Bayern Sensation Joshua Kimmich Admits to Learning Spanish With the Help of Real Madrid

?In this modern world where most people would usually download an app to learn another language, Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich has sort to use an unlikely source as a means to learn the Spanish language. 

?Marca are reporting that Kimmich has admitted that he owes his Spanish learning skills thanks to Real Madrid, but not for the reasons you think. The German midfielder has been learning Spanish through Real Madrid’s club song, which his teammates aren’t privy to knowing.

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Though, the 22-year-old admitted that he is learning Spanish not only because his mother urged him to do, but also because of the plethora of Spanish-speaking players at Bayern. With Thiago, Javi Martinez, James Rodriguez, Rafinha, Juan Bernat and Arturo Vida at the club, it helps to know a little Spanish. In an interview with Bilde he said:

“Just training every day and coming home is not enough for me so my mother had the idea to learn another language.

“I learnt French in school and can already speak English. Because we have so many Spaniards in the team it seemed like a good idea.” (via ?ESPN FC)

Kimmich admitted that he finds the time to learn Spanish on his way to and fro the club’s training. He added: “Everyday I go on my own to training and it is a long way home”.

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The German international featured in his side’s 3-1 win against Hannover yesterday. The win sees their lead stretch to six points, after second place Leipzig, lost 4-0 away to Hoffenheim.

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Bayern Munich 3-1 Hannover 96: Bavarians Overcome Stubborn Opponents to Extend Bundesliga Lead

Bayern Munich eventually managed to beat Hannover 96 3-1 at the Allianz Arena, but were made to work hard by their opponents.

Goals from Arturo Vidal, Kingsley Coman and Robert Lewandowski were enough to seal the win for the Bavarians and extend their league in the Bundesliga to six points.

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Bayern Munich headed into the game top of the Bundesliga, three points clear of second-placed RB Leipzig. However, the league leaders were beaten last time out as they lost 2-1 away from home to Borussia Monchengladbach. 

Hannover 96, on the other hand, started the game in 10th place in the league. They only won one of their last five games in all competitions, which came against Borussia Dortmund as they beat them 4-2 at the end of October.

The Bavarians made four changes from the team that lost to Borussia Monchengladbach. Jerome Boateng, Kingsley Coman, Rafinha and Thomas Muller replaced Niklas Sule, Juan Bernat, Corentin Tolisso and Sebastian Rudy. 

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The away side also made changes from the team that drew 1-1 against Stuttgart last week. Forwards Martin Harnik and Ihlas Bebou were replaced by Niclas Fullkrug and Charlison Benschop.

Bayern dominated possession right from the start, and Vidal had a good chance in the opening minutes, but was denied by the Hannover goalkeeper. The ball came to the Chilean in the middle of the Reds’ box, but his guided effort to the bottom right-hand corner was saved by Philipp Tschauner. 

The home side made the breakthrough in the 17th minute through Vidal. A cross from the right side by Thomas Muller was swung around to the back post and was met by the Bayern midfielder, who headed it back across goal into the back of the net.    

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Hannover struggled to make any impact as an attacking force in the first quarter of the game, reduced to a few counter-attacks which were stopped right in their tracks by the home side.

Bayern thought they doubled their lead in the 24th minute, but it was ruled out for offside after a video review. Muller drove into the right side of the away teams box, and his cross across the goal took a couple of deflections before it arrived straight the Robert Lewandowski, who tapped it in from basically the goal line, only for it to be chalked off.  

But just moments later, Hannover were awarded a penalty after Fullkrug was fouled by the Bayern Munich goalkeeper. Fullkrug was put through on goal and as he touched the ball to the side of Sven Ulreich, he was brought down by the keeper.   

Fullkrug thought he then leveled it from the spot, only for referee Guido Winkmann to rule it out and order it to be retaken because some players entered the Bayern box before the penalty was struck. But the forward’s second attempt was this time saved by Ulreich to his right side, to keep the score at 1-0. 

But Hannover did get their equaliser in the 35th minute, after a corner by Felix Klaus was met by Benschop at the near post, who headed it across the goal, with the Bayern goalkeeper helpless to stop it. 

Bayern then had a fantastic chance to take the lead right before half-time, but a header by Muller was touched onto the cross bar by the Hannover stopper. 

During half-time, the away side made a change to freshen up the team. Midfielder Manuel Schmiedebach was withdrawn for Iver Fossum. But James Rodriguez almost restored Bayern’s lead a few minutes after half-time, but his effort from outside of the box curled just wide of the Hannover goalkeeper’s right side post. 

Manager Jupp Heynckes made a change for the Bavarians just before the hour mark, as midfielder Javier Martinez was replaced by Tolisso. The substitute almost made an impact minutes later but his header was tipped over the bar by the Reds’ stopper. 

The pressure kept growing from the home side, and they finally found a way through in the 67th minute. A cross from the right side fell to Bayern’s Coman, who touched the ball down to his left foot, around the back post, and smashed the ball past goalkeeper Tschauner into the roof of the net. 

Hannover manager Andre Breitenreiter made another change straight after as goalscorer Benschop was substituted for Harnik. But it was Bayern who almost scored a third when Robert Lewandowski was put though on goal, but his attempt to clip it over the goalkeeper was denied by Tschauner.

More changes followed for both sides, as Muller was withdrawn for defender David Alaba for the home side. The Reds’ also made their final change as Oliver Song was replaced by Miiko Albornoz. But Bayern made it 3-1 from the penalty spot after Coman was brought down by substitute Harnik in the box during the final minutes of the game. Lewandowski then dispatched the penalty, which sealed the win for the home side. 

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Bayern Munich Midfielder James Rodriguez Had a Concussion During Bundesliga Match

?Colombia and Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez has revealed that he could not remember what was happening in the Borussia Monchengladbach game at half-time after suffering a concussion.

Bayern Munich were defeated 2-1 by Monchengladbach, but Rodriguez was forced off at half time after colliding with Tony Jantschke. 

After the coming together, Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes decided to withdraw the midfielder as a precaution, which now appears to have been the correct decision given what happened at during the break.

In an interview with Bundesliga the Colombian said: “It is true that I arrived at the locker room at halftime and asked how the game was going. They told me: ‘We are losing 2 to 0’ And I asked them: ‘Really? When did this happen?’ 

It was all very strange, and only after 15 minutes did I begin to realise that our goalkeeper had almost stopped the penalty. But I still did not know when it had happened.”

The 26-year-old went on to reassure fans that he is now fine. “Fortunately, it was nothing serious. Now I am fine, they did medical checkups and there’s nothing to worry about.”

In the interview Rodriguez also spoke about how impressed he has been with Bayern Munich as a club and his admiration for the fans.

Bayern is a very big club. Here they are used to fighting titles, as I got used to in my previous team. I expected Bayern to be exactly like that, so nothing surprised me”, the midfielder said. 

“Everyone in the club behaves at the height of what a great club is. I have nothing more to say. Bayern is 10 out of 10.

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People are much more respectful, not as fanatical as in other countries. When I go out, although people recognize me, they let me walk … They keep distance. I can go for a coffee, relax … It’s a fantastic city, quiet. I’m falling in love with Munich.”

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Picking the Best Potential Bayern Munich Starting Lineup For Saturday’s Game Against Hannover

German champions Bayern Munich look to kickstart their league campaign after falling to Borussia Monchengladbach in their last fixture. Jupp Heynckes men welcome Hannover to the Allianz Arena as they look set to get back to their winning ways. 

Bayern are coming off a disappointing defeat to Gladbach last weekend, which saw the reigning champions left stunned by the home side. Despite the loss, Robert Lewandowski & co still sit comfortably at the top of the Bundesliga table though and will look to extend their lead to six points.

Here is how they may line up against Hannover. 

Goalkeeper

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Manuel Neuer has not featured for the Bavarians since September with Sven Ulreich taking his place in the team in the wake of his foot fracture.

More of the same could be expected as Neuer is still far from recovered, therefore Bayern will have to make the most of Ulreich in the absence of their premier shot-stopper.

Defence

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The Bavarians will be without left-back Juan Bernat who picked up a minor muscle injury, with Rafinha being his most likely replacement. The centre-back pairing of Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule will be the likely starting option for Heynckes as his side look to bounce back after a disappointing performance against Gladbach. 

Joshua Kimmich has impressed in this Munich side and will look to continue his fine form at left back as the side try to get back on track.

Midfield

The German side has been plagued with injury problems this season, and both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are set to miss out on the clash while top performer Thiago Alcantara has also been sidelined with an injury.

Taking this into consideration, the side that may line up against Hannover could include Arturo Vidal and Javier Martinez in defensive midfield roles, while James Rodriguez plays behind the striker with Coman and Tolisso on either side of him.

Forwards

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Robert Lewandowski is set to start up front for the Bavarians who will be without centre forward Thomas Muller, who is another one of their injured stars. 

However, with the presence of Lewandowski, the goalscoring of Muller will not be missed too much as the Polish international almost guarantees goals for his side whenever his name appears on the team-sheet.

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Report Claims James Rodriguez Could Return to Real Madrid Under One Condition

?James Rodriguez is apparently eager to return to Real Madrid just months starting his two-year loan deal at Bayern Munich. 

The Colombian joined Los Blancos following a sensational showing at the World Cup in 2014, but eventually fell out of favour under Zinedine Zidane, who preferred the likes of Gareth Bale and Isco in his system.

Bayern since took him on loan with scope for a permanent move, but Spanish rumours outlet ?Diario Gol claim Rodriguez has an agreement with his parent club to return, should Zidane lose his job.

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In addition, the report also claims that the former Monaco attacker has told friend and former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo of his desire to return to the Bernabeu.

While incredible unlikely when James started his loan deal in Bavaria, Zidane’s position in Madrid is increasingly uncertain after a subpar start to the season which sees them sit fourth in La Liga, eight points off of Barcelona, while also behind a resurgent Valencia side and rivals Atletico Madrid.

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Rodriguez has featured in eight of the Bavarians’ thirteen Bundesliga matches, scoring twice with an additional three assists, but struggled in the recent loss to Borussia Monchengladbach.

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