Thiago has been receiving a signficant amount of praise this season, as no longer are people questioning his ability by claiming that he is yet to reach his potential. Instead, the Spaniard is being noted as a key man for one of the best sides in Europe, as his contributions to the side have been some of the best in whole Bayern squad that as a collective have have been under performing this season.
As a result, many of Europe’s top sides have turned their attentions to the player, and the likes of Manchester City where Thiago’s former manager Pep Guardiola is currently employed, as well as his former club Barcelona, are both reported to have been keeping a keen eye on the midfielder.
However, in the face of this, Thiago’s father and agent Mazinho has revealed that the player has become a settled figure at the club over the past 3 years, and has no intentions of leaving Bayern for new endeavours anytime soon:
“He is feeling incredibly comfortable in Munich.
“I think, he will stay for a long time at Bayern. The club is excellently run and gives you a familiar feeling. Furthermore the officials have always been fair. I hope he can stay here for many years.
“Players from big clubs always will have offers from other big clubs. Not only from England but also from Spain or Italy.
“But you have to feel comfortable where you are. Thiago is [comfortable] and for that reason we don’t think about anything other than about Bayern.” Via uk.sports.yahoo.com
With Thiago having really found his feet under Ancelotti, having often pushed the likes of Thomas Muller, Renato Sanches and Joshua Kimmich all out of the team for a significant majority of the season, the player really is shaping up to be one of Europe’s best midfielders at the moment.
With that in mind, we can be happy that it seems he is almost certain to stay in Munich, as if he keeps up his current form over the next few seasons then he can be a key player in helping Bayern to really kick on in all competitions and continue to notch up silverware for the history of the side.
— Thiago Alcantara (@Thiago6) January 30, 2017
With Muller having not been at his usual best this season, many have called into question the German’s abilities, wondering whether he has lost his touch all together. However, with Ancelotti often dropping the player, and with such criticisms coming his way, Muller has given some insight into why he feels that he has been unable to perform at his best, stating that he can only thrive when his teammates are at their best, and that is something that has rarely happened this season:
“I cannot make the most of my strengths when the team is not at its best and does not play the sort of football it can play. So I did not feel well on the pitch in our last two games.
“I am very much reliant on my team-mates when you look at my style of play and the goals I have scored in the past. I am not the type of player who creates his own chances, someone who picks up the ball in midfield and then dribbles past five players.
“I am not blaming my team-mates for anything, we have to do it as a team. Maybe it has something to do with my runs. I did not have a single shot against Bremen, one has to wonder how that is possible.
“I try many things, but it does not pay off for now. I have not been able to find the space I need in our last two games. I kept on looking for space, but I was unable to find a position where I was really available to receive the ball in a dangerous position. That was very disappointing for me.” Via sportal.co.nz
Although Muller can’t shift the blame entirely on to his teammates, we have to sympathise with him to some degree. Firstly he was deployed as a winger in a 4-3-3 system where he ultimately failed to have his usual impact comparably to his favoured position as a centre forward role. And secondly the player, who has recently lacked confidence as a result, has struggled to score too often in front of goal and is not the undisputed starter that he once was.
Given the chance, I feel that Muller will provide the goods sooner rather than later, as he has improved in his performances once more, but benching him seems the right move for Ancelotti with other such as Thiago playing so well in that position.
Bayern Munich stars Franck Ribery and David Alaba were spotted in the Austrian mountains the other week, as they went to have some downtime by watching the alpine World Cup skiing event that was taking place 2 weeks ago.
However, a clip has revealed that Bayern did not only enjoy their time there through watching the Skiing, but also were taken for a spin in the mountains by ex-rally professional Sepp Haider. Haider might now be 63, but the previous rally expert has hardly lost it, as he whizzed through the snowy mountains at spectacular speed.
You can watch the clip below, and the duo seemed to thoroughly enjoy the talent of the driver – a nice touch to round off their holiday.
— DW Sports (@dw_sports) January 23, 2017
With Douglas Costa and Franck Ribery competing for a spot in the same position in the first team, and with the Frenchman having kept his Brazilian on the bench for much of this season, many would think that Costa would be almost pleased about his colleagues injury, as it will give him a chance to shine in front of manager Ancelotti and the rest of the Bayern.
However, although Costa has recognised that he will get a greater opportunity to show off his talent in the next few weeks, the winger has said he would have preferred the Frenchman to have remained fit and ready, stating that he is fundamentally important to Bayern’s success:
“Sometimes he played and on other occasions I played.
“I will now get the chance to show what I can do for the next few weeks. But do not get me wrong, I would have preferred it had Franck not gotten injured.
“Ribery is hugely important for Bayern, but hopefully we can cope with his absence.
“It is obviously a blow, but he must now take his time to get fit again, so he can help us on the pitch once more.” Via uk.sports.yahoo.com
In his absence, we can hope that Costa can shine, as we all know equally he is of the highest quality and is more than enough of a threat in front of goal to carry Bayern in that regard should he need to at some point during matches.
Franck Ribéry's goal against Frankfurt has also been nominated for goal of the year pic.twitter.com/YcWlVyWnmR
— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) January 24, 2017
Ahead of Bayern’s match up against Schalke 04 this weekend, the Royal Blue’s centre back has been speaking to the media at Bundesliga.com ahead of the game, and giving his opinions and insights onto the clash.
Unsurprisingly, the Schalke game has recognised that this will be a tough clash, not just for Bayern, but for both sides. Whilst Schalke recognise the quality that Bayern have, we can equally recognise that Shalke have one of the strongest sides in the Bundesliga, with some supreme talent in their ranks.
With that in mind, Kolasinac was very admirable of Bayern, and also stated how exciting it was to test himself against the best, saying how he was looking forward to giving his best shot alongside his team at the weekend:
We know that we’re taking on the strongest team in Germany, who right now are also amongst Europe’s elite.
“It’s always a special challenge to measure yourself up against teams like that and, despite our poor performance against Frankfurt last time out, we’re going to give everything we’ve got to have a good game in Munich.” Via bundesliga.com
And with many having been critical of Bayern of late, the Schalke man does not agree that Bayern are not the side that they once were – something that has been the opinion of many pundits and critics this season. Sead instead has argued that it is the improved competitiveness of the league in general which has made life for Bayern tougher, as follows:
Bayern have definitely not taken their foot off the pedal. I believe the level of the Bundesliga has continually improved in recent years and that several teams have closed the gap.
“Which ever way you look at it, the Bundesliga is one of the most successful and strongest leagues in the world.
“You can’t take any game lightly because every team has a chance of winning every game irrespective of where they are in the standings at the time. That is constantly making Bayern’s life more difficult.” Via bundesliga.com
The interview is quite extensive, and the Blue’s man goes in to quite a lot of detail on both his own experiences as a player and further opinions on Bayern Munich. To read the rest, you can check out the full article at bundesliga.com
— Bayern Mania (@Bayern_mania) February 2, 2017
Muller’s form is old news now, as the player has been struggling to score at Bayern for months, having failed to replicate his form of the previous seasons in the current campaign. However, with the criticisms having been unrelenting from many, both teammates and manager alike have been quick to back Muller in getting back to his best, arguing that his goals are not the only thing that Muller brings to the side.
However, these are not the only ones to express that they are not worried about Thomas, as Bayern President Uli Hoeness has also backed his player, stating bluntly that Muller still remains one of the most sought after players in football, and his form is not going to change this:
“Manchester United wanted to pay €100 million for him a year ago. I’m not worried about Thomas.
“I hope he will again become a genuine regular in the side.
“I’m convinced he can do this. Normally, with his typical self-confidence, Thomas would play at Bayern Munich. He is a true leader at our club — although I don’t say this to put the coach under pressure.” Via espnfc.co.uk
Every manager has a different preference when it comes to their personal, and whilst Louis Van Gaal and Pepe looked to Muller as one of the key players in the ranks of the squad, Carlo Ancelotti has differing opinions on this.
However, this is not to say that Muller is going to become a lost face at Bayern, as he is someone who knows the side inside out and still has some of the best quality within the whole squad.
Bayern Munich’s academy is one of the most competitive in the entire world, and those who get the opportunity to try and make their way through the ranks of the club into the first team are usually considered some of the world’s best. Just a few names that have succeeded in doing so for Bayern are some of the club’s best ever: The likes of David Alaba, Holger Badstuber, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Owen Hargreaves and Sammy Kuffour.
As a result, because of this, often there are some who don’t quite make the cut at Bayern and have to move onto pastures new. However, this is not to say they are not cut out for football, as other clubs will generally snap up the talent that Bayern can’t carry through. This has happened to 3 youngsters at the club this week who have been let go.
Firstly, and most surprisingly, is the departure of Antonio Trograncic. The 17 year old had been described as a wonder-kid and had even been invited up to Bayern’s first team by Pep Guardiola last season. However, it seems the youngster couldn’t keep up the pace that many had expected him to, and having only made 10 appearances for Bayern’s under-17s this season, the club decided to let him go, where Ajax were quick to snap him up – a club renowned for successfully making young players into great talents.
The other two leaving the club are 16 year old forward Tidiane M’Baye and 17 year old Aleksandar Kovacevic, who are both headed to Hoffenheim’s youth academy – one thought to be one of the best in the country.
Although it is good to shift on players that are unproven, many may be thinking that Bayern needed to improve their recruitment and youth training, as the last player to come through the academy and secure a first team spot was some years ago, in the form of David Alaba.
Bayern Munich are often called up by companies for commercials being one of the best known and most followed footballing names in the World. With both Audi and Goodyear tyres having done so within the past 6 months, Gillette have now followed suit, creating a dramatic commercial starring some of the star names of Bayern Munich.
Gillette have really gone all out on this one. Goldstein have been called in to make a dramatic soundtrack, whilst the whole squad features in the advert. The footballers compliment the aim of the advert quite well, as they’ve captured the atmosphere that surrounds a football pitch, and the work that goes’ into creating perfection at the highest level.
You can check out the video for yourself in the clip below:
Bayern is set to finally make his 500th Bayern Munich appearance at the weekend, and ahead of this, UEFA have taken a look back at the whole of Lahm’s career, pulling out just what makes him a cut above the rest in the footballing world, having played at the highest level for almost all of his career. They start with a quote from a certain Pep Guardiola: A coach who certainly rarely gives high praise and when he does you know it’s really something:
“One of the reasons for my success at Bayern is the relationship with Philipp Lahm; he helped me a lot from the beginning. He always performs. I have never seen Philipp have a poor match. He will always be a special person in my life, and he is an absolute legend. Philipp Lahm is the most intelligent footballer I have ever coached.” Via uefa.com
More quotes then follow of similar admiration, including one from his international coach Joachim Lowe – the man who led Lahm to the latest World Cup victory.
The article then looks at some of the achievements of Mr. Bayern himself. Other than his World Cup victory, Lahm has won 7 Bundesliga titles, a Champions League medal, and countless other domestic trophies.
However, not only does it look at Lahm’s achievements on the pitch, but also what he does on the side, including the foundation that he has set up in Johannesburg – something that many people might not know about.
To check it out, you can follow the link below. What better time to do some homework on our captain than ahead of his 500th appearances as a great serviceman to our beloved side.
With Bayern’s first Champions League knockout round clash approaching ever sooner, everyone around the club has been eagerly anticipating the clash against Arsenal in a couple of weeks time. And it seems that the social media team behind the club couldn’t resist another trolling session of their opponents, as they once again teased the Premier League side.
With Bayern and Arsenal having been drawn against each other regularly over the past few years, it’s a running joke that the two sides are likely going to be drawn against each other in the Champions League. Because of this, with Arsenal announcing the FA Cup 5th round draw last night, Bayern took the opportunity to make a joke about this, as shown below:
— FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) January 30, 2017
Arsenal were quick to respond, however, but it seems that Bayern will have to deliver when the two sides clash in a couple of weeks time with them arguably acting as cocky in the social sphere. History might dictate they have enough to act like this, but Arsenal are still a strong side that have more than enough quality to hurt the Bavarian side.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 30, 2017
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