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The dilemma of Toni Kroos over a proposed move to Real Madrid has opened the door for Manchester United and Chelsea to swoop for the player.
The Bayern Munich midfield maestro was set to complete a move to the European champions after the conclusion of the World Cup but his uncertainty over a regular starting place at the Santiago Bernabeu due to the immense competition for places at the club could scupper the move.
The 24 year old is a £ 20 million target for Real Madrid who wants to bring the German international in as a direct replacement for his Germany team mate Sami Khedira who has failed to produce the kind of form expected of him at the club and move him on with Chelsea willing to sign him.
But the Bayern Munich man, who was a transfer target for David Moyes before he was sacked by Manchester United in April has told close friends about his reservation in moving to Spain with opportunities set to be limited considering Real have a wealth of midfielders in their ranks with the likes of Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Isco and Asier Illaramendi all in the squad.
Manchester United was reportedly close to sealing a deal for the player before incoming Louis van Gaal pulled the plug on a deal as he wanted to bring in Dutchman Kevin Strootman from AS Roma for the midfield role. But with Strootman not expected to fully recover from a knee surgery before October, he has given the club the go ahead to resume talks with Bayern Munich for the player, who he handed his debut while in charge of the Bavarian club.
United do not have a wealth of midfield talent at the moment and the lure of first team football might just clinch the deal for them.
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Pep Guardiola has officially secured his 1st league title with Bayern Munich since being appointed as the head coach of the German side. The last match of the Bundesliga was played on May 10 and a lonely goal from Claudio Pizarro saw Bayern Munich defeating Stuttgart.
Even though Bayern Munich was knocked out of the Champions League after losing against Real Madrid, Guardiola is still enjoying an impressive and dominant debut season with the German team as he won the league title with more than 5 matches remaining and they are favorites on winning the DFB Pokal Cup as they have to lock horns against their rivals Borussia Dortmund on May 17.
After securing the Bundesliga title, Pep Guardiola went on praising the work that his players have made in this entire season as the Spanish coach stated that winning the league trophy is the most important piece of silverware to win in anyone’s debut season.
“I’m happy and very proud of the whole club this season. Maybe for some people it’s just another Bundesliga title but for me it’s my first one. It’s the most important title this term. Winning your domestic league is always the best title because you have to play week after week.”
“I’m very proud of this team and these players. The beer is cold! It’s all okay now after having a proper shower. I’m happy!” Guardiola said.
Pep Guardiola is expected to remain being in charge of Bayern Munich for the upcoming and battle once more against the best teams in Europe in the Champions League.
When Real Madrid eliminated Bayern Munich from the Champions League, Pep Guardiola accepted all the blame of their loss but the Spanish coach stated that he will continue using his tactics and playing style which he is known for.
A few months ago it was confirmed that Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski agreed to sign a pre-contractual agreement with Bayern Munich as he will be joining the team of Pep Guardiola at the start of the upcoming season.
Bayern Munich started taking genuine interest in Lewandowski after the Polish forward scored 4 goals against Real Madrid during a Champions League semifinal and there were even rumors that the Spanish club was interested in signing him but ultimately it was Bayern Munich who acted faster and have secured his services. Read the rest of this entry »
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Yesterday night was not a good night for the Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola. Despite being the hot favourites, his team couldn’t win the first leg of the Champions League quarter final clash against Manchester United.
The frustration of Guardiola was quite visible when he was addressing the press at the end of the match. He got pissed off at a reporter who started looking somewhere else after asking him a question.
That reporter had asked him whether he thought that United’s approach in the game was too defensive. Guardiola replied, “Look, it would be a bit inappropriate for me to say that. I respect my counter parts.”
And, then the Spaniard found the reporter not looking towards him and he showed his unhappiness on that. He said, “I think you should have you eyes on the person whom you want the answer from, but, that’s not the case. Your eyes are elsewhere.”
Guardiola also expressed his disappointment over the fact that one of his players (Schweinsteiger) was shown red card at a very crucial point in the match.
He said, “That was not a fair decision, not for me at least and I let the referee know about that when I had a chat with him after the game. There was no heated discussion. I just told him my opinion and then we guys hugged and wished each other all the best.”
The eventual outcome of the match was 1-1. Nemanja Vidic gave United the lead in the 59th minute, but, eight minutes later, that lead was gone. Bastian Schweinsteiger levelled it for Bayern.
It set up the match nicely, but, no more goals came from either side after that and the match ended in a draw.
Bayern will be playing the return leg on their home ground, so, they will again be the favourites.
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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.