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Bayern interested in Arsenal’s Ramsey?

According to reports from England, Bayern Munich are considering a move for Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey. The Welsh medio is out of contract at the end of the season and the Bundesliga side will apparently attempt to contact his representatives in January- only English clubs are prevented from approaching him till the summer.

Whether Ramsey would get plenty of game time at Bayern, who have a fair number of good medios in their ranks, is another question altogether. Ramsey has also been linked with Manchester United and Liverpool.

Bayern haven’t had the best of seasons under new manager Niko Kovac. For the first time in 7 years, they’re NOT table of the table after Game Week 10, and were held to a draw by Freiburg over the weekend. The visitors produced a smash and grab operation with a late equaliser after Bayern withdrew Serge Gnabry, their goal scorer and of FCB’s better players on the afternoon, for Leon Goretzka. Continue reading Bayern interested in Arsenal’s Ramsey?

MD1- How did German teams fare in the Champions League

Four German teams were in action as the group stages of the Champions League kicked off this week. Bayern, Dortmund and Hoffenheim were all on the road, with Schalke the only German team to enjoy home advantage. Bayern and Dortmund both won their away fixtures, while Hoffenheim squandered the lead twice in Kharkiv to draw with Shakhtar. S04 failed to make home advantage count as they were held by Porto at the Veltins Arena.

Results for German teams on MD1 of the Champions League

Club Brugge 0:1 BVB (Pulisic 85) Group A

Dortmund left it late to beat Brugge in Belgium, with Christian Pulisic scoring the winner five minutes from time. Brugge are probably the easiest of BVB’s opponents in Group A, with further trips to Madrid and Monaco awaiting Lucien Favre’s men

Schalke 1:1 Porto (Embolo 64) Group D

S04 took the lead through Embolo on 64 minutes, but conceded a penalty ten minutes later to allow Porto back into this fixture. They’ll be off to Moscow in a fortnight’s time to play Lokomotiv, who were beaten 3:0 by Galatasaray in their opener

Benfica 0:2 Bayern (Lewandowski, Sanches) Group E

A good result for Bayern, beating Portuguese giants Benfica in front of a 60.000 strong crowd at the Estadio da Luz.

Shakhtar 2:2 Hoffenheim (Grillitsch, Nordtveit) Group F

A draw is a fairly good result for any team travelling to Shakhtar, but Hoffenheim would probably feel they squandered two points here. More importantly, their next opponents are Man City, who will be out for blood after being upset by Olympique Lyonnais at the Etihad.

Ander Herrera at CB- United crash to defeat against Spurs

Perhaps a reflection of the faith (or the lack of it!) that Jose Mourino has in Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof. The duo were criticised by fans for their role in the second round defeat against Brighton and Mourinho, wanting to play 3 at the back, opted to ask Ander Herrera, normally a central midfielder by profession, to play alongside Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

It didn’t matter- United’s defence continued to be poor, none more so than for Spurs’ third goal and Lucas Moura’s second, when the Brazilian sent Smalling straight back to Maidstone United, with the latter failing miserably in a one on one situation. That’s not how United defenders of the past would’ve performed, and it indicates how badly things have fallen at Old Trafford.

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United had their chances, the best of which fell to Romelu Lukaku, who took advantage of a poor backpass from Danny Rose. Continue reading Ander Herrera at CB- United crash to defeat against Spurs

Bayern 3:1 Hoffenheim- Bavarians kick off new season with win

Champions Bayern Munich kicked off the new Bundesliga season with a hard fought 3-1 win at home over TSG Hoffenheim. The fixture, which saw late drama with VAR being involved, also had Kingsley Coman stretchered off, with fears that the French international could be set for a long stint on the sidelines.

The game, Niko Kovac’s first BuLi one in charge of Bayern, saw the home side go ahead in the 23rd minute when Thomas Muller headed in Joshua Kimmich’s pinpoint corner.

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Adam Szalai’s low, drilled finish, aided by some lethargic Bayern defending, brought Hoffenheim level just before the hour mark. Szalai, for those not in the know, is a former Liverpool player- the Reds are themselves in action tomorrow night against Brighton, a game they’re expected to win.

There was however late drama when Robert Lewandowski converted from the spot seven minutes from time to put Bayern ahead. He had missed the original spot kick, but was asked to retake it- a VAR decision, and made no mistake from the second attempt. Hoffenheim, deflated, were then caught out by a quick throw in, with Arjen Robben capitalising to give the hosts a 3:1 win.

Bayern 3 (Muller, Lewandowski pen, Robben) beat Hoffenheim (Szalai 1)

Chelsea 3:2 Arsenal | Late Alonso goal condemns Unai Emery to another defeat

A late goal from Marcos Alonso condemned Unai Emery to the second straight defeat of his Arsenal managerial career as the Gunners went down 3-2 to Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal had been beaten by Pep Guardiola’s clinical defending champions on the opening week, but Emery would’ve been hopeful of a result against Chelsea- a team against whom the Gunners have enjoyed success, and like them, only just settling into a new system under a new manager. Continue reading Chelsea 3:2 Arsenal | Late Alonso goal condemns Unai Emery to another defeat