Bayern President Vows to ‘Change the Face’ of the Team in the Summer But Rules Out January Deals

?Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeneß has promised that there will be wholesale changes at the club next summer, but has ruled out making any big money moves in the January transfer window.

Die Roten lost further ground in the title race on Saturday, as Paco Alcácer’s winning goal saw Niko Kova?’s side slump to a 3-2 defeat against league leaders Borussia Dortmund. Bayern Munich are now lying fifth in the Bundesliga table, and will have their work cut out to claw back the seven point gap now sitting between them and BVB.

Speaking after the disappointing loss, via Sky Sports, Hoeneß said: “No, we definitely will not undertake any activities in the (January) transfer marketWe’re getting (Kingsley) Coman back  before Christmas and Thiago will be able to play again, too, in two or three weeks. Next year, when the second step of the revolution comes, we will definitely change the face of the team.”

He added: “Im less angry, sad and dejected today than a few weeks ago when we lost to Gladbach at home. The ?Bundesliga is really fun again. Now people should be happy that it’s exciting.”

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With the club falling further and further behind in the title race, ?Bayern Munich fans may well be aghast to hear that there are no plans to bolster the squad in the upcoming transfer window. The club have won the last six Bundesliga titles on the trot, but their ageing squad now appear to be struggling to keep up with their more youthful counterparts in the German top tier.

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Meanwhile, ?Kova? insisted that he was satisfied with his side’s performance against BVB, and claimed that there were positives to be taken from the match despite the result. The Croatian coach said that he couldn’t his side’s fighting spirit and technique, and argued that they deserved to get at least a point out of the game.

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Bayern Munich Confirm Franck Ribery’s ‘Altercation’ After Reports of Journalist Slap

?Bayern Munich have confirmed that Franck Ribery was involved in an ‘altercation’ with French reporter Patrick Guillou following the club’s defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. 

The Bavarians were outshined at the Westfalenstadion by three goals to two, a result which left them in fifth place, seven points behind their opponents at the top of the ?Bundesliga. 

While Dortmund remain unbeaten at the start of this campaign, the loss was Bayern’s third of the league season, and they now boast the sixth-worst goal difference in the German top flight. 

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Following the game, there were eye-witness reports of the 35-year-old winger pushing and ‘slapping’ his journalistic compatriot, following a heated exchange. The club have issued a statement declaring they’ll deal with the matter internally.

Confirming the incident, Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic told ?Bild: “Franck Ribery has informed us that he had an altercation with his compatriot Patrick Guillou, whom he has known well for many years.

“We agreed with Patrick Guillou that we would speak at a personal meeting, we will talk about how we can solve the matter, and Mr Guillou has already signaled that it is in his interest.”

A report from ?Bild claimed that Ribery met beIN Sports’ Patrick Guillou on his way to the team bus at Signal Iduna Park.

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Guillou, a former player, sought a statement from Ribery regarding the game, with the French player responding by insulting the journalist, before slapping him three times.

The report suggests Ribery’s anger was thought to be provoked by Guillou’s intimation that he was at fault for two of the goals his side conceded against the league leaders. 

Ribery has played 15 times for ?Bayern across competitions so far in 2018/19, but is yet to register a goal, collecting just one assist for his efforts.

With the international break now upon us, Bayern’s next clash will be on the 24th of November against Fortuna, while ?Dortmund will be taking on Mainz on the same day.

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4 Things We Learned as Borussia Dortmund Steal Der Klassiker Bragging Rights in 5-Goal Thriller

Borussia Dortmund made a statement of intent during Der Klassiker on Saturday, by fighting back from one goal behind to register a 3-2 win over Bayern Munich.

Robert Lewandowski scored twice to no avail for the visitors, as Marco Reus’ brace and Paco Alcácer scored during the second half to extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table and maintain their unbeaten run this season.

Here are four things we learned during the first Klassiker of the season.

4. Don’t Change a Winning Formula

Borussia Dortmund’s midfield has impressed football fans around the world this season, with the partnership of Axel Witsel and Thomas Delaney has offered the club’s attacking players the freedom to express themselves – and to great effect.

Against Bayern Munich, however, Julian Weigl was drafted back in and the German’s lack of recent game time showed through.

3. The Lost Genius of German Football

Just how good would Marco Reus be if he didn’t have a constant battle with injuries?

Woody Woodpecker has been the star performer in the Bundesliga this season, scoring eight goals and claiming five assists, helping Dortmund to the summit of the league table.

Once a Borussia Mönchengladbach prodigy, Reus is finding his best form under his former manager Lucien Favre and some would even argue that the 29-year-old has never been better.

2. Bayern Munich Are Helpless Without Robert Lewandowski

Bayern Munich would have you believe that they don’t have a thin, ageing squad that desperately needs a facelift.

However, the Bavarians showed on Saturday why they’ve been struggling throughout the season so far, with a lack of depth proving to be a major downfall in their hopes of toppling Europe’s best teams.

1. Title Credentials on Full Display

Man-to-man on paper, Borussia Dortmund shouldn’t stand a chance in a match up against Bayern Munich.

However, the reason Lucien Favre’s side were able to get past the Bavarians, and the reason they sit at the top of the league table isn’t because they have the best squad of players, it’s because they are the best team.

On top of that, in Favre, Borussia Dortmund have a manager who will alter his tactics to suit every member of his squad, and will make tiny adjustments for each of their opponents.

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Bayern Munich Boss Niko Kovac Insists He Is ‘Satisfied’ With Performance Against Dortmund

Bayern Munich manager Niko Kova? was able to find positives following his side’s 3-2 defeat against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, insisting that the Bavarians can build on their performance in the first Klassiker of the season.

Robert Lewandowski scored either side of half time but it wasn’t enough for the reigning Bundesliga champions, as Marco Reus also scored a brace before striker Paco Alcácer notched the winning goal of the match with a delightful chip.

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The result leaves Bayern Munich sitting seven points behind Borussia Dortmund at the top of the league table, but Kova? is only focusing on maintaining a consistent level of performance for the time being.

We saw a fantastic match from both teams today. It was an open contest,” Kova? said, quoted by the club’s official website. “We were in control in the first half, Dortmund controlled the second. 

“We bounced back after the early equaliser. Then we conceded two goals on the break, that shouldn’t be happening. We closed down the centre very well in the first half, pushing our opponents to the flanks. We didn’t succeed at that in the second half, so they had chances. 

“Unfortunately we lost the match even though it could perfectly well have ended in a draw. We can be satisfied with the performance. It was our best match since Schalke, in terms of technique, fighting spirit and tactics, especially in the first half. We have to build on it and turn in similar displays in the future.”

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Bayern Munich will host Fortuna Düsseldorf – who secured a 4-1 win over Hertha BSC – after the international break before looking to confirm their place in the Champions League knockout stages by avoiding defeat against S.L. Benfica.

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Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Bayern Munich: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Reus Stars in Classic Klassiker

Borussia Dortmund secured a brilliant 3-2 win over Bayern Munich in the first Klassiker of the season, extending their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table to back to four points.

Robert Lewandowski returned to his old stomping ground and it appeared once again like the Pole would come back to haunt his former side after scoring twice. But a frantic second half, where Marco Reus scored two of his own and goal machine Paco Alcácer also found the back of the net, ensured all three points stayed at the Westfalenstadion.


Bayern Munich dominated the early stages of the game and eventually, they pounced on some poor defending to take the lead midway through the first half. 

Serge Gnabry was offered time and space to put the ball on a plate for Robert Lewandowski, who continued his fine goalscoring form against his former club by nodding the ball past Dortmund’s helpless Bundesliga debutant Marwin Hitz.

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Borussia Dortmund were given a lifeline just two minutes into the second half when Manuel Neuer brought down Marco Reus inside the penalty area and offered the hosts a way back into the match.

Reus dusted himself off and made no mistake from 12 yards, however, Bayern Munich took the lead once again within the blink of an eye, with Lewandowski scoring his second header of the match from close range.

The visitors’ joy was short-lived and Reus once again saw his name go up in lights courtesy of a stunning half-volley. 

Things then went from bad to worse for Bayern Munich when substitute Paco Alcácer raced through on goal and dinked it over Neuer to score what would prove to be the decisive goal in a Klassiker match which will live long in the memory of fans across the world.

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Borussia Dortmund

Key Talking Point

Lucien Favre’s game plan was working wonders throughout the first quarter of Der Klassiker. However, the remainder of the first half had to be scrapped as soon as Bayern Munich took the lead, putting a lot of emphasis on what would be changed at the break.

Favre’s hairdryer treatment at half time had worked wonders when Marco Reus levelled the scoreline, and despite some naive defending from Dortmund’s young players allowing Bayern Munich back into the lead, Dortmund eventually turned things around to register all three points.


Player Ratings

Hitz (7); Piszczek (8), Akanji (7), Zagadou (7), Hakimi (8); Witsel (8), Weigl (3), Sancho (9*); Reus (9), Bruun Larsen (7), Götze (6).

Substitutes: Dahoud (6), Alcácer (8), Delaney (6).


Star Man

Yes, Marco Reus scored a brace, but…

Jadon Sancho had a quiet first half in Der Klassiker. It appeared that the occasion was getting the better of the 18-year-old, and he looked like a shadow of what fans have come to expect this season.

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However, after the break, Sancho was carrying Borussia Dortmund on his back. The teenager was the spark which the Black and Yellows needed during the second half and he brought the best out of fellow star performer Marco Reus.


Worst Player

No real surprises to see Julian Weigl take this spot, and many fans would have predicted this as soon as the team sheets were announced.

Weigl hasn’t been a regular part of Borussia Dortmund’s first team this season but he was thrown in at the deep end alongside Axel Witsel, as opposed to partnering the Belgian with Thomas Delaney.




He failed to live up to what Lucien Favre demands from his defensive midfielders, with sloppy passes, late tackles and all too often being caught on his heels just a small selection of Weigl’s shortcomings on Saturday. 


Bayern Munich

Key Talking Point

It’s been all a bit doom and gloom in Bavaria this season, but Bayern Munich manager Niko Kova? finally appears to have stamped his mark on the German giants.

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They will be making the long journey home empty-handed, but there were still a lot of positives for Bayern to take from the match, although serious questions now have to be asked about their ageing defence.


Player Ratings

Neuer (6); Kimmich (8), Hummels (5), Boateng (7), Alaba (7); Martinez (4), Gnabry (8), Müller (6), Goretzka (7), Ribéry (8); Lewandowski (9*).

Substitutes: Süle (7), Sanches (6), Wagner (6).


Star Man

Robert Lewandowski used his experience brilliantly to get the upper hand against Borussia Dortmund’s young defensive partnership of Manuel Akanji and Dan-Axel Zagadou.??


The Poland international did everything he could on his return to the Westfalenstadion and on two occasions put the visitors into the lead but, in the end, his efforts were to no avail as Dortmund rallied in the second half to snatch the win.

Lewandowski had the ball in the back of the net on four separate occasions on Saturday, but only half of his efforts counted due to him being caught in an offside position.


Worst Player

Midfielder Javi Martínez was a key part of Jupp Heynckes’ side last season, but the Spaniard looks lost under Niko Kova?.

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He offered very little going forward and did even less to stop Borussia Dortmund’s counter-attacking game plan, falling short in his personal battle with the hosts’ Axel Witsel.


Looking Ahead

Borussia Dortmund can now rest ahead of their Bundesliga clash against FSV Mainz 05 after the international break, although their focus will likely be on the Champions League group stage match against Club Brugge four days later.

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Bayern, meanwhile, have a more routine run of games coming up following the international break. Relegation-threatened Fortuna Düsseldorf and S.L. Benfica travel to Bavaria in their first two matches after the break.

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