Jupp Heynckes Insists Bayern Munich Have the Potential to Win Champions League After PSG Win

?Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes stated he believes his side’s 3-1 Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday evening proved the Bavarian’s credentials of being able to go on and lift the trophy come the end of the season. 

The Reds took an early lead thanks to Robert Lewandowski’s close-range finish inside the opening eight minutes following a frantic end-to-end start at the Allianz Arena. 

Summer signing Corentin Tolisso doubled the hosts’ advantage less than 10 minutes before the break after latching on to a pinpoint James Rodriguez header, however PSG teen sensation Kylian Mbappe rounded off a stunning team move from inside the area to halve the deficit shortly after hall-time. 

But Tolisso was on-hand again to secure Bayern’s third, and his second for the evening, not long after the hour-mark, with a tidy finish following Kingsley Coman’s lightning breakaway on the left-hand side. 

The result brought an end to the competition’s group stages for both sides, with the Bundesliga outfit alongside Paris on 15 points at the peak of Group B. 

However, their humbling inside the Parc des Princes back in September proved costly, with PSG taking top spot via their superior head-to-head record. 

Following the clash, boss Heynckes, who maintained his 100% record in the competition this year, praised his side’s efforts, with Tolisso taking special plaudits in particular, and insisted the whole group showed the qualities needed against Paris to secure Champions League glory for the sixth time in their history. 

“Coco Tolisso has shown in recent weeks that he is dangerous in front of goal”, the 72-year-old told the post-match press conference, as quoted by ?ESPN. 

“Furthermore he is a very good team player, with a great engine and strong in the tackle.

“We played very cleverly and put into action our game plan. Tactically we were very good and allowed PSG very few counter-attacks. That was the key to our win.

“We are getting better and better; the team now believes in itself and can now compensate for injuries. I am pleased with the performance of the whole team.

“Bayern has a great history in European competition and today’s game showed that we are competitive and that we also have ambitions to win the Champions League.”


Champions League Round-Up: Man Utd Top Group But Chelsea Through as Runners-Up After Roma Win

?Manchester United came from a goal behind to beat CSKA Moscow and secure top spot in Group A in the Champions League.

Alan Dzagoev gave the Russians the lead before two second-half goals in three minutes from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, who both ended lengthy scoring droughts, ensured the Red Devils progressed as group winners, Basel qualifying as runners-up after beating Benfica.


The game of the evening took place at the Allianz Arena as Bayern Munich hosted Paris Saint-Germain, and it certainly lived up to its billing.

Robert Lewandowski gave the hosts the lead, sweeping home from close range after being played onside by Dani Alves, before the unmarked Corentin Tolisso made it two with a header.

PSG responded with a terrific team goal, Kylian Mbappe heading home after great work from Marco Verratti and Edinson Cavani, but former Lyon midfielder Tolisso made sure of the result, slamming home from Kingsley Coman’s cut-back. 

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PSG qualified as winners of Group B, Bayern finishing second, while Anderlecht beat Scottish champions Celtic, who secured a Europa League spot despite the 1-0 loss.

There was drama aplenty in Group C as Roma finished top, beating Chelsea to prime position after winning against minnows Qarabag 1-0 thanks to Diego Perotti’s headed effort.


Atletico Madrid needed to beat Chelsea and hope Azerbaijanian outfit Qarabag could hold Roma, and even took the lead at Stamford Bridge through Saul Niguez, but Stefan Savic’s own goal consigned Diego Simeone’s men to the Europa League.

The result means Antonio Conte’s Blues could be drawn against the likes of Barcelona and PSG in the next round.

Barcelona and Juventus, who had both already qualified from Group D ahead of ties against Sporting CP and Olympiacos, picked up routine 2-0 victories.

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Paco Alcacer’s near post flick and Jeremy Mathieu’s own goal helped Barca ease past Sporting and ensured they won Group D, while Juan Cuadrado and Federico Bernardeschi wrapped things up for Juventus against Olympiacos.


Bayern Munich 3-1 PSG: Les Parisiens Top Group B Despite Lacklustre Defeat in Germany

Paris Saint-Germain managed to retain their spot at the top of Group B and will enjoy a home second-leg tie in the last-16 of the Champions League after the turn of the year despite their 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening. 

The French capital side endured their second straight defeat across all competitions for the first time in three years, after going down 2-1 to Strasbourg in Ligue 1 on Saturday, as goals from Robert Lewandowski and a Corentin Tolisso brace were enough to overcome Kylian Mbappe-Lottin’s second-half header. 

The result means that PSG advance into the knockout rounds top of their respective pile, despite both themselves and the Bavarians finishing on 15 points, due to their better head-to-head record – following Les Parisiens’ 3-0 win over their matchday six opponents in Paris in September. 

It was an electric start inside the earsplitting Allianz Arena, with both sides wasting no time in testing one another’s goalkeeper during the early stages. 

The first came from the visitors, who struck an extremely focused pose as the Champions League anthem echoed around the Bavarian stadium during the pre-match pleasantries, with  Mbappe skipping past David Alaba inside the 18-yard box before forcing Reds custodian Sven Ulreich into a smart save down to his right.

However, moments later, the hosts broke away with pace, but following some intricate link-up play on the edge of the area, PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola was able to smother the ball with ease following a weak attempt. 

But, the 24-year-old shot-stopper could do nothing to prevent his side going behind shortly afterwards, as Lewandowski’s quick reactions allowed him to turn the ball home unopposed from inside the six-yard-box. 

The danger was initially instigated by on-loan Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez, whose cross found Alaba before the 25-year-old defender nodded his attempt towards goal. 

The PSG defence stood motionless awaiting the official Tarik Ongun’s flag from the far side, however it never came, and their lack of reaction allowed the Poland international to take a touch, swivel and tuck his simple finish home from close range – marking just the second time the visitors had conceded in the competition so far.   

Following the opener the majority of play was condensed into the middle of the park, with the intensity, in terms of challenges, stepping up a notch, providing a truly tense atmosphere in what was dubbed a dead rubber fixture. 

However, just moments following the half-hour mark the visitors managed to finally work possession through the until-then solid red defensive wall, allowing Neymar his first real sniff at Ulreich’s net. 

Mbappe and the Brazilian’s lightning one-two on the left-hand side of the area afforded the world’s most expensive player a rare sight in behind the Bayern back-four, however the 25-year-old could not assert enough curl on his attempt to beat the left-hand post. 

Following the ball trickling wide the former Barcelona star cut a disgruntled and frustrated figure, however was forced to rue his missed opportunity even more so less than five minutes later as Tolisso doubled Bayer’s advantage. 

Once again James was crucially involved after eventually receiving possession on the left flank following his French defensive midfield teammate initiating the attack. 

The Colombian, as he had done all evening, delivered yet another sensational cross into the PSG area, this time finding the head of the onrushing 23-year-old, whose bulleted attempt found the bottom left-hand corner of Areola’s net, allowing his side to head into half-time with a two-goal advantage. 

But despite the Bavarians’ dominance during the opening 45, following the break it took Unai Emery’s side less than five minutes to grab one back, as Mbappe turned his headed attempt past Ulreich to halve the France capital outfit’s deficit. 

Marco Verratti started the stunning move by lifting his pass into the feet of Edinson Cavani, who found himself marked touch-tight by the Bayern defence inside the area. 

However, the Uruguay international was able to delightfully flick his through ball over the Reds defence into the path of the world’s most expensive teenage, who did not need a second invitation to nod his effort home and all-but secure Group B’s top spot for Les Parisiens

But after the visitors managed to drag themselves back into the clash of the European superpowers, they struggled to really convert their dominance in possession and pressure into anything tangible. 

As was the case in the first-half, the Ligue 1 leaders then felt the full brunt of their lack on conviction in the final third, as Tolisso extended Jupp Heynckes’ side’s advantage to two again after lacing home his shot from inside the area. 

Kingsley Coman started the quick attack, as the 21-year-old breezed past Dani Alves’ defensive efforts on the left-hand side, before surging towards goal and teeing up Carlo Ancelotti’s summer signing, who dispatched his effort from the centre of the box to re-establish the Bundesliga outfit’s advantage. 

As the final minutes drifted away, the hosts continued to press for their fourth and fifth of the evening which would have seen them top the group, but no more goals were forthcoming. 

Bayern now face an away second-leg in the round of 16, and will find out who joins Manchester United, Roma and Barcelona as their potential opponents following the turn of the year. 




VIDEO: Xabi Alonso & Koke Are Unsurprisingly Very Good at Crossbar Challenge

?Former Liverpool and Real Madrid star Xabi Alonso has shown that he’s very much still got it despite retiring from the game last season, after excelling in a crossbar challenge with Atlético Madrid ace Koke and YouTubers DJMario and Delantero09.

Both Alonso and Koke showed their class on the pitch, via Delantero09’s video with each player slamming three out of five of their efforts against the crossbar. 

The YouTubers showed their footballing inferiority to the professionals, managing to register just one shot apiece on the intended target.

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Alonso made a name for himself as a top class midfielder, when he joined Liverpool from Real Sociedad in 2004. 

He won the Champions League and an FA Cup with the Reds, before going on to claim a La Liga title and another Champions League trophy with Real Madrid, eventually ending his career with Bayern Munich where he bagged an impressive three Bundesliga titles.

Despite repeated attempts from Premier League sides to lure him to the English top tier, Koke is now into his ninth season with boyhood club Alético Madrid. 

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A seasoned Spanish international, the 25-year-old is a vital component of Diego Simeone’s side, and has become a firm fan’s favourite with his characteristically gutsy performances for Los Colchoneros.


Arjen Robben Reveals That Moving to Bayern Munich From Real Madrid Felt Like ‘a Step Backwards’

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has admitted that moving to the club from Real Madrid felt like a step backwards at the time, but claims that working with Louis van Gaal was the biggest pulling factor in his transfer back in 2009.

the Dutchman had struggled to establish himself and build on the potential that was promised at the Santiago Bernabeu – mainly down to continuing injury problems that have always caused him trouble.

However, though Bayern were still amongst Europe’s elite, Robben has now conceded that he saw his switch as a move backwards.

“It felt like a step backwards at the time,” Robben told UEFA’s official website. “Bayern had no international success in the years before I joined and my goal was actually to play at the best possible level, which would have meant winning the Champions League.

“It was a tough decision. Real Madrid was one of the biggest teams in the world. There was no way to return.

“It [moving to Bayern] went well; my wish was to work with Louis van Gaal. That was the best time of my career.”


Robben helped the Bavarian club to finally reach international success in the 2012/13 season when Bayern clinched the Champions League trophy, and the German side have been competing at the highest level ever since.

This week sees Robben and his teammates host Paris Saint-Germain, with both sides already having booked their place in the knockout stages of the competition. 

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??Though it’s highly unlikely, Bayern can still qualify from Group B in first place with a victory over PSG – so long as there’s an 18 goal swing. They’ll probably settle for second, though.