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.


  • Neuer


?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.


  • Kimmich


  • Süle


  • Hummels


  • Alaba


?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.


  • Rudy


  • Tolisso


  • Vidal


?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.


  • Müller


  • Lewa


  • Ribéry


?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.


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.


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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Leon Goretzka Offered Himself to Barcelona as Schalke Look to Avoid Bayern Raid

German international Leon Goretzka could be available for as little as €30m this summer, with his contract in Gelsenkirchen set to expire next season.

It had been widely reported that Bayern Munich would snap up the 22-year-old midfielder next year, however, Goretzka’s agent has contacted Barcelona about the possibility of a move to Catalonia this summer, according to Mundo Deportivo.

One of the brightest prospects in German football, Goretzka has been allowed to discuss the possibility of a move to Barcelona this summer, with Schalke desperate not to lose their star player to domestic rivals Bayern Munich.

Barcelona have been interested in signing OGC Nice star Jean Michaël Seri this summer, but there has been a breakdown in negotiations and the Ivorian’s move to Spain looks to be off.

With the €222m received from selling Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain still burning a hole in Barcelona’s pockets, conversations between the club and Jörg Neubauer, Goretzka’s agent, are believed to have taken place.

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If Goretzka is seeking a move away from the Veltins-Arena this summer, a quickfire move to Barcelona is certainly on the cards. However, new manager Domenico Tedesco is unlikely to be too pleased with the news his star midfielder could leave the club after, recent reports suggested that Liverpool will make a move for Royal Blues’ defender Benedikt Höwedes.




Ancelotti Praises New Bayern Academy as the ‘Answer’ to Neymar’s World Record Transfer

Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti has praised Bayern Munich’s decision to open a new €70m youth academy. Club president Uli Hoeness described the decision to create the new academy, that was officially opened on Monday, as the answer to the “current transfer madness and salary explosion”.

Ancelotti was in clear consensus with his president over the Bavarians new academy, the opening of which comes just weeks after Neymar completed a €222m transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.

“It’s true, the academy is a good answer,” Ancelotti told Bild. “The target of the academy is to bring players from here into the first team, to form our own professionals.”

Ancelotti also spoke about his enjoyment at bringing young players through the ranks, pointing towards the likes of pre-season stars Felix Götze, Lukas Mai and Timothy Tillman as youngsters who could soon make the step up in Bavaria, as well as U19 prospects Franck Evina and Marcel Zylla.

“In Madrid, I raised five players from the academy: Jesé [Rodriguez], [Álvaro] Morata, Nacho [Fernández], Casemiro and [Dani] Carvajal, who came back,” Ancelotti said as proof of his work with youth players. “I hope for a similar development for the future of Bayern.

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“My experience, especially from the Milan academy, is that when players wear the jersey of the club they played for in the youth, it is a very special feeling for them,” the Italian added. “And this is a very strong motivation.”

Bayern are expected to go on and win another Bundesliga title this season. Claiming a comfortable 3-1 victory at home to Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern are already three points clear of potential title rivals RB Leipzig after the young side suffered an opening day defeat to Schalke 04 thanks to goals from Nabil Bentaleb and Yevhen Konoplyanka.