Bayern to Poach Borussia Dortmund for Highly Coveted Scout to Fill Reschke Gap

Having claimed Super Cup victory against their Bundesliga rivals just days ago, Bayern are now looking to add insult to injury by getting their hands on Borussia Dortmund’s top scout, Sven Mislintat.

Having lost technical director Michael Reschke to VfB Stuttgart, following the departure of Jan Schindelmeiser in Baden-Wurttemberg, Bayern are looking to secure the man responsible for identifying Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Shinji Kagawa and Ousmane Dembele in Dortmund.

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has confirmed that the club are not interested in reappointing a technical director, their interest lies with appointing a scout that possesses a keen eye for players, according to Kicker.

44-year-old Mislintat has been described as having a “super eye” for talent and has been with Borussia Dortmund since 2007. Although Kicker does point out that Mislintat is contracted in Dortmund until 2019, he has been put on a shortlist by the Bayern Munich hierarchy. 

Bayern claimed a fortuitous victory over their Bundesliga rivals in the German Super Cup on Saturday. Being held at the Signal Iduna Park, Borussia Dortmund failed to capitalise on their home advantage, playing second fiddle to Bayern throughout the match.

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??Although Dortmund did lead until the 87th minute, a Joshua Kimmich shot deflected off Sokratis and onto the leg of the helpless Lukasz Piszczek who turned the ball into his own net. The Bavarians ran out victors when the game went to penalties, Marc Bartra’s decisive effort being saved by Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich.


German Giants Bayern Munich Ready to Move for Eric Dier After Man Utd Deal Fails to Materialize

Bayern Munich are reportedly set to make a move to sign Tottenham’s Eric Dier, in the coming weeks, according to ?The Sun.

Bayern are expected to bid £50m in an attempt to persuade Tottenham to sell the England midfielder. 

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Carlo Ancelotti is thought to believe that Dier could fancy a move to Germany, after a deal to take him to Manchester United fell through.

Dier was an influential part of Tottenham’s season, with his 36 Premier League appearances helping them achieve a second place finish last campaign.

If Dier were to leave he would be another high profile player to depart Mauricio Pochettino’s side this summer, after Kyle Walker left for Manchester City.

Spurs have already come under fire for not replacing Kyle Walker, such that it would be a huge decision by Daniel Levy to also let Dier go, if a replacement is not already lined up.

But with reports claiming that Dier may fancy Munich, after the United move collapsed, then Spurs could sanction the sale and look for a replacement.

The only rumoured replacement for Eric Dier mentioned so far has been Inter Milan’s Geoffrey Kondogbia, however Pochettino could look to re-invest in other areas of the pitch.

Tottenham are said to have been tracking Everton midfielder, Ross Barkley, but up to now have been put off by his £50m price-tag. Dier’s potential sale to Bayern would effectively mean Spurs are back in the running for the out-of-favour Everton man. 

Tottenham have yet to make any signings this summer and a right back, to cover Kieran Trippier, is still a priority.


In order to fill that position Tottenham have been linked with both Benjamin Henrichs of Bayer Leverkusen, as well as Jeremy Toljan of Hoffenheim, both of whom have been valued at around £14m.


4 Things We Learned From Bayern Munich’s Super Cup Victory Against Borussia Dortmund

With a host of new faces present in the German S, the 2017/18 season started in the most dramatic fashion.

A late own goal from ?ukasz Piszczek gave Bayern the chance to snatch victory away from Borussia Dortmund via a penalty shootout, a chance that the Bavarian’s took.

Here’s a few things we learned from this exciting encounter…

4. A High Line Just Doesn’t Work

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A lesson clearly not learned by new manager Peter Bosz, Dortmund’s attempt to play a high defensive line against the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller is footballing suicide. For all the attacking threat Borussia Dortmund have, a defensive strategy that saw them slip to third in the Bundesliga last season has let them down once again.

Although the Bayern pair aren’t blessed with the same ferocious pace that Dortmund’s front-line posses, their footballing intelligence got the better of the Borussia Dortmund defence all too often.

3. Germans and Penalty Shootouts

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With 10 out of a possible 13 penalties finding the back of the net, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund showed why there is still only one country that dominates spot kick taking.

Notable strikes from new Bayern signings Sebastian Rudy and Niklas Süle helped the Bavarian’s to lift the Super Cup over their Bundesliga rivals. Rudy and Süle, both former TSG Hoffenheim players, adopted an unorthodox technique for taking their penalties, only to send the ball flying into the top corner.

2. Dan-Axel Zagad-WHO?

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Talk about a baptism of fire.

18-year-old summer signing Dan-Axel Zagadou was thrown to the wolves by Peter Bosz, making his Borussia Dortmund debut at left-back. Naturally a centre-back, the young man was always going to be up against it in the Super Cup, however, his performance would have disappointed even the most pessimistic of Dortmund fans.

Careless on the ball and positionly clueless, the young Frenchman is unlikely to see much more game time this season unless his performances drastically improve.

1. Auba’s Importance

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In a game with very few clear cut chances, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang proved why Dortmund have to hold onto him at all cost. Scoring what looked like the winning goal, the Gabonese striker had just one chance all game to which he provided a world class finish.

As was the case with much of last season, Aubameyang’s involvement during the 90 minutes is often limited. However, should a chance fall onto his right foot, the striker makes no mistakes and he will be key in trying to reclaim top spot in the Bundesliga come the end of next season.


Carlo Ancelotti ‘Proud’ of Bayern After Super Cup Victory Against Dortmund

Bayern Munich’s victory over Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup was the perfect way to start the new season. The Bavarians are eyeing a sixth straight Bundesliga trophy this year after cruising to top flight victory in the last campaign.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti has said that he is “proud” of his side after coming from behind twice to claim Super Cup victory at Dortmund’s Westfallenstadion.

??“Of course, the title is obviously important. I’m happy we were very concentrated,” Ancelotti said. “The pre-season was not good, but you do not have to worry. When the season starts, we will be there.

“It’s an important victory, it was the heavy game we expected,” the Italian manager added. “This victory will help us in preparation for the Bundesliga.”

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Bayern are strong favourites to win the Bundesliga title again this season. 

Although this victory is the Bavarians way of getting their own back on Dortmund, who denied Bayern the chance to win a domestic double last season, Ancelotti is aware that the real test starts in their opening Bundesliga fixture against Bayer Leverkusen.


Dortmund 2-2 Bayern Munich (4-5 on Penalties): Bavarians Claim the Super Cup via a Nervy Shootout

In the first Klassiker of the season, Bayern Munich claimed Super Cup glory against Borussia Dortmund following a tense penalty shootout victory, with Bayern’s Niklas Süle the hero.

The curtain raiser in the Bundesliga was decided by Marc Bartra’s missed penalty as Carlo Ancelotti’s side kicked off their campaign in the best possible way.

Although there was a lack of chances early in the game, it was clear that Borussia Dortmund had not lost their intense pressing tactics from last season, despite the managerial change at the Westfallenstadion. Meanwhile, despite Bayern Munich’s front line lacking the same pace as Dortmund’s, die Schwarzgelben’s high defensive line was a ripe area of exploitation for Ancelotti’s men.

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On 11 minutes, Dortmund’s American wonderkid Christian Pulisic opened the scoring with a cool finish past Sven Ulreich. Spanish defender Javi Martínez was left red faced after some poor decision making in the Munich backline.

Bayern weren’t behind for long, with Polish hitman Robert Lewandowski bringing the Bavarians back level just minutes later. Following a dangerous run down Dortmund’s left-hand side from Joshua Kimmich, the young German put the ball on a plate for Lewandowski and the 28-year-old punished his old side.

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Despite Dortmund’s impressive start to the game, Bayern quickly asserted their dominance and took control of the game. Peter Bosz’ side were limited to breakaway chances and, as is so often with Dortmund, looked susceptible to runs in behind from the Bayern forwards because of their high line. 

Bürki was fortunate to survive a couple of chances from Germany international Thomas Müller, beaten just once, only to be saved by the woodwork.

Both Dortmund and Bayern looked susceptible down their left-hand side, with natural centre-back Dan-Axel Zagadou (Borussia Dortmund) and Brazilian right-back Rafinha (Bayern Munich) being used in unorthodox positions by their respective managers.

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A flurry of late first half chances for Bayern Munich came to nothing for the Bavarians and the sides entered the break at 1-1. Dortmund, despite starting the game quickly, were overshadowed by their Bundesliga rivals for the majority of the opening 45 minutes.

Dortmund made one change at half time, bringing former Bayern midfielder Sebastian Rode on for debutant Mahmoud Dahoud. In the early stages of the second half, Dortmund started the stronger. Similar to the first half, the pace at which Peter Bosz’ side came out appeared to catch Bayern Munich out.

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Despite the introduction of former TSG Hoffenheim defender Niklas Süle for Bayern, the opening 20 minutes of the second half were fairly uneventful. A few half chances for Borussia Dortmund failed to cause Carlo Ancelotti’s side any real danger – however, the lack of dominance in the midfield for Bayern was a clear sign of Rode’s influence for Dortmund.

Having survived a golden opportunity for Robert Lewandowski, Dortmund provided a deadly counter-attack that saw Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang chip Bayern’s goalkeeper with the outside of his right boot. Ousmane Dembélé was the key man again for Borussia Dortmund, sliding through a perfectly weighted pass for the Gabonese striker who restored Dortmund’s advantage with ease.


There was little to talk about in terms of key chances until the 88th minute, where a controversial free kick was given that resulted in yet another Bayern Munich equaliser. 

Kimmich stabbed at the ball after it dropped at his feet following Niklas Süle’s dominating header. The ball trickled over the line following a double deflection off Roman Bürki and ?ukasz Piszczek, ending Dortmund’s hopes of finishing the tie off within 90 minutes.

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As the full-time whistle went, nerves grew even further as the tie would be decided by a penalty shootout. Lewandowski stepped up for the opening spot kick, calmly sending Bürki the wrong way. In response, Dortmund’s Dembélé confidently slotted home with his right foot.

Further success from Ribéry and Max Philipp was ended when Kimmich’s penalty was saved by Dortmund’s Swiss keeper. Aubameyang gave Dortmund the advantage with a cool finish, piling the pressure on Bayern newbie Sebastian Rudy, who responded with a perfect penalty. Dortmund’s next man – Rode – also saw his spot kick saved which levelled the score at 3-3, with Arturo Vidal comfortably scoring Bayern’s last penalty. Gonzalo Castro ensured the shootout went to sudden death by sending Sven Ulreich the wrong way.

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New Dortmund centre-back Niklas Süle picked out the top corner for Bayern and Marc Bartra, under pressure, saw his effort saved, gifting Bayern Munich victory in the Super Cup.