I was not content, but it is extended ago.”

Inspite of achieving 4 semi-finals and a quarter-final since 2013, Bayern have not additional to their five European Cup wins since Arjen Robben’s late winner at Wembley six years ago.

Liverpool also came close to adding to their five European crowns final season when shedding out to Real Madrid in the final, but Klopp thinks the reality his facet are even regarded contenders for the title now is a certain signal of progress since he was employed in 2015.

“The ideal matter of all the points we did so far since we are alongside one another is that we are a real competitor once again. That is of system not plenty of, but it is a huge phase,” additional Klopp.

“Staying not only component of the level of competition but persons thinking we can beat Bayern, which is a huge matter. The tale so far is a good one particular but not concluded nevertheless.”

Liverpool have had 10 times to get ready for Bayern’s pay a visit to, but in spite of the lay-off Klopp even now has a team range headache.

Virgil van Dijk is suspended, Joe Gomez is sidelined with a lower leg fracture and Dejan Lovren faces a race against time to recover from a hamstring harm, so Joel Matip and Fabinho are expected to sort a make-shift sweeper pairing.

Roberto Firmino also skipped training on Monday thanks to a virus making the Brazilian ahead a question.

Having said that, Klopp is hoping the electrical power of Anfield’s famous atmosphere on a European night will give his facet the extra encouraging hand they will need to choose a direct to Germany in 3 weeks’ time.

“In Germany a good deal of persons discuss now about the atmosphere at Anfield. There was a good deal of discuss that we are it’s possible the most psychological club in world football,” additional Klopp.

“Emotion in my opinion is a really positive matter, so let us present that tomorrow night.”

Bayern’s gradual begin to the Bundesliga season place coach Niko Kovac promptly under pressure in his initially campaign in cost.

But the Croatian refused to countenance irrespective of whether he faces the sack ought to Bayern fail to make the final 8 for the initially time since 2012 in spite of becoming handed a devilishly challenging draw.

“If you appear at what Liverpool did in the Champions League final season and the Premier League this season, it is the most challenging draw we could get,” claimed Kovac.

“It is not about me tomorrow. It is about the club and the team.”

Bayern could also be with no some essential players as Franck Ribery and Jerome Boateng did not travel with the rest of the squad.

Ribery will be a part of up with his teammates following attending the birth of his daughter, while Boateng is suffering from gastroenteritis but could even now travel if his issue increases.

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Dodi Lukebakio hits hat-trick as Fortuna Düsseldorf Draw Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich fell 9 points behind Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund right after Dodi Lukebakio’s hat-trick gave lowly Fortuna Düsseldorf a deserved share of the spoils at the Allianz Arena.

Goals: 1- Süle (17’), two- Müller (20’), two-one Lukebakio (44’), three-one Müller (58’), three-two Lukebakio (77’), three-three Lukebakio (90+3’)

Hoping for some kind of Klassiker hangover from Bayern, Fortuna attacked hard and quick in the opening minutes as Lukebakio and Takashi Usami analyzed Manuel Neuer from range. Bayern rode the storm, nevertheless, and bought their noses in front when Niklas Süle slammed into the base corner right after Fortuna unsuccessful to obvious a Renato Sanches corner. Thomas Müller expertly dispatched Jerome Boateng’s trademark extensive ball to give Bayern respiration room, but a defensive blend-up gifted Fortuna a route again in the game, with Lukebakio sweeping in unmarked on the stroke of half-time.

Bayern ought to have believed they had been home and hosed when Müller curled in his second of the afternoon pursuing a sensational piece of maintain-up play from Robert Lewandowski – but Fortuna refused to lie down. Three quite presentable adjustments arrived and went, ahead of Lukebakio coolly dodged the offside trap and beat Neuer one-on-one to set up a grandstand complete the goal allowed to stand pursuing session with the VAR. Uncharacteristic misses from Lewandowski proved pricey as Lukebakio done his hat-trick in extra time with a digital carbon duplicate of his second.

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  • Lukebakio is Fortuna’s best scorer this season, with 9 goals in all competitions (5 in the Bundesliga, four in the DFB Cup). He is the initially Bundesliga player given that Ebbe Sand (Schalke) in 2001 to score a hat-trick against Bayern.
  • All a few of Süle’s Bundesliga goals for Bayern have occur at home.
  • Müller finished a operate of 561 Bundesliga minutes devoid of a goal.
  • Süle has done 94 per cent of his attempted passes across the season.
  • Lewandowski has scored against seventeen of the Bundesliga’s 18 existing clubs. Only Fortuna are lacking from the listing.
  • Wooyeong Jeong and Jonathan Meier, both 19, made the Bayern bench. Neither has played competitive initially-team football ahead of.

Line-ups

Bayern: Neuer (c) – Kimmich, Süle, Boateng, Alaba – Martinez – Goretzka, Müller (Hummels 90+1′), Renato Sanches (Rafinha 80′), Ribery (Robben 70′) – Lewandowski
Unused subs: Ulreich, Wagner, Jeong, Meier
Absentees: Gnabry (adductor), Thiago, Coman (health and fitness), Tolisso (knee), James (knee)
Coach: Niko Kovac

Düsseldorf: Rensing – Zimmermann, Bormuth, Kaminski, Gießelmann – Zimmer, Bodzek (Hennings 85′), Fink (c), Stöger, Usami (Raman 70′) – Lukebakio
Unused subs: Theißen, Morales, Ducksch, Karaman, Nielsen
Absentees: Contento (knee), Hoffmann (concussion), Wiesner (pelvis)
Coach: Friedhelm Funkel

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Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer overturn Robert Lewandowski double as Borussia Dortmund stun Bayern Munich in thrilling Klassiker

Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer grabbed the goals as Borussia Dortmund opened up a 7-point lead on defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich immediately after twice coming from behind to win a compelling Klassiker at the Sign Iduna Park on Saturday.

Goals 1 Lewandowski (26’), 1-1 Reus (pen. 49’), 1-two Lewandowski (52’), two-two Reus (67’), three-two Alcacer (73’)

Bayern started out with ominous intent, but the 1st real opening of a amazing 1st 50 percent fell the way of Dortmund. Reus capitalised on Mats Hummels’ hesitancy and raced via on the Bayern goal, only to hearth tamely at the advancing Manuel Neuer. Jacob Bruun Larsen burst in behind the Bayern defence times later on, but his cross was picked off by Neuer with Klassiker debutant Jadon Sancho ready to pounce. Bayern’s riposte was swift as Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji set in a goal-conserving obstacle on Serge Gnabry, in advance of Lewandowski driven in a diving header from Gnabry’s cross to give the defending champions the lead.

The pendulum swung yet again at the start of the second 50 percent when Reus scampered via and drew the foul of Neuer. Match referee Manuel Gräfe pointed straight to the penalty kick location, and Reus duly dusted himself off to dispatch with aplomb to carry Dortmund degree. Parity lasted less than three minutes, even though, with Lewandowski heading in from Gnabry with his second of the night. He would have had a third but for the assistant referee’s flag, and it proved a essential instant of a rip-roaring contest.

Dortmund roared again as they have so frequently this season as Reus expertly volleyed in Lukas Piszczek’s good ball for 2-2. Getting already witnessed an work cleared off the line, substitute Alcacer got in on the act to cap a blistering counter and set BVB ahead for the 1st time. Lewandowski imagined he’d rescued a point in added time, but the goal was chalked off for one more offside final decision as the whistle blew on one of the most absorbing Bundesliga games in residing memory.

Match stats

  • Alcacer has scored 7 of his eight Bundesliga goals from the bench. 8 goals in 218 Bundesliga minutes is a record.
  • Lewandowski scored his 1st headed goal of the season. The Pole has now scored twelve in nine games against Dortmund.
  • Lewandowski has scored extra than at the time in 49 Bundesliga matches.
  • Reus has eight goals for the season – extra than he scored in just about every of the 2016/17 and 2017/eighteen campaigns.
  • Bayern misplaced in the Bundesliga for the 1st time when Lewandowski has scored (W68, D5, L1).
  • Dortmund are unbeaten in the Bundesliga this season (eight wins, three draws) and are also the league’s top scorers (33).

Line-ups

Dortmund: Hitz – Piszczek, Akanji, Zagadou, Hakimi – Witsel, Weigl (Dahoud 46’) – Sancho, Reus (c), Bruun Larsen (Delaney 82’) – Götze (Alcacer 60’)
Unused subs: Oelschlägel, Guerreiro, Toprak, Pulisic
Absentees: Schmelzer (knee), Bürki (thigh)
Coach: Lucien Favre

Bayern: Neuer (c) – Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels (Süle 65’), Alaba – Martinez – Gnabry (Sanches 74’), Goretzka, Müller (Wagner 82’), Ribery – Lewandowski
Unused subs: Ulreich, James, Rafinha, Will
Absentees: Thiago, Coman (equally ankle), Robben (knee), Tolisso (knee)
Coach: Niko Kovac

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Bayern Munich apply to host 2021 UEFA Champions League Final

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have introduced that they are applying to host the 2021 UEFA Champions League closing at their Allianz Arena home.

“I’m able to affirm that FC Bayern, collectively with the Town of Munich, will be formally applying to host the 2021 Champions League closing,” mentioned club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

It would be the 2nd time the Allianz Arena has hosted the closing of Europe’s best-tier club competitiveness. The preceding event in 2012 observed Bayern even get to the closing before shedding on penalties to England’s Chelsea in what became recognised as the “Finale dahoam” – closing at home, in Bavarian.

“Despite the substantial disappointment of 2012 against Chelsea, we still feel back fondly to the “Finale dahoam”. We’d be incredibly delighted if UEFA granted us the probability to welcome the footballing world to Munich the moment once again,” Rummenigge continued.

The deadline for closing dossiers to be presented to UEFA is fifteen February 2019, and the decision on the host venue will be made in the spring. St. Petersburg in Russia was the only other metropolis to declare their fascination before the 26 October 2018 cut-off date.

While it would be the 2nd time the Allianz Arena has performed host to the Champions League closing, Bayern and Munich have experienced the honour on two prior occasions when the closing was held at the Olympiastadion in 1993 and 1997. The latter observed fellow Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund win their one and only Champions League title.

This would be the to start with time 5-time European champions Bayern host the closing as sole tenants of their stadium, with the Allianz Arena just lately getting renovated into the club’s red and white colors. The ground is also one of 10 that will host UEFA Euro 2024 matches in Germany.

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Juventus win yet again as CSKA defeat Madrid, Ajax Draw Bayern – UEFA Champions League – Information

  • Dybala hat-trick earns Juve 2nd win but United heldCSKA shock Madrid as Roma hit 5 with Džeko treble
  • Metropolis score late winner, Lyon comeback denies Shakhtar
  • Extraordinary Ajax draw at Bayern, Benfica defeat AEK
  • Highlights of just about every match from 12:00CET on Wednesday
  • Future games in these teams on 23 Oct
  • Team E

    Bayern München 1-1 Ajax
    Mats Hummels gave Bayern a fourth-minute lead, heading in Arjen Robben’s cross, prior to Noussair Mazraoui levelled halfway as a result of the first 50 percent after a one-two with Dušan Tadić. Ajax threatened a 2nd goal but in the end equally groups moved on to 4 points.

    AEK Athens 2-3 Benfica
    Substitute Alfa Semedo scored with sixteen minutes left to make Benfica victory after they had seen a 2- lead vanish. Benfica appeared comfortable after Haris Seferović and Alex Grimaldo struck within the first 15 minutes. But Rúben Dias was sent off prior to half-time, and goals from Viktor Klonaridis on 53 and sixty three minutes then drew AEK amount.

    Team F

    Hoffenheim 1-2 Manchester Metropolis
    David Silva scored with 3 minutes left to get Metropolis off the mark, at the conclude of a game exactly where Hoffenheim had been celebrating just forty four seconds into their first-ever UEFA Champions League home match many thanks to Ishak Belfodil’s goal. Sergio Agüero equalised 7 minutes later on.

    Lyon 2-2 Shakhtar Donetsk
    Shakhtar arrived from behind for a 2-2 draw with Hoffenheim a fortnight back, but this time it was they that were being denied. Júnior Moraes netted for the readers just prior to half-time and additional one more early in the 2nd time period however Moussa Dembélé and Léo Dubois struck in a 3-minute spell to give Lyon a point that keeps them best.

    Team G

    CSKA Moskva 1- Real Madrid
    Nikola Vlašić’s 2nd-minute strike proved enough to safe CSKA an impressive win even with equally Casemiro and Karim Benzema hitting the post for the holders and Igor Akinfeev getting an additional-time red card. CSKA now lead the group, a point ahead of Roma and Madrid.

    Roma 5- Viktoria Plzeň
    Roma recovered from their opening-working day defeat by Madrid in some fashion as an Edin Džeko hat-trick certain they surged to victory. Cengiz Ünder and Justin Kluivert also acquired in on the scoring act.

    Team H

    Juventus 3- Younger Boys
    Paulo Dybala ensured Juve did not skip the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo as the Argentinian’s hat-trick led the Bianconeri to their 2nd win in the segment. YB’s Mohamed Ali Camara was sent off and they continue being point-much less on their group-stage debut.

    Manchester United – Valencia
    Equally groups had chances, with Marcus Rashford hitting the bar late on, but there were being no goals. Valencia as a result opened their account next their opening decline to Juventus, who now lead United by two points.

    Wednesday fixtures (21:00CET kick-off except in any other case mentioned)

    Team A: Atlético v Club Brugge, Dortmund v Monaco
    Team B: Tottenham v Barcelona
    , PSV Eindhoven v Inter
    Team C: Paris v Crvena zvezda
    (18:55CET), Napoli v Liverpool
    Team D: Lokomotiv Moskva v Schalke
    (18:55CET), Porto v Galatasaray

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    Why James Rodriguez must start every game for Bayern Munich

    It is a truth of the matter universally acknowledged that a best-stage coach in possession of a world-class football team will have to be in want of James Rodriguez – however surprisingly, the Colombian magician has only started off two of Bayern Munich‘s seven aggressive outings in 2018/19.
    There have not been any adverse consequences so far, with the Bavarian giants recording a perfect seven victories out of seven – but as bundesliga.com describes, the 27-year-old playmaker offers an X-factor that must make him just one of the initially names on Niko Kovac’s teamsheet.

    Sluggish and continuous wins the race

    James returned from the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a calf harm that ruled him out of Colombia’s previous-16 defeat to England, which maybe describes Kovac’s reluctance to throw him straight back in at the deep close. Immediately after all, the Bayern No.eleven sustained a number of insignificant niggles previous term which confined him to just 19 Bundesliga begins.

    When he was in the commencing line-up for Bayern in 2017/eighteen, James served the record Bundesliga champions sign up 16 victories – an remarkable win rate of eighty four for each cent – while they picked up an common of 2.5 points for each game. Devoid of him, they nonetheless took 2.4 points a game, but the common win rate dropped down to seventy three for each cent.

    Just one of a sort

    Bayern are blessed with some of the world’s ideal attacking expertise, but James’ profile tends to make him special even amid their star-studded ensemble. Thiago, Corentin Tolisso, Leon Goretzka and Renato Sanches are extra basic central midfielders – even if every single man delivers a little something somewhat various to the table – while Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry are wingers. Robert Lewandowski and Sandro Wagner are pure strikers, while Thomas Müller – perfectly, he is Thomas Müller.

    James is the squad’s only true attacking midfielder, an inimitable mixture of technical finesse, inch-perfect passing and ice-interesting finishing. With just just one or two deft strokes of his supernatural left boot, the on-loan Real Madrid man can carve open defences or go away goalkeepers stranded. Previous season, he had a hand in just about a goal for each game, notching up seven strikes and eleven assists in 23 league appearances.

    “The initially season was very positive,” James told fcbayern.com about the summertime. “I want to win extra trophies this season and be an critical member of the team. I am very delighted below, I am only considering about Bayern. It can be a wonderful club and I can see myself remaining below for longer.”

    A team player

    Once explained as a “godsend” by former Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes, the angel-faced James demonstrated his versatility in the initially of a two-season loan from Real. He started everyday living as a basic No.10 ahead of dropping somewhat further into midfield – wherever he could exert larger influence and act as the springboard for Bayern’s attacks – and even starred from time to time from the wings. As perfectly as showcasing his have exquisite expertise, the Colombian has the delighted knack of bringing the ideal out of his teammates, and has at times proven an pretty much divine knowledge with fellow string-puller Thiago and ‘space interpreter’ Müller.

    Kovac handed James his initially start of the season in September’s UEFA Champions League win about Benfica, on the left side of midfield in a 4-3-3, with Javi Martinez holding and Sanches more up on the correct. As predicted, James was supplied licence to roam and often found himself drifting into the No.10 role. He even furnished the assist for Sanches’ wonderful 2nd-50 % goal, linking up nicely with Ribery ahead of floating a pleasant ball about for his 21-year-old teammate – who grabbed all the headlines against his former club. Once again, James confirmed that he does not will need to be in the spotlight in buy to shine.

    He may only have played 156 minutes in the 2018/19 Bundesliga, but James has nonetheless managed to make a variation, nodding in a late third goal in the modern win about Bayer Leverkusen ahead of owning one more energy disallowed, as perfectly as opening the scoring and winning a game-clinching penalty on his initially league start of the season in the Matchday 4 triumph at Schalke.

    Irreplaceable

    In addition, the accidents to Coman, Tolisso and Rafinha – which have left Kovac with just 16 offered outfield players – make it challenging to see how the Croatian can do with out James in the coming months. The Colombian also stays a little something of a superior-luck appeal for Bayern, who have won all eight Bundesliga games in which he has found the back of the net.

    Kovac is clearly eager to ensure that his twinkle-toed playmaker stays at one hundred for each cent heading into a busy operate of fixtures. The Bayern boss requested James to forego Colombia’s modern friendlies against Venezuela and Argentina so that he could keep on being in Munich and make up for the pre-season schooling he skipped due to the fact of his calf harm.

    James may not be all set to play ninety minutes in every game, but there is no denying that the record Bundesliga champions are a various prospect with their midfield magician on the pitch. Kovac has already made it obvious that he designs to rotate his squad in the course of 2018/19, but commencing his No.eleven as often as attainable appears to be like like a guaranteed-fire way to guarantee accomplishment.

    Immediately after all, no one does it pretty like James.

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    Enduring Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben on a par with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

    Arjen Robben. 1 of the most reliable and electrifying performers of his technology, albeit just one of the most underneath appreciated.
    The stats communicate for themselves. On Matchday 1 of the 2018/19 Bundesliga marketing campaign – Robben’s 10th in Germany – the 34-year-old stepped off the bench to convey up his 96th goal, on his one hundred and ninetieth visual appeal, as Bayern Munich kicked of their title defence with a 3-1 win about Hoffenheim. With each other with his sixty eight assists, he has now had a direct hand in a goal each individual eighty two minutes that he is performed in the Bundesliga.

    It can be a intellect-boggling ratio: streaks forward of English Leading League upstarts Eden Hazard (120 minutes) and Kevin De Bruyne (142 minutes), and only bettered at league stage – of his fellow thirty-one thing contemporaries – by Lionel Messi (61 minutes) and Cristiano Ronaldo (74 minutes).

    Hindered by a chequered personal injury historical past, Robben doesn’t get the very same stage of acclaim as world football‘s top two – but he surely warrants it.

    Considering the fact that making his experienced debut for hometown club Groningen in 2000/01, Robben has racked up 682 appearances in all competitions for club and state. He has gained, amid some others, the Eredivisie, two English Leading League titles, La Liga and is a 7-time Bundesliga winner.

    Even further bespangling a embellished resumé, the Dutch Destroyer also landed Bayern their fifth European crown with the profitable goal in the last of the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium, and collected a runners-up medal at the FIFA 2010 World Cup and bronze in 2014.

    “Arjen is a best case in point of how an more mature player can however master and develop, and refuse to be glad with what he is now obtained,” former Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer stated in 2014, the 12 months Robben concluded third behind Ronaldo and Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the UEFA Finest Player in Europe stakes.

    “He is world class. I can only stimulate each individual younger player to view and master from him.”

    Robben made a telling contribution as Bayern gained a Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB Cup treble in 2013.

    Seem assistance. Even with only breaking the thirty-game barrier in just one of his 18 campaigns to day thanks to personal injury – hamstring troubles, for the most section – Robben is a player who has continuously defied expectation. He has come to be a lot quicker with age and far more fatal.

    His 2016/17 return is a key case in point. Mostly personal injury-totally free, the Bedum-born ace scored 13 times and created twelve assists, with only Robert Lewandowski proving far more helpful in front of goal in a Bayern shirt.

    Quite the tally for a midfielder, albeit very little out-of-the-common for Robben, who has strike at the very least 15 goals and assists merged in all but a few of his nine comprehensive Bundesliga seasons to day.

    “I however come to feel really good and want to be at the top as extended as achievable,” the former PSV Eindhoven, Chelsea and Real Madrid broad man stated immediately after asserting his retirement from worldwide football in October 2017 on the back of the Netherlands’ failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

    “I am taking part in at a top club in Europe and I want to focus on it now. The man of glass has lasted the longest.”

    Joking aside, Robben was an impeccable servant for his state – 37 goals and thirty assists in ninety six senior caps – and arguably the last genuinely world-class Dutch footballer. His final decision to go the baton at his classic peak underlines the astute intellect behind the enduring body a combination that Bayern rewarded with a just one-12 months contract extension in summer season 2018.

    “I might listened to a good deal about him, but he has surpassed all my expectations and then some,” stated Bayern head coach Niko Kovac of Robben, a veteran of about 290 appearances in all competitions in his nine years at the Allianz Arena.

    “The function he puts in each individual working day is fascinating. He is a real case in point to younger players. He is however world-class and a definitely crucial player for us.”

    Robben captained the Netherlands for a few years, just before hanging up his worldwide boots in October 2017.

    The numbers scarcely do Robben’s affect justice, but 241 goals, a hundred ninety assists and 32 trophies is a laudable return for a player – 35 in January! – whose occupation has been interrupted by personal injury.

    Possibly in the foreseeable future, Robben – the quintessential inverted winger, whose signature angled run and curled remaining-footed complete continues to be as feared by opposition defenders today as it was 19 years back – will get the credit score he warrants.

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    Robert Lewandowski reaffirms motivation to Bayern Munich for new season

    Robert Lewandowski has place an end to speculation linking him with a go absent from Bayern Munich, saying his heart belongs to the club.
    Lewandowski, thirty, was joined with a host of European sides about the summer, but after sitting down with new head coach Niko Kovac and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic he immediately made up his brain to continue to be at Bayern.

    I experienced a definitely excellent dialogue with Niko Kovac,” Lewandowski previous season’s top Bundesliga scorer with 29 goals, informed SportBild. “He comprehended how I felt. The coach spelled out to me how he preferred to play. I appreciated that, and simply because of that made the decision I preferred to continue to be. My brain set improved that day. I know I have made faults, but I’m only human.”

    Lewandowski also expressed how a lot it meant to him to to listen to Salihamidzic problem a palms-off warning to the myriad top clubs reportedly in pursuit of the Pole and manufacturer him “the greatest striker in the world.”

    “I realised how significant I am for Bayern and they weren’t likely to allow me go away,” he spelled out. “That demonstrates the degree and stability of the club. That was the point I realised I preferred to give my all for the club the moment a lot more. I’m seeking ahead to my long term at the club and in Munich. My heart is fully at Bayern once more.”

    It goes without the need of saying a content Lewandowski is excellent information for Bayern. Considering the fact that going to Munich from Borussia Dortmund 4 several years ago, he has scored one hundred fifty five goals in 197 appearances, aiding Bayern win 4 successive Bundesliga titles, the DFB Cup and 3 Supercups in a row. In his first two outings of the 2018/19 campaign, the Warsaw indigenous has currently struck 4 times, adhering to up his 33-minute hat-trick against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Supercup with the match-profitable goal against Drochtersen/Assel in the DFB Cup first round. Lewangoalski is again.

    “I prefer to solution critics on the pitch,” Lewandowski continued, touching on the disparaging remarks he faced after failing to find the net in Bayern’s 2018 UEFA Champions League semi-ultimate defeat to Real Madrid. “Men and women can criticise me for not scoring, but not for absence of energy. Past season I experienced a patellar tendon dilemma for 7 months. I could hardly shoot with my proper foot, constantly prevented it in teaching and would just struggle through the discomfort in matches. I experienced to battle a lot more against my very own entire body than against opponents. I seemed to shell out a lot more time with physios than in teaching or on the pitch. These complications affected me mentally and on the pitch, but I constantly gave 100 for each cent.”

    Having fun with whole match fitness the moment a lot more and firing on all cylinders, Lewandowski is fully centered on the 2018/19 campaign, and an enhanced exhibiting after Bayern gained the Bundesliga but came up shorter in the Champions League and domestic cup previous phrase. The Poland captain also feels he has a point to show – to himself a lot more than everything – after firing a blank in his 3 group-phase games at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

    “The end of previous season was not excellent,” 3-time Bundesliga top scorer Lewandowski mentioned. “Not scoring in the semi-ultimate against Real, dropping the cup ultimate, not scoring at the World Cup. That’s been drive for me. I adore playing football. I also know I require to work to be a lot more thriving. I want to drive my boundaries and win a lot more titles.”

    Bayern start their 2018/19 Bundesliga campaign at home to Hoffenheim on Friday. You can observe all the create-up to that one particular In this article.

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    5 good reasons Bayern Munich can even now defeat Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals

    Bayern Munich may have lost the initial struggle, but they have most undoubtedly not lost the war. The Bundesliga champions will head to Madrid with a 2-1 deficit to overturn in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-remaining against Real. And all the things readily available to make what would be a historic evening occur to fruition.

    bundesliga.com has picked out 5 of them that point to Bayern becoming destined to occur out winners and access the Kyiv remaining…

    On home at Bayern from Real Madrid, James supplies the most interesting sub-plot to this tie, amid a welter of backstories. The Colombian’s reportedly fraught romantic relationship with Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will no question occur below the pre-match Marca microscope, and whilst the perception is that the Frenchman was happy for James to go away, his fellow players appeared fewer enamoured with the determination. As recently as November, Cristiano Ronaldo pointed to the playmaker’s departure as a personal purpose for Madrid’s up-and-down sort this phrase.

    You can recognize why: James, whose goals and assists have been crucial to Bayern’s sixth successive domestic title, has settled seamlessly into existence in Bavaria and – enjoying in a further midfield purpose – is maybe a much more complete footballer than at any time. Certainly, obtaining spoken brazenly about his need to win the treble this season, that Madrid stands for the next obstacle on Bayern’s three-pronged route to glory is a person of the much more amusing jokes destiny has performed. James will be champing at the little bit to demonstrate Zidane and the Madrid fans rather why it was a miscalculation to enable him to depart – and if something is missing from his Bayern CV to date, it can be a statement efficiency in Europe. Don’t wager against that coming in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.

    two) The ex-variable element two: Jupp Heynckes

    Couple Germans, Toni Kroos and Paul Breitner maybe apart, know the internal workings of Real Madrid greater than Heynckes, who led Los Blancos to European glory in 1997/98 and is to date the only German coach in the Spanish club’s storied heritage. Appropriately, a couple of Germans know rather as effectively how to beat Madrid in Europe – as Heynckes has currently carried out after in 2012 when he led Bayern past Los Merengues on penalties in the semi-finals (obtaining performed the initial leg at home).

    Remarkably, Heynckes has ever not reached the Champions League remaining as a coach – Bayern’s 2012 defeat to Chelsea was his second the Bavarians’ win against Dortmund the subsequent year the third – a run that commenced when in the cost of Madrid again in 1998. When he may be gunning to do away with them this year, the veteran tactician stays assured of his place in Real heritage after guiding the club past Juventus in 1998 remaining for a seventh European Cup, and initially in 32 several years.

    3) Heritage: La Bestia Negra

    For all their recent success – and there has been loads – Real ordinarily battle against German opposition, most notably Bayern, who are recognised in the Spanish money as La Bestia Negra – the black beast. As Sid Lowe place it in the Guardian in 2012, “this may effectively be the only real, cross-border rivalry in Europe”. Like most rivalries, the superpowers have much more infrequent than they treatment to acknowledge: the two are dominant domestically, the two hoover up the best young talent and the two aspire to stand for a little something bigger than by themselves.

    If any a person club can declare to have Madrid’s number, nonetheless, then it can be Bayern: of the six semi-finals amongst the sides (the teams have never ever fulfilled outside the European Cup, their twenty-five encounters in the level of competition the most of any pair), the Bavarians have occurred out on prime in four.

    When the rivalry has cooled off the field in recent several years – the absence of Oliver Kahn, who made an interest of spitting barbs in Madrid’s route, has assisted to that conclude – it has intensified on it. The twelve-time winners have triumphed in the sides’ two most recent two-legged ties, manufacturing a ferocious display of counter-attacking football to win 4- at the Allianz Arena in the 2014 semi-finals, right before a victory in extra-time in very last season’s quarter-finals.

    four) Revenge: a plate of Weißwurst best served chilly

    The mere mention of that quarter-remaining is generally more than enough to rile Bayern fans – it can be secure to say the club felt tough carried out by after very last season’s elimination at the arms of Madrid. It undoubtedly even now rankles with Joshua Kimmich, who spoke right before the draw of “seeking revenge” Arturo Vidal echoed his sentiments, tweeting later on that “revenge is a dish best served chilly”.

    Time for a brief recap as to why it was this kind of an agonizing exit for Bayern: shorn of Robert Lewandowski in the initial leg, Carlo Ancelotti’s facet went in advance on home turf when Vidal nodded past Keylor Navas. When Bayern have been awarded a penalty on the stroke of half-time, the Chilean stepped up but fired in excess of. It proved the turning point: Ronaldo equalised after half-time, Javi Martinez has dismissed and the Portuguese additional a second in the closing levels. Tie in excess of? Not even shut.The teams fulfilled a week afterwards in Madrid. Lewandowski places Bayern in advance from the location early in the second fifty percent, but after Ronaldo equalised, Sergio Ramos place via his possess net to restore parity in the tie. With extra-time imminent, Vidal was sent off in controversial situations and Madrid capitalised ruthlessly, Ronaldo finishing his hat-trick to place Madrid via a 6-3 aggregate winner, in the process ending Xabi Alonso’s and Philipp Lahm’s European occupations.

    5) The Lewandowski outcome

    Of course, of course, Madrid have a particular report goalscorer of their possess, but Lewandowski is not fifty percent-undesirable, possibly. In reality, had it not been for Ronaldo, the Pole would probably be regarded as the finest out-and-out goalscorer in Europe – he is undoubtedly the best pure striker.

    His report against Real Madrid, in unique, is greater than most other folks: in seven UEFA Champions League games (W3 D1 L3) against Los Blancos, the 29-year-aged has hit the net six times, four of those coming in a person exceptional game for Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 semi-finals.

    Whereas Lewandowski missed out on very last season’s initially leg because of to a shoulder personal injury (and Vidal blasted the penalty that the striker would have taken in excess of the bar), the winter season arrival of Sandro Wagner has eased the burden on the Bayern talisman, who obtaining missed out on scoring in the initially leg very last week, is fit and firing for the match on Tuesday. Real Madrid needs no second introduction to Bayern’s pretty possesses report man.

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    Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels: “With our team, it is doable to defeat Real Madrid”

    Mats Hummels believes Bayern Munich can defeat Real Madrid in their UEFA Champions League semi-remaining next leg on Tuesday.

    Jupp Heynckes’ expenses shed the first leg 2-1 at home past week right after squandering a number of promising odds to prolong their direct subsequent Joshua Kimmich’s opener. That result leaves the Bundesliga champions needing a 2- win or improved in the Spanish funds.

    As a not possible a task as that may feel, Hummels insists he and his team-mates are up to the problem. “Real Madrid are 1 of the biggest teams in the world and you have to be on your top rated stage to defeat them,” the 29-year-previous reported subsequent Bayern’s 4-1 triumph at home to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

    “It was doable on Wednesday, even though we did not play that very well. We have to play a remarkable game to win this detail in Madrid. But it is doable with our team.

    The Germany intercontinental also went on to reiterate his admiration for Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo: “He’s been in excellent condition for – I do not know – 15 decades now. He’s incredible. We regard that of the system. I think there are a large number of individuals who admire it and I think they are correct in performing so. When it will come to scoring goals he’s the most effective in the world.”

    Be that as it may, Hummels, even so, looks to have produced a knack for trying to keep Ronaldo silent, his efficiency at the Allianz Arena last week just the newest in a collection of meetings in which the Portuguese have unsuccessful to score.

    Hummels was component of the Germany team that defeat Ronaldo’s Portugal in the group phase of the UEFA 2012 EUROs and FIFA 2014 World Cup. He also now faced the Ballon d’Or holder 8 times in the Champions League for former club Borussia Dortmund and Bayern (W3, D1, L4).

    “I check out a large amount of the significant teams in motion, I am fascinated in football in basic, so there are issues you see,” the Bayern defender informed Sports BILD in advance of the first leg, explaining his capacity to cope with Ronaldo’s menace. “I think there is a pair of styles with [him], there are particular anomalies. I’ll consider making use of what I know, but I’m trying to keep it to myself.

    Ronaldo has changed his actively playing design and style in latest decades,” Hummels ongoing. “He’s not as dominant as he as soon as was now he’s all about ending moves off and scoring goals. In that perception, he’s the most effective goalscorer in the world due to the fact he can score all types of goals, at any point in a game.

    “Real are a real menace from the flanks, and from set-items with central midfielders like Toni Kroos. You have to protect the balls into the box. That can make it challenging to protect against Ronaldo. He will not have to have 8 touches ahead of taking shots. He does it with the first or, at the most, the next.”

    Bayern vacation to Madrid for the next leg on 1 May. The winners will face both Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool or AS Roma in the remaining in Kiev on 26 May.