Ex-Bayern Munich Sporting Director Admits ‘Very Bad’ Decision to Sanction Toni Kroos Sale

Bayern Munich’s former Sporting Director, Matthias Sammer, has admitted that it was a mistake for the German side to sell Toni Kross to Real Madrid in 2014.

However, the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder – who was the last German player to win the Ballon d’Or – also claimed that decision to swap Bavaria for Madrid has worked out well for the 28-year-old midfielder.

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Sometimes there are situations that you have to analyse honestly in retrospect,” Sammer told German publication Sport Bild – who, for this week, have Kroos as a guest editor.

“Who can say they have done everything right in life? Maybe Bayern Munich would have won the Champions League more often with Toni or at least reached the final.

“I can say today that, in my role, it was a mistake to let Toni go. I was sitting on Toni’s couch trying to change his mind.

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“I’ve been able to work with him for a long time and have known him since he was 16 or 17. 

“His departure didn’t shake Bayern, but when you talk about whether it was good or bad to let Toni go, you have to say it was bad, very bad,” he added. “But for Toni’s personal development and value, the change was definitely the right one.”

Despite spending the last four years at the Santiago Bernabéu, Kroos has still made more career appearances for Bayern Munich than Real Madrid, with his tally of 11 winners medals across a number of competitions for the Bavarians also higher than the 10 titles that the coveted midfielder has won with Los Blancos.

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Bayern Munich’s Twitter Account Finds Another Way to Troll Arsenal About the Champions League

?Bayern Munich produced a strong display to ?beat Besiktas 5-0 at home in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie. 

The away side suffered an early blow when Domagoj Vida got a straight red for denying Robert Lewandowski a goal scoring opportunity in the 16th minute. The Bavarians took advantage eventually and went 1-0 up late in the first half thanks to Thomas Muller. 

A rampant Bayern then struck four more times against 10-man Besiktas in the second-half. Goals from Kingsley Coman, Muller and two from Lewandowski saw the home side take a commanding 5-0 lead into the second leg. 

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Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes admitted after the game that the early red card aided his side in their comfortable victory against Besiktas. 

According to ?Sky Sports, the 72-year-old said: “It’s very difficult for any team to play in the Champions League with 10 men. I still believe Besiktas are a very good team, with many experienced players that have played across Europe. I’m very happy that we won so comfortably against such a team.

“We will still prepare as normal for the return leg. You cannot take any risks in the Champions League.”

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However, during the gamesomething happened away from the football field involving Bayern Munich and, unexpectedly, Arsenal.

The Gunners have been knocked out of the Champions League a few times by the German side over the last six years or so, which has led to Bayern’s Twitter account trolling them on multiple occasions because of it in the past. 

Arsenal failed to qualify for this season’s Champions League meaning there would be no clash between the two sides this campaign. However, the Bavarians’ Twitter account has still found a way to mock the Gunners during last night’s game.

Bayern’s English account posted a Tweet about the Champions League theme song before the game. The post write: “The Chaaaaaaaaaaaampiiooooooooooonsssssss. Oh how we’ve missed that music….!”

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In response, Bayern’s Twitter account hilariously replied by asking the user if they supported a particular club who are now in the Europa League. The tweet wrote: “Are you an Arsenal fan?”

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Bayern Munich 5-0 Besiktas JK: Ruthless Germans Give 5-Star Performance Against 10-Man Turks

Bayern Munich were in a ruthless mood as a Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller scored two goals each with Kinglesy Coman adding another to earn a 5-0 first leg win in the Champions League. Their task was made easier with Domagoj Vida’s red card in the 16th minute, but the result will send out a warning to sides still left in the Champions League. 

?Bayern started the game well on what was a wet night inside the Allianz Arean, going close through Thomas Muller and Kingsley Coman, before the game changed in the 16th minute. 

Besiktas’ captain Atiba Hutchinson played a sloppy pass to Domagoj Vida, before the Croatian hauled down Robert Lewandowski with the Pole through on goal, leaving referee Ovidiu Hategan with no choice but to show a red card with 75 minutes still left to play. 

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That was the only punishment Besiktas faced, as James Rodriguez curled the resulting free-kick just wide. The Turkish side meanwhile had a glorious chance to grab a crucial away goal moments later, but Vanger Love spooned his effort over with only Sven Ulreich to beat. 

Bayern had chances, most notably through a Mats Hummels header, while David Alaba and Arturo Vidal also had the chance to score, but Besiktas stood firm while even offering a threat on the counter, as Ricardo Quaresma worked a chance to test Ulreich, 

It looked to be a frustrating half for Jupp Heynckes’ side before they took the lead in the final three minutes of the half. Coman’s cross was miscontrolled by Alaba, but fell kindly to Muller who slotted under an onrushing Fabrico and take a deserved lead in what was the final action of the first half. 

The second half started with Bayern on the front foot, going close inside five minutes of the restart as Lewandowski curled his free-kick against the post with Fabrico beaten. 

It was 2-0 moments later however as Lewandowski cut the ball back towards the penalty spot, allowing Coman to calmly slot the ball home and double Bayern’s lead and give the home side breathing space in the tie. 

Two became three on 65 minutes and Muller helped himself to his second of the game. Joshua Kimmich was affored too much space down the right hand side to whip in a ball towards the near post, which was met by an alert Muller to score from close range.  

There was still time for Bayern to score a fourth and let Lewandowski get in on the act. Fabrico couldn’t palm Hummels’ strike far enough, with the Pole first on the scene to smash the ball in, to seemingly put the tie beyond their Turkish opponents with 10 minute still remaining. 

Bayern almost but the icing on the cake with a glorious fifth, a flowing move from back to front that saw Javi Martinez’s strike from distance well saved from Fabrico to keep the scoreline respectable. 

There was to be a fifth however and a second from Lewandowski. Muller was played clean through by Arjen Robben, before the German rolled the ball to the Pole and stroke the ball into an empty net and cap a dominant display from the Bavarian side. 

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VIDEO: Bayern & Besiktas Stars Parody ‘Come to Besiktas’ Vid Ahead of UCL Clash

?Bayern Munich and Besiktas face off against one another in the UEFA Champions League this week, with the latter hoping to spring a shock win over the German giants.

To help celebrate the occasion, a stars from both clubs have taken part in a video parodying the Istanbul club’s summer transfer window trend that became the football meme of last July and August.

Indeed, Besiktas star duo Pepe and Alvaro Negredo are seen calling Bayern superstar Robert Lewandowski, and trolling the Poland international by telling him to ‘come to Besiktas’:

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It’s a little funny in-joke after Besiktas fans inundated their supposed summer transfer targets with the tagline six months ago and, after their own club picked up on the trend, decided to utilise it in all of their signing unveilings.

Those announcements included the arrival of Negredo, who opted to humorously take part in this video too in order to keep the tradition going.


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Bayern Ace Lewandowski Explains Why He Was ‘Sorry’ to See Aubameyang Leave Dortmund

?Robert Lewandowski has revealed why he was ‘sorry’ to see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang trade football in the Bundesliga for the Premier League in January.

The Bayern Munich superstar spoke to German newspaper Kicker (h/t ?Mundo Deportivo) ahead of his side’s Champions League last-16 first leg showdown with Besiktas, and offered his opinion on Aubameyang’s switch to Arsenal last month.

The Gabon striker departed Borussia Dortmund for the Emirates in a £56m deal, and Lewandowski admitted that his departure from Germany’s top flight meant that he had no other world-class player to truly compete with in the goalscoring charts.

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And the Poland international stated that he would need to be mentally on top of his game in every game so that he didn’t fall below the expectations he and his teammates placed on him to keep banging in the goals.

He said: “It was nice to rival him to become the best top scorer of the league. I am sorry he left because this kind of competition is good for both. 

“Now I have to be strong enough mentally to do my job without depending on the competition with somebody else.”

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Lewandowski himself has been mooted with a move away from the Allianz Arena, with Real Madrid reportedly keeping tabs on his situation in the German capital.

However, the 30-year-old remarked that he had no desire to force a transfer away from the reigning champions as he looked to focus on the here and now.

He continued: “Right now I am not thinking about a transfer. I am a player of Bayern Munich and I don’t care about transfer speculations. It would not be good for me and for my teammates. I am a player of Bayern Munich and I want to give it all here. That’s my priority.”

Lewandowski also offered his verdict on temporary boss Jupp Heynckes, who has led Bayern on a truly impressive run of form that has seen them lose just once since his appointment in September.

The attacker added: “He is an excellent coach and an extraordinary person. He knows already what is going to happen and we have to respect his decisions. I am happy to work with him.”

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