Bayern Munich attacker Thomas Muller has provided a mixed reaction after the club’s thumping 4-1 win over Cologne on the road. The Bavarian giants were hugely impressive during the opening 12 minutes of the game where they scored on three occasions and that eventually contributed to a 4-1 triumph over their league counterparts.
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer believes his team can overcome the challenge presented by Liverpool during the round of 16 stage of the Champions League.
The Bavarian giants have been pitted against the Reds for the first time in Europe since early 2000 and Neuer has backed them to prevail by taking advantage of the defensive vulnerability of Jurgen Klopp’s side.
It's still early days in the Bundesliga with just seven games played and there are still plenty more twists and turns to come before the German top flight concludes in May 2019, however the league is starting to take shape and, worryingly for Bayern Munich, they have four points to make up on current leaders Borussia Dortmund.
The Bavarians made a less than impressive start to the 2017-18 campaign but were a point better off heading into the second international break and their stuttering starts are beginning to be a cause for concern amongst Bayern fans.
Bayern Munich attacker Franck Ribery has hinted that he could leave the Bavarian giants when the current season comes to a close. The 35-year-old has been with the German champions for the past 11 years where he has made almost 330 appearances but he could be up for a fresh challenge at the end of the current campaign.
Speaking exclusively to Bundesliga.com, Ribery indicated that he has yet to decide whether he would be prolong his Bayern stay beyond next summer but he has plans to continue playing for the next three years at the least, he said: “I’d be up for another season, but let’s wait and see how this season shapes up. I am relaxed and don’t put myself under pressure. You must assess your performances correctly. It’s too early to say now. At my age, you never know what’s next, but I would like to play until I am 38.”
Bayern Munich came crashing out of the Champions League in the semi-final against Real Madrid, and it has now been five years since the German giants won the ultimate tournament. The Spanish side, on the other hand, have won three of the last four competitions. Now, Zinedine Zidane’s men are looking to be the first side in over forty years to win a hat-trick of European tournaments in succession.
The last side to win the paramount European competition three seasons in a row was Bayern Munich in the 1975-76 campaign. Prior to that, the feat had only been achieved by Los Blancos, who won the inaugural European Cup and the four tournaments that followed. Jupp Heynckes and his charges have now given Real the perfect opportunity to atone for a slightly underwhelming campaign and retain their European crown.
Bayern Munich have one of the best squads in the entirety of Europe. In fact, they probably have the best squad in the world. With players such as Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben, Javi Martinez, Arturo Vidal, Thiago and Mats Hummels, Bayern are certainly a match for the strongest teams anywhere on the planet.
However, Bayern still came short against Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League. Carlo Ancelotti’s side lost the first leg of the tie 2-1 at the Allianz Arena and the second leg 4-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu after extra time. This means that for the fourth successive season, the Bavarian giants have failed to progress to the final of the Champions League.
Carlo Ancelotti admitted that Bayern Munich were lucky to get a 2-0 advantage over Frankfurt going into the halftime.
The club managed a 3-0 win over the German outfit in order to retain top spot in the German Bundesliga. Goals from Douglas Costa and Robert Lewandowski were crucial in getting this lead going into halftime. However, Bayern Munich were second best in the game and it was only after these goals that they tightened the grip. This was the fifth consecutive win for Bayern in all competitions. The club have a 10-point advantage over RB Leipzig, whose title challenge has been fizzing out over the last few weeks.
Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has once again stressed that Thomas Muller and Thiago Alcantara are capable of playing with each other as they are compatible.
Muller has faced the first serious threat for his first team spot since becoming a professional. He has been unable to reproduce the same kind of form as he did a few years ago. This compounded with former Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara being an excellent form, while playing in the hole behind Robert Lewandowski, has reduced the number of first-team opportunities for Muller. Muller watched Alcantara perform exceptionally well in the 5-1 win over Arsenal.
The last competitive appearance that Arturo Vidal made with Bayern Munich was on January 20 of 2017 when his team faced off with Freiburg and came out on top with a 2-1 triumph.
Unfortunately for the Chilean player, he picked up a rib injury which forced him to be subbed off from the pitch at the 54th minute.
If anyone is going to break Bayern Munich’s stranglehold on the Bundesliga title this season, it is going to be Ralph Hasenhuttl’s RB Leipzig. Their journey since the club’s formation back in 2009 has been nothing short of astronomical but success in Germany’s top flight would send shockwaves across European football’s elite divisions.
The likes of Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Monchengladbach and VfL Wolfsburg have all pushed Bayern close in the last few years but the Bavarians are a class above their German rivals. When it comes to the domestic campaign, Bayern are simply too strong for the vast majority of clubs and Carlo Ancelotti’s side could probably finish in the top half of the table if they played their reserves for the entire campaign.