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Bastian Schweinsteiger did not exactly have a great first half to the season. Due to a succession of injury problems, he was limited to only eight appearances in all competitions.
The German international, though, contributed heavily for Germany’s success at the World Cup 2014. Manager Pep Guardiola says that he expects strong performance from the 30-year-old in the second half of the season, which will resume towards the end of January in Germany. Bayern Munich could not have wished for a better first half to the season, as they already lead the table by nine points.
One of their nearest competitors in recent years, Borussia Dortmund, are struggling with the prospect of relegation. This has left the likes of Wolfsburg and Leverkusen to fight for the second spot. Read the rest of this entry »
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Pep Guardiola has managed to turn the clubs that he is in control of in a state of complete dominance and transform them into the best in the world. This is the case of Barcelona, when Guardiola was in charge of Barcelona there was no doubt that the Spanish club was the best in the world for a certain period of time and when he left Barcelona, the club suffered immensely trying to find someone who can fill his shoes.
Guardiola is now the coach of Bayern Munich and once again, he has established the German team into one of the best in the planet. During his first season as the coach of Munich, he guided the team to a record breaking Bundesliga win. Even though the German league of the past season still had more than 5 matches left to be played it didn’t matter as Bayern Munich was just so far ahead of everyone else that they were crowned as the champions of Germany prematurely.
Bayern Munich are dominating the current season of the German League as they remain undefeated after 15 matches, no signs of slowing down are being displayed and the chairman of the club Karl-Heinz Rummenigge praised the work that the former Barcelona manager has been doing since arriving to the Allianz Arena.
‘’He’s the best coach Bayern Munich could have had. He’s also a wonderful person and it’s a great pleasure to work with him.I hope he stays a long time with us. I know him and I know he is not the sort of person who likes to renew his contract early or places much value in a long-term contract.I would only get on his nerves if I were to ask him now. I know when I need to seek talks and that’s not going to happen in the very near future because he doesn’t want that’’ Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.
Even Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini has taken notice of what Pep Guardiola has accomplished in his career and the Uruguayan coach suggested Guardiola to extend his coaching career to England.
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Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund is making a huge splash not only in Germany but in many top clubs around Europe as the German midfielder has a stack of clubs ready to launch him a number of offers.
The German midfielder has already said that he is not interested in signing a contract extension with Borussia Dortmund and this mean that he will become a free agent when his contract expires around March of 2015.
Even though his contract has not expired and the transfer window isn’t even opened yet, the rumors linking Marco Reus with different clubs do not stop.
A few days ago it was revealed that Liverpool has turned their eyes on Marco Reus and the Premier League club is prepared to offer him wages of around €200,000 a week in order to lure him into Anfield but the chairman of Bayern Munich, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated that Marco Reus is a player that any top club has to think about.
“If a German international has an exit clause and his contract is running out, Bayern is obliged to think about him. There are many great clubs from other countries who would be interested in signing Marco Reus but the player will decide what he wants.” Rummenigge said.
This is not the first time that Bayern Munich has shown interest in signing some of the best players that Borussia Dortmund has to offer as the team of Pep Guardiola snatched the Polish striker Robert Lewandowski in January as he signed a 5 year long contract.
Now Bayern Munich is now interested in signing Marco Reus and if a big enough offer is launched then the Bundesliga champions could be adding another superstar player to a squad which is already filled with world class talent in almost every position in the squad.
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Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola prepares his team to take on Wolfsburg this weekend. Ahead of the match, the former Barcelona manager has admitted that this will be a very tough match for his team. This will be the opening match of the season and Bayern start their title defence with this home match. Guardiola won the league title in his first season, but he has a lot of expectations to live up to after failing badly in the Champions League. Winning the league is almost expected of Bayern this campaign due to the enormous strength in depth.
Even though the club lost Mario Mandzukic in the summer, they brought in Robert Lewandowski on a free transfer. The former Borussia Dortmund striker has been one of the best forwards in Germany, and indeed the world, for the last five years. Compared with Mandzukic, who is a more physical player, Lewandowski is expected to be the perfect striker for a Guardiola team that tries to play the ball on the floor. The possession style of football led to some criticism last season after his team suffered an embarrassing defeat against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals, but the addition of Lewandowski is expected to significantly alter their strength with regard to this type of game.
“It’s not going to be easy for us. We’re immediately up against one of the best teams in the Bundesliga. It’s not an ideal situation for us, but that’s okay – we’re patient and I’m not complaining. I’ve got no midfielders. It’s not going to be an easy start for us. It’s going to be dangerous – very, very difficult. If we can be in a good position at the winter break, then we can have a good season,” said the Bayern Munich boss, who has to deal with a number of injury problems.