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Pep Guardiola goes into the Champions League match against Arsenal looking for his first win at the Emirates stadium. His Bayern Munich team are ranked as one of the favourites to win the competition. They defeated Arsenal at the same stage only last season and went on to win the title itself. They will be hoping that omens workout in a similar fashion this season as well. Arsenal have not won a major trophy since 2005, but that does not stop Guardiola from having high respect for the gunners.
They play a style of football that is very similar to Guardiola’s teams in the last few years. The Spaniard has come out in support of Arsene Wenger by saying that winning trophies is not the end of life. He says that there is more to football than just winning trophies and Arsenal are example of it.
Bayern will also have a very strong line-up on their hand. They managed to win 3-1 at this ground last year, though they went on to lose 2-0 at the Allianz Arena. They only managed to reach the quarter-finals on away goals last season, but will be hoping for a much more comprehensive performance this time around.
Bayern Munich are currently top of the German league by a massive 20 points according to http://www.sublimeshot.com.
“I have never won here. I learned that you can never dominate Arsenal for 90 minutes. You can dominate for 30 minutes, to half-time, for 75 minutes, but for 90 minutes it is impossible. Arsenal, with these quality players, you always have a problem. Arsenal compete with huge teams. I have a lot of respect for Arsene. He always likes good players, always plays in a good style. Life is not only trophies,” said Guardiola. “We had to be focused from the first day with a new coach,” said Robben.
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Son Heung-min has said that he is going alright at his current club Bayer Leverkusen and he doesn’t have interests in making an away move to Bayern Munich in near future.
The Bundesliga table toppers were reported to be willing to secure the services of the young winger who belongs to South Korea, but, now, after Son’s statements, it doesn’t seem that they would be able to fulfil their wishes.
Son had signed for Leverkusen last summer after leaving Hamburger SV and he has proved to be a useful addition for the German club. Whatever opportunities he has got so far, he has made the most of it and as a result, he has managed to catch the eyes of top clubs.
The 21 years old player has played 21 Bundesliga matches for his new club till now and has struck 7 times.
Son has a fantastic record at international level as well. Despite being so young, he has already played a handful of matches for the senior team of South Korea and has scored some important goals too.
In one of his interviews a few days ago when he was asked about Bayern Munich being interested in him, he said, “I don’t have any reason to move to somewhere else. I am having a great time at Leverkusen at the moment.”
“Bayern is surely one of the greatest sides, but, the competition for places there is more than any other club. At this stage of my career, the most important thing for me is to get regular playing chances and I am getting that at Leverkusen. Apart from that, I am enjoying myself too here.”
Leverkusen is at the second position in the Bundesliga table with 37 points in 17 games.
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The star player of Bayern Munich Franck Ribery sustained a cracked rib during France’s match against Ukraine that saw the French team coming out as the winning team with a final result of 3-0 but after a series of tackles the French winger will be left in the sidelines for around 2 weeks.
The 30 years old Frenchman is a top candidate on winning the upcoming Ballon d’Or after making a number of impressive performances that have helped Bayern Munich on claiming important silverware.
Barcelona is not the only club going through injury problems with their star performers as Bayern Munich is also missing out from a number of key players due to injuries which include: Bastian Scweinsteiger, Claudio Pizaaro, Xherdan Shaqiri and Holger Badstuber.
Pep Guardiola said however that he is not worried about the recent number of players getting injured.
“We are a super team on the pitch, We can almost compensate for any injury, without causing problems,” Rummenigge told Kicker.
The chief executive of Bayern Munich Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said that despite the players being sidelined recently they will not have an active transfer market in January as he believes that the squad has enough depth to deal with any kind or number of injury problems.
When probed about possible departures in January, the 58-year-old said: “No player wants to leave Bayern.”
The German club’s sporting director, Matthias Sammer, reiterated Rummenigge’s comments, suggesting that changes will only be made if completely necessary.
Sammer added: “We are currently not thinking about changing anything. Only if further injuries occur, then, one cannot rule out a change of course.”
Scoring 5 goals and providing 6 assists for Bayern Munich, Ribery plays a pivotal role for the German side in this season and also helping last year’s treble winners to take up a comfortable position in both the domestic league and Europe.