Netzer: Gotze and Lewandowski exits will down Dortmund

The Borussia Monchengladbach legend believes BVB can wave goodbye to any prospect of lifting silverware next season as two of their star men prepare to leave the club

Former Germany midfielder Gunter Netzer believes Bayern Munich’s signing of Mario Gotze and potential capture of Robert Lewandowski will end Borussia Dortmund’s hopes of success next season.

Die Roten, who maintained their 20-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table with a 1-0 win over Freiburg on Saturday, having already secured the league title, could yet add the Champions League and DFB-Pokal to their list of honours this season.

And after the revelations Bayern have met Borussia Dortmund star Gotze’s €37.5 million release clause, ahead of a summer move, Netzer expressed how impressed he was with the signing and his thoughts on the possibility of Robert Lewandowski following the same path from Signal Iduna Park to the Allianz Arena.

“One title is sure to be followed by two,” he wrote in his Bild column.

“Should Lewandowski leave Dortmund after Gotze, it would be a significant impairment. Of course they’re capable of finding a success-promising substitution. However, they won’t succeed with it initially, the quality of Gotze and Lewandowski is just too big.

“Pep Guardiola will be overjoyed with the personnel policies of his future club. But that was definitely a reason to go to Munich. This trainer, in conjunction with Gotze and Lewandowski, could lead to a long-standing dominance for Bayern.”

Netzer then hailed the respective talents of Gotze and Lewandowski, stating his belief that the former of that pair is incomparable with any other young talent in world football.

“My spontaneous reaction to the transfer of Mario Gotze to Bayern was: ‘What a deal!,'” the 68-year-old continued.

“There is no young player who has this class and also demonstrates it everyday worldwide.

“The same also applies for Robert Lewandowski. He is a striker in the top category, a player who is a decisive factor for success. With his skills, he is one of the best attackers in the world and is therefore understandably Bayern’s striker of choice. But he is also an object of desire for other great world clubs.”

Both Bayern and BVB will bid to book their place in the Champions League final at Wembley when they face Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively, in the second-leg of their semi-final ties on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Lewandowski move to Manchester United is still possible

The Red Devils’ boss hints that a transfer to Old Trafford could happen for the Dortmund star, feeling it unlikely that BVB will allow him to follow Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has stoked speculation that the Red Devils will make a move for Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski as he doubts claims that the Polish goalscorer will go to Bayern Munich.

The Pole scored four goals against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday and has been the subject of intense speculation over recent weeks as the new Bundesliga champions were rumoured to have secured his services.

Sir Alex, however, deems it unlikely that Dortmund will sell to their rivals after already losing Mario Gotze to Bavaria and admits that he could swoop in.

“If the right player comes along you have to be prepared to make a move, I can find room for anybody here as long as they have the required quality,” he told reporters.

“I am not sure Lewandowski will be sold to Bayern now. The Dortmund fans are not going to be happy and I don’t think they will sell to their main rivals. I think they will either let his contract run out, or sell him somewhere else.”

The veteran manager spoke of Dortmund’s fortunes in the Champions League as he openly admired their team and appeared to eagerly anticipate the prospect of an all-German final.

“But for the referee [in United’s defeat to Real Madrid] it would have been us facing Dortmund and we would have had to do a good job, because they are a good side,” the Scot observed.

“Our target for next season is to do better in Europe, possibly by adding a player or two, but it will be interesting if this season’s final is an all-German affair.

“I have said all along that Dortmund have been prioritising the Champions League this season. They have an unbelievable record against Bayern so, despite what the German league table might say, if the two sides meet in the final it wouldn’t be a gimme for Bayern.”

Watzke slams Dortmund transfer speculation

The BVB general manager says the club is a victim of social media, with negotiations over potential deals becoming public knowledge all too easily

Hans-Joachim Watzke has hit out at the transfer “madness” surrounding Borussia Dortmund.

BVB announced earlier in the week that Mario Gotze would join Bayern Munich in the summer, with a host of potential replacements then touted by the media.

And following reports linking the club with a move for Bayern striker Mario Gomez,  the team’s general manager revealed his anguish at the overwhelming interest in the pursuit of targets.

“The players have even asked me about Mario Gomez. But when I say that I know something, [the media] then say he has been seen [at the club],” Watzke told the WAZ group.

“We are the victims [of social media]. There’s a madness that is widespread and sometimes it’s bad. But we can no longer keep these secrets in the bottle [secret].”

Watzke has also had to deal with growing speculation surrounding striker Robert Lewandowski, following claims by the player’s agent that the Poland international has already agreed terms with another club.

However, Dortmund have so far not been affected on the pitch. They beat Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-0 on Saturday  on the back of Wednesday’s 4-1 thumping of Real Madrid in the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Freiburg forced Bayern to work hard for win, says Heynckes

The outgoing FCB boss acknowledged the resilience of his side’s opponents after digging deep for all three points at the Allianz Arena on Saturday

Jupp Heynckes has admitted that Bayern Munich were forced to work hard for their 1-0 victory over Freiburg.

The Bavarians – who made 10 changes from their Champions League semi-final victory over Barcelona on Tuesday – set a new record points tally of 84 in the Bundesliga thanks to Emre Can’s sole strike.

And the 67-year-old revealed that he approached the match cautiously, as he praised opposite number Christian Streich for his “sensational” work in establishling the Breisgau-Brasilianer as a top-flight side.

“I issued a warning to my team before we played Freiburg. What [Christian] Streich has achieved with Freiburg is sensational,” Heynckes told reporters.

“A lot of things have come together over a period of years for them. It was a job that required hard work, but credit to the lads. We were very smart and very professional.”

Bayern have still not dropped a Bundesliga point in 2013 following their win at the Allianz Arena.

It was obvious Gotze would join Bayern, says Hitzfeld

The Switzerland boss has hailed the 20-year-old as a talent that only comes around once every “100 years” and remains unsurprised by the news regarding his summer transfer

Former Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld says he is surprised the club didn’t sign Mario Gotze sooner and believes it was “obvious” the Borussia Dortmund star would end up at the Allianz Arena.

The two clubs announced earlier this week that the 20-year-old had signalled his intention to join the Bavarians in the summer, with FCB ready to meet the player’s release clause.

But while the news stunned European football, Hitzfeld – who enjoyed two spells in charge of the club – was unsurprised by the revelations.

“I‘ve wondered why Bayern hadn’t signed Gotze earlier,” he told Abendzeitung.

“Two years ago it was already evident that Mario is the kind of talent that comes around once every 100 years. It was obvious to me that he would eventually come to Bayern.”

The 64-year-old then hailed Bayern’s strength in depth and stated his belief that even the club’s second string side would compete well in the Bundesliga.

“Bayern never had such a strong squadespecially in terms of width. There are two perfect Bundesliga teams [in the squad]. Were the B-team to play in the Bundesliga they would place between third and fifth.”