Gladbach 2-1 Bayern Munich: Injury Hit Champions Slump to Defeat as Jupp Heynckes Revival Stalls

Bayern Munich’s injury hit squad wen were well beaten by in-form Borussia Monchengladbach as Jupp Heynckes’s unbeaten record since his return to the Bundesliga champions was ended in a limp fashion.

The first half was a mostly tense affair, with Rafael missing a golden opportunity to open the scoring after a defensive error as the Brazilian sliced his shot horribly wide. With the Bundesliga champions failing to give their hosts anything to think about, the hosts patient approach paid off when Niklas Sule handled Thorgan Hazard’s flick, winning Gladbach a penalty.

The Belgian, who is also the younger brother of Chelsea’s Eden, stepped up and smashed the spot kick home despite Sven Ulreich getting a strong hand on the attempt. Bayern’s open play improved and they came close to levelling when Robert Lewandowski neatly controlled Arturo Vidal’s header but his improvised back heel smacked off the post.

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It was the free scoring Pole’s best chance in an isolated display, and just before half time Gladbach worsened Bayern’s evening when some extremely lacklustre defending allowed Lars Stindl to run into the box and his deflected shot fell perfectly for ex-Dortmund right-back Matthias Ginter to tap into an empty net and send the home fans at Borussia Park wild.

Like the first half, the second period started slowly as Gladbach frustrated their visitors but Jupp Heynckes’s side started to create chances with Jannik Vestergaard almost gifting the champions an own goal and Kingsley Coman having a low shot saved onto the post by Yann Sommer as it started to become clear it wasn’t going to be Bayern’s night.

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The German champions continued to press and finally got their goal on 73 minutes when Arturo Vidal’s low volley was parried over the line by the otherwise impressive Yann Sommer, who in truth should probably have kept it out.

From there Gladbach did their best to frustrate their visitors, and did just that as Bayern were restricted to long range shots and hopeful efforts. 

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With just three minutes of added time to save a result, Gladbach caught Bayern on the break after the linesman failed to notice substitute Josip Drmic was offside, but the Swiss forward blazed his shot wide. 

Bayern then went up the other end and thought they had levelled it when Kwasi Okyere Wriedt’s knock-on looked to be rolling in but his effort of sorts was cleared off the line as Gladbach held on to a famous win against an out of sorts Bayern.

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It ended a run of nine unbeaten Bundesliga games and leaves the champions just three points clear at the top with their conquerers moving to with in just four points.

What would of worried Heynckes more is the manor of the defeat and the lack of pace and creativity his side showed after multiple injuries to their forward line left him with with a paper thin squad for the game. Even worse, James Rodriguez looks set to join the injury list after he was taken off at half time following a nasty clash of heads with Tony Jantschke in the first half.

Bayern will look to bounce back next Saturday when they host Hannover 96.



Bayern Munich Announce That Douglas Costa is Set to Permanently Join Juventus for €46m

?Douglas Costa is set to make his loan move from Bayern Munich to Juventus permanent next summer as the Serie A side are set to pay the remaining €40m fee to activate the 27-year-old’s option to buy clause. 

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed the move during the club’s shareholders’ meeting on Friday night, which will officially end the winger’s three-year association with the club.

Costa was loaned to the Serie A giants during the summer for €6m, where the Turin side possessed an option to buy him for a further €40m at the end of the season – which is set to be paid over two financial years.

Rummenigge said at the meeting, via ?Goal“Douglas Costa joined Juventus on loan last summer. At the same time he will definitively join Juventus next summer for €46m overall.”

Despite failing to consistently force his way into Massimiliano Allegri’s starting lineup since his move, having started just five of his ten league games to date, the Italian outfit have decided to make the deal permanent. 

The deal is set to be Bayern’s highest sale for a player, surpassing the €30m the German outfit received from the sale of Toni Kroos to Real Madrid in 2014. 

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The Brazillian joined Bayern from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2015, for a fee in the region of €30m, but since his move to Juventus Costa has made 16 appearances so far this season, netting one goal and providing four assists. 


Spanish Report Claims Robert Lewandowski Will Take a Pay Cut to Force Real Madrid Transfer

Robert Lewandowski will take a pay cut to force his way out of Bayern Munich and complete a dream move to Real Madrid.

Notorious Spanish rumourmongers Don Balon report that the Polish striker has caught the eye of Madrid’s president Florentino Pérez, and with Los Blancos struggling to find the back of the net this season, Lewandowski is seen as the perfect striker to turn around the club’s poor form.

It is understood that Pérez has already been weighing up moves for Harry Kane, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, with the 70-year-old president prepared to offload Karim Benzema or Gareth Bale to make a move happen. 

However, it is now believed that Lewandowski is at the top of Pérez’s wishlist.

Despite scoring 30 goals last season, the Polish striker missed out on being crowned the top scorer in the Bundesliga after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang registered 31 – something that made Lewandowski consider his future at the Allianz Arena.

This season, the 29-year-old is already opening up a big gap between himself and the Borussia Dortmund striker. The Polish forward has 13 goals in just 12 games in the league, while a goalscoring drought for Aubameyang has left him on 10 goals for the new season.

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Lewandowski has spent the last seven years in Germany, representing Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. 

The former Lech Poznan striker has scored an impressive 164 Bundesliga goals in just 239 appearances, something which has made the Poland international become one of the most recognisable strikers in world football.


All Change! 6 Players Who Should Switch Position to Aid Their Team & Careers

With every position on a football pitch, certain skills or abilities become more important. Over the years, we’ve seen several players change their position on the field only to boost their careers.

For some players, that change may be yet to come.

Here’s a list of six players that could or even should switch positions for the sake of their team, or their own careers.

1. David Luiz – Central Midfielder

David Luiz has been trailed as a defensive midfielder before, but since returning from PSG at the start of last season, he’s been predominantly used as a centre back. 

But it still stands that Luiz very much has the talent to play further up the pitch. His passing accuracy in all competitions this season stands at an impressive 88%. It’s also no secret that the Brazilian has an eye for scoring some spectacular goals.

The only reason he probably won’t move further up the pitch at the moment is that NGolo Kante and Tiémoué Bakayoko are playing so well at the moment…

2. Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Striker

This lad seems to be going from strength to strength, but much like the previous entry on this list, he’s a lot better going forward than he is on the back foot.

With Palace’s striking options limited (and just one Christian Benteke injury away from being striker-less again) Loftus-Cheek playing as a second striker could be a viable option.

He’s tall, strong and very willing to press forward when on the ball. All attributes that make a great forward.

He doesn’t have to be the sole striker, but he’d be a much appreciated partner with Benteke.

3. Peter Crouch – Goalkeeper

You might think that Crouchy is on this list just because he’s tall, but bear with us. 

Crouch has often spoken about his younger years and how he could’ve taken a different path and become a professional tennis player instead, meaning he’s obviously good with his hands as well as his feet.

Added with the fact that not even Andrea Pirlo could chip him, it could be a surprise way to elongate his already impressive career.

4. Danny Ings – Winger

Danny Ings is very much Liverpool’s forgotten man. Leaving Burnley in 2015 to join the Reds, he’s not sunk down the pecking order and suffered some nasty injuries along the way.

He’s only made one appearance this season, as a substitute against Leicester in the Carabao Cup.

But if he were to shift wide, he may be able to kick-start his career once again.

He has the speed for it and, while he’s not going to shift Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane out of the Liverpool lineup any time soon, at any other team he could be very valuable.

A move to West Brom, Crystal Palace or a return to first-club Bournemouth could let him show the Premier League just how good he is.

5. Manuel Neuer – Sweeper

Currently out with a broken finger, Manuel Neuer is currently being replaced by Sven Ulreich between the sticks at Bayern.

Should manager Jupp Heynckes deem Ulreich too good to demote then maybe the man currently held as the new Oliver Kahn could emulate another German hero? 

Playing sweeper, Neuer could take on the teachings of Franz Beckenbauer, arguably one of the greatest sweepers the game has ever seen. 

Neuer loves coming out of the box, maybe he should just stay there?

6. Mohamed Salah – Striker

Salah is currently being compared to former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in terms of his goalscoring talent.

But Salah has played pretty much his entire career as a wide man. Suarez briefly switched to the wing once Daniel Sturridge arrived at Liverpool, and still played well enough to warrant a move to Barcelona.

It is definitely possible for someone of Salah’s talent to emulate Suarez and potentially do the same. 

Maybe if Klopp sorted Liverpool’s defence out, Salah could help them win the league.


Bayern Boss Heynckes Provides Updates on Injured Key Duo After Anderlecht Triumph

?Thiago Alcantara could be set for an extended period on the sidelines after the Bayern Munich star suffered a thigh injury on Wednesday.

The centre midfielder was forced off the field on the 44th minute in his team’s 2-1 away win over Anderlecht in the Champions League with what appeared to be a muscle problem.

Bayern took to their ?official site after the match to reveal that Thiago would be absent for the immediate future, and head coach Jupp Heynckes admitted he was unsure over the timescale regarding the 26-year-old’s recovery period.

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He stated: “He [Thiago] most probably has a serious muscle injury in his thigh.”

The veteran boss had better news on Bayern forward Arjen Robben, however, after the 33-year-old Dutch international was substituted around the 48-minute mark due to his own injury issue.

Heynckes added: “I don’t think it’s as bad. He has a slight muscle discomfort.”

Thiago’s 2017/18 season has been blighted by a number of niggling injuries as he looked to build on a highly impressive campaign last time around.

The Spain international has suffered from abdominal, knee and back problems throughout the first three months of this term, and had only returned to the starting lineup in Belgium after he sat out the weekend win over FC Augsburg with a slight knee issue.

The defensive midfielder has featured 15 times for Bayern in 17/18, and has bagged three goals despite his position on the field.

Robben, meanwhile, has had a season with very little in the way of injuries – a massive relief to the former Chelsea star after the past few campaigns of continuous injury woes.

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The winger has only missed two matches so far this season due to a calf strain and the flu, and will hope that this latest setback isn’t yet another starting point in another battle to remain fully fit for the German champions.