Contento injury blow for Bayern Munich

The European champions have confirmed that the 23-year-old full-back is facing an unspecified spell on the sidelines with ankle ligament damage

Bayern Munich defender Diego Contento will miss Saturday’s clash with Augsburg through injury.

The 23-year-old has featured on only nine occasions in the Bundesliga this season but had been expected to start at the SGL Arena, given coach Pep Guardiola is likely to rotate his squad this weekend with Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester United in mind.

However, Contento is now set for a spell on the sidelines, though Bayern did not specify how long the Munich native will be out of action for.

“Pep Guardiola will be without Diego Contento for Augsburg due to a ligament injury in his left ankle – get well soon,” Bayern posted on their official Twitter account.

Contento has risen through the ranks at Bayern, but has largely played second fiddle to the likes of captain Philipp Lahm and regular left-back David Alaba.

There is 'a giant crisis' at Bayern, jokes Robben

The Dutchman was quick to dismiss concerns over his side’s form after they went two consecutive games without victory – but admits they can improve in the Champions League

Arjen Robben joked of a “giant crisis” at Bayern Munich after the European champions registered consecutive draws this week.

Bayern were held 3-3 at home against Hoffenheim on Sunday, ending a run of 12 consecutive Bundesliga wins in 2014, before Bastian Schweinsteiger secured a 1-1 stalemate at Manchester United in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg.

“It’s a giant crisis, yes,” joked Robben, speaking to TZ.  “We should have a serious meeting tomorrow.”

While the 30-year-old went on to state his side were content with their draw at Old Trafford, he believes they can play far better in front of their own fans and is confident United will not approach the game with an attacking mindset.

He added: “It’s okay. First of all, because they have scored the first goal. If we went in the lead, my feeling would be different now. So we are pleased simply about the away goal that we have achieved.

“We can play a bit better and faster, but on the other hand, you must also first find the gap in such a compact defence. Sometimes we came through the flanks, I had a couple of shots but no big chances were taken.

“They will not go on full attack, I think. But that does not matter. We need to get a top performance with our fans behind us, play our game and try to score goals in Munich. But we must also be on guard, that’s for sure.”

Bayern travel to Augsburg on Saturday having already sealed the domestic title, but Robben stressed he would not enjoy being rested ahead of the visit of David Moyes’ men next week.

“It’s down to the coach, it’s his decision,” he said.

“I always like to play, of course. But for me it’s also about Wednesday. On Saturday there is nothing more to be gained, [but] for the rhythm it could be important.

“The decisive aspect is Wednesday, since we are required to come and pick up our performance. We are a team that is there when it counts. We have to show that again now.”

Bayern ban British newspapers over 'insulting' Schweinsteiger headlines

Journalists from The Sun and The Daily Mirror have been denied accreditation for the second-leg clash with Manchester United following articles on the midfielder’s red card

Bayern Munich have banned journalists from two British newspapers from attending next week’s Champions League clash with Manchester United after deeming headlines about Bastian Schweinsteiger to be “insulting”.

The Sun and The Daily Mirror published articles in the wake of the midfielder’s red card in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Tuesday, using the headlines “You dirty Schwein” and “You Schwein” as a pun on the German word for ‘pig’.

Bayern have since condemned the papers for what they perceive to be “disrespectful, discriminatory and a personal insult” and have confirmed they will not allow reporters from either to be allowed into the Allianz Arena for the return leg next week.

In an official statement, Bayern claimed that the articles did not adhere to Uefa’s ‘respect’ principles in European competition, citing their recent sanction for an offensive banner in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal as further proof of their own commitment to the campaign.

“FC Bayern Munich will not accept that style of coverage and strongly condemns this,” the statement reads. “Uefa calls for “RESPECT” in the Champions League – a big European-wide campaign. Every player wears this logo on their jersey during the game and every participant of the competition is obliged to adherence of “RESPECT”.

“Because of a violation against this agreement by four spectators that showed disrespectful banners during the home match in the first leg of the round of the last 16 against Arsenal in Munich’s Allianz Arena, Bayern was sanctioned with a 700-seat ban as well as a fine of €10,000. This is accepted by us.”

Schweinsteiger, who scored die Roten‘s goal on the night at Old Trafford, was later sent off for two bookable offences following a late challenge on Wayne Rooney.

Champions League Team of the quarter-final first legs: Iniesta, Lavezzi and Vidic all feature

There are some first appearances of the season in our select XI from Tuesday and Wednesday after some gripping encounters left the last eight balanced on a knife edge

There were surprise results, stunning goals and sensational performances as the Champions League quarter-final first legs lived up to their billing this week.

As ever, 11 of the standout performers from Tuesday and Wednesday’s games have earned a place in our team of the week, with some old familiar faces joined by some debutants for this season.

In goal, Thibaut Courtois was in inspired form as he kept Barcelona at bay for large spells to ensure Atletico Madrid will take a slight advantage into the second leg following their 1-1 draw at Camp Nou.

Our back four features two of Manchester United’s defenders for the first time this season: Phil Jones put in an impressive display to keep Franck Ribery from making a telling impact at Old Trafford before switching to the left flank following Alexander Buttner’s injury and doing much the same against Arjen Robben. He is joined by Nemanja Vidic, who put in his finest display in Europe for two years, commanding the United penalty area and brilliantly heading home Wayne Rooney’s corner for his goal. Alongside Vidic is Pepe, who was exemplary against Borussia Dortmund and made one particularly stunning tackle to deny Henrikh Mkhitaryan a priceless away goal. At left-back, Maxwell was once again in good form for Paris Saint-Germain, keeping Willian and the roaming Eden Hazard relatively quiet whilst offering a consistent threat on the overlap in attack.

The midfield this week is anchored by Michael Carrick, whose positional awareness and range of passing was crucial to United nullifying Bayern’s threat through the middle. Ahead of him, Andres Iniesta gets the nod after his classy showing and astounding assist for Neymar against Atletico, while Diego also earns a spot from that game thanks to his outrageous strike shortly after replacing the injured Diego Costa. Isco delivered one of his best recent displays for Madrid to earn a spot in the side, and Ezequiel Lavezzi‘s match-winning contribution for Paris Saint-Germain against Chelsea sees the Argentine line up on the wing.

In attack, Mario Mandzukic earns the solitary spot this week thanks to the Croatia striker’s telling efforts as a substitute against United. He set up Bastian Schweinsteiger’s vital away goal and proved a handful for the Red Devils defence after replacing the ineffectual Thomas Muller.

De Gea dismisses criticism of Manchester United style against Bayern

The goalkeeper says his side set out to frustrate the much-fancied Bundesliga champions and remains confident of pulling off a shock win at the Allianz Arena

David de Gea has rejected criticism of Manchester United’s style of play following their 1-1 Champions League draw with Bayern Munich.

The Premier League titleholders approached the home leg of their quarter-final tie against the holders as underdogs, but produced a determined showing to keep themselves in contention for a place in the last four.

Nemanja Vidic put David Moyes’ side in front just before the hour mark, only for Bastian Schweinsteiger to level with a crucial away goal for Bayern.

After the game, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola questioned United’s defensive mindset, but goalkeeper De Gea believes the English champions performed in the right manner.

“We played them in a proper way,” the Spaniard told reporters. “We didn’t let them to play like they’re used to and that’s why they could be frustrated.

“I think it’s important people don’t forget Manchester is a big club. Well, we are fighting against a team which I consider one of the best in the world, We had the chance to win, so we are satisfied.”

And De Gea is hopeful that United can produce their best at the Allianz Arena and progress to the semi-finals.

“It looked like they would win easily but we gave our best,” the former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper added.

“I think we made a good performance and we could even win the game. The tie is open and hopefully we will win there [Munich].

“This is football and our team has big hopes on going there and get the victory. Hopefully, we will be able to win.”