Bayern Munich

  • Schweinsteiger has no regrets over Manch...

    Bastian Schweinsteiger insists he does not regret his decision to leave Bayern Munich for Manchester United. The former Germany international made the move to Old Trafford in 2015 but failed to live up to high expectations in the Premier League. He featured regularly in his fir...

    Schweinsteiger has no regrets over Manchester United move

    Bastian Schweinsteiger insists he does not regret his decision to leave Bayern Munich for Manchester United. The former Germany international made the move to Old Trafford in 2015 but failed to live up to high expectations in the Premier League. He featured regularly in his first season under Louis van Gaal, before falling out of favour under Jose Mourinho and eventually leaving for Chicago Fire in March. Pogba may regret leaving Juventus However, Schweinsteiger still stands by his decision to try his luck abroad. "My move from Bayern to Manchester was the right one," the 32-year-old told Sport1. "I always had the goal to win the Champions League with Bayern Munich. That is why I always stayed put and never moved abroad. I then achieved my goal in 2013. "The step to Manchester was very important. Van Gaal called me and wanted quick success. Things went very well at first, we sat at the top of the table and were level on points with Leicester. But then I got suspended and later on I suffered an injury. "And we still won the FA Cup in the end. It's not like that was an easy achievement. "Of course, I was surprised when Mourinho dropped me to the reserves, but I always remained hopeful that the situation would change and that I would play for Manchester again. And I did just that in the end."

  • Ancelotti unhappy with Ribery performanc...

    Bayern Munich head coach Carlo Ancelotti has criticised the recent form of Franck Ribery and suggested he could drop the Frenchman in favour of Douglas Costa for Wednesday's DFB-Pokal clash with Borussia Dortmund. Ribery impressed in the Bundesliga win over Dortmund at the start...

    Ancelotti unhappy with Ribery performances

    Bayern Munich head coach Carlo Ancelotti has criticised the recent form of Franck Ribery and suggested he could drop the Frenchman in favour of Douglas Costa for Wednesday's DFB-Pokal clash with Borussia Dortmund. Ribery impressed in the Bundesliga win over Dortmund at the start of the month, contributing a goal and an assist, but failed to make much of an impact in the Champions League tie against Real Madrid or the draw with Mainz. Matthaus wants Alexis at Bayern He was substituted well before the final whistle in each of those games - lasting just 45 minutes against Mainz at the weekend - leading to questions over his fitness. Ancelotti has, though, made it clear his decisions were unrelated to Ribery's physical condition and were based solely on his disappointing performances. "Ribery is fit and can play on Wednesday," Ancelotti stated at a news conference. "He was out of the team the other day because he had not been playing well. "Douglas Costa had some knee problems before, but he is doing better now. He is in a good shape and an option for the game against Dortmund." Ancelotti also had his say on Philipp Lahm ahead of the semi-final encounter with BVB, with the Bayern skipper stating earlier this week that he is determined to end his career on a high by winning the DFB-Pokal. "Philipp is an example to follow and is very important for the team. I love his professional attitude. I am sad that he is retiring," Ancelotti added. Race for the Golden Shoe award "He has already made his decision, but we are obviously joking about it. I keep trying to convince him to continue playing! We could play him in midfield to make sure he does not have to run as much. Maybe that can convince him... "I can only hope he ends his career in the best way possible."

  • Tuchel relies on Reus to lead Dortmund p...

    Thomas Tuchel has highlighted the importance of Marco Reus to Borussia Dortmund ahead of their DFB-Pokal semi-final against Bayern Munich on Wednesday. The Germany international has been plagued by injury this season but has been in fine form since returning to the pitch two wee...

    Tuchel relies on Reus to lead Dortmund past Bayern

    Thomas Tuchel has highlighted the importance of Marco Reus to Borussia Dortmund ahead of their DFB-Pokal semi-final against Bayern Munich on Wednesday. The Germany international has been plagued by injury this season but has been in fine form since returning to the pitch two weeks ago. Reus has found the net in each of his three appearances since his latest comeback and Tuchel hopes for more of the same against Bayern. Bale to miss Champions League semi-final "Reus has now scored twice in the league since his return and he also scored against Monaco," Tuchel stated at a news conference. "He is scoring crucial goals and is showing how much we were missing when he was unavailable. "He gained a lot of confidence when he was recovering from injury during pre-season. His character has grown. "I think Marco is ready to achieve great things." Dortmund were beaten 4-1 at the Allianz Arena in the Bundesliga earlier this month, but Tuchel is confident they will do better this time around. "Two weeks ago we were without a chance, but now we feel ready for a big performance," he added. "We had six players who never played in Munich before in the last game. Ronaldo issues support to Zlatan "It is a pressure that you cannot feel in a video session. "It is kind of like going down a black slope. You are likely to do better the second time."

  • Alexis would be a good signing for Bayer...

    Lothar Matthaus feels Arsenal attacker Alexis Sanchez would be an excellent addition for Bayern Munich amid suggestions the Bundesliga champions are pondering a swoop for the Chile international. Xavi tips City to make mega Alli move Alexis' contract with Arsenal expires in Jun...

    Alexis would be a good signing for Bayern – Matthaus

    Lothar Matthaus feels Arsenal attacker Alexis Sanchez would be an excellent addition for Bayern Munich amid suggestions the Bundesliga champions are pondering a swoop for the Chile international. Xavi tips City to make mega Alli move Alexis' contract with Arsenal expires in June 2018 and talks over a new deal have been put on hold until the end of the season after both parties failed to reach an agreement. Arsene Wenger remains hopeful Alexis will stay at Emirates Stadium, but clubs such as Bayern and Chelsea are reportedly keeping a close eye on the 28-year-old's situation. Goal also understands Manchester City have made Alexis one of their primary summer targets, alongside Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci. "Sanchez is a great player, he would be a good signing for Bayern," Matthaus told AZ. "His biggest pro is that he can play in a central role up front and on the wings.” Hazard: No Chelsea renewal for now The potential arrival of Sanchez would be bad news for Douglas Costa, but Matthaus is not convinced the Brazil international has what it takes to play for Bayern following a string of underwhelming performances this campaign. "Costa is no longer the player he was when he just started at Bayern," he added. "Plus I do not like it that he has been hinting at a transfer in a number of interviews. That is not good for him, nor for Bayern. "I think the club would not stop him from leaving if they bring in another attacker."

  • Former Barcelona forward Bojan revels in...

    Bojan Krkic reflected on the delights of his country-hopping career after a goal against Bayern Munich made him the first Spaniard to score in Europe's top four major leagues. The Spain international, on loan at Mainz from Stoke City, opened the scoring in just the third minute ...

    Former Barcelona forward Bojan revels in landmark strike against Bayern

    Bojan Krkic reflected on the delights of his country-hopping career after a goal against Bayern Munich made him the first Spaniard to score in Europe's top four major leagues. The Spain international, on loan at Mainz from Stoke City, opened the scoring in just the third minute at the Allianz Arena, as the Bundesliga champions were held 2-2. Do Real Madrid respect Messi? His maiden goal in Germany adds to strikes in the Premier League with the Potters, as well as Serie A goals with AC Milan and Roma and strikes in La Liga during his early years at Barcelona. Having become just the seventh player to score in England, Spain, Italy and Germany's top flights, the 26-year-old revelled in his place in history. Bojan told The Mirror: "I'm very happy to have scored my first goal in the Bundesliga, but am particularly pleased that we drew the game because it was a very important point for us. "Obviously claiming the record makes me very proud. "However, the most important thing is that we got a point and the fact that my first goal came against a great side like Bayern at a fantastic stadium like the Allianz Arena. Neymar trolls Real with Messi celebration "It was really very exciting. As a player, I consider myself to have been really privileged to have had the chance to enjoy playing in the four major leagues as a professional and days like this make it all the more thrilling. "What's more, I'm very happy with the record that I've achieved because it's a reward for the decisions that I've made throughout my career." Mainz sit just a point above the relegation play-off spot with four games remaining.

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