Jupp Heynckes Believes Bayern Munich Will Be Stronger Once Key Players Return From Injuries

?Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes thinks once some of their key players return from injury, they will much more stronger. 

They came out on top in the Der Klassiker derby on Saturday against Borussia Dortmund through goals from Arjen Robben, David Alaba and Robert Lewandowski to win the game 3-1.


Bayern have a few star players out and ?TZ quote, Heynckes believes when they return they will be much better and stronger as a team: “If our injured Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller, Jerome Boateng and Franck Ribery come back, then we will be even stronger, then we can play much better football again.”

They sit four points clear of the Bundesliga ahead of RB Leipzig whilst Dortmund sit in third, two points second place. 

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Arjen Robben, goalscorer on Saturday, has expressed his happiness under the new boss after he replaced Carlo Ancelotti who left the club earlier on this season.

“I’m totally happy, it’s just so much fun under this coach.”

They beat Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday night 3-0 to almost secure their progress into the last 16 of the competition. 

Bayern Munich next face FC Augsburg in two weeks time and will be looking to extend their league at the top of the German league. 

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It looks as though it was the correct decision to bring back in Heynckes who has hit it off once again with the squad of players he is working with.


Bayern Munich Legend Claims Dortmund Starlet Christian Pulisic Should Replace Arjen Robben in Munich

?Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthäus has claimed Bayern Munich should look to replace ageing Dutch winger Arjen Robben with the young American prodigy Christian Pulisic, after his impressive display in Dortmund’s 3-1 loss to Bayern at the Westfalenstadion.

According to ?Goal, Matthaus told Sky: “If Bayern Munich someday looks for a replacement for Robben and [Franck] Ribery, then they have to put out their feelers for Pulisic.

“He is 19-years-old and has high quality,” the Bayern great continued, “With his confidence and his speed, he is called to higher [things].”

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Pulisic was a shining light in an otherwise somber day for Borussia Dortmund, he even nutmegged the aforementioned Robben in the build up to Dortmund’s only goal, and coach Peter Bosz conceded this in his post match press conference.

The Dutchman told Sky: “Pulisic was clearly the best player in our team, he had an incredible game.”

Regarding his side’s performance as a whole, the manager was less effusive: “Dortmund didn’t play like a top team,” Bosz said. “Bayern were clearly better in the first half.

“We were always too late because we were too far away. We wanted to play very compact. That did not work. It’s hard to say why. We were better in the second half, which shows that we have the quality to compete Bayern.”

Despite a promising start to the campaign, the former Ajax boss has come under fire in recent weeks for his obstinance regarding his style of play, amidst an uneasy period for the German side. 

However, Bosz was defiant when he said: “The goals have nothing to do with our tactical system. It must not happen that we give Bayern so much space.

“We had two or three crystal clear chances where we have to make it 1-1. In the second half we tried everything, we had the chance to make it 2-1, then it gets exciting again.

“These are times when we have to stand together as a team. “

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Dortmund have just one win in their last seven matches, and that came against third division FC Magdeburg in the German Cup on October 24. Having previously topped the Bundesliga, they are now six points adrift of their victors Bayern in third place.


Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Bayern Munich: Toothless Hosts Crumble in Thrilling Der Klassiker

The first Klassiker of the season lived up to expectations, with Bayern Munich running out eventual winners thanks to goals from Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski at the Westfallenstadion.

Niklas Süle and Sokratis produced stunning last-ditch tackles to deny Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski respectively early on in the match.

However, Dortmund were unable to stop Arjen Robben putting Bayern in front – the former Chelsea winger becoming the Bavarians’ highest scoring non-German player of all time in the process. 

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James Rodriguez beautiful brought the ball down with his chest and after picking out Bayern’s Dutch winger, Robben slammed the ball into Roman Bürki’s far post to dampen Dortmund’s early hopes.

Andriy Yarmolenko and Shinji Kagawa saw Dortmund’s two best chances of the opening 30 minutes narrowly avoid the back of the net, while Robert Lewandowski was denied a goal on his return to his old club by the strong hands of Dortmund’s Swiss goalkeeper.

The Polish striker eventually saw his name go up in lights after a backheel deflected off the outstretched leg of Julian Weigl and looped over a helpless Bürki, doubling Bayern’s advantage as the two sides went in at half-time.

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Lewandowski should have made it 3-0 with a free header just two minutes after the restart, however, Bürki’s strong leg denied the Pole a brace. The Bayern striker continued to be wasteful in front of goal and was unable to put the game to bed.

However, the ball was soon in the back of Dortmund’s net once again. 

David Alaba spotted the run of Lewandowski in behind the host’s defence and despite only getting the slightest touch on the ball, the Polish striker did enough to double his goal tally for the evening.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang then found himself with a rare opportunity to get Dortmund back into the game but Sven Ulreich once again matched the Gabonese striker with an impressive save.

Peter Bosz looked towards 17-year-old Jadon Sancho to turn the game around for Dortmund, the ex-Manchester City prodigy fearless in taking the game to Bayern Munich.

However, it was Spanish centre-back Marc Bartra who finally got Dortmund on the scoresheet. 

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After Christian Pulisic nutmegged Arjen Robben to get half a yard of space, Gonzalo Casto set up the former Barcelona defender and Bartra fired the ball into the back of Ulreich’s net from an unlikely angle.

Despite the prospect of a late comeback from the hosts, Bartra’s curling effort proved to be nothing more than a consolation goal as Dortmund slumped to third in the Bundesliga table.




4 Key Battles That Could Affect Der Klassiker Outcome

The first Klassiker of the 2017/18 Bundesliga season is upon us and it could prove vital in throwing the title race wide open.

Borussia Dortmund started the season brilliantly and had it not been for a catastrophic dip in form, Peter Bosz’s side would still be sitting pretty at the top of the league table.

For Bayern Munich, an underwhelming start to the season saw Carlo Ancelotti sacked and Jupp Heynckes take over for his fourth spell in charge in Bavaria. The 72-year-old has won all six games since returning to the Allianz Arena, a run that he will be wanting to extend at the Westfallenstadion this weekend.

Here are four battles that could swing the match either way on Saturday.

1. Andriy Yarmolenko vs David Alaba

Borussia Dortmund’s €25m summer signing Andriy Yarmolenko is a player who breaks the mould for a modern winger. 

The Ukranian international is not blessed with blistering pace, but what he lacks in speed is more than made up for with his dribbling ability.

The skilful winger loves to bamboozle opposition defenders and should David Alaba allow Yarmolenko to cut in on his left-foot, Sven Ulreich will have a tough time keeping Dortmund’s wide man at bay.

The 28-year-old has already been involved in eight goals – split evenly between goals and assists – for Borussia Dortmund this season, a tally that could increase if Bayern’s Austrian full-back isn’t switched on throughout the 90 minutes.

2. Julian Weigl vs Arturo Vidal

The midfield could be where the game is won or lost this weekend, depending on which side of the fence you sit on. For the hosts, Julian Weigl’s return to the first-team has been a huge boost despite a run of bad results showing otherwise.

The 22-year-old offers more cover in Dortmund’s defensive third in comparison to Nuri Sahin, the Turkish international having been used as their lynchpin in midfield while Weigl recovered from injury.

However, Bayern’s Arturo Vidal, considered by many as the best box-to-box midfielder in world football, will dominate the middle of the park on Saturday if Peter Bosz is naive in his team selection.

Although some might consider it a bold move to play Shinji Kagawa and Mario Götze in midfield, Dortmund’s two playmakers will leave the defence exposed and it would be more sensible to bring the hard-working Mahmoud Dahoud in from the start.

3. Roman Bürki vs Sven Ulreich

Although these two players are unlikely to come fact-to-face on Saturday, Roman Bürki and Sven Ulreich will be vital to their teams.

Arguably the only position on the pitch where Dortmund have the better player, Bürki started the season brilliantly and was at the heart of their impressive defensive record at the beginning of the campaign.

In comparison, former VfB Stuttgart goalkeeper Sven Ulreich is a player who won’t fill Jérôme Boateng and Mats Hummels with a lot of confidence.

Being forced to step in for the injured Manuel Neuer, Uleich has to avoid any calamitous mistakes (like we saw against VfL Wolfsburg) if Bayern want a clear shot at the Bundesliga title this season.

4. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang vs Robert Lewandowski

Two former teammates at Borussia Dortmund, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski were the Bundesliga’s poster boys.

Involved in a thrilling race to become top scorer last season, something which was eventually won by Dortmund’s Gabonese striker, both players are currently level on goals this campaign.

Aubameyang and Lewandowski have already reached double figures this season, a tally that is at least double any other Bundesliga player.

However, Aubameyang hasn’t found the back of the net in the last four games across all competitions, while Lewandowski has drawn a blank on just four occasions all season.


Versatile Bayern Munich Right-Back Ruled Out of Crunch Dortmund Clash

A last-minute decision has been made to not include Joshua Kimmich in the Bayern Munich squad that will face Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

The 22-year-old will be forced to miss Der Klassiker with an upset stomach, leaving Brazilian full-back as Rafinha the man who will be charged with nullifying any threat from Dortmund’s left-wing.

Bayern Munich confirmed that Kimmich, who was a late second-half substitute in the Bavarians’ 2-1 victory over Celtic in mid-week, will not travel with the squad on their long journey to Dortmund.

Kimmich has already featured in 16 games for Bayern this season, with Saturday’s game at the Westfallenstadion being the first time that the German international won’t feature for the club.

The young midfielder, who has been filling in for Philipp Lahm at right-back this season, also featured in Bayern’s Supercup victory over Borussia Dortmund in pre-season. Despite falling one goal behind thanks to Christian Pulisic, Kimmich set up Robert Lewandowski to pull Bayern level.

Dortmund once again took the lead, this time through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Gabonese striker sending the ball into the top corner with the outside of his foot. 

However, Kimmich stepped up to the plate once again and in a goalmouth scramble, the 22-year-old saw his effort deflect in off Lukasz Piszczek and the game was set to be decided on penalties.

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Kimmich was the first player to miss a spot-kick and former Bayern midfielder Sebastian Rode had the chance to win the game. 

However, Sven Ulreich stepped up to the plate and denied Rode, with another save to halt Marc Bartra’s effort later in the shootout enough to grant Bayern the win.