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Bayern sign Coutinho on loan

Bayern Munich have officially completed the signing of Philippe Coutinho on a season long loan from Barcelona. The Bavarian giants will pay the Spanish champions a loan fee of 8.5 million euros, with an option to make the deal permanent for 120 million euros at the end of his stint at the Allianz Arena. Bayern will also bear his wages in their entirety.

Coutinho joined Barca from Liverpool for £142m 18 months ago, but hasn’t quite been able to live up to expectations at the Nou Camp. He was widely linked with a switch back to the Premier League, with his former club touted as a possible destination and Arsenal and Spurs also said to be interested, but no deal materialised before transfer deadline day in England (August 8)

Barcelona were also eager to use the Brazilian in a cash exchange offer to bring Neymar back to the Nou Camp, but Coutinho was apparently not keen on a move to the Parc des Princes, and preferred to join Bayern instead.

The 27 year old has been given the No.10 jersey at Bayern, previously worn by club legend Arjen Robben, which shows the high esteem Bayern hold him in, and the expectations they have of the little Brazilian. Continue reading Bayern sign Coutinho on loan

Bayern 2:2 Berlin Player Ratings | Bavarians held by Hertha BSC | Lewandowski & Gnabry good

Hertha Berlin claimed an unlikely point on the opening day of the season as they held Bayern Munich to a 2:2 draw at the Allianz Arena. Bayern coach Niko Kovac cut a frustrated figure at the end, bemoaning that his side’s dominance in the game didn’t translate into three points.

Here are the player ratings for the game from the German papers Bild & Abendzeitung München (only Bayern in case of the latter). A bad day at the office for Bayern’s defenders, especially Niklas Sule.

Lewandowski and Gnabry the best players for Bayern.

Bayern 2-2 Hertha Ratings Bild

Bayern Player Ratings vs Hertha Berlin 2019 Continue reading Bayern 2:2 Berlin Player Ratings | Bavarians held by Hertha BSC | Lewandowski & Gnabry good

Predicted Lineups- Bayern-Hertha from the German media

The 2019/20 league season kicks off later tonight with defending champions Bayern Munich taking on Hertha. The Berlin outfit have tended to be tough opposition for Bayern in recent years- the Bavarian giants have won only one of the last five league games between the two sides.

Here are the predicted lineups for this clash from German paper Bild- it again seems to feature Thomas Muller on the wing.

Predicted Lineup Bayern Hertha 2019

Bayern will be looking to send out a strong statement following their Super Cup loss to Dortmund.

BVB 2:0 Bayern in Supercup 2019 & Bild’s brutal player rating for Thiago Alcantara

Borussia Dortmund prevented Bayern Munich from claiming their fourth consecutive Super Cup as they beat Niko Kovac’s side 2:0 at Signal Iduna Park.

Mats Hummels was a late withdrawal for BVB, forcing Favre to play Toprak in central defence alongside Akanji. Julian Weigl was chosen to partner Axel Witsel in midfield.

BVB starting lineup

Bayern’s XI was pretty much on the lines of what Kicker had predicted for them– the only difference being Corentin Tolisso starting in midfield ahead of Renato Sanches.

Marco Reus, who was given the German Footballer of the Year trophy just before the game began, almost put BVB ahead in the first minute, but was denied by an excellent Neuer save.

At the other end, Kingsley Coman forced a double save from Dortmund reserve keeper Hitz, but the game remained goalless at half time. However Dortmund came running out of the blocks after the interval, and Jadon Sancho created one and scored another as Bayern went 2-0 down.

Thiago carelessly giving away the ball started Bayern’s downfall, and the Brazilian was given a 6 (lowest possible score) in Bild’s ratings.

Bild Ratings Continue reading BVB 2:0 Bayern in Supercup 2019 & Bild’s brutal player rating for Thiago Alcantara