Sandro Wagner Happy to Be Back at Bayern Despite Competition for Places

Bayern Munich striker Sandro Wagner insists he’s happy to be back playing for the Bundesliga champions.

The German signed a two-year deal with Bayern at the beginning of this month, having left the club for MSV Duisburg 10 years ago. He knew full well that competition for places would be tough, but decided to leave Hoffenheim anyway, and even hopes that Robert Lewandowski will stick around.

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?“I’m happy with my decision to join Bayern even though I knew it would be difficult to get much playing time,” Wagner said in an interview ?Abendzeitung.

“I certainly hope Lewy will stay at Bayern and remain fit, he is very important to us and also a very nice guy. It’s always fun with him.”

With the next World Cup just around the corner, the 30-year-old is hoping to have a spot on the plane to Russia and really fancies his chances as a result of Bayern’s profile. 

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“Joshua Kimmich started for Germany at Euro 2016 even though he wasn’t a regular starter for Bayern,” Wagner explained. “This just shows the incredibly high level at FC Bayern”

“If I stay healthy, I’m very optimistic that Joachim Low will take me to Russia, I get along really well with the boys in the DFB team and played an important role at the Confed Cup, even though I did not always play.


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“My chances are better than ever, otherwise I could have stayed in Hoffenheim or changed to another club – there were plenty of requests in winter.”

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Mat Hummels Reveals the 2 European Leagues He Believes Are Better Than the Bundesliga

?Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels reckons the Premier League and La Liga are both better leagues than the one he plies his trade in, the Bundesliga.

Rejecting the temptation to exercise any bias, the former Borussia Dortmund man spoke honestly to ?100% Bundesliga football at NITRO this week, and conceded that England and Spain’s top divisions are stronger because they are more competitive.

He said, as quoted by ?Goal: “The Spanish and English league are the two strongest, so of course we have to be careful that we do not slip behind other leagues.

“The Bundesliga misses that second or third team than can score points consistently. Munich’s big lead at the top of the table isn’t good from a competition point of view.”

Hummels’ comments don’t mean he doesn’t believe the Bundesliga can improve though, as he added: “It will be better again. We have more coaches in the league, who also like to play football. But there must be more.

“There has to be more action with the ball, fewer five-string chains destroying the game.”

The Bavarians are currently top of the league by 16 points after an iffy start under the guidance of Carlo Ancelotti; the Italian was sacked after losing 3-0 to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League in September and replaced by former boss Jupp Heynckes on an interim basis. ?They recorded their 15th league win of the season at the weekend by beating Werder Bremen 4-2.

The 72-year-old steadied the ship fantastically as other teams began to drop off, and now Bayern look set to claim a sixth straight league title.

Hummels – who has been with Bayern since returning from Dortmund in 2016 on a five-year deal – has been out of action for the past couple of weeks with a fever, but returned to training on Monday.


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‘Alexis Has Earned His Chance to Be at United’: Arturo Vidal Congratulates Sanchez on Move

Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal has congratulated his compatriot Alexis Sanchez after his move to Manchester United was confirmed on Monday evening. 

Sanchez became the first player to move from the Emirates to Old Trafford since Robin Van Persie in 2012. The Chilean international, who has been handed the renowned number 7 shirt, has penned a four-and-a-half deal with the Red Devils, worth a reported £14m-a-year after tax. 

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who signed for United from Dortmund in 2016 for £30m, has moved in the opposite direction as part of the swap deal.

Speaking to FOX Sports Chile, Vidal wished his international teammate luck at Old Trafford, saying; as quoted by the Metro: “The teammates that I have are of great quality, important players who are doing things well on their teams and that has always a prize to reach the best teams in the world.

“Alexis has earned his chance to be at United, and I hope he goes on to win many titles with them.”

The Bayern Munich midfielder has enjoyed a successful international career with his fellow Chilean international. The pair have won the Copa America together on two separate occasions, their most recent in 2016 after they beat South American giants Argentina 4-2 on penalties. 

They failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia for the first time since 2006 however, after they were beaten 3-0 by Brazil in their final qualifier – in a match which Vidal missed due to suspension. 


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PHOTO: Bayer Leverkusen Twitter Account Trolls Bayern Munich Page for Bizarre Photoshopped Image

?Bayern Munich were the 4-2 victors over Werder Bremen in their last Bundesliga fixture. Thomas Muller scored twice to reach 100 league goals for Bayern, but despite the German reaching that milestone, a lot of people were talking about different player. 

James Rodriguez shined once again for ?Bayern as he picked up two assists, including a sublime chip to find Muller for his second goal. The US Bayern Munich Twitter page showed their appreciation for the Colombian midfielder with this picture: 

??A bizarre and poorly photoshopped image of James Rodriguez’s face, along with the caption “San Jamesipero.” This is a pun on the title of a season three episode of Black Mirror called ‘San Junipero.’

The sloppy Photoshop work attracted the attention of the Twitter account of Bayern’s ?Bundesliga rivals, Bayer Leverkusen. They responded with a brilliant post, mocking the Bayern page’s efforts: 

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??Regardless of the questionable skills of Bayern’s graphic designer, there is no question that James Rodriguez is in fine form for Bayern Munich right now. The 26-year-old is only on loan at the German club, but has racked up three goals and six assists in 14 league appearances this season. 

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??Bayer Leverkusen are in second place behind league leaders Bayern. Only one point separates Leverkusen from the five teams below them, while Bayern sit comfortable at the top with a 16 point lead. Bayern will face Hoffenheim in their next fixture. 

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Jupp Heynckes ‘Turned Down’ Enticing Coaching Offer From Chelsea After 2013 Bayern Munich Treble

?Bayern Munich’s Jupp Heynckes is a head coach with vast experience and knowledge of the world of professional football. After securing an unprecedented treble with the Bavarian club in 2013, attractive opportunities from ?Chelsea and PSG were declined as Heynckes wanted to slow things down and enjoy his retirement from coaching. 

Mark Lovell, German football writer and freelance sports journalist, posted on his official twitter page that Heynckes was very much in demand after sealing an unprecedented treble where Die Roten became the first German club to capture: The ?Bundesliga league title, the domestic cup and the European Cup.

Nevertheless, even with these tempting offers and exciting opportunities from abroad, the German declined to accept, even though both clubs tried their best to tempt him. At that time, Heynckes just believed it was the right time to take a backward step, slow his pace of life down and change his focus.  

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Nevertheless, the lure of being head coach of the German giants seems a mistress that is too tempting to ignore. After a couple of years sabbatical Heynckes was reappointed ?Bayern’s coach in October 2017 – for a fourth time – after ?Carlos Ancelotti’s sacking. Even now the German continues to work with a passion and energy that defies his years. 

Once again, the Die Roten have risen from the ashes and are looking their formidable selves. Domestically dominant and through to the last 16 of the Champions League with Turkish side Besiktas lying in wait. Things are looking promising at the Allainz Arena under Heynckes guidance. 

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Although his current contract runs until the end of the current campaign, the 72 years old still seems to have the appetite and vigour to restore the Bavarians to the summit of both German and European football for a little longer yet. 

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