Bayern Munich Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer Insists He Will Play at World Cup Despite Long-Term Injury

?Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has stressed that he will have recovered in time for the World Cup in Russia next summer.

The Germany international is currently out until the New Year after fracturing a bone in his foot in September.

It is the third injury Neuer has suffered this year, but he is adamant that he will be ready by the time of Joachim Low’s squad selection.

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“I have to say the other goalkeepers have performed well, but I fully expect to be back in goal at the World Cup,” he told ?Bild. “In my opinion, there’s nothing standing in the way of me playing in the World Cup.”

He added: “It is difficult to say when I will make a comeback. Firstly, I have to get 100 percent fit and at the moment I’m still on crutches.

“I hope to be able to ditch my two friends [the crutches] in the New Year and then step up my recovery, but it’s hard to predict when I will return to the pitch.

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“I am taking my time and not taking any risks — I need to be 100 percent.”

Neuer is only likely to increase his training workload when given the all clear by Bayern’s medical staff. “A further injury to the bone would be less than ideal for me,” he said.

Bayern’s backup goalkeeper Sven Ulreich has impressed in place of Neuer, although he picked up an injury prior to the weekend’s win over Frankfurt.

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??That has meant the end of Tom Starke’s retirement plans, with the 36-year-old academy coach drafted in to help Bayern see out their goalkeeping crisis.


Bayern Munich’s Jupp Heynckes Full of Praise for Arturo Vidal After Win Over Frankfurt

Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes was full of praise for midfielder Arturo Vidal after his 20th minute header helped the Bavarians secure a hard fought 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Vidal found himself unmarked on the end of a Joshua Kimmich cross, and was able to head beyond the keeper to score the only goal of the game, and has now scored in Bayern’s last four Bundesliga games.

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Speaking after the win (via ?ESPN), Heynckes praised Vidal’s performance, saying:? “It’s to Arturo’s credit. He has played many outstanding games for Bayern in the last few years, but has been a little out of sorts recently. The player has to make the change himself — naturally with my help.”

When asked about the eight point lead at the top of the table his side secured after RB Leipzig drew 2-2 with Mainz later in the day, Heynckes was quick to defuse the title talk, adding: 

“The autumn championship is not important, what is important is the team are back playing good, attractive football again and we are able to win games like today.

“I won’t deny the table is very pleasant to look at with our lead, but we won’t get carried away celebrating.”

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Heading into the game, Bayern were faced with a number of injuries, which was reflected by the fact Heynckes made six changes to the side which beat PSG 3-1 during the week. 

Speaking about whether these injuries had an effect on the game, Heynckes admitted: “Of course, we have different ambitions on how we want to play, but Thomas Muller is only just back after a six-week injury break.

“Franck Ribery was out for nine weeks — only playing his second game and has not played a full 90 minutes. I had to take off Kingsley Coman as well because he was still carrying an injury from Tuesday [against Paris Saint-Germain]. 

“I also did not allow Robert Lewandowski to start because he is still battling a problem with his patella. 

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“David Alaba was also injured for a long time and recently had another two-week break. “I know what is and what isn’t possible, but it’s vital to win these type of games. 

“We made five changes plus we had Tom Starke in goal today. Of course, we have a very good squad but with these type of problems, you cannot expect to perform like we did on Tuesday against PSG.”

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Starke was a later addition to the starting line up after Sven Ulreich picked up an injury during the warm up – which Heynckes confirmed was an adductor problem – however the Bayern boss was also full of praise for the stand in keeper, who had joined the coaching staff at the club at the start of the season, before an injury to Manuel Neuer persuaded him to reverse his decision.

Heynckes added: “I have to say Tom performed brilliantly considering the circumstances.” 

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The win guarenteed that Bayern would be top of the Bundesliga at Christmas, however Heynckes won’t be worrying about that, and instead will now turn his attention to their next Bundesliga game against FC Koln at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, hoping his side don’t pick up anymore injuries before then.


Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 Bayern Munich: Vidal Goal Gives Leaders Narrow Win to Extend Lead at the Top

Bayern Munich extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to eight points, albeit temporarily, after a narrow 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt at the Commerzbank Arena on Saturday.

The Bavarians headed into the game with a six point lead over their nearest challengers RB Leipzig at the top of the Bundesliga, and were coming off the back of an impressive 3-1 win over PSG in the Champions League. As for the hosts, they sat in ninth place, but were just four points behind second placed Leipzig, and were looking to close the gap on their European challengers. 

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Frankfurt made two changes from their last Bundesliga outing, with Aymen Barkok and Gelson Fernandes coming in for Mijat Gacinovic and Makoto Hasebe. As for the visitors, Bayern made six changes from the side that beat PSG in the Champions League midweek. Out went Sven Ulreich, David Alaba, Mats Hummels, Corentin Tolisso, Sebastian Rudy and Robert Lewandowski, all making way for Tom Starke, Jerome Boateng, Rafinha, Javi Martinez, Arturo Vidal and Thomas Muller.

Eintracht began the brighter of the two sides, with Jetro Willems posing an early threat down the left hand side, however it was the visitors that took the lead. Joshua Kimmich’s corner was headed back out to the youngster, who then put an inviting ball in towards back post which an unmarked Vidal was able to head beyond Lukas Hradecky to give Bayern the lead.

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Despite going 1-0 down, Frankfurt responded well. Both sides were enjoying spells of possession but were also creating chances. Barkok was able to find Marius Wolf in the box, however the midfielder was unable to direct his header on target. 

Shortly afterwards, the home side went close again with a freekick designed on the training ground. The set piece was taken short to Willems who’s powerful shot was saved by Starke – who was having a very busy afternoon.

Vidal then went close again on the stroke of half time, when a corner was headed out as far as the Chilean international, who chested the ball and struck a looping shot on the volley, however the keeper was able to see the ball over the bar. 

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Frankfurt began the second half the better of the two teams, enjoying the majority of the possession, however neither side were creating any clear cut chances. The game became a feisty affair, with a number of bookings being shown to both sides, before a moment of controversy came on the 70th minute mark.

Wolf lunged in on James Rodriguez and looked to have caught the Colombian late. The referee showed no hesitation in showing the Frankfurt player a straight red card, much to the frustration of the home side. The referee then referred to the video review, and upon review retracted the red card and awarded just a yellow, allowing Wolf to continue.

The incident seemed to spark the second half into life, with Frankfurt threatening the Bayern goal before a scramble in the penalty area resulted in the Bayern defence clearing the danger. Just minutes later, a ball across the face of Starke’s goal had Haller waiting to poke the ball home, however Niklas Sule was able to get in front of his man and turn the ball behind for a corner.

Despite a spirited performance from the home side, Bayern were able to see the game out and round off a very successful week with a hard fought win.



5 Bayern Munich Players Who Improved Following the Return of Jupp Heynckes

?On the 9th October, with the club in disarray, Jupp Heynckes returned for his third full-time stint at Bayern Munich.

The German came out of retirement after winning a first-ever treble with the Bavarians in 2013.  

Carlo Ancelotti’s tenure in the south of Germany was largely considered a failure as the club were bested by his former side Real Madrid in the Champions League and knocked out of the DFB-Pokal semis by Borussia Dortmund.

The Italian was accused of mismanagement and losing the dressing room with several stars visibly irked nearing the end of his tenure. A poor start to the season and a hammering at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain sent Ancelotti on his way.

In came club legend Heynckes, who immediately looked to turn things. After being well adrift of Borussia Dortmund early on, Bayern have gone into resurgent mode and cleared a six-point lead at the summit, as things return to the status quo.

Here are five players in particular who have benefited from the prodigal son’s return…

5. David Alaba

A product of die Roten’s illustrious youth academy, David Alaba has all the talent to become one of the finest left-banks of this century. But he has regressed from mismanagement at the hands of Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola; though the latter’s reasons were justified.

The Austrian international was limited in attacking due to Ancelotti causing a notable gap between the defence and midfield. Now though, Alaba has been putting in some excellent shifts as he looks to get back to his golden years under Heynckes.

The only blip in the 25-year-old’s displays of late came in his last match, where Kylian Mbappe glided past his marker – and other defenders – with relative ease, but good times are ahead. 

4. James Rodriguez

Replaced and forced out under the new regime of Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid, James Rodriguez had to look to Germany for getting his career back on track. He’s done just that.

An ineffective half at the Parc des Princes before Ancelotti’s sacking typified how far the Colombian had fallen from grace since his excellent World Cup in 2014. 

Rodriguez though showed what he was capable of in the crunch tie against Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion, being instrumental in the win with two finely tuned assists.

3. Kingsley Coman

A sensational start to life at Bayern began to fade last season, but despite his youth, Kingsley Coman has had the maturity to pick himself up and return to form again.

In interim coach Willy Sagnol’s only match in charge, Coman looked bereft of sharpness even against a poor Hertha BSC side. But during Heynckes’ first game, the former Juventus man looked revitalised, putting in an excellent performance against SC Freiburg.

Since the match against Freiburg, Coman already has three goals and three assist to his name in nine matches. 

2. Corentin Tolisso

Just like his fellow countryman, Corentin Tolisso has excelled since Heynckes’ changes. The midfielder looked out of his depth with the pressure of being the most expensive player in Bayern’s history seemingly weighing him down.

However, confidence now seems to be running through his veins yet again, as the former Olympique Lyonnais player is getting better with every game. His first start under the returning manager was a stellar performance against Hamburger SV, but his best performance in a red shirt was against PSG on Tuesday night, scoring two decisive goals against his old nemesis. 

Eager to continue his form, Tolisso will be looking to start against a winless FC Koln side at the weekend.

1. Sven Ulreich

Understandably, it is no easy job to follow the tremendous act of Manuel Neuer in goal, but Sven Ulreich has certainly done well of late.

After two uneventful seasons, the former Stuttgart player has been called into action for most of the season on account of an injury to the number one. While his initial performances left much to be desired, Ulreich has since transformed into a wall. 

Though being robbed of some clean sheets due to a lapse in defending, Ulreich’s reactions above all have sharpened immensely and he even managed to get an assist in the win over Celtic.


Tottenham Star Admits Fondness for ‘FIFA Team’ Bayern Munich Ahead of Champions League Draw

Spurs star midfielder Dele Alli has revealed his admiration for Bavarian side Bayern Munich, and admitted that he wouldn’t want to face them in the Champions League round of 16.

The English attacker, whose star has risen to unbelievable heights these last few seasons, helped his team shock Europe by making it through a perceived group of death consisting of both Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.


The possibility of facing Bayern in the following round, though, is very real. And although Alli must be confident in his team’s ability to cope, given their group stage exploits, he isn’t keen on meeting the German champs just yet.

?“You just have to look at the story. Bayern will always be one of the strongest teams in the world,” he told ?Bild. “They bring so much quality to the field, have incredible players. It would not be my wish to play against them in the next round.

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“I talked a bit about the Bundesliga with Leroy Sane and Kevin Wimmer, and played German clubs in the Champions League. 

Alli did not hide his interest in German football, also admitting that he plays with Bayern on FIFA, but made sure to note that he believes that the Premier League is the best division in the world.

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“At FIFA on the console, I also play with Bayern,” he added. “The Bundesliga will always remain a competitor, even if it is currently not doing so well internationally. But for me, the Premier League is the best league in the world. I would like to prove myself further.”