Category Archives: German Football

L’Equipe give manager Mauricio Pochettino a 9/10 rating for Champions League quarterfinal!

While there is no German side left in the Champions League, there are still plenty of players with German ties in the compeition. The Man City duo of Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane are both German while Pep Guardiola managed Bayern Munich before moving to England.

City were knocked out Spurs in a game for the ages last night. L’Equipe tend to be very harsh with their ratings, but gave Mauricio Pochettino a 9/10 for this. We thought the Argentine did a decent job tactically, but perhaps not a 9/10 L’Equipe style one, and that the Llorente for Sissoko sub wasn’t the best one. His opposite number got just a 5.

Man City Ratings

BVB player ratings vs Mainz 2019- Sancho and Burki star for Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund just about kept themselves in the race for the Bundesliga title with a 2:1 win over Mainz over the weekend. The win, while not as impressive as Bayern’s triumph over Dusseldorf, still ensured that BVB are just a point behind the Bavarians.

The ratings from Kicker show that England forward Jadon Sancho, who scored both of BVB’s goals, and Swiss goalkeeper Roman Burki, who made an amazing late triple save to deny the visitors, were the best Dortmund players on show. The worst were Diallo and Brun-Larsen, both of whom got 5’s for their showing.

A slightly improved performance from the 5:0 thrashing the week before, but perhaps not at the level that you’d want from a title-winning side at this stage of the season.

Thomas Delaney and Reus the best of the rest- they were also the players who covered the most distance for BVB in this game. Delaney had 13.4 km, while Reus did 12.75

Kicker Dortmund Mainz

Dusseldorf-Bayern Munich 1:4 Player Ratings- Coman shines

Maybe Bayern should organise fights between their players before every game? Winger Kingsley Coman was involved in an altercation with striker Robert Lewandowski in training prior to the trip to Dusseldorf- they came to blows before teammates Niklas Sule and Jerome Boateng separated them. French winger was the star of the show here at the Merkur Spiel Arena as he helped the Bavarian giants win 4:1. The victory took Bayern top of the table (Dortmund had beaten Mainz 2:1 on Saturday), and left them one point ahead of BVB with five games to play.

Fellow winger Serge Gnabry was equally impressive as was midfielder Javi Martinez. It was a poor day at the office for Dusseldorf- their highest rated starting player was former Bayern goalkeeper Michael Rensing, and he conceded four, which tells a story in itself!

The only real downside to the game would’ve been the injury to keeper Manuel Neuer, which is expected to keep him out for the next few weeks.

DUS BAY

Dussseldorf vs Bayern Ratings

Benfica 4:2 Eintracht Frankfurt- Visitors have 15 game unbeaten streak snapped

Eintracht Frankfurt had their 15 game unbeaten streak snapped as they lost 4:2 to Portuguese giants SL Benfica in the first leg of their Europa League quarterfinal. Eintracht, the last remaining German team in European competition this season following Bayern, BVB and Schalke’s exits from the Round of 16 of the Champions League, had last lost back in December 2018 to Bayern, but were well beaten at the Stadium of Light, with young Joao Felix announcing himself on the world stage with a hat trick.

Felix had three goals and an assist (check out his second goal if you can- an absolute screamer). Luka Jovic had scored against his parent club to make it 1:1, but Benfica netted in the 43rd, 50th and 54th minutes of this clash to put the result of the game beyond doubt.

It’s not all gloom and doom for Frankfurt though- their two away goals have kept them in the contest. A 2:0 in the return leg will do very nice, and so would a 3:1.

Felix became the youngest player to score a Europa League hat trick. There were more than a dozen clubs who sent scouts to watch this game, including several big Premier League ones (United, Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenl and Leicester), and his performance here would’ve caught the eye of many. He has a €120m release clause in his contract, but there’ll be plenty willing to stump up that fee if he continues to progress at this level.

JF