Bayern will be 'hunted' this season – Boateng

The defender says he is relishing the return of Bundesliga action after his World Cup triumph and has called on Germany’s youngsters to fill the void left by Philipp Lahm


Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng says he is ready for his side to be “hunted” as they seek to win a third successive Bundesliga title.

The Bavarians wrestled the domestic crown back from Borussia Dortmund as they completed the treble in the 2012-13 season before they retained the trophy in record-quick time in Pep Guardiola’s first campaign in charge last term.

Boateng enjoyed a memorable summer as he won the World Cup with Germany in Brazil and he has now set his sights on the battle for domestic supremacy once again in 2014-15.

“I’m not afraid, I’m looking forward to the games,” he told Kicker.

“We have big goals. Now it starts all over again. We’re being hunted.”

Bayern and Germany captain Philipp Lahm retired from international football following the World Cup this summer and Boateng has called on the younger players at Joachim Low’s disposal to fill the void left by his team-mate.

“He’s a great player and captain who will be missed. Luckily, there are many good, young players. Together, we must try to replace Philipp’s great quality,” he added.

Reina passes Bayern Munich medical

The goalkeeper will sign his contract on Friday to seal his transfer from Liverpool after completing health checks on Thursday


Pepe Reina is set to complete his move to Bayern Munich on Friday after passing a medical on Thursday.

The Bundesliga champions agreed a fee with Liverpool for the Spain goalkeeper earlier this week and he has come through the necessary medical checks.

Reina is now poised to move to the Allianz Arena to link up with head coach Pep Guardiola, with whom he played during his time at Barcelona, after Bayern confirmed via Twitter that he will sign his contract tomorrow.

Welcome to Munich, @PReina25! Medical successfully completed, contract to be signed tomorrow. #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/oL6WVRsLVm

— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 7, 2014

Reina joined Liverpool in July 2005 and won the FA and League Cup during his time at Anfield.

However, he spent last term on loan at Serie A outfit Napoli and, with Simon Mignolet established as first choice at the Merseyside club, his chances of regular football under Brendan Rodgers appeared bleak.

Reina is expected to be the understudy to Bayern’s regular No.1 Manuel Neuer at the Allianz Arena.

Schweinsteiger: Lahm is the world’s best right-back

The midfielder expressed his disappointed at his team-mate’s decision to quit Die Mannschaft as he believes that the 30-year-old is one of the best defenders around


Bastian Schweinsteiger believes that Philipp Lahm’s retirement from international football means Germany have lost the best right-back in the world.

Lahm is just 30 but has decided to call time on his Die Mannschaft career after leading his country to World Cup glory in Brazil this summer.

Schweinsteiger and Lahm have played alongside one another for Germany for a decade and he is sorry to see his Bayern Munich team-mate go.

“It’s a pity, we always had a very, very nice time in the national team, he is a world-class right-back – if not the best in the world,” the midfielder told reporters.

‘We are there to find a solution, but it’s a shame. I was hoping to play some more games with him.”

Schweinsteiger would appear to be one of the most qualified candidates to succeed Lahm as Germany skipper, but he is playing down his chances of being given the captain’s armband by Joachim Low.

“We have many players who can be captain,” he mused. “The coach decides.”

Schweinsteiger’s club and international team-mate Manuel Neuer spoke of his own chances of inheriting the captaincy, but the goalkeeper is calm about his prospects.

“If Jogi Low speaks to me, I would first talk to him,” the goalkeeper admitted. “If it is concrete, I will prepare myself.

“It is a decision that you do not have to make now because talks will come. Then, at some point, a decision will be made.”

Guardiola blames Porter for MLS All-Star tackles

The Spaniard was not impressed by the MLS All-Stars aggressive approach as the Bundesliga champions had to endure some tough tackling


Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola feels MLS All-Stars boss Caleb Porter did not do enough to stop his players from making reckless tackles in the wake of Wednesday’s 2-1 friendly defeat.

The Bayern trainer was incensed by a couple of challenges in the second half of the match in Portland, with Osvaldo Alonso and Will Johnson clattering into Xherdan Shaqiri and Bastian Schweinsteiger respectively.

Guardiola was seen shouting at Porter a number of times and refused to shake hands with the Portland Timbers coach after the exhibition match, before unleashing a verbal volley at the referee.

The former Barcelona coach claimed he did not shake hands with Porter because he did not see him, but he was seen wagging his finger in a dismissive manner at Porter as the All-Stars boss approached Guardiola.

“I didn’t see him,” Guardiola was quoted as saying by USA Today.

“We tried to respect the rules of the game. I appreciate the effort of my players.

“It’s not my job to be concerned with their tackles. That is another person’s job. I don’t know if he did it.”

Porter had admitted before the game that Guardiola was one of his idols and the 39-year-old did appear disappointed by his opposite number’s antics, but he readily downplayed Guardiola’s reaction after the match.

“That was such a small part of tonight,” Porter said.

“There’s really no reason for me to talk about it. Coaches get heated. Like I said, there was so much good to talk about that there’s no reason to make that a story.”

MLS All-Stars 2-1 Bayern Munich: Guardiola furious at All-Stars tackles

The MLS All-Star Game had a dramatic finish after the Bayern coach refused to shake hands with Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola was furious with the treatment of his players, as the MLS All-Stars stunned his team 2-1 on Wednesday.

Bradley Wright-Phillips and Landon Donovan scored the goals for the All-Stars in Portland, as they won the MLS All-Star Game for just the second time in the past six years.

But the exhibition match ended in far from friendly fashion with Guardiola refusing to shake All-Stars coach Caleb Porter’s hand after the game, due to a pair of crunching tackles on his players in the second half.

Osvaldo Alonso clattered into Xherdan Shaqiri in the 64th minute, prompting Guardiola to unleash a diatribe at Porter, who looked apologetic.

By the time Will Johnson slid into Bastian Schweinsteiger in the 89th minute, Guardiola could barely contain himself, while Porter looked sick, sitting on the bench.

Porter barely celebrated after the game, although he did attempt to shake Guardiola’s hand but with the Spanish coach refused, wagging his finger at the All-Stars tactician, before angrily confronting the referee.

Bayern started well with Robert Lewandowski proving an early threat before scoring his third goal of pre-season since joining the Bavarian club from Borussia Dortmund.

Just after flicking the ball over a defender only to fire straight at goalkeeper Nick Rimando, Lewandowski opened the scoring in the eighth minute, again finding space before unleashing a blistering half-volley from the edge of the box that dipped under the crossbar.

While Bayern unsurprisingly dominated possession in the first half, the All-Stars had some opportunities to score with Clint Dempsey forcing Tom Starke into a sharp save, before Thierry Henry looped a volley onto the roof of the net.

But eight minutes before the break, the German visitors gave Porter something to worry about with Shaqiri playing a one-two with Lewandowski before forcing Rimando into a brilliant stop.

The All-Stars equalised just five minutes after half-time when MLS leading scorer Wright-Phillips continued his brilliant form, getting onto Erick Torres’ flick-on before crunching a left-footed shot into the top corner of the net.

The goal was Wright-Phillips’ ninth in the past 10 games with the 29-year-old Englishman having scored 18 in MLS this season.

Donovan then struck the winner in the 70th minute, getting goal-side of Rafinha to collect Diego Valeri’s cross and score.