Bayern President Admits There Is a 50% Chance of Star Defender Leaving This Month

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has admitted that Germany defender Jerome Boateng is still intent on leaving the Allianz Arena this summer.

Boateng, who was a target for Manchester United before the transfer window closed for Premier League clubs, has since been linked with a move to French giants Paris Saint-Germain. And Hoeness has suggested that there is a 50% chance of the centre-back leaving before the end of August.


“The chances of a transfer are 50-50,” he said to Sky Sports. “Jerome told [Bayern CEO] Karl-Heinz Rummenigge that he wants to move. If the player wants to leave and we have alternatives, then you have to deal with them.”

Boateng rebuffed United’s advances earlier this month yet is still keen to leave Bayern after spending the last seven years of his career with the Bavarian giants. The 29-year-old has helped Die Roten win six Bundesliga titles and three German Cups, as well as the Champions League in 2013.

Hoeness has also hinted at the possibility of a loan deal with an option to buy but has also claimed that the folks at Bayern would be happy if the defender stays put.

“I think it’s Paris [Saint-Germain that are interested]. Loaning is only possible if there is an offer to buy next year,” he added. “We’re happy if he stays, he’s a fantastic player.”

Robert Lewandowski has also been the subject of transfer speculation in recent months. However, Hoeness isn’t prepared to entertain the idea of Bayern selling their star forward.

SV Drochtersen-Assel v Bayern Muenchen - DFB Cup

The president admitted that the player’s agent did reach out to him, but he’s only willing to meet with him after the transfer window closes.

“Robert Lewandowski’s agent asked for an appointment with me,” he revealed. “I told him that I have a very busy schedule but I can meet him on 2 September.”


Nico Kovac Refuses to Be Drawn on Jerome Boateng Future After DFB-Pokal Nailbiter

Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has insisted that he is satisfied with his side’s result on Saturday, despite a poor performance in their 1-0 win against SV Drochtersen/Assel at the Kehdinger Stadion in the first round of the DFB Pokal.

In a tournament that has traditionally witnessed some major upsets over the years, Kovac insisted that early-season performances against motivated opponents would help his side improve going forward. 

SV Drochtersen-Assel v Bayern Muenchen - DFB Cup

?Bayern’s blushes were spared as Robert Lewandowski scored eight minutes from time to secure Die Roten’s path into the second round of the competition. The hosts were unlucky not to take the game to penalties but, despite the defeat, they walked off to the pitch to a standing ovation at full time.

Kovac told the awaiting media in his post-match press conference that Drochtersen – who play in the fourth tier of German football – deserved huge credit for their performance.

SV Drochtersen-Assel v Bayern Muenchen - DFB Cup

“It was a difficult game, as it always happens in the first round of the cup,” he said. “We did not really want that. We were warned, but you have to say that the bottom line is progress.”

The Bayern manager also refused to be drawn on the future of Germany international Jerome Boateng, who has been linked strongly with a move away from the Allianz Arena for most of the summer. 

If anything happens at the end of the transfer period then we’ll see, it may happen,” he said. “But I’m going to assume that nothing happens, I’m glad that he got through this game very well?.”


Drochtersen/Assel 0–1 Bayern Munich: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Lacklustre Bayern Scrap Through

Bayern Munich edged through to the second round of the DFB Pokal after a 1-0 win over Drochtersen/Assel, which almost ended up as a banana skin moment for the Bundesliga champions.

Despite having the majority of the ball as expected, their quality in the final third was calamitous considering the team that they put out.

SV Drochtersen-Assel v Bayern Muenchen - DFB Cup

Robert Lewandowski’s goal eight minutes from time was the difference against a team who put every ounce of effort and energy they had into the game and can hold their heads high despite the defeat, with some even saying they were the better side throughout the 90 minutes.


Key Talking Point

Thomas Muller had a goal disallowed with thirteen minutes to play after Franck Ribery appeared to jump over the ball and obstruct the goalkeeper’s view while standing in an offside position.

The game was a struggle from the first minute for the superior visitors, as Drochtersen had bodies in front of every challenge and Die Sterns did not have an answer for their brute force and physical style of play. 

SV Drochtersen-Assel v Bayern Muenchen - DFB Cup

The regional side had arguably the best chance of the game in the first half and should have been 1-0 up but a shot straight at Manuel Neuer prevented any potential embarrassment.

Eight minutes were added on at the end of the game due to the Bayern ultras littering the pitch with beach balls and what appeared to be till receipt roll.

SV Drochtersen-Assel v Bayern Muenchen - DFB Cup

Player Ratings 

Starting XI: Neuer (6); Kimmich (6), Rafinha (6), Hummels (7), Boateng (6); Martinez (6), Robben (5), Thiago (7), Ribery (6), Muller (6); Lewandowski (6).

Substitutes: Goretzka (6), Kingsley Coman (6), Tolisso (N/A).

STAR MAN – Thiago was the only player in white to conjure up any real threat. It wouldn’t be said that he was a ‘star man’, instead more like the best of a bad bunch.

As the game went on the Spaniard found it easier to move the ball into the channels and create space for his teammates due to the fatigues of the opposition. He almost scored a 30-yard-screamer in the second half but struck the underside of the crossbar and stayed out.  


WORST PLAYER  Arjen Robben was hauled off at half-time after a surprisingly poor effort from the experienced Dutchman. 

The former Chelsea man was wayward with his passing and lazy in making challenges from the very first minute and picked up a pointless booking after a really poor challenge. 

It may be a relief that he’s had a nightmare so early in the season. There are foundations to improve upon, that’s for sure.

Looking Ahead

The performance should not affect Bayern too much going forward, despite the struggle. The season is still young and there are a lot of games to be played.

Thiago’s performance will be encouraging for manager Niko Kovac, as he can look to him as a man who can grab the game by the scruff of the neck if required, and his persistence to get the ball into space was admirable.

SV Drochtersen-Assel v Bayern Muenchen - DFB Cup

Munich got the job done and that was all that mattered. The second round and their first league against Hoffenheim awaits.


Bayern Munich Manager Niko Kovac Says Jerome Boateng Remains Part of His Plans Amid Exit Rumours

?Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has suggested defender Jerome Boateng remains key to his plans at the Allianz Arena and will not allow the Germany international to leave without a suitable replacement being sounded out first.

Speaking to German outlet Suddeutsche Zeitung via Bild, the Croatian manager confirmed he considers the 29-year-old centre back important to the club’s chances of success this season, despite a turbulent summer which saw Boateng endure a miserable World Cup with Germany and be linked with a number of other clubs including PSG and ?Manchester United.

Bayern Muenchen v Manchester United - Friendly Match

“With him [Boateng], Mats Hummels and Niklas Süle, I have three world class defenders, and I need them too,” said Kovac, who recently took charge of the German champions having previously managed Eintracht Frankfurt.

However, Kovac did not entirely rule out the possibility of Boateng leaving the club, saying that if the defender was sold he would “assume that we think about replacement.”

Bayern Muenchen v Manchester United - Friendly Match

Boateng has made 259 appearances for Bayern since joining from ?Manchester City in 2011, becoming an indispensable member of the side that has monopolised German football for the last five years, and was included in the club’s starting XI for their DFB-Pokal game against SV Drochtersen/Assel on Saturday.

Kovac also spoke about his own managerial philosophy and insisted he would not be swayed by the influence of his superiors at Bayern such as Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

“I’m sure Hoeneß and Rummenigge want a confident coach and not a yes-man,” Kovac said.

Eintracht Frankfurt v Bayern Muenchen - DFL Supercup 2018

“Let’s put it this way: I think that’s why I was brought in by Bayern because I’m the way I am. I want to be here the way I was in Frankfurt.”

Bayern take on Hoffenheim in their first Bundesliga match of the season on 24 August.


Picking the Best Potential Bayern Munich Lineup to Face SV Drochtersen/Assel in Saturday’s DFB-Pokal

Bayern Munich’s season got off to the perfect start last weekend with a convincing 5-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFL-Supercup. 

They’ll be competing in another domestic cup competition this weekend, but face considerably easier opposition with a DFB-Pokal clash against SV Drochtersen/Assel.

Here’s Bayern’s best possible lineup for the match they’ll be expecting to win comfortably.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Manuel Neuer (GK) – It doesn’t matter who Bayern are playing, there should only ever be one man between the sticks for the reigning Bundesliga champions. 

Joshua Kimmich (RB) – Kimmich remains Bayern’s first choice right back, and though the youngster is already highly talented, it looks as if he has some way to go before he hits his ceiling. Expect him to play an important role on the overlap as Bayern surge forward.

Niklas Sule (CB) – With the transfer speculation surrounding Jerome Boateng, Sule should keep his spot after a clean sheet against Frankfurt. If he can form a strong partnership with Mats Hummels, Boateng may find it hard to get back into the starting XI.

Mats Hummels (CB) – Hummels is another shoo-in for this Bayern side, and he showed no signs of missing his usual defensive partner Boateng when playing against Frankfurt.

Juan Bernat (LB) – Bernat is the obvious candidate to replace David Alaba, who sustained a nasty injury against Frankfurt. This weekend’s clash won’t offer the perfect opportunity for the Spaniard to stake a claim in Kovac’s Bayern side, but he’ll be given plenty of chances to display his attacking threat.

2. Midfielders

Javi Martinez (DM) – Martinez often goes unnoticed in Bayern’s side because he tends to do the dirty parts of the game, but he does them to an incredibly high standard. He may be given a freer role this weekend, giving him the opportunity to show his range of passing.

Kingsley Coman (RM) – There appears to be no reason to risk Arjen Robben against SV Drochtersen/Assel, especially given the Dutchman is now 34. Coman could step up and start, his impact off the bench against Frankfurt was felt immediately as he grabbed himself a goal.

Leon Goretzka (CM) – Goretzka will be looking to force himself into Bayern’s starting XI ahead of the new Bundesliga season following his switch from Schalke, and what better chance to show off your skills than against lower league opposition? 

Thiago (CM) – Thiago will once again be important for Bayern this season, and in this sort of match he could run riot. Expect the Spaniard to control the tempo of the game and play between the lines against what is expected to be a low defensive block.

Franck Ribery (LM) – The veteran Frenchman played the full 90 minutes against Frankfurt and looks to be a crucial part in Niko Kovac’s plans for the season ahead. He could have a field day against this kind of opposition, and an in form Ribery is a scary proposition.

3. Striker

Robert Lewandowski (ST) – It may be overkill to field Lewandowski against opposition who play in the fourth tier of German football, but after a hat trick in the German Super Cup, new Bayern boss Niko Kovac will be looking to keep his Polish star in top form.