PHOTO: Disgruntled Schalke Fans Tell Goretzka to ‘P*ss Off’ Ahead of Upcoming Bayern Move

Schalke 04 supporters vented their ?frustration towards midfielder Leon Goretzka over his decision to join rivals Bayern Munich for free in the summer by chanting for the German international to ‘P*ss off!’ and leave Die Knappen instantly. 

During a hostile atmosphere for their Bundesliga encounter against Hannover on Sunday banners were displayed at the Veltins Arena which read: “Neither money nor trophies are worth more than our club, the one who does not appreciate that can p*** off immediately!”

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Reported by the ?Mirror, ?Schalke’s manager Christian Heidal was disappointed with the 22 year old’s decision especially after he agreed to extend his stay last summer. Heidal said: “We’ve done everything we can to keep Leon,

“In the summer there was an agreement with him and his adviser. He still wanted time to wait for athletic development.”

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Naturally, there are always two sides to an argument and Bayern Munich CEO and German football legend Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, meanwhile could not hide his delight at the capture of this signing for the ?Bundesliga champions. Rummenigge said: “We are very happy that Leon has decided, despite considerable competition from abroad, to sign for FC Bayern,

“This ensures he will remain in the Bundesliga.”

No doubt the next few months are going to be extremely testing for Goretzka, he is going to be under extreme pressure from home supporters to excel in his performances otherwise his commitment will be questioned. 

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Nevertheless, this could be the ideal opportunity for him to show ?Bayern’s awaiting supporters what they can expect on his arrival at the Allainz Arena with an effective end to the current campaign.

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Bayern Munich 4-2 Werder Bremen: Muller & Lewandowski Brace Secures Win Despite Shoddy Performance

Bayern Munich moved 16 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table with an unconvincing 4-2 victory over a relegation-threatened SV Werder Bremen at the Allianz Arena, coming from behind to secure all three points.

Goals from Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski helped guide Jupp Heynckes’ attacking side to a narrow victory, with Bayern looking on course to secure the Bundesliga title this season in record time.

After seeing Robert Lewandowski miss the chance to test Ji?í Pavlenka with a header early on in the game, Werder Bremen danger man Max Kruse saw a header rebound off the post in a rare venture forward for the visitors.

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The hosts were struggling to assert their dominance in the early stages of the game and Franck Ribéry was the only Bayern player to force Pavlenka into a save, with the Frenchman’s effort comfortably being kept out.

Werder Bremen punished Bayern for their apathetic start to the game and took a shock lead after 24 minutes through Jérôme Gondorf. 

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Die Werderaner showed some impressive passing around the edge of the box before the 29-year-old midfielder poked the ball through the legs of Sven Ulreich for his first goal in a Bremen shirt, with Joshua Kimmich just unable to clear the ball off the line.

However, the visitors were not able to hold their lead until half-time. Jérôme Boateng floated a pinpoint cross into the box which Bayern’s captain, Thomas Müller, plucked out the air with an outstanding touch. 

The German international then fired the ball past Pavlenka after creating half a yard of space with some intelligent movement, bringing Bayern back onto level terms just before the break.

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Bayern found another way past Pavlenka through Robert Lewandowski just 15 minutes after the restart, with the Polish striker having been a passenger for much of the game.

The 29-year-old rose highest from a corner to send a header into the back of the net and put Jupp Heynckes’ side in front for the first time in the match.

However, after some calamitous goalkeeping from Sven Ulreich, Niklas Süle helplessly turned a Max Kruse corner into the back of his own net, gifting Werder Bremen an avenue back into the game.

Just minutes later, it was Pavlenka’s turn to make a mistake after Lewandowski’s powerful header went underneath the Czech’s outstretched hand and a far from convincing Bayern side restored their lead.

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Despite looking to close out the game, Bayern still found time to get on the scoresheet yet again before the full-time whistle. 

Colombian playmaker James Rodríguez dinked a clever through ball into the penalty area, bypassing the Werder Bremen back line, and Müller raced through to calmly guide a volley into the back of the net.

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Bayern Munich vs Werder Bremen Match Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More

Bayern Munich welcome Florian Kohfeldt’s Werder Bremen to the Allianz Arena on Sunday in search of back to back wins in the Rückrunde.

Jupp Heynckes’ side secured an impressive 3-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen last week, a result that is even more impressive given the absence of Robert Lewandowski.

Here’s everything you need to know about the game in Bavaria.


Classic Encounter

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You have to back to the 2010/11 season to find the last time Werder Bremen avoided defeat against Bayern Munich, with Die Werderaner’s last victory over the Bavarians coming nearly 10 years ago.
In the Hinrunde of the 2008/09 season, Werder’s Markus Rosenberg scored the opening goal of the game after half an hour, with Naldo doubling the visitors lead at the Allianz Arena just before half-time.
Less than 10 minutes after the restart, Mesut Özil got his name on the scoresheet with a thunderous effort into the top corner. Claudio Pizarro also found himself on the scoresheet before Rosenberg notched his second of the game, guaranteeing three points for Thomas Schaaf’s side.
Bayern’s half-time substitute Tim Borowski was able to score two goals in the last 20 minutes for the hosts. However, Jürgen Klinsmann’s underwhelming side were unable to stage a comeback and slumped to a 5-2 defeat.

Key Battle

Niklas Süle vs Max Kruse

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One thing that can give the hosts confidence ahead of their game this weekend is that Werder Bremen have scored just 14 Bundesliga goals this season.

However, the threat that Max Kruse brings isn’t something that can be overlooked by Jupp Heynckes, with the 29-year-old directly involved in 50% of Werder’s goals this season.

One man that will be tasked with keeping Kruse quiet throughout the 90 minutes is Niklas Süle and the German international has settled into life at Bayern perfectly.

The 22-year-old has already been involved in 22 games across all competitions, a tally that is higher than that of Mats Hummels or Jérôme Boateng, and appears to have cemented his place in Heynckes’ first-team indefinitely.


Team News

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Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba is expected to miss the game on Sunday through illness, joining the likes of Manuel Neuer and Mats Hummels on the sidelines.
Thiago Alcântara is also still missing for Bayern, with the Spaniard not expected to make his return until March. However, Robert Lewandowski has overcome a recent injury and will return to the matchday squad.
For the visitors, Aron Jóhannsson, Fin Bartels and Ishak Belfodil are all missing from attack, with squad players like Justin Eilers and Michael Zetterer also unavailable for Florian Kohfeldt.

Potential Bayern Munich Starting Lineup: Ulreich, Kimmich, Süle, Bernat, Martínez, Robben, James, Tolisso, Ribéry, Lewandowski.

Potential SV Werder Bremen Starting Lineup: Pavlenka, Gebre Selassie, Veljkovic, Sané, Augustinsson, Bargfrede, Delaney, Junuzovic, Kruse, Eggestein, Kainz.

Prediction

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As much as we all want to see Werder Bremen cause an upset on Sunday, the chances of that actually happening are slim at best. 
Bayern have comfortably been the best team in the Bundesliga this season and should go on to win another league title in May. With Robert Lewandowski returning to the squad for the hosts, Florian Kohfeldt will need a minor miracle to come away from the Allianz Arena with at least a point.
Prediction: Bayern Munich 4-1 Werder Bremen

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Bayern Make Late Push to Sign Emre Can as Battle for Liverpool Contract Rebel Heats Up

?Bayern Munich have become late challengers to snap up Emre Can from under Juventus’ noses, according to reports in Italy.

Tuttosport (h/t ?Daily Mail) has alleged that the Liverpool midfielder is now wanted by two fellow European giants despite reigniting contract talks over penning a new deal that would keep him at Anfield.

Bayern want to lure the 24-year-old back to the Bundesliga with the promise of a whopping salary packet and the chance to pretty much win trophies each season due to their dominance of German football.

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Can had disputed claims that he had shook hands on a pre-contract agreement to move to Turin as his current Liverpool deal enters the last six months of its length – quotes that appear to have cooled Juve’s interest in him.

And Bayern will look to strike whilst the iron is hot and attempt to persuade the Germany international that he would be better off at the Allianz Arena than on Merseyside.

Liverpool re-opened talks with Can and his agent after earlier discussions had broken down over Can’s apparent desire to have a contract release clause fee inserted into any fresh terms he would sign.

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The Reds were unwilling to entertain such a plea and so Can’s camp walked away, but fresh hope has been handed to Jurgen Klopp’s men in recent days after the ex-Bayer Leverkusen’s comments about moving to Italy.

Bayern have, ironically, already snapped up Can’s reported Liverpool replacement in the form of Schalke contract rebel Leon Goretzka, and seem poised to heap further misery on the Premier League side if they can scoop up Can too.

League leaders Manchester City are also thought to have expressed interest in prising Can away from up the M62, but they remain outside favourites to land the combative midfielder.

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Liverpool are already set to bolster their midfield ranks this coming summer with the £48m arrival of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig, but Klopp will be hesitant to lose Can regardless of the Guinea international rocking up in L4.

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Picking the Best Potential Bayern Munich Lineup to Face Werder Bremen on Sunday

Bayern Munich kick-started the Rückrunde with an outstanding victory on the road to Bayer Leverkusen last week, with Jupp Heynckes’ side looking to continue their form in Bavaria on Sunday.

However, Florian Kohfeldt’s relegation-threatened Werder Bremen will be looking to get their revenge at the Allianz Arena this weekend after suffering a 2-0 defeat to Bayern at the Weser-Stadion earlier this season.

Here’s how Bayern could line up on Sunday:

Goalkeeper

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?With Manuel Neuer still on the road to recovery, Sven Ulreich will be in between the sticks for Bayern, looking to claim his first clean sheet of the Rückrunde on Sunday

Defence

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?The centre-back pairing of Niklas Süle and Jérôme Boateng should retain their place in Heynckes starting lineup, with Mats Hummels still missing from the match day squad despite returning to training.

However, Bayern will be forced into at least one change at full-back. David Alaba is expected to miss the game against Werder Bremen through illness and Juan Bernat looks set to step in, while Die Mannschaft’s newly crowned Player of the Year, Joshua Kimmich, could replace Rafinha.

Midfield

After a commanding performance in the middle of the park last week against Bayer Leverkusen, with Javi Martínez, Arjen Robben, James Rodríguez and Franck Ribéry retaining their place in the starting lineup.

However, Arturo Vidal could be dropped from the starting lineup in favour of giving Corentin Tolisso some much needed game time.

Forwards

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Sunday will see the return of goalscoring superstar, Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker, who has an outstanding record of 12 goals in 15 games against Die Werderaner, missed the trip to the BayArena last week with a knee injury. 

However, Lewandowski should return to Heynckes’ starting lineup and look to increase his lead over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the race for the Torjägerkanone.

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