United States national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann, who also has the experience of playing and managing Bayern Munich, says that the German team can expect a tough test when they take on Benfica at the Estádio da Luz in a few days.
Bayern secured a 1-0 lead from the first leg, but Benfica manager Rui Vitória strangely claimed that he was happy with the result. This is seen as a sign of great confidence from the Portuguese team that they will be able to get a result at home. Klinsmann says that playing against Benfica in front of their own supporters is a difficult prospect.
Bayern can fill confident about a few aspects like the lack of an away goal for Benfica, while they come into the match with an advantage of their own. Even though there are difficulties ahead, Klinsmann expects Pep Guardiola and his team to get past the Portuguese team and reach the semifinals of the Champions League. This will give Guardiola another opportunity to aim at winning the Champions League with the German club. He has failed at the semi-final stage in the last two seasons. After already announcing his exit from the club in the summer, this will be the final opportunity for Guardiola to improve his reputation even further. Continue reading “Jurgen Klinsmann says German Team can expect Tough test with Benfica”
Blackburn Rovers claimed a 3-2 triumph against Milton Keynes and this was the 7th league victory of Paul Lambert’s team who are struggling just to survive for another season in the English Championship League.
This match was a battle between 2 clubs that are trying to escape the bottom relegation zone and it was a tightly contested game where both sides scored goals in each half and just when it seemed like it was going to finish in a 2-2 draw, Jordi Gomez found the back of the net at the last minute which edged the victory towards the team of Paul Lambert.
Jordi Gomez is currently performing for Blackburn Rovers on a loan deal which lasts until the remainder of the season but the Spanish midfielder recently has been receiving praise from the head coach Paul Lambert who complimented him after scoring the winning goal that secured the triumph and all 3 points in favor of Blackburn Rovers and Lambert lauded the late goal from Jordi Gomez as the Scottish manager said:
“Oh for goodness sake, it was world class. I mean as good as Payet’s was here the other week that was up there with it. That was an absolute genuine world-class free kick. Jordi Gomez, as I said before, has been terrific. Jordi plays the game as if it’s really natural to him all top players do that. He’s technically excellent on the ball. Even his first goal was a brilliant header. The second goal was genuine world class. We’re thankful that Sunderland have let him come on loan.’’
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Pep Guardiola’s managerial stay in Bayern Munich will be reaching it’s end after the current season finishes and it has been officially confirmed that Carlo Ancelotti will be taking over as his successor.
The Spanish manager became the head coach of Bayern Munich back in June of 2013 and from there on out it has been a huge success for the German club as they have lifted a number of major titles including: Bundesliga, DFB Pokal, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
The only significant piece of silverware that has been out of the reach of Pep Guardiola in Bayern Munich is the Champions League but it can still be secured in this season as the German club is currently competing in the European competition and are one of the favorites on lifting the prestigious title.
Carlo Ancelotti has already made a transfer demand as the Italian manager had a condition that he wanted to be met before his managerial reign kicks off at the end of the season and the transfer demand that Ancelotti requested was to not sell Lewandowski. Continue reading “Carlo Ancelotti will be replacing Pep Guardiola in Bayern Munich”
Real Madrid will be taking on Bayern Munich in the final of the Audi cup in a game that could be very special for one of the players. Midfielder Toni Kroos plays for Real Madrid but he could come up against Bayern Munich. The German came through the ranks at Bayern before making a big impression at the Allianz Arena. He appeared to be the future of Bayern once Guardiola came to the club. However, it was not to be after the midfielder joined Madrid in order to experience a new challenge. A serial winner with Bayern, Kroos had the opportunity to lift the Champions League with two different teams in back-to-back seasons.
He had come to Madrid in the season in which they faltered in the semi-final stage. It has been just a year since he moved to the Santiago Bernebeu and the player has not forgotten the fond memories that he had at the Allianz Arena. Speaking about the chance of being in the starting line-up against his former club, Kroos says that it will be a strange occasion. However, this will not be the first time Kroos comes up against by as one of the opposition players. He was allowed to face his parent club whilst on loan at Bayern Leverkusen. Continue reading “Real Madrid will be taking on Bayern Munich in the final of the Audi cup”
Jerome Boateng has turned into one of the priority targets of Manchester United. Louis van Gaal is considering signing Boateng from Bayern Munich as the 26 year old defender would be a huge upgrade from his defensive duo which consists of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.
At the age of 26, Boateng has already some of the biggest trophies in the world including: Champions League, World Cup and Bundesliga titles just to name a few. The German defender is no stranger to what it’s like playing at a high level against world class players.
During the previous season of the Premier League, Manchester United conceded a total of 37 goals in 38 matches and even though this is one of the best records out of any club of the Premier League of the past season, Louis van Gaal wants to reinforce it even further and Jerome Boateng is one of the players who meets his needs.
Whenever it may be needed, Jerome Boateng has the adaptability of performing not only in the center of the defence but also down the left-back position.
Experience, adaptability and consistency are some of the most significantly important traits that Jerome Boateng can add to any team that he joins and Louis van Gaal is attracted by everything that the German defender can offer, however signing Boateng from Bayern Munich which be easier said than done.
In the last Bundesliga season, Jerome Boateng made a total of 27 appearances for Bayern Munich. This is the highest amount of appearances for any defender for the team of Pep Guardiola. Continue reading “Jerome Boateng is a top defensive target of Manchester United”
Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has rejected suggestions that his side have been given an easy route into the semifinals of the Champions League after being paired against Porto.
The German club managed to comfortably overwhelm Shakhtar Donetsk in the last 16 round, but they were largely helped by the sending off for the Ukrainian club early on in the second leg. Nonetheless, the club still remain as one of the favourites to lift the trophy this year due to their incredible strength in depth. The odds have only lengthened after they were drawn against Porto.
The Portuguese club have lifted the European cup in this century, but they are not considered as realistic challengers for the title. They are not one of the mainstream clubs like Real Madrid or Barcelona. As a result, it is heavily felt that the German club have been mightily rewarded with an easy fixture. Guardiola has tried to dispel those suggestions by saying that the Champions League quarter-finals do not contain any easy teams at all. Despite those comments from the former Barcelona manager, it will be difficult to see Bayern not walking past their opposition in this tie.
Incidentally, this tie is a repeat of the European cup final of 1987 in which Porto won 2-1.”All teams have a special quality. Porto and Shakhtar [Donetsk, Bayern’s last-16 opponents] were in the same group, so we have already watched a few of their matches.Porto have a great team and a beautiful stadium. They are very strong physically and attack with a lot of pace, but in the quarterfinals you can’t expect an easy match,” said Guardiola. His comments were also backed by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. “The atmosphere in Porto is very heated. I witnessed the Porto fans during the 2004 Champions League final against Monaco,” said Neuer.