Bayern Munich Send Tweet to Neymar After Drawing PSG in Champions League Group Stages

Following the Champions League group stage draw on Thursday, reactions came in on social media from all angles. Some were delighted with the draw, others were likely less thrilled.

German champions Bayern Munich were drawn into arguably one of the competitions toughest groups, sharing Group B with Paris Saint Germain, Anderlecht and Celtic.

However it was their opponents from Pot 2, PSG, that were the subjects of Bayern Munich’s intrigue, resulting in a tweet from their US Twitter page directed at the Parisien’s new high profile signing; Neymar.

??The tweet itself simply read “See you soon, Neymar!” with a Gif of the former Barcelona man raising his eyebrows. The nature of the tweet coming from Bayern should be no surprise given their previous posts on the platform.

Bayern’s social accounts never shy away from posting something provocative and tongue-in-cheek as Arsenal fans found out earlier this year following their 10-2 aggregate defeat to the Bavarian outfit.

Bayern’s tweet to Neymar has gathered over 3,000 retweets and favurites so far however, there has been no response from the Brazilian yet.

The German champions will first face PSG in the French capital on September 27th before facing off against Unai Emery’s men a second time at the Allianz Arena on December 5th.

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Werder Bremen vs Bayern Munich Preview: Team News, Key Battles, Classic Encounters and More

?Bayern Munich started off the new Bundesliga season with a convincing victory against Bayer Leverkusen in a one-sided 3-1 win. In their second fixture of the season, they face another powerful team in the German top-flight, as Werder Bremen welcome the champions.

Last league champions in the 2003/04 season, the hosts welcome the juggernaut that is Bayern Munich, who seem to bolster the squad every season to create a highly impressive and efficient squad that competes year after year domestically and abroad.

New signings Niklas Süle and Corentin Tolisso both got on the score sheet in their compeittive debuts at the Allianz Arena to show they will take some stopping.


Classic Encounter

In manager Carlo Ancelotti’s debut game in charge of Die Bayern, the 27 time winners of the Bundesliga started off the opening game of last season in front of an expectant home crowd with a dominating and embarassing 6-0 thrashing of Die Werderaner.

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Polish striker and former Borussia Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski got the hosts off to a flyer with an emphatic hat-trick, goals from French winger Franck Ribery and now retired duo Xabi Alonso and Philipp Lahm ensured the champions started on the front foot.

Debutant centre back Mats Hummels also featured in a new look side under the ex-AC Milan boss.


Key Battles

Manuel Neuer vs Max Kruse

Newly appointed captain Neuer is expected to return after a metatarsal injury kept the German international out of the side since the Champions League quarter-final last year.

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The imposing sweeper-keeper will have his hands full as compatriot Kruse usually proves a handful against any opposition. At 29 years of age, the experienced striker – who bagged 15 league goals in 23 games last season – could prove the difference if the hosts have any chance of clinching three points.


Thomas Delaney vs Corentin Tolisso

Danish midfielder Delaney may find it difficult to battle against the power and skill of the Stern des Südens, as the Bundesliga champions have a plethora of options in midfield that can cut apart any defence at will.

Tolisso showed last week in his league debut last week that he could be an inspired signing for the German side, showcasing not just excellent passing ability but a keen eye for goal.

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Tall box-to-box star Delaney, who signed last January for Werder Bremen has taken his time to adjust to the competitive league, but in a five man midfield could be key in protecting the back four and ensuring the scoreline is kept to a minimum.


Team News

Werder Bremen are still without long-term absentees Justin Eilers and Niklas Moisander, who have a cruciate ligament and thigh muscle injury respectively.

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It is still unknown when tricky midfielder Zlatko Junuzovic will return to the side, while right-midfielder Fin Bartels is still suspended.


For Bayern Munich, star playmaker James Rodriguez, on loan from Real Madrid, is still sidelined while defender Jerome Boateng remains in the treatment room.

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Neuer will return to the side, while Spanish duo Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez could be back in contention after returning to training.


Werden Bremen: (4-3-3) Pavlenka; Bauer, Sane, Veljkovic; Eggestein, Selassie, Kainz, Delaney, Augustinsson; Bartels, Kruse

Bayern Munich: (4-3-3) Neuer; Kimmich, Sule, Hummels, Alaba; Rudy, Tolisso, Vidal; Muller, Lewandowski, Ribery


Prediction

Bayern Munich will prove too strong for the home side, as Werder Bremen face another difficult task after last week’s opening 1-0 defeat away to Hoffenheim.

After last year’s dominating display in the opening Bundesliga game and convincing win in the DFB cup semi-final, this year could be another impossible task for the Die Grün-Weißen.

As Die Bayern continue to strengthen in the transfer market by flexing their financial muscle, the visitors can still call on the experience of stars such as Arjen Robben or the youthful excuberance of Portuguese international Renato Sanches. 

This should be a convincing victory to showcase their dominance in the league for another season.

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Picking the Best Potential Bayern Munich Lineup to Play Werder Bremen on Saturday

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have started the season off in a comfortable fashion, with an opening day 3-1? victory against Bayer Leverkusen, as new boys Niklas Süle and Corentin Tolisso got off to a flying start.

As a number of first team players such as James Rodríguez and Jérôme Boateng are still sidelined with injuries, manager Carlo Ancelotti still has a number of options to select from with such a strong squad at his disposal.

The Italian boss should stick with the same side that opened the season with a win at the Allianz Arena.

Goalkeeper

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?Recently appointed captain Manuel Neuer should return to the first team after breaking his metatarsal in the second-leg quarter final defeat to Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League.

Defence

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?Niklas Süle impressed in his Bundesliga debut for new side Bayern Munich after completing his switch from rivals Hoffenheim, scoring in his first match. He will be partnered by compatriot Mats Hummels in a strong duo in the heart of the defence.

On the left, David Alaba continues to excel as one of the world’s greatest full-backs, while promising versatile defender Joshua Kimmich has seamlessly replaced retired legend Philipp Lahm, who has remarkably been linked with an instant return to football.

Midfield

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?Two further signings from the summer stamped their claims as first team regulars alongside warrior Arturo Vidal, who has been linked recently with a return to Serie A as Inter Milan remain a potential option.

Hoffenheim signing and German international Sebastian Rudy showcased his industry in midfield, while €40m capture bagged his first goal for Stern des Südens with a thumping header.

Forwards

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?A familiar three will collaborate in attack, with Polish captain Robert Lewandowski leading the line, following his dispatched penalty in last week’s opening fixture. Franck Ribéry was electric in pre-season, still proving his menace at 34-years of age as the French winger shows no sign of a decline in form.

Bavarian favourite Thomas Müller should complete the trio as Rodriguez still remains a doubt, while maverick winger Arjen Robben steps up his recovery from the substitute bench.

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Twitter Reacts as UCL Draw Leaves Spurs in Group of Death But Man Utd & Liverpool Fans Happy

?So the Champions League draw has come and gone, but we’ll be talking about it for some time.

The tournament has pitted the 32 qualifying teams against each other, coming up with some mouthwatering groups.

The likes of Manchester United and Liverpool look to have easier groups to get through, while Spurs, Chelsea and Celtic will have their work cut out for them.

You can find the full draw below, as some of the best reactions from Twitter users below: 

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Bayern President Ends Hopes of Allianz Return for Douglas Costa in Fiery ‘Mercenary’ Claims

?Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness has apparently closed the door on Douglas Costa ever returning to the club, after branding him a “mercenary”.

The legendary former footballer spoke in a frank interview with German news outlet ?Frankenpost about the winger – who swapped Bavaria for Juventus in a loan move – and pretty much confirmed that there was no way back for Costa at the Allianz Arena.

Costa recently joined Juventus on loan for a fee worth around €6m, and the Bianconeri have the option of making that deal a permanent one next summer, if Costa impresses for them.

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Hoenes, when asked if the recently signed Kingsley Coman and potentially returning Costa could fill the void on the wings left by veteran pair Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben in the future, he was damning in his assessment of the 26-year-old Brazilian.

He said: “Replacing Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben? We’ll keep tinkering until we find the right formula. 

“Costa didn’t work out because he’s a bit of a mercenary whose character we didn’t like.

“[Kingsley] Coman is a young lad with huge talent, he has to break through here. If it doesn’t work out then we’ll have to look around until we find a replacement.”

Costa joined Bayern form Shakhtar Donetsk to the tune of £27m in the summer of 2015 after the Bundesliga champions won the race for his signature.

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The forward enjoyed a superb first campaign in Bavaria as he notched seven goals and 18 assists in 43 games for Bayern and, whilst his figures still added up to a decent haul last term, Costa found himself in and out of the side.

He registered seven goals and nine assists in 34 matches in 2016/17 but hamstring and knee injuries, as well as manager Carlo Ancelotti’s preference for other wide men, restricted his time on the pitch.

Costa responded to Bayern supporters who wished to see him leave the club back in June on social media by laughing at their attempts, but sections of the club’s fanbase eventually got their wish with his eventual departure to Turin.


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