Pep Guardiola should be a very happy and excited man as his team managed to secure a spot in the semi-finals of the DFB Pokal Cup but after his squad defeated Bayer Leverkusen in a penalty session, the Spanish manager did not appear to be happy as Guardiola talked to reporters and only said that the absence of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery has limited the goal-scoring opportunities of his team as they aren’t able to score goals as fluently and consistently ever since those star players picked up injuries and haven’t been able to get in the pitch.
Bayern Munich might have failed to register a win playing versus Shakhtar Donetsk the other day at Arena Lviv, but, that has not put their Final Eight qualification in the Champions League in doubt by any means.
Playing the return leg at home, it’s almost a no brainer that they would beat Shakhtar and move ahead to face the big boys.
But, what Pep Guardiola would need is to ensure that his players turn up.
During that away leg in Ukraine, it appeared as if the Bayern players were not completely awake.
The 2014 Ballon d’Or was awarded to Cristiano Ronaldo a few days ago as the Portuguese star of Real Madrid was rewarded for all of his remarkable accomplishments which he made in the past 12 months. C.Ronaldo won his 3rdBallon d’Or award on a very convincing fashion after receiving more than the double the amount of votes that Messi and Neuer.
Despite Bayern Munich’s domination both in the domestic Premiership as well as in Europe, Pep Guardiola, their manager, is not satisfied.
The Spanish manager does not agree to those experts who say that Bayern is the strongest team in the world in club football.
According to Guardiola, the big loss that Bayern suffered at the hands of Real Madrid the previous season is a proof that they are not the best as yet.
Arjen Robben has been one of the best players at Bayern Munich over the last two years, but club president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says that he has now reached the best form of his career in the last few months. Robben has been scoring goals for fun in the German Bundesliga. He helped the club win the league title for the third consecutive season, while also playing an important role in Netherlands finishing third in the World Cup 2014. Due to the fitness issues surrounding Robin van Persie, Robben was the key player for the Dutch team.
Karim Benzema has signed a new deal at Real Madrid, but, it’s believed he is not the most comfortable there especially with Javier Hernandez being brought in.
Over the last 4 seasons, Benzema has played regularly in the Liga for Madrid, but, this season, that might not turn out to be the case. He will have to compete with Hernandez.
Benzema was said to be feeling unsecured during the summer and there were talks of him moving to Bayern, but he ended all the speculations by accepting the extension offered by Madrid.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany says that it is time the Premier League club closed the gap on big clubs like Bayern Munich by doing well in the Champions League. City will once again face the Bavarians in the group stages of the Champions League. City manager Manuel Pellegrini has criticised the UEFA’s seeding system ahead of the match, as it will be the third time in the last three seasons that are familiar round of opposition will be meeting each other in the group stages. For this season, though, City have been handed a very tough draw with Roma and CSKA Moscow being the other group opponents.
The Bayern Munich boss, Pep Guardiola, has turned down the rumours of Jerome Boateng going to Barcelona this summer.
There have been talks in the Spanish media that La Blaugrana are interested in buying Boateng in their bid to bolster their defence after the exit of one of their seasoned campaigners Carles Puyol.
Puyol decided to hang his boots in May this year after playing for Barcelona for as many as 15 seasons.
Barcelona has already secured the services of a defender recently in the name of Jeremy Mathieu who was a Valencia player until the last season.
The German playmaker, Toni Kroos, has denied to have reached any agreement with the La Liga club Real Madrid.
A few days ago, there were talks in the Spanish media that the 24-year Old player would be making his way to Santiago Bernabeu pretty soon as his services had almost been secured by the Los Blancos.
But, Kroos cleared the air in his most recent interview.
When asked about the Real Madrid links, Kroos said, “Look, I have said a couple of times before as well that while being in Brazil, I am not thinking about transfer issues at all.
Bayern Munich star Thomas Müller has claimed that he will be holding talks with the club in the summer over his role in the team. Müller came through the ranks at Bayern Munich and was a key part of the team that won the treble in 2013. However, his role in the new system at the club has been less pronounced. The arrival of Robert Lewandowski in the summer is expected to reduce distances even further. The 25-year-old has been linked with the likes of Manchester United in the last few weeks.