Bayern Munich Head Coach Jupp Heynckes Sets Champions League Record With Comfortable Besiktas Win

?Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes has set a UEFA Champions League record for the most consecutive wins in the competition’s history.

?Bayern’s 3-1 win over Besiktas on Wednesday evening extended Heynckes unbeaten run to 11 games – dating back to the 2012-13 season where he won the treble with the Bundesliga giants.

His side won every game from the quarter finals onwards, including a late 2-1 win over league rivals Borussia Dortmund in the final at Wembley. Since returning for a fourth stint at the club, he won Bayern’s remaining four group games in the group stages of the competition before beating Besiktas in both legs of the Round of 16.


He overtook both Louis van Gaal and Carlo Ancelotti who are the only other two managers to manage double figured winning streak in the competition with 10 games. 

Van Gaal accomplished the feat whilst managing Barcelona and Bayern Munich between 2000-09, whilst Ancelotti – who Heynckes took over at Bayern after the Italian was sacked – achieved the feat with Real Madrid between April 2014 and February 2015.

Besiktas v Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg

Despite achieving the astonishing feat, Heynckes could yet add to his list of records. To date, he has reached the final of all three Champions League campaigns he has taken charge of, and no manager has ever made four consecutive finals.

With his Bayern side cruising at the top of the Bundesliga and beating Besiktas 8-1 over two legs, the form Bayern are currently on is frightening and nobody would out it past them to reach another European final.

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Besiktas 1-3 Bayern Munich: Germans Cruise Into UCL Quarter Finals After First Leg Rout

Bayern Munich completed a UEFA Champions League Round of 16 rout over Besiktas with a 3-1 win to secure their place in the quarter finals of the competition.

Leading 5-0 from the first leg in Munich, Thiago Alcantara’s cushioned finish 18 minutes in gave the German a first half lead, and when Besiktas defended Gonnul put through his own net thirty seconds into the second half, Bayern looked out of sight. Vagner Love’s first Champions League goal since 2011 gave the Turkish champions some hope on the night, but substitute Sandro Wagner’s late goal sealed the win for the visitors.

?Jupp Heynckes made just two changes to the Bayern starting XI that thrashed Hamburg 6-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday, with Thiago Alcantara and Rafinha replacing Arjen Robben and Joshua Kimmich.

Besiktas meanwhile made seven changes from the side that beat Genclerbirligi 1-0 to go second in the Turkish League on Saturday, with Alvaro Negredo, Talisca and Ryan Babel among those to drop to the bench.

It was Bayern, already well in control from the first leg, who had the better of the early chances without really getting close to full speed. Arturo Vidal guided a header wide from David Alaba’s cross with less than two minutes on the clock, before Thomas Muller fired over from close range after Besiktas keeper Tolga Zengin could only parry Alaba’s free kick.

Bayern would indeed take the lead on the night 18 minutes into the match courtesy of a lovely passage of play. Picking the ball up in the centre of the park, it was Vidal who worked the ball out to Muller on the right wing, and the club captain produced an inch perfect cross into the area which was met by the first time finish of Thiago Alcantara.

Though Bayern continued to cruise through the game, going closer to the second goal when Hummels headed wide from an Alaba corner, there was some concern for the German champions when goalscorer Thiago was forced off with injury to be replaced by James Rodriguez 35 minutes in.

Though Besiktas pressed for a way back into the match if not the tie, they were unable to bring a save from Bayern keeper Ulreich in the closing stages of the first half, the German’s did give themselves something to think about with the centre back pairing of Hummels and Jerome Boateng both finding their way into the book of referee Michael Oliver before the break.

Straight from the kick off, Bayern doubled their lead, this time a result of a horrendous defensive mixup from their Turkish hosts. As Tolga attempted to punch clear a relatively innocuous Rafinha cross, the ball ricocheted off defender Gonul at point blanc range and passed the hapless goalkeeper to give Bayern an extra boost they didn’t really need.

Thankfully for Gonul, that remained the most bizarre moment of the match for only a matter of minutes, before the appearance of a cat on the pitch brought the match to a brief halt.

On the stroke of the hour mark, Besiktas got themselves on the scoresheet in the tie, as some sloppy play by the Bayern defence from an Ulreich goal kick allowed the hosts to steal possession and play in Vagner Love; who despite going down under the challenge of Vidal, was able to guide his effort around Ulreich and into the bottom corner of the net.

Two minutes later Besiktas were almost level on the night as Pektemek drilled Ozyakup’s pull back just wide from eight yards out.

Having weathered the Besiktas storm, Bayern would get their third on the night and eighth of the tie with six minutes remaining, as unmarked substitute Sandro Wagner chested in David Alaba’s deflected cross from three yards out to restore Bayern’s two goal lead on the night.

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Jupp Heynckes Calls for Player ‘Discipline’ Against Besiktas as 4 Key Bayern Stars Risk Suspension

?Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes is trusting his players to remain ‘disciplined’ ahead of their second leg fixture against Besiktas in the UEFA Champions League last 16. 

The Bavarians hold a 5-0 lead over the Turkish side and, providing there a no disasters, can begin to prepare for the quarter final stage of the competition. Heynckes’ call for discipline comes as four Bayern players risk suspension for the next round in Wednesday night’s clash. 

Robert Lewandowksi, Sebastian Rudy, Joshua Kimmich, and Corentin Tolisso are all a yellow card away from a ban. With such a firm grip on the tie already, one might expect the Bayern boss to rotate his squad for the trip to Instanbul. But Heynckes has said that yellow cards will not force him to rest players. 

“I point that out to my players in the most extreme way,” Heynckes explained in the pre-match press conference, as quoted by the ?club’s official website. “Five players were at risk in the 2013 semi final against Barcelona, and nobody saw a yellow card.

“The players have to be very disciplined, they mustn’t let their opponents provoke them. I won’t rest players because of two bookings.”

The atmosphere is sure to be booming in Instabul as the passionate Besiktas crowd will aim to rally their side for a strong finish to the fixture. The travelling Bavarians will not let up, but could shuffle the pack to ensure the squad stay fresh.

“We have 20 absolutely top players, and I trust all of them,” Heynckes added. “There’s no preferred lineup. It varies. But of course I won’t act against my conviction that we need a good balance between defence and attack in the team. That’ll be the case tomorrow too.”

Even without the suspension risk, there is a good chance Corentin Tolisso will not feature on Wednesday ?after the midfielder suffered severe bruising to his ankle during a Bundesliga clash with Hamburg. Kingsley Coman, James Rodriguez and Manuel Neuer are also injury doubts for Bayern Munich. 

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Besiktas vs Bayern Munich Preview: Recent Form, Key Battle, Team News & More

?Bayern Munich thumped a ten man Besiktas 5-0 in the first leg of this Champions League tie to give the German side one foot firmly in the quarter-finals. 

Braces from Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski, and an effort from Kinsley Coman, have given Bayern a distinct advantage heading into the second leg in Instanbul. 

Providing there are no Paris Saint-Germain vs. Barcelona levels of capitulation, Bayern look set to reach the competition’s quarter finals for the seventh year running. 

Here’s the rundown of Wednesday’s second leg.

Recent Form

Besiktas remain in the race for the Turkish Super Lig title as the Black Eagles currently sit in second place and three points behind Galatasaray.

Since their 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Bayern, Besiktas have won three matches out of four, including a convincing 3-1 win in the league over rivals Fenerbahce. Ryan Babel and Ricardo Quaresma could be ones to watch on Wednesday as the pair have both bagged braces in recent weeks. 

Meanwhile its been business as usual for Bayern, who are currently enjoying a run of 17 matches without defeat. A 0-0 draw with Hertha Berlin has been the only blip in an otherwise perfect run as the Bavarians sit 20 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga. 

In their last two matches, Bayern have scored 10 goals. Jupp Heynckes’ men are in great goal-scoring form and will not take this second-leg lightly. 

Key Battle

Thomas Muller vs Gary Medel


With Domagoj Vida suspended and Pepe injured, Besiktas could be forced to field a makeshift defence on Wednesday. This could involve calling upon defensive midfielder Gary Medel to put in a shift in the centre of defence. 

The diminutive Chilean is not one to back out of a tackle and certainly will not give any of these Bayern players an easy ride. 

Thomas Muller scored a brace in the first leg of this tie and will look to do more of the same as the German nears 100 Champions League appearances. In 96 games in the competition, Muller has 42 goals. Always a reliable player for Bayern, he could be the one to help guide the club to more European glory this season.  

Team News

Domagoj Vida was the player dismissed for Besiktas in the first leg and so will be unavailable on Wednesday due to suspension. Pepe is sidelined with a toe fracture, and Gokhan Tore is also unavailable through injury. 

?Bayern have confirmed that Corentin Tolisso suffered severe bruising to his ankle in the win against Hamburg and so may not be risked for Wednesday’s tie. Manuel Neuer remains ruled out, as does Kingsley Coman with a ligament tear.  

Tolisso, Joshua Kimmich, Sebastian Rudy, and Robert Lewandowski are all a booking away from a suspension. With the tie all but confirmed, Jupp Heynckes may opt to rotate his side to prevent any key players from getting a ban. 

Potential Besiktas Starting Lineup: Fabri; Gonul, Medel, Tosic, Adriano; Hutchinson, Arslan; Quaresma, Ozyakup, Babel; Negredo

Potential Bayern Starting Lineup: Ulreich; Rafinha, Boateng, Hummels, Alaba; Thiago, Martinez, Vidal; Robben, Wagner, Muller


It’s going to take some doing for Besiktas to overturn this five goal deficit. With the absence of their defensive duo of Pepe and Vida, the Turkish side’s challenge has been made even more difficult. 

Bayern will already have one eye on the next round, and could field a heavily changed side from the one that came out in the first leg. But they won’t let themselves take their foot off the pedal as their unbeaten run looks sure to continue. 

Prediction: Besiktas 1-3 Bayern Munich

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Report Claims Bayern Munich Are ‘Pressing’ to Sign Coveted Liverpool Star This Summer

Bayern Munich have joined the race to sign Liverpool’s in-demand contract rebel Emre Can, according to reports from Germany (via Sport Witness). 

As per the report, officials from Juventus have been in constant contact with Can’s representatives, but are yet to convince him into signing a pre-contract arrangement with the club. 

In a worrying development for the Old Lady, a number of other clubs, including Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, are rumoured to have turned their attention to the German international. 

The report claims that officials from Bayern have been “pressing” the 24-year-old’s representatives, with the club desperate to resign Can on a free in the summer alongside Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka. 

Can, however, is said to be tempted by the promise of a new challenge and – having already played in the Bundesliga – Italian newspaper Tuttosport continue to believe that Juventus are the favourites for his signature. 

Can joined Liverpool from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014 and has made over 100 appearances for the Merseyside club since. His contract is set to expire in the summer, however, and, despite Steven Gerrard’s best efforts, is not willing extend his stay at Anfield. 

“He’ll stay beyond the winter,” Klopp told DAZN back in January (via the Express). “Emre is still a young lad but he has developed into a great player and is very important for us. Sometimes a player just wants to sit out his contract. That’s not cool for the club, but there are moments in which you have to accept it.

“And as long as the player behaves like Emre does, then I have absolutely nothing to complain about. He gives everything he has and identifies with the club.”

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