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The French midfielder Franck Ribery is of the opinion that the German club Bayern Munich are in the same league as Real Madrid and Barcelona. The Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona are widely regarded as the best in the world due to the number of star names they have in the squad. Further, they have also been extremely successful in terms of European competitions over the years. Silently, Bayern Munich have also been successful over the last five years. They have managed to appear in two Champions league finals, although they have been defeated in both of them.
The club will be welcoming the arrival of the former Barcelona manager Guardiola, who has agreed to replace the current manager at the end of the season. Guardiola has been one of the most sought after managers after managing to win 14 titles in just four seasons at Barcelona. Bayern Munich are already top of the German league with a significant advantage over the Bayern Leverkusen. They are odds on favourite to lift the title this season. This has led to Franck Ribery believing that they are in the same level as Real Madrid and Barcelona. Bayern Munich reportedly have £ 200 million of reserve cash lying in the bank, which could be made available to Guardiola.
“Guardiola is Guardiola. His arrival shows that Bayern are not just any other club. If you can sign Guardiola then you are at the top level. Bayern is one of the three best clubs in the world, along with Madrid and Barca. It was logical for the club to announce Guardiola’s signing when they did, for the rumours that surrounded him and our club. Heynckes restored my confidence at Bayern, I do not believe I will be leaving this team,” said Ribery, who reaffirmed his commitment to the club in the meantime.
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Bayern Munich could be set to lose their manager Jupp Heynckes in the summer after the 67-year-old recently stated that he would like to step down from his role at the end of this season. Heynckes has come under intense pressure over the last couple of seasons during which time he has overseen a trophyless season for the club. They have also been second best to archrivals Borussia Dortmund in the league, while they have also suffered defeats in the final of the Champions League on two occasions in the last three seasons.
Even though they are top of the table this season and are the favourites to lift the Bundesliga title, this is likely to be his last season at the club according to Heynckes. Despite not winning any major titles during his two years, Heynckes has said that there has been a possible change to the club since he took over. He has said that Bayern Munich are now more modern and play an attractive style of football than ever before. He has said that even though he is likely to step down, his work ethic and other matters will not change in the remainder of the season. The club have a superior nine-point advantage over the second placed Bayern Leverkusen in the table.
“Never before in the history of the club [have] FC Bayern played a more modern and attractive kind of football. A trainer needs his time to implement his ideas and his way of playing football. I [have now been] at Bayern for one and a half years and I think we can now harvest the fruits. Nothing will be changed regarding my work ethics, no matter what will happen in the summer,” said the 67-year-old. He also praised the form of the striker Thomas Müller.
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Bayern Munich will be coming up against their old foes Borussia Dortmund during the weekend looking to finally reverse the trend that has seen them concede a lot of defeats in recent seasons. The Bayern Munich midfielder Thomas Müller is of the opinion that his club can finally end the lack of a victory against the current champions. Even though Borussia Dortmund come into the match as the defending champions, they are extremely far-off from retaining the title this time around because Bayern Munich have been excellent in the league. They already have a seven-point advantage over Bayern Leverkusen, who are ahead of Dortmund in the table.
Bayern Munich have been defeated in the last four matches without exception when they have faced Borussia Dortmund. This includes the humiliating 5-2 defeat in the German Cup final last season. Thomas Müller has said that this current Bayern Munich team contains most of the players who have been at the end of the wrong score against Dortmund in the last two years, and they are extremely desperate to change the record. The rigours of playing in the Champions League have taken the shine out of the Borussia Dortmund team in the league this season. Müller has said that this is the perfect time to play Dortmund.
“Eighty percent of the Bayern players have been involved in the last two years when we’ve been well and truly beaten by Dortmund – and we want to turn that round,” said the Bayern Munich midfielder. “It will be a difficult game for us. Bayern are favourites, they are playing their own season. The fact is Bayern are showing a different nature compared to last season, they are greedy and bitter,” said the Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp. Dortmund are 11 points behind Bayern in the table.
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