Picking the Best Potential Bayern Munich Lineup to Face SV Drochtersen/Assel in Saturday’s DFB-Pokal

Bayern Munich’s season got off to the perfect start last weekend with a convincing 5-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFL-Supercup. 

They’ll be competing in another domestic cup competition this weekend, but face considerably easier opposition with a DFB-Pokal clash against SV Drochtersen/Assel.

Here’s Bayern’s best possible lineup for the match they’ll be expecting to win comfortably.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Manuel Neuer (GK) – It doesn’t matter who Bayern are playing, there should only ever be one man between the sticks for the reigning Bundesliga champions. 

Joshua Kimmich (RB) – Kimmich remains Bayern’s first choice right back, and though the youngster is already highly talented, it looks as if he has some way to go before he hits his ceiling. Expect him to play an important role on the overlap as Bayern surge forward.

Niklas Sule (CB) – With the transfer speculation surrounding Jerome Boateng, Sule should keep his spot after a clean sheet against Frankfurt. If he can form a strong partnership with Mats Hummels, Boateng may find it hard to get back into the starting XI.

Mats Hummels (CB) – Hummels is another shoo-in for this Bayern side, and he showed no signs of missing his usual defensive partner Boateng when playing against Frankfurt.

Juan Bernat (LB) – Bernat is the obvious candidate to replace David Alaba, who sustained a nasty injury against Frankfurt. This weekend’s clash won’t offer the perfect opportunity for the Spaniard to stake a claim in Kovac’s Bayern side, but he’ll be given plenty of chances to display his attacking threat.

2. Midfielders

Javi Martinez (DM) – Martinez often goes unnoticed in Bayern’s side because he tends to do the dirty parts of the game, but he does them to an incredibly high standard. He may be given a freer role this weekend, giving him the opportunity to show his range of passing.

Kingsley Coman (RM) – There appears to be no reason to risk Arjen Robben against SV Drochtersen/Assel, especially given the Dutchman is now 34. Coman could step up and start, his impact off the bench against Frankfurt was felt immediately as he grabbed himself a goal.

Leon Goretzka (CM) – Goretzka will be looking to force himself into Bayern’s starting XI ahead of the new Bundesliga season following his switch from Schalke, and what better chance to show off your skills than against lower league opposition? 

Thiago (CM) – Thiago will once again be important for Bayern this season, and in this sort of match he could run riot. Expect the Spaniard to control the tempo of the game and play between the lines against what is expected to be a low defensive block.

Franck Ribery (LM) – The veteran Frenchman played the full 90 minutes against Frankfurt and looks to be a crucial part in Niko Kovac’s plans for the season ahead. He could have a field day against this kind of opposition, and an in form Ribery is a scary proposition.

3. Striker

Robert Lewandowski (ST) – It may be overkill to field Lewandowski against opposition who play in the fourth tier of German football, but after a hat trick in the German Super Cup, new Bayern boss Niko Kovac will be looking to keep his Polish star in top form.


Bayern Munich Boss Says German Midfielder Is Free to Leave the Allianz Arena This Month

New Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has said that midfielder Sebastian Rudy can leave the club this summer. 

The Germany international only joined Die Roten last summer, having signed from Hoffenheim, but he could be heading towards the exit door after playing just 16 league games last season, and Kovac isn’t prepared to stand in his way.

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?“Sebastian is a player who wants to play a lot. He can leave if he agrees terms,” the manager told reporters after watching his side snatch a 4-1 victory in a friendly encounter against Hamburg on Wednesday (via ESPN).

“We are really well-catered for in midfield with numerous top players in that position. They cannot all play at the same time, therefore it makes sense that he looks elsewhere.”

The club’s sporting director also revealed after the match that the player had been granted permission to speak to Schalke 04 manager Domenico Tedesco. And, on Tuesday, SWR Sport reported that Rudy had already inked a deal with RB Leipzig. 

Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick has since denied the report, however.

“At the moment, Sebastian Rudy is not moving to Leipzig,” Rangnick told a news conference. “What the situation looks like in a week or two’s time, I know as little as everyone else in this room.”

Leipzig are understood to be keen on bringing Rudy in to fill the void left by Naby Keita’s move to Liverpool, but his salary bears cause for concern. 

Still, the club are reportedly looking to secure a loan deal for the player, with an option to purchase him outright at the end of next season.


Bayern Munich Consider Swoop for Spurs Ace Alderweireld as Boateng Edges Closer to Bundesliga Exit

??Bayern Munich are believed to be weighing up a move for ?Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld as a possible replacement for Jerome Boateng, who is believed to be edging closer towards Paris Saint-Germain.

According to the Mirror, Alderweireld in on Bayern’s shortlist to replace Boateng, who is thought to have already agreed terms with PSG. Most transfer windows across Europe don’t close until August 31st, giving the clubs two weeks to get their deals over the line.

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With the ?Premier League transfer window now closed, Spurs would have no opportunity to sign a replacement for Alderweireld until January. It would certainly be a strange move to sell Alderweireld at this point of the season, with the club having limited cover in the central defence beyond starters Davison Sánchez and Jan Vertonghen.

However, Alderweireld’s contract has a clause that could see him leave for just £25m next summer, and Spurs may look to cash in on the Belgium international while the opportunity still remains. There is still a possibility that the 29-year-old could sign a new deal, but his persistent refusal to extend his stay is thought to have damaged his relationship with the club.

Alderweireld has been with Spurs for three seasons, joining the club from ?Atlético Madrid after impressing in the Premier League during a loan spell with ?Southampton. The powerful defender had a regular starting spot alongside his club teammate Vertonghen in Belgium’s World Cup side, and played a pivotal role in Roberto Martinez’s team reaching the semi-final.

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In other news, ?Spurs are believed to have slapped an outrageous €200m price tag on their star midfielder Christian Eriksen, in order to ward off interest from ?Real Madrid. Los Blancos are believed to be eyeing up the Danish dynamo as a direct replacement for Luka Modri?, should the Croatian move to Inter before the transfer window closes.


Alphonso Davies Remains Focused on Whitecaps Season Despite Dream Bayern Munich Move

Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson says that Alphonso Davies has remained grounded and focused on helping his team despite his impending move to ?Bayern Munich.

Last month, ?Davies reached an agreement to join the German champions after the current Major League Soccer season ends. At $22m (£17m), it will be the largest fee an MLS club has ever received for a player.

But Robinson claims that Davies has not allowed his form or his attitude to drop since signing for Bayern.

“He’s exactly the same and people who know him will tell you his feet are on the ground,” Robinson told ?CBC. “Once you get to know him, you know what a character he is. That’s why he gets on with all the boys in the locker room.

“But his feet have remained firmly on the ground. And if they weren’t, I’d bring him back down to earth. Because he’s going to have to get used to that when he leaves us at the end of the year. 

“But while he’s here I’ll make sure he conducts himself properly and he’s a proper teammate. Individuals don’t win anything, teams win things. And that’s the dynamic that I have at this football club.”

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Davies has already made 56 MLS appearances for the Whitecaps despite only being 17 years old. This season he has scored five goals in 22 appearances.

He also has six Canada caps to his name and scored three times in last year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. In so doing, he became the first player born in the 21st century to score at a major international tournament.


‘Fake News’: Leipzig Boss Rubbishes Claims That Bayern Star Sebastian Rudy Is Set to Sign for Club

?RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick has labelled recent reports suggesting Bayern Munich midfielder Sebastian Rudy has signed a deal to switch allegiances this summer as the ‘mother of all fake news’.  

The Germany international has been mooted as a key target for Leipzig during the summer transfer window, with ?recent reports going as far as claiming that Rudy had signed a contract after a €15m deal was agreed between the two clubs.

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However, despite harbouring hopes of landing the 28-year-old as a replacement for recent departee in Liverpool’s Naby Keita, Rangnick was upset at how quickly the false news spread without credible facts.

In a press conference on Wednesday Rangnick described the reports as the “mother of all fake news in football,” but failed to rule out a real move before the close of the transfer window at the end of the month. 

“Sebastian Rudy is not moving to RB Leipzig right now, so I do not know how it will look like in a week or two,” Rangnick added, via ?Kicker. 

“First, a player must decide whether he wants to leave the club, or whether he wants to stay. Even if he chooses us, we also need to reach an agreement with Bayern Munich. We are still very far from that.” 

Rudy is known to have also attracted interest form Schalke 04 after question marks were raised over his potential game time at the Allianz Arena with the club boasting significant depth across the middle of the park. 

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Moreover, the pursuit of Rudy goes against Rangnick’s strict self imposed policies over incoming transfers, with an age limit of 24 and an annual salary ceiling of €4m both to be blown out of the water should a move eventuate.

Rudy, 28, is understood to be earning well in excess of €4m-per-year with Bayern but with leadership potential in abundance and a supreme level of talent in his locker, a reunion with Rangnick and future Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann is not perceived as a risk in any sense of the word.