Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha BSC: Hosts Left Frustrated as Club Record Scrapped in Stalemate

Bayern Munich were unable to secure a 15th consecutive win across all competitions – what would have been a new club record – when Jupp Heynckes’ side found themselves frustrated in a stalemate against Hertha BSC.

The Bavarians’ draw has, however, extended their lead over Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga table to 20 points, with Eintracht’s Frankfurt’s defeat away at Stuttgart on Saturday keeping Peter Stöger’s side in second place.

Clear-cut chances were at a premium throughout the game and neither side were able to show their quality in what was – at the start of the match at least – a rather tame atmosphere for Bundesliga standards.

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Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben saw close-range efforts kept out early on by Rune Jarstein and Jordan Torunarigha respectively, with Niklas Stark’s wayward header proving to be Hertha’s only chance of the opening stages of the match.

Franck Ribéry missed the hosts’ best opportunity of the first half, with Thomas Müller and Mats Hummels also wasting opportunities before the half-time whistle.

David Alaba came close to opening the scoring just four minutes into the second-half but his free-kick was well saved by Jarstein.

Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski were also struggling to find a way past Hertha’s Norweigan goalkeeper in what proved to be a goal shy afternoon for most of the Bundesliga.

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The introductions of Kingsley Coman, Sandro Wagner and Arturo Vidal offered Bayern a different dimension in attack but the Bavarians continued to be frustrated by the valiant Hertha defending.

Peter Pekarík and Valentino Lazaro had Hertha’s best opportunities of the second-half but Sven Ulreich remained largely untroubled throughout the 90 minutes.

Hopeful penalty appeals and speculative long-range efforts from Bayern Munich saw out the late stages of an underwhelming match and the Bavarians were forced to settle with a point on matchday 24.

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Jan Molby Reveals the Team Liverpool Don’t Want to Draw in the Champions League

??Liverpool legend Jan Molby has revealed the team that they don’t want to come up against in the Champions League. 

The Reds are all but in the next round after their ?5-0 demolition of FC Porto in their Round of 16 first leg. 

Molby reckons Liverpool need to avoid German giants Bayern Munich if they are to progress any further progress in the competition.

Speaking to the ?Liverpool Echo, he said: “Bayern Munich obviously got a draw that suited them and with Jupp Heynckes back in charge they’re very strong. I do like Bayern Munich. 

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“(Franck) Ribery and (Arjen) Robben may not be the players they were but I still think they’ve got a lot of ability. Thomas Muller is back among the goals.They are probably the one team in Europe I fear the most – I think they’re an outstanding team.”

Molby also believes having a second leg at home is crucial to Liverpool’s progression in Europe as we all know how special a Euopean night under the lights at Anfield can be.

He added: “I think the key for Liverpool in any quarter-final is having the second leg at home. Liverpool got a favourable last 16 draw and as soon as it was made a lot of us felt we could get through to the quarter-finals.

“What we hope for next is to get the second leg at home, almost regardless of who we play. You know you’re going to be very much in the tie. After that semi-finals are almost always tight as we saw from our famous semi-finals against Chelsea. Most teams in the quarter-finals will think ‘nobody will want to play us’.”

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Bayern Munich Star Mats Hummels Responds After Being Questioned for Celebrating Dortmund Goal

??Bayern Munich star Mats Hummels has responded following tweets from fans after the German defender was questioned for celebrating Marcel Schmelzer’s goal for ?Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund secured their place in the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday night with a late goal from Schmelzer in their 1-1 draw against Atalanta. Hummels, who played alongside Schmelzer while at Dortmund, sent a tweet out after his fellow countryman scored.

??The tweet was met with anger by the Bayern fans, with most of them questioning the centre-backs loyalty to the club.

????Despite the tweets that were sent his way, Hummels responded in the most professional way possible and explained that he should be allowed to celebrate a goal that was scored by a dear friend and a former teammate who he played with for many years.

(You may also be interested in ?Michy Batshuayi Brilliantly Responds to Mindless Atalanta Fans Following Racial Abuse in UEL Tie)??

Dortmund were nowhere near good enough on the night against a strong Atalanta side, and with Red Bull Salzburg as their opponents for the round of 16 they will need to up their game if they are to finish the season with some silverware. 

Up next for die Schwarzgelben is a home fixture against Augsburg on Monday night, a game in which fans are set to boycott. The fans have stated that a Monday night fixture is not acceptable and by boycotting the match the fans will hope to send a message to the league that they must stick to the regular schedule or else the stadiums will become empty.


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Jupp Heynckes Issues Defiant Message on Lewandowski Future After Polish Star Changes Agent

Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes has claimed that reports of striker Robert Lewandowski’s change of agent “doesn’t mean anything at all” in terms of his future at the German club. 

?Reports emerged on Thursday that Lewandowski has cut ties with his agent of 10 years, Cezary Kucharski, in order to link up with new agent Pini Zahavi. The latter is known as one of the leading representatives in the world, and was involved in the deal that saw Neymar move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.

In turn, this led to reports that Lewandowski had told Bayern he wanted a new challenge – and to leave the club in the summer – with Zahavi’s role being to come in and help broker a transfer away from Bavaria. Real Madrid have long been linked, while PSG, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are each thought to be interested too.

But speaking ahead of Bayern’s game at home to Hertha Berlin on Saturday, via ?AS, manager Heynckes had his say on the future of the Poland international. 

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“I think there’s nothing wrong with a player changing his agent. I can’t judge the reasons,” the German replied when asked if the change is an attempt by the striker to force a move away from the club.

“It doesn’t mean anything at all for us, given the way I know the officials here at Bayern and what I’ve heard from them. Bayern is not a club that sells the top players. Top players at Bayern stay at Bayern. I can’t imagine there’s a chance of him leaving Bayern.”

The 29-year-old is under contract with Bayern until 2021, and has scored an incredible 139 goals in 180 appearances for the German club since joining from Borussia Dortmund in 2014.

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Picking the Best Potential Bayern Munich Lineup to Face Hertha Berlin on Saturday

Bayern Munich will be hoping to keep their outstanding run of form intact on Saturday as the Bavarians prepare to host Hertha BSC.

Jupp Heynckes’ side have been cruising in the Bundesliga this season following Carlo Ancelotti’s departure in September and have opened up a 19 point gap over Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table.

Here’s how Bayern could set up this weekend.

Torhüter

  • Ulreich

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Sven Ulreich could be playing one of his last games of the season this weekend with Manuel Neuer set to return to the squad at the start of March.

Verteidigung

  • Kimmich

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  • Süle

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  • Hummels

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  • Alaba

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Summer signing Niklas Süle is expected to return to Heynckes’ starting eleven after warming the substitutes bench against Be?ikta? in midweek. Mats Hummels will likely keep his starting spot on Saturday, with Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba also expected to get the nod for Bayern’s last competitive fixture in February.

Mittelfeld

  • Thiago

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  • Vidal

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  • Tolisso

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Seeing Thiago Alcântara recover from a long-term injury has been a huge boost for Bayern in recent weeks even though the Spaniard is yet to get back to his best. The commanding figure of Arturo Vidal will help add some steel to the midfield this weekend while Corentin Tolisso or Sebastian Rudy will fight over the final place in midfield.

Sturm

  • Müller

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  • Lewandowski

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  • Coman

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The recent form of Robert Lewandowski will undoubtedly see the Polish striker start alongside Bayern’s beloved Raumdeuter – Thomas Müller. Kingsley Coman could also retain his place in Bayern Munich’s starting lineup this weekend ahead of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry after scoring the club’s second goal against Be?ikta? on Tuesday.

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