Jupp Heynckes Confirms Manuel Neuer Set to Return to Bayern Action After Long Term Foot Injury

?Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has given indication that star goalkeeper and club captain Manuel Neuer is finally set to return to action in April, to end what will have by then been a seven month layoff after suffering a broken foot in September.

The fracture was a recurrence of the same injury that Neuer sustained during a UEFA Champions League clash with Real Madrid in April 2017.

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The World Cup winner made his comeback from that initial foot problem in matchday two of the Bundesliga campaign in August, but he lasted just four games in all competitions. It means that when he returns in a few weeks, those four games will be his only action in a 12 month period.

In quotes published by SportBild, Heynckes responded positively to questions over whether Neuer would be fit to play again in April.

“I think so,” he said. “The perspective is positive. It looks very good.”

However, Heynckes also explained that Neuer is under no pressure to return any sooner than he is ready and his comeback will ultimately be determined by further consultations with medical staff.

Sven Ulreich has filled in for the 31-year-old this season, and has only conceded two Bundesliga goals since the start of February. 

He was beaten by Besiktas striker Vagner Love in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, but Bayern prevailed 8-1 on aggregate to book their place in the quarter finals.

The draw for the last eight of the Champions League will take place on Friday, with Bayern to be paired with Liverpool, Manchester City, Juventus, Roma, Barcelona, Real Madrid or Sevilla.


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Jupp Heynckes Not Worried Over Thiago Alcantara Injury as Bayern Munich Secure UCQuarter Final SP

?Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes believes the injury midfielder Thiago Alcantara sustained against Besiktas on Wednesday isn’t serious.

The Spaniard hit the deck after appearing to receive a blow to the foot, ?after he opened the scoring in the 3-1 win. He couldn’t continue and limped out of the game before the half way point.

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It is a hugely frustrating occurrence for Thiago, whose season has been disrupted by various injury problems so far – the ex-Barcelona man has been restricted to just nine Bundesliga starts.

Speaking after the game though, Heynckes offered some reassuring news for the Bavarian club’s supporters. He said, as quoted by ?AS: “Thiago has signalled that he felt pain under the sole of his foot. We have to wait for the investigations tomorrow, but I do not think it’s that serious.”

The player himself also feels the injury won’t rule him out for too long, describing it on Twitter as a ‘#LittleSetback’.

Bayern, who can wrap up the Bundesliga title this weekend, easily advanced past their Turkish opponents in Europe in midweek with the aggregate scoreline reading 8-1 and Heynckes, who set a record for most managerial consecutive wins in the competition (11) added: “If you see both games, we have progressed confidently.

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“Besiktas has not lost at home so you can see that this is a very strong team. It is not easy to win here.

“At the score of 7-0, there was the certainty that we reached the quarter-finals. That it drops a bit here and there is quite normal. The only downer was that we got too many yellow cards.”

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Bayern Munich Head Coach Jupp Heynckes Sets Champions League Record With Comfortable Besiktas Win

?Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes has set a UEFA Champions League record for the most consecutive wins in the competition’s history.

?Bayern’s 3-1 win over Besiktas on Wednesday evening extended Heynckes unbeaten run to 11 games – dating back to the 2012-13 season where he won the treble with the Bundesliga giants.

His side won every game from the quarter finals onwards, including a late 2-1 win over league rivals Borussia Dortmund in the final at Wembley. Since returning for a fourth stint at the club, he won Bayern’s remaining four group games in the group stages of the competition before beating Besiktas in both legs of the Round of 16.

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He overtook both Louis van Gaal and Carlo Ancelotti who are the only other two managers to manage double figured winning streak in the competition with 10 games. 

Van Gaal accomplished the feat whilst managing Barcelona and Bayern Munich between 2000-09, whilst Ancelotti – who Heynckes took over at Bayern after the Italian was sacked – achieved the feat with Real Madrid between April 2014 and February 2015.

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Despite achieving the astonishing feat, Heynckes could yet add to his list of records. To date, he has reached the final of all three Champions League campaigns he has taken charge of, and no manager has ever made four consecutive finals.

With his Bayern side cruising at the top of the Bundesliga and beating Besiktas 8-1 over two legs, the form Bayern are currently on is frightening and nobody would out it past them to reach another European final.


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Besiktas 1-3 Bayern Munich: Germans Cruise Into UCL Quarter Finals After First Leg Rout

Bayern Munich completed a UEFA Champions League Round of 16 rout over Besiktas with a 3-1 win to secure their place in the quarter finals of the competition.

Leading 5-0 from the first leg in Munich, Thiago Alcantara’s cushioned finish 18 minutes in gave the German a first half lead, and when Besiktas defended Gonnul put through his own net thirty seconds into the second half, Bayern looked out of sight. Vagner Love’s first Champions League goal since 2011 gave the Turkish champions some hope on the night, but substitute Sandro Wagner’s late goal sealed the win for the visitors.

?Jupp Heynckes made just two changes to the Bayern starting XI that thrashed Hamburg 6-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday, with Thiago Alcantara and Rafinha replacing Arjen Robben and Joshua Kimmich.

Besiktas meanwhile made seven changes from the side that beat Genclerbirligi 1-0 to go second in the Turkish League on Saturday, with Alvaro Negredo, Talisca and Ryan Babel among those to drop to the bench.

It was Bayern, already well in control from the first leg, who had the better of the early chances without really getting close to full speed. Arturo Vidal guided a header wide from David Alaba’s cross with less than two minutes on the clock, before Thomas Muller fired over from close range after Besiktas keeper Tolga Zengin could only parry Alaba’s free kick.

Bayern would indeed take the lead on the night 18 minutes into the match courtesy of a lovely passage of play. Picking the ball up in the centre of the park, it was Vidal who worked the ball out to Muller on the right wing, and the club captain produced an inch perfect cross into the area which was met by the first time finish of Thiago Alcantara.

Though Bayern continued to cruise through the game, going closer to the second goal when Hummels headed wide from an Alaba corner, there was some concern for the German champions when goalscorer Thiago was forced off with injury to be replaced by James Rodriguez 35 minutes in.

Though Besiktas pressed for a way back into the match if not the tie, they were unable to bring a save from Bayern keeper Ulreich in the closing stages of the first half, the German’s did give themselves something to think about with the centre back pairing of Hummels and Jerome Boateng both finding their way into the book of referee Michael Oliver before the break.

Straight from the kick off, Bayern doubled their lead, this time a result of a horrendous defensive mixup from their Turkish hosts. As Tolga attempted to punch clear a relatively innocuous Rafinha cross, the ball ricocheted off defender Gonul at point blanc range and passed the hapless goalkeeper to give Bayern an extra boost they didn’t really need.

Thankfully for Gonul, that remained the most bizarre moment of the match for only a matter of minutes, before the appearance of a cat on the pitch brought the match to a brief halt.

On the stroke of the hour mark, Besiktas got themselves on the scoresheet in the tie, as some sloppy play by the Bayern defence from an Ulreich goal kick allowed the hosts to steal possession and play in Vagner Love; who despite going down under the challenge of Vidal, was able to guide his effort around Ulreich and into the bottom corner of the net.

Two minutes later Besiktas were almost level on the night as Pektemek drilled Ozyakup’s pull back just wide from eight yards out.

Having weathered the Besiktas storm, Bayern would get their third on the night and eighth of the tie with six minutes remaining, as unmarked substitute Sandro Wagner chested in David Alaba’s deflected cross from three yards out to restore Bayern’s two goal lead on the night.

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Jupp Heynckes Calls for Player ‘Discipline’ Against Besiktas as 4 Key Bayern Stars Risk Suspension

?Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes is trusting his players to remain ‘disciplined’ ahead of their second leg fixture against Besiktas in the UEFA Champions League last 16. 

The Bavarians hold a 5-0 lead over the Turkish side and, providing there a no disasters, can begin to prepare for the quarter final stage of the competition. Heynckes’ call for discipline comes as four Bayern players risk suspension for the next round in Wednesday night’s clash. 

Robert Lewandowksi, Sebastian Rudy, Joshua Kimmich, and Corentin Tolisso are all a yellow card away from a ban. With such a firm grip on the tie already, one might expect the Bayern boss to rotate his squad for the trip to Instanbul. But Heynckes has said that yellow cards will not force him to rest players. 

“I point that out to my players in the most extreme way,” Heynckes explained in the pre-match press conference, as quoted by the ?club’s official website. “Five players were at risk in the 2013 semi final against Barcelona, and nobody saw a yellow card.

“The players have to be very disciplined, they mustn’t let their opponents provoke them. I won’t rest players because of two bookings.”

The atmosphere is sure to be booming in Instabul as the passionate Besiktas crowd will aim to rally their side for a strong finish to the fixture. The travelling Bavarians will not let up, but could shuffle the pack to ensure the squad stay fresh.

“We have 20 absolutely top players, and I trust all of them,” Heynckes added. “There’s no preferred lineup. It varies. But of course I won’t act against my conviction that we need a good balance between defence and attack in the team. That’ll be the case tomorrow too.”

Even without the suspension risk, there is a good chance Corentin Tolisso will not feature on Wednesday ?after the midfielder suffered severe bruising to his ankle during a Bundesliga clash with Hamburg. Kingsley Coman, James Rodriguez and Manuel Neuer are also injury doubts for Bayern Munich. 


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