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Bayern are in control of Bundesliga title race and thrashed Dortmund but there's still trouble ahead for Kovac

Wed, 10 Apr 2019 11:35:00 GMT

Bayern Munich are top of the pile in the Bundesliga once more, but even a thumping 5-0 win over fellow title contenders Borussia Dortmund hasn't been enough to bring tranquility to Bavaria's capital. On the contrary, Saturday's triumph has only served to amplify the rumblings of discontent behind the scenes. The difference of opinion about manager Niko Kovac, a debate that's raged "backstage" at the boardroom level, is now out on the open, a noisy distraction destined to dominate the final weeks...

Gnabry leads Bayern to Bundesliga summit, topping Player Power Rankings

Mon, 8 Apr 2019 10:20:00 GMT

Craig Burley and Alejandro Moreno unleash on Borussia Dortmund after a 5-0 loss at Bayern Munich that sent their rivals top in the Bundesliga. When you're the architect of a thrashing of your biggest title rivals that puts you top of the table, you're going to soar in Player Power Rankings. Our global editors pick their top 10 performers from the weekend. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);;js.src='';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); Also receiving votes: Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Lionel Messi (Barcelona). Let us know what you think of the countdown by commenting on Twitter using #ESPNFCrankings.

Barcelona all but clinch La Liga vs. Atletico. PLUS: Bayern rout Dortmund, Man City's Quadruple odds increase

Mon, 8 Apr 2019 07:07:00 GMT

After another action-packed weekend in soccer, Gab Marcotti reflects on the big talking points in his latest edition of Monday Musings. Jump to: Bayern rout Dortmund | Man City's Quadruple | Milan-Juve fallout | Arsenal woe | Bravo, Benzema | Rabiot drama at PSG | Watford, Wolves dazzle Barcelona bring Atletico's season to an end It was the last roll of the dice in terms of La Liga's title race and there were no surprises. Or, rather, the surprise was how, playing with 10 men for...

Bayern vs. Dortmund was no contest as Bundesliga giants seized control of title race with five-goal rout

Sat, 6 Apr 2019 01:09:00 GMT

Bayern seized on Dortmund's weaknesses from the kickoff to arguably seize control of the title race with six games left. MUNICH, Germany -- "Gegen Bayern kann mal verlieren" ("You can lose against Bayern") is what the hardcore home fans in the Allianz Arena south stand were chanting sarcastically at the final whistle. Yes, you can -- but not like this. Not if you're two points clear of the Reds at the top of the table with seven games to go and a big chance to win your first championship in seven years. For all the good things the home side did in their 5-0 win -- and there were many -- it was mostly down to Borussia...

Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund: The one match you can't afford to miss this weekend

Thu, 4 Apr 2019 12:32:00 GMT

Shaka Hislop and Ross Dyer break down Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund, citing it as a must win for Bayern if they want to keep Bundesliga title hopes alive. Raf Honigstein believes Bayern Munich will have a busy summer transfer window, buying four to five players and spending €200m. Raphael Honigstein assesses the possibility that Jadon Sancho will leave Borussia Dortmund this summer. Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund take on six-time defending champions Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Saturday evening in the most exciting football game of the weekend, anywhere. Millions of supporters in Germany and beyond will nervously watch as the two biggest teams in the country, separated by only two points in the table with seven games to go, clash in an epic showdown that might well decide the closest Bundesliga title race this decade. So this match is important? Yes! It's...

Gnabry's emergence as a Germany star is Arsenal's loss and Bayern's gain

Fri, 29 Mar 2019 09:52:00 GMT

Following their stoppage-time win over the Netherlands, the FC crew believe Leroy Sane and Germany may be turning a corner in their redevelopment. On Wednesday, Focus magazine's sports editor Dirk Adam asked his Twitter followers whether the €80 million Bayern Munich had splashed out for the transfer of French defender Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid wouldn't have been better spent on 320 Ferraris, 80,000 iPhones or 53 million scoops of ice cream. Adam forgot to include the best possible answer, however: the ideal thing the German champions could have done with €80 million would have been to buy another 10 Serge Gnabrys. Yes,...

Way-too-early look at next season: Real Madrid land Mbappe, Sancho to Man United?

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 01:35:00 GMT

The 2018-19 season isn't over yet, but with the international break upon us, we thought it would be a good time to look ahead to next season. Here, our writers and correspondents give their predictions for what will happen over the summer and how Europe's biggest teams will line up for their first game. Premier League MAN CITY -- Jonathan Smith Who will be signed? The spectre of a potential transfer ban is hanging over Manchester City. It's possible that they may be busy in this summer's...

Champions League still belongs to Ronaldo and Messi despite Premier League's strong showing

Thu, 14 Mar 2019 08:10:00 GMT

So, English football is back, capped by Liverpool's victory in Munich on Wednesday night, but is the Premier League ready, once again, to dominate the Champions League? With four English clubs reaching the quarterfinals for the first time since the 2008-09 season, we may be on the cusp of a new period of European domination by the richest league in the world. Just don't expect that to begin without Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi having something to say about it. The Champions League round...

Bayern Munich's humiliation vs. Liverpool must lead to change

Thu, 14 Mar 2019 07:44:00 GMT

Steve Nicol credits Liverpool for their return to the final eight of the Champions League, despite not playing to the high standard they set last season. Early exchanges at post-match press conferences are often anodyne affairs, but on Wednesday night an ashen-faced Niko Kovac was immediately confronted with the most important, most uncomfortable question his team's 3-1 defeat had raised. "What was your idea for the game?" Kovac's reply spoke volumes. The 47-year-old started by congratulating Liverpool for being the "better team," then went on to say that Bayern's tactics were to employ a "controlled offensive" in recognition of their opponents'...

Liverpool's Champions League progress down to Van Dijk, the game's most expensive defender

Wed, 13 Mar 2019 04:26:00 GMT

Steve Nicol credits Liverpool for their return to the final eight of the Champions League, despite not playing to the high standard they set last season. MUNICH -- It takes an extra-special player to inspire a team to Champions League glory, and during this decade, it has usually been Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi who has been the difference in terms of elevating his side above the rest. Only twice since 2010 has a team without Ronaldo or Messi won the Champions League -- Chelsea in 2012 and Bayern Munich in 2013 -- and it will take a great team, or an outstanding player, to prevent one of them from claiming another winners' medal this season. But...

The keys to Champions League progress for Bayern, Liverpool, Barcelona, Lyon

Wed, 13 Mar 2019 01:39:00 GMT

Wednesday night's Champions League games are both evenly poised at 0-0 after the first legs, but what will make the difference for the teams that make it into the quarterfinals? Bayern Munich vs. Liverpool It has become part of Liverpool mythology that the Bayern players were singing in the showers of the Anfield away dressing room following their 0-0 draw in the first leg of the 1981 semifinal. No such boisterous behaviour occurred after the same result three weeks ago, but the result and manner...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Bayern Munich to rival Barcelona for Ajax's Matthijs De Ligt

Fri, 8 Mar 2019 03:53:00 GMT

Craig Burley says the arrogance shown at every level of Real Madrid is to blame for their current domestic and European troubles. The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals, and keep track of who has joined the big boys. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. TOP STORY: Bayern rival Barcelona for De Ligt TRANSFERS ESPN's step-by-step guide to a transfer Why were Chelsea given a transfer ban? FC Exclusives - Solskjaer eyes five United signings - Barcelona set to sign De Ligt - Herrera to join PSG - Chelsea track Paranaense's Guimaraes - Real's Varane considering future Ajax's Champions League win over Real Madrid has only intensified the hunt for Matthijs De Ligt. Barcelona are still optimistic that the highly-rated central defender will join...

With Bundesliga at stake, Dortmund might be supporting Bayern in Champions League

Fri, 8 Mar 2019 05:00:00 GMT

On Feb. 18, diners at an exclusive Italian restaurant on Liverpool's Castle Street were disturbed by cries of joy. The club bosses of Bayern Munich, in town for the following night's Champions League tie with Liverpool, had just received news of Borussia Dortmund's score: 0-0 away to bottom side 1. FC Nurnberg. The Bayern board's laughter and jubilant shouts showed that they regarded their rivals' meek draw as a big win for themselves. The deficit was now only three points. The championship, all...

Bayern fight and scrap to earn an edge vs. Liverpool but need a change of focus in Munich

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 02:53:00 GMT

Thanks to the much-maligned away goals rule in European football, many consider a 0-0 draw in the first leg of a knockout tie a good result for the home team. But after Tuesday night's game at Anfield, Bayern Munich walked away by far the happier side. The German champions probably knew that a goalless draw statistically tilts the tie in favour of the away side. In 31 previous first-leg 0-0 draws in the Champions League, the club hosting the return fixture have gone through 22 times. Based on those...

Bayern earning draw amid Anfield atmosphere hardly a nightmare for Liverpool

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 04:12:00 GMT

LIVERPOOL, England -- There are times when people get carried away with the emotion of a European night at Anfield. The noise, the colour, the fear that makes world-class opposition players freeze in their tracks; all those elements helped drive Liverpool to the Champions League final last season, but Bayern Munich debunked some myths as they secured a 0-0 round-of-16 first-leg draw on Tuesday. Bayern, five-time European champions just like Liverpool, turned up, shrugged their shoulders...

James Rodriguez's big chance vs. Liverpool could foreshadow his future role with Colombia

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 09:36:00 GMT

James Rodriguez's time at Bayern Munich has been mixed but Thomas Muller's suspension provides him a huge opportunity vs. Liverpool. Argentina had never lost a World Cup qualifier at home until Colombia inflicted an extraordinary 5-0 defeat on them in Buenos Aires back in 1993. At the time, this was seen as a case of patricide. Argentina was the footballing father of Colombia. Argentine players did much to get the Colombian professional game up and running. Argentine coaches were given pride of place. That Colombia side was coached by a Colombian, Francisco Maturana, who did much to put his country's football on the global...

Exclusive: Manuel Neuer on Liverpool clash in Champions League, injuries and finding form

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 02:30:00 GMT

In an exclusive with ESPN FC, Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer makes no excuses when asked about his side's Bundesliga campaign. MUNICH -- It would have been easy, understandable even, to cancel the interview. A few days before we were due to meet in the Bavarian capital last Sunday, Manuel Neuer had hurt his right hand in a training exercise. The injury was initially described as not serious but soon became the subject of much intrigue as the Bayern Munich goalkeeper missed two games and the club refused to provide any updates. Neuer, too, remained tight-lipped. The exact nature of his complaint was guarded jealously at...

ESPN FC writers' Champions League round-of-16 predictions

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 01:24:00 GMT

Bayern Munich great Bastian Schweinsteiger throws his support behind Niko Kovac and tells ESPN FC they can get back to the Champions League final this season. Which eight clubs will make it through to the Champions League quarterfinals? Here are our writers' predictions. The lineup is set for the Champions League Round of 16. Gab Marcotti Man United, Roma, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, Barcelona, Juventus, Man City Mark Ogden Man United, Roma, Real Madrid, Tottenham, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Man City (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);;js.src='';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); Graham Hunter Man United, Porto, Real Madrid, Tottenham, Liverpool, Barcelona, Juventus, Man City Raphael Honigstein PSG, Porto, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, Barcelona,...

James wants out and Bayern aren't impressed: why his time in Munich is coming to an end

Thu, 7 Feb 2019 02:55:00 GMT

Serge Gnabry scored twice for Bayern Munich and Kingsley Coman provided the winner in extra time as Bayern defeated Hertha Berlin 3-2. After Bayern Munich had narrowly beaten Hertha BSC in the German Cup, Niko Kovac went out of his way to praise the performance of James Rodriguez. "He played really well," said the Croatian manager. "His composure on the ball in tight spaces was very important in a game of many 50-50 duels. With him, we have a lot more quality." There was, of course, an element of PR involved. James, Kovac implied a few weeks ago, is one of those players who takes criticism very personally and needs to feel...

Transfer Talk: Bayern will be back for Callum Hudson-Odoi

Fri, 1 Feb 2019 05:07:00 GMT

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs closed on Thursday. Click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys, but Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. TOP STORY: Bayern will be back for Hudson-Odoi The Sun reports that defending German champions Bayern Munich will return for Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi in the summer. That's according to their CEO Karl-Heinz...

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