Sandro Wagner Insists Bayern Munich Are Still a ‘Better Team’ Than Borussia Dortmund

Bayern Munich striker Sandro Wagner has played down the notion that they need to undergo a rebuilding process following their defeat in Der Klassiker, insisting that the Bavarians are still the best team in Germany.

The 30-year-old striker came on as a second half substitute against Dortmund as the reigning Bundesliga champions threw away the lead twice before Paco Alcácer’s strike settled the thrilling encounter, opening up a seven-point gap at the top of the Bundesliga.


But Wagner is adamant that Bayern Munich are still a ‘better team’ than Borussia Dortmund, adding that any talk of the club needing to undergo some kind of a makeover is ‘rubbish’.

It’s crazy when you look at the league table. We are fifth, which can’t be the aspiration of Bayern Munich or us players,” Wagner said, quoted by Goal.

“We have to win the Bundesliga title this year, anything else would be a disappointment. We have the best team by far, in Germany.

“Of course, Dortmund have played a couple of good games, but in my opinion, we are the better team.

“Therefore, every single player needs to have the ambition to become a German champion. To say it’s a rebuilding phase or similar is rubbish.

“We have to win the Bundesliga.”

Bayern Munich have been well off the pace this season, although there were positives to take from their first half performance at the Westfalenstadion last weekend.

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The reigning champions can get their season back on track when they host Fortuna Düsseldorf after the international break, before focusing their attention on securing a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League against S.L. Benfica.

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Sporting Director Confirms Borussia Dortmund Star Jadon Sancho ‘Refused’ to Join Bayern Munich

Borussia Dortmund superstar Jadon Sancho ‘refused’ to join Bayern Munich during his move away from former club Manchester City in 2017, according to the Bavarians’ sporting director Hasan Salihamidži?.

The teenager has become a household name across the continent thanks to his performances at the Westfalenstadion this season, where Sancho currently sits on five goals and eight assists across all competitions.

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Things could have turned out very different for Sancho, however, as Bayern Munich chief Salihamidži? explained they were among a host of clubs who were chasing the Englishman’s signature last year.

The truth is that Bayern Munich did want to sign Jadon Sancho and made him an offer which he, unfortunately, refused,” Salihamidži? told Sport Bild (via FourFourTwo).

Sancho has already leapfrogged USMNT star Christian Pulisic as Borussia Dortmund’s brightest prospect, and having already made his senior international debut, his stock across the rest of Europe looks only set to rise.

The teenager was heavily involved in Borussia Dortmund’s recent 3-2 win in Der Klassiker, a result which opened up a seven-point gap between the Black and Yellows and Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga table.

Although Sancho was limited during the first half, the England international was Dortmund’s star player after the break and was often unplayable for Bayern Munich’s experienced defence.

Not wanting to be left empty-handed after missing out in the race to sign Sancho, Bayern Munich recently flexed their financial muscles to secure their signature of Canadian sensation Alphonso Davies, who will link up with the squad before Christmas.

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With Sancho, as well as compatriot Reiss Nelson, currently firing on all cylinders in Germany, the Bundesliga looks set to be hit with a major influx of wonderkids over the next few years. 

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James Rodriguez Facing Weeks Sidelined After Suffering Knee Injury During Training

Bayern Munich’s injury woes have gone from bad to worse after the club confirmed that star midfielder James Rodríguez will be ruled out for a number of weeks with a knee injury.

The Colombia international was the club’s star performer last year and many fans even believed that James was the Bundesliga’s overall Player of the Season.

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This season, however, James has struggled to make an impact on new manager Niko Kova? and he has started just five league matches.

The 27-year-old could now be out of action until next month after Bayern Munich confirmed on their official website that James ‘suffered a partial tear of the lateral collateral ligament in his left knee’ during training on Tuesday.

‘James‘ knee will initially be rested for 10 days before he begins treatment and rehabilitation,’ Bayern Munich added in their statement.


The Real Madrid loanee has scored just one goal for Bayern Munich across all competitions since September, having often missed out on a place in the team to Thiago Alcântara, who he will now join on the treatment table.

Versatile midfielder and club-record signing Corentin Tolisso has been ruled out until March, while wingers Kingsley Coman and Arjen Robben are also missing through injury.

Head coach Kova? has had very few options available to him this season due to a number of injuries which have plagued his squad, offering an insight into one reason behind Bayern Munich’s poor form both in the Bundesliga and the Champions League.

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Despite their current injury problems, Bayern Munich are set to receive a major boost later this month. Teenage sensation Alphonso Davies will link up with the squad following a €10m switch from Major League Soccer outfit Vancouver Whitecaps.

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Why Bayern Munich Will Soon Forfeit Tag as Germany’s Top Dogs to Exciting Borussia Dortmund

Bayern Munich’s long reign at the top of the Bundesliga table has caused fans to cry out for a consistent title race in Germany’s top flight ever since the turn of the century.

Out of the last 19 seasons, Bayern Munich have lifted the Meisterschale on 13 occasions, with Borussia Dortmund sitting in second place with just three league titles, ahead of SV Werder Bremen, VfB Stuttgart and VfL Wolfsburg’s one-off campaigns.

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Although some fans are starting to dream that Bayern Munich will be denied a seventh straight league title this season, there are still some lingering questions about Borussia Dortmund’s form having any kind of longevity.

The Black and Yellows yo-yoing through European football’s hierarchy is nothing new for fans at the Westfalenstadion, but the current group of players could be about to cement themselves in the history books as a generation-defining side just like Bayern Munich over the last decade, or Borussia Mönchengladbach during the 1970s.

Before you can even touch on Borussia Dortmund, however, we first need to look at Bayern Munich’s decline, which is on the cusp of being widely called a crisis.


As much as they don’t want to admit it, the makeup of the Bavarians’ dressing room is all over the place. The reigning champions have a mixture of players who are so far past what they used to be that even the league’s relegation fodder wouldn’t touch them, alongside youthful players who for one reason or another don’t have enough experience under their belts.

Added to that are the likes of Mr Bayern Munich, Thomas Müller. The 29-year-old has become stale at the Allianz Arena and desperately needs a change of scenery, something which is highlighted best by his goalscoring statistics this season.

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Robert Lewandowski, Jérôme Boateng, Mats Hummels and Manuel Neuer can also be mentioned in the same breath as Bayern Munich’s Raumdeuter as players who could benefit from leaving Bavaria.

Perhaps most concerning for Bayern Munich is their managerial situation. The largely inexperienced Niko Kova? is coming up against a dressing room of gigantic egos and as things stand the Croatian is fighting a losing battle.


The 47-year-old, who rose to prominence as a head coach with the Bundesliga’s underdogs, is also appearing to find Bayern Munich’s hierarchy – namely sporting director Hasan Salihamidži?, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and president Uli Hoeness – too much to deal with, a key reason in Thomas Tuchel’s decision to reject that specific job.

There isn’t a quick fix for Bayern Munich either, as major changes need to take place which will take time to implement.

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Meanwhile, over in North Rhine-Westphalia, Borussia Dortmund have already got the foundations in place to build a squad that can dominate in Germany’s top flight for years to come.

Their youngest stars are getting regular game time and are ready to step in at any moment when the club’s veterans need to rest, while first team talents like Roman Bürki, Manuel Akanji, Thomas Delaney and Paco Alcácer aren’t even in what many would consider being in their prime.


Jadon Sancho’s rise at the Westfalenstadion will also only encourage more of Europe’s brightest players that they can make a career for themselves with Borussia Dormtund.

With head coach Lucien Favre, Borussia Dortmund have a manager who has quickly got his squad to buy into his philosophy and has a track record of getting the best out of players who normally wouldn’t be considered as world beaters.

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There is certainly a power shift happening in the Bundesliga right now, with more and more fans now backing Borussia Dortmund to lift the title this season ahead of Bayern Munich.

However, German football’s shift could last well beyond the 2018/19 campaign, and Bayern Munich’s decline could even see them slip below the likes of RB Leipzig or TSG Hoffenheim for the next generation of supporters.

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Bayern President Vows to ‘Change the Face’ of the Team in the Summer But Rules Out January Deals

?Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeneß has promised that there will be wholesale changes at the club next summer, but has ruled out making any big money moves in the January transfer window.

Die Roten lost further ground in the title race on Saturday, as Paco Alcácer’s winning goal saw Niko Kova?’s side slump to a 3-2 defeat against league leaders Borussia Dortmund. Bayern Munich are now lying fifth in the Bundesliga table, and will have their work cut out to claw back the seven point gap now sitting between them and BVB.

Speaking after the disappointing loss, via Sky Sports, Hoeneß said: “No, we definitely will not undertake any activities in the (January) transfer marketWe’re getting (Kingsley) Coman back  before Christmas and Thiago will be able to play again, too, in two or three weeks. Next year, when the second step of the revolution comes, we will definitely change the face of the team.”

He added: “Im less angry, sad and dejected today than a few weeks ago when we lost to Gladbach at home. The ?Bundesliga is really fun again. Now people should be happy that it’s exciting.”

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With the club falling further and further behind in the title race, ?Bayern Munich fans may well be aghast to hear that there are no plans to bolster the squad in the upcoming transfer window. The club have won the last six Bundesliga titles on the trot, but their ageing squad now appear to be struggling to keep up with their more youthful counterparts in the German top tier.

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Meanwhile, ?Kova? insisted that he was satisfied with his side’s performance against BVB, and claimed that there were positives to be taken from the match despite the result. The Croatian coach said that he couldn’t his side’s fighting spirit and technique, and argued that they deserved to get at least a point out of the game.

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