Bundesliga

  • Gnagnon explains decision to snub Premie...

    Joris Gnagnon turned down the opportunity to join Chelsea over the summer as he feared a lack of game time would stunt his development. The 20-year-old Rennes defender has emerged as one of the most highly sought-after talents in French football. 12/5 for Chelsea and Man City t...

    Gnagnon explains decision to snub Premier League champions Chelsea

    Joris Gnagnon turned down the opportunity to join Chelsea over the summer as he feared a lack of game time would stunt his development. The 20-year-old Rennes defender has emerged as one of the most highly sought-after talents in French football. 12/5 for Chelsea and Man City to draw His potential has been noted by clubs across Europe, with Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund among those to express an interest during the most recent transfer window. Gnagnon, however, was happy to snub the Premier League champions and Bundesliga heavyweights in favour of furthering himself in his homeland. He told FootMercato: "It happened very quickly. Two years ago, I was in CFA [French amateur league]. "I played my first season [at Rennes], then the second. I hear we're talking about Chelsea and many other clubs, for sure it's very flattering. I was happy." Pressed on whether he found it difficult to ignore the advancers from afar, Gnagnon added: "It was really not easy to be honest. "After that, I had to look the truth in the face, that is, if I went to Chelsea right away, I was not sure I would be playing. You're going to Dortmund, you're not sure you're playing either. Whether I went to the right or left, I was not sure I was playing. "I weighed up the pros and cons with my entourage and my agent and we thought that it was better to do one more season at Rennes. It was not easy but we had to make a choice." Gnagnon will hope that the next 12 months bring opportunities on a domestic and international stage. Despite having represented France’s Under-20 side, the youngster has committed himself at senior level to the Ivory Coast.

  • James Rodriguez is a typical No.10 who d...

    Bayern Munich playmaker James Rodriguez is a “typical No. 10 who doesn’t like tracking back”, according to former midfielder Michael Ballack. The Colombia international linked up with the Bundesliga champions over the summer in an initial loan move from Real Madrid which include...

    James Rodriguez is a typical No.10 who doesn't track back - Ballack

    Bayern Munich playmaker James Rodriguez is a “typical No. 10 who doesn’t like tracking back”, according to former midfielder Michael Ballack. The Colombia international linked up with the Bundesliga champions over the summer in an initial loan move from Real Madrid which includes an option for a permanent switch. Hamburg 13/2 to beat Leverkusen He has faced criticism since his arrival at the Allianz Arena, with questions being asked of his ability to adapt his game to meet the demands of life in the German top-flight. Ballack believes that is down to his mentality as a creative influence, but believes the 26-year-old will be given time to get things right as he has the full support of manager Carlo Ancelotti. The former Bayern midfielder told Bild: "He is a giant footballer, but he still has problems with the pace of the game.  “Against Schalke his pace going backwards improved. He is just a typical No. 10 who doesn’t like tracking back.  “James has the advantage that he has a good connection with his coach.  “Carlo put him in a difficult situation because there was already criticism of him. For a player this is a big advantage if you have a coach who is standing beside you when you're being questioned." James was given just five minutes of action towards the end of Bayern’s 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg on Friday, as they squandered a two-goal lead to be held on home soil. His next opportunity to impress could come against big-spending Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, with Ancelotti’s side heading to the French capital to face his former club in Champions League competition. Ballack believes that contest offers Bayern a chance to prove their strength against a formidable continental foe, with it up to the likes of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery to show that they can mix it with PSG stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. "For the Bavarians it is a chance to determine to where they stand,” added the ex-Germany international. “Above all, the attacking unit of Paris will want to show that they can rightly play for the Champions League title.  “For the Robbens and Riberys, it is a great opportunity to show the Neymars and Mbappes that they can.  “For Bayern, a draw would be a good result. PSG have more pressure on them following their spending." Both Bayern and PSG opened their respective 2017-18 Champions League group stage campaigns with a win, with the former seeing off Anderlecht 3-0 while the latter crushed Celtic 5-0 in Glasgow.

  • Bayern hit 13-year low with second-half ...

    A 2-2 league draw is usually not something for a club to be overly upset about, but for Bayern Munich that result saw the club reach a couple of low points that hadn't been seen in over a decade.  Carlo Ancelotti's side held a 2-0 advantage at half-time thanks to goals from Robe...

    Bayern hit 13-year low with second-half collapse against Wolfsburg

    A 2-2 league draw is usually not something for a club to be overly upset about, but for Bayern Munich that result saw the club reach a couple of low points that hadn't been seen in over a decade.  Carlo Ancelotti's side held a 2-0 advantage at half-time thanks to goals from Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben, but were pegged back in the second half by Maximilian Arnold and Daniel Didavi. Cologne 17/2 to beat Hannover 1-0 The result marked the first time since March of 2004 that the club dropped points at home while holding a 2-0 lead at the break, and the draw was the first time Bayern had dropped any home points to Wolfsburg since 2001.  2001 - @VfLWolfsburg_EN have gained a point in an away game against Bayern for the first time since December 2001 (3-3). Comeback. #FCBWOB pic.twitter.com/BqporpIQCr — OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 22, 2017 While the result changed some trends in a negative way for the Bavarians, it continued a positive trend for Wolfsburg manager Martin Schmidt, who has not lost in three trips to the Allianz Arena, an accomplishment last reached by Jurgen Klopp in 2014.  3 - Martin Schmidt hasn’t lost any of his last 3 away games against Bayern - the 1st manager to do so since J. Klopp (2011-2014). Favourite. pic.twitter.com/wYHoaLU7EI — OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 22, 2017 While the point pulled Bayern level with Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table, BVB can go three points clear with a win against Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday. 

  • Ancelotti slams Bayern for lack of inten...

    Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti cited his side's lack of intensity after they threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena on Friday. Bayern raced into a half-time lead thanks to goals from Robert Lewandowski and Rafinha, who unwittingly deflect...

    Ancelotti slams Bayern for lack of intensity after Wolfsburg fightback

    Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti cited his side's lack of intensity after they threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena on Friday. Bayern raced into a half-time lead thanks to goals from Robert Lewandowski and Rafinha, who unwittingly deflected in Arjen Robben's already goal-bound shot.  Cologne 14/5 to beat Hannover The reigning Bundesliga champions were nothing like their fluent best and were made to pay for their sluggishness in the second half as efforts from Maximilian Arnold and Daniel Didavi earned Wolfsburg an unlikely point.  Arnold's goal came courtesy of a terrible mistake from replacement goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, but Ancelotti was quick to point out that whole team should take responsibility for the dropped points.  "We did not play as we wanted," he said. "We were slow, without intensity and not compact enough.   "We did not have the game under control as usual, so the game went like this. Sven made a mistake, but the result is that we did not play well as a team." The game marked Wolfsburg's second under the guidance of Martin Schmidt following the sacking of Andries Jonker this week.  And the new man explained that the stirring second-half comeback was thanks to the values instilled in the team by Jonker.  Schmidt said: "If you are down to Bayern 2-0 and have a point at the end, you can drive home contentedly.   "The point, the performance, the passion and the mentality, which we showed in the second half, belong to my predecessor, Andries Jonker."

  • Five times the money! Dembele's massive ...

    The massive contract that Barcelona handed to 20-year-old Ousmane Dembele this summer has reportedly been seen by German outlet Spiegel, and the numbers involved in the deal make it easy to understand why the youngster decided to make the move, and why Borussia Dortmund were will...

    Five times the money! Dembele's massive Barcelona contract reportedly leaked

    The massive contract that Barcelona handed to 20-year-old Ousmane Dembele this summer has reportedly been seen by German outlet Spiegel, and the numbers involved in the deal make it easy to understand why the youngster decided to make the move, and why Borussia Dortmund were willing to sell.  According to the report, which claims that the outlet received the contract from Football Leaks, the youngster received a contract worth five times what he was earning with the Bundesliga outfit, a whopping €12 million per year, up from the €2.4m he earned per season with BVB.  Girona and Barcelona to draw at 5/1 Dembele's personal deal also reportedly includes the possibility of a €3.3m bonus should the Catalan side win a treble.  The report also alleges that Dembele cost €105m up front, with the possibility of €40m in add-ons. Among those add-ons is an obligation for the Spanish club to pay €5m when the forward reaches each of 25, 50, 75 and 100 matches played.  While the numbers are astounding, Dembele's injury will, at the very least, save Barcelona some money in the short run. With the forward expected to be out until January after tearing his hamstring, it will be difficult for him to reach any of those match numbers before the end of the season. 

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