Breaking – The Bavarians just another bayern site Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:35:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 119167188 Another Real Madrid star could miss second leg in Madrid Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:35:50 +0000  Isco Alarcon has joined defender Dani Carvajal on the team’s injury report with a shoulder sprain he picked up during the first half of the match against Bayern.

Isco had to leave the field before the second half kicked-off and Zidane confirmed during the post-match press conference that the Spanish midfielder was going through quite some pain.

All things considered, Isco will also miss the home match against Bayern next Tuesday. Real Madrid have not published a medical report on neither Isco nor Carvajal yet these two players will need a miracle to recover in time for that crucial game.

If Isco can’t play, expect Marco Asensio to start alongside both Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo upfront with Lucas Vazquez playing in the right-back spot if Nacho doesn’t recover in time. Both Isco and Carvajal should be ready in two or three weeks, but coach Zidane will not rush them.

Joshua Kimmich slams Bayern Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:52:50 +0000 Joshua has admitted that his side were “naive and reckless” during their their 2-1 semi-final defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday night.

Kimmich opened the scoring for the hosts at the Allianz Arena, but Bayern failed to make the most of a spate of chances after that and were duly punished as goals from Marcelo and Marco Asensio put Madrid in the driving seat ahead of next week’s return leg at the Bernabeu.

Bayern must now score at least twice in the Spanish capital to avoid crashing out at the hands of Spanish opposition for the fifth season in a row, but Kimmich believes that his side are still in the tie despite heavily criticising their first-leg display.

“We were completely naive and reckless with our chances. Real shot twice on goal and twice they scored. That’s their quality and that just [must] not happen to us,” he told reporters.

“If a team shoots twice on goal and scores twice, that’s quality. But today they have also clearly shown that they have very big weaknesses. Last season we also turned it around, more or less, so that we took the game into extra time. We know that we have to score two goals. It’s possible – Juve showed that, we showed it last year.

“I would say the game itself was not a bad one, but such mistakes are simply punished in the Champions League semi-final, especially against Real Madrid. I did not expect that we would have so many chances, but you just have to take them and kill them in the first half.”

Madrid are bidding to become the first team to lift the trophy three years in a row since Bayern themselves achieved the feat between 1974 and 1976.

Barcelona are reportedly interested in Joshua Kimmich Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:12:53 +0000 Barcelona are reportedly keen on the transfer of Bayern right-back Joshua Kimmich after his impressive display in last night’s defeat to Real Madrid.

The 23-year-old bombed forward to give Bayern a 1-0 lead in their Champions League semi-final first leg, though Real Madrid bounced back in the second half to win 2-1.

Still, Don Balon claim Kimmich caught Barca’s eye with his performance and that he’s viewed as an ideal upgrade on some below-par players in that position.

The Catalan giants are yet to truly replace the legendary Dani Alves in that part of the pitch and Kimmich could be the ideal candidate after his fine performances in recent years.

The Germany international has contributed five goals and 13 assists from right-back this season, showing himself to be the ideal attack-minded defender who’d suit Barcelona’s style perfectly.

Kimmich has also operated in midfield in the past and is a superb all-rounder, so it seems highly unlikely Bayern would want to let him go any time soon.

Don Balon claim Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos learned Barcelona were keeping an eye on Kimmich during their game yesterday.

Two Real Madrid super stars ruled out for the second leg Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:57:29 +0000 Zinedine Zidane will have to work overtime to find the replacement for at least one of these footballers.

Despite Wednesday’s 2-1 win at Allianz Arena, Real Madrid has reasons to worry for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final clash due to the injuries of two players.

After securing their sixth straight win over the Bavarians, coach Zinedine Zidane found out that neither Isco nor Dani Carvajal will be available for the return leg, set to be played on Tuesday, May 1.

Isco left the game after 45 minutes due to a sprained shoulder. The playmaker is willing to risk his health if needed, but Los Blancos’ medical staff will surely let him rest in the second leg, with Marco Asensio being the top candidate to take his place.

The other injury blow for Real Madrid has to do with Dani Carvajal. The Spaniard left the pitch after 60 minutes due to an injury to his left thigh. With further tests to be carried out, Carvajal could be out for at least two weeks, which means he would barely make it in time to play in a hypothetical UEFA Champions League final.

Carvajal’s injury may give Zidane a bit of a headache, since the Spaniard’s replacement, Achraf Hakimi, hasn’t shown his best form when his services have been required. Lucas Vázquez and Nacho, if he can recover from an ankle injury, would be the French boss’ options at right back.

Jose Mourinho ready to give Boateng a new experience Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:55:10 +0000 Jose Mourinho ready to give Boateng a new experience

Yesterday could very well be the last time we see Boateng wearing a Bayern jersey?

According to Express, Jose Mourinho sure hopes so. The British rag cites Boateng’s comments in a recent interview with Sokratis as giving Mourinho and Manchester United “a HUGE Jerome Boatengboost” in their quest to land the now injured center-back.

According to the astute analysts at Express, “Jose Mourinho is rumoured to be after new defenders with his current crop failing to live up to expectations.” And Manchester United would supposedly be willing to part with some £50 million to finance his new adventure.

Dani Carvajal to miss two to three weeks

Bayern was not the only team to suffer injury in yesterday’s match. Real Madrid’s starting right-back, Dani Carvajal will miss two to three weeks on account of a thigh injury that he suffered in the second half of the match. The home fans booed deafeningly as Carvajal went down, came back on briefly and then went down again, allowing Zidane to replace him without going down to ten men, but it turns out that the defender was genuinely injured. He will definitely miss the second leg in Madrid, but should be fit for the final match, should Real Madrid advance.

Dani Carvalaj set to miss return leg against Bayern Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:58:04 +0000 Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal is reportedly set to miss up to two weeks of action with a hamstring injury he picked up during the 1-2 win against Bayern in the first leg of the Champions League Semifinals.

If that’s the case, Real Madrid will be without their starting right back in such a big game. Nacho is still not training with the team and would be his potential replacement, so Lucas Vázquez would be forced to play if neither Nacho nor Carvajal can feature.

Real Madrid have a 1-2 lead on aggregate and Lucas Vázquez performed well in that position, but Carvajal’s absence would hurt Madrid’s odds even if just a little.

The return leg will be played next Tuesday, so it seems quite impossible for Carvajal to recover in time for that game. Nacho’s return could be more likely, though, given that he has already missed significant time with what appeared to be a minor injury.

Jerome Boaten could miss World Cup Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:39:43 +0000 Jerome Boateng’s participation at this summer’s World Cup with Germany is in doubt after he picked up a thigh injury in Bayern’s 2-1 loss to Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Wednesday.

Boateng was substituted 34 minutes into the game after he had charged forward and made a long step before stopping, seemingly in pain.

On Thursday, the German FA announced that Boateng injured an adductor muscle in his left thigh, with reports indicating he could be sidelined between four and six weeks.

With the German domestic season ending with the DFB Pokal final on May 19, and the Champions League final being played the following week, the defender is unlikely to feature for Bayern again this term.

Boateng is now also facing a race against time to return to full fitness for the World Cup in Russia. Germany’s preliminary squad, which can include up to 35 players, must be confirmed by May 15, and the final 23-man squad list must be finalised by June 4.

Germany kick off the defence of the World Cup they won in Brazil in 2014 against Mexico in Moscow on June 17, before taking on Sweden and South Korea in their other Group F fixtures.

Jupp Heynckes: It’s not over yet Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:36:27 +0000 Following an unlucky 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg, there was a look of sheer disbelief on the faces of some of the Bayern players. The stars could scarcely grasp how they managed to leave the pitch as losers given the course of the match. But not one of them wanted to moan about it – the overall tone was one of defiance, and the message was clear: it’s not over yet!

Jupp Heynckes led the way. “We’ll do everything we can in Madrid to cancel out the first leg result. There are two legs to the semi-finals and nothing is decided until the end of the second encounter!” The team echoed their head coach. “It’s all still up for grabs,” said a confident Niklas Süle, while Sven Ulreich issued a battle-cry ahead of Tuesday’s second leg in Madrid: “We’ll go there confident we can turn it around.”

Niklas Süle

‘It’s all still up for grabs!’

The reason Bayern are still optimistic of booking their place in the final in Kiev on 26 May, despite the difficult going-in position, is the way they performed against the Spaniards. Following Joshua Kimmich’s 28th-minute goal, the hosts had several good chances to increase the lead, with Franck Ribery and Mats Hummels both coming close. The equaliser for Real came out of nowhere via a Marcelo volley in the 44th minute. A minute later, Robert Lewandowski could have put his team back in front but his header just wasn’t accurate enough.

It was more of the same after the break, with Bayern keeping up the pressure but struggling to convert their chances. They were punished for their lack of decisiveness in the 51st minute, when Marco Asensio clinically finished off a counter-attack to make it 2-1. Franck Ribery alone had three chances to win the match for the Reds, but the ball just refused to cross the defending champions’ goal line. Afterwards, Thomas Müller was self-critical. “We failed to do the most important thing in football – score goals.” Kimmich even commented that Bayern could easily have won the match 7-2. “We were totally naïve and careless with our chances. It feels like Real had two shots and both ended in the back of the net,” the 23-year-old remarked.

Diagnosis for Boateng, Robben and Martinez Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:15:11 +0000

The Bavarians welcomed the European champions to the Allianz Stadium for the first-leg of their highly-anticipated Champions League semi-final tie, with things having started and ended on a sour note for the home side.

The first problem for Bayern came with just 8 minutes on the clock, when winger Arjen Robben was forced off with an injury, and subsequently replaced by Thiago Alcantara.

Though Jupp Heynckes’ men did go on to take a 28th-minute lead in the clash through Joshua Kimmich following a major blunder from Keylor Navas, things soon went from bad to worse on the personnel front for the Bundesliga champions.

After having to take to the pitch last night without David Alaba, Manuel Neuer, Arturo Vidal and Kingsley Coman, Bayern were forced to make do for the game’s final hour without yet another key man, in the form of Jerome Boateng.

Jérôme Boateng, Arjen Robben and Javi Martínez were all substituted with injuries in the course of Wednesday night’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid.

Boateng sustained damage to the adductor muscles in his left thigh. Robben also has an injury in his left groin triggered by a muscle disorder, while Martínez suffered bruising on the head. The Spaniard has been ordered to sit out squad training for the next two days.

The players were examined and the injuries diagnosed by FC Bayern chief medical officer Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt on Thursday morning.

Jerome Boateng will miss the rest of the season Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:07:29 +0000 Jerome Boateng will miss the remainder of the season and is a doubt for the World Cup, according to reports on Thursday.

The German international limped out of Bayern’s 2-1 defeat in their Champions League semi-final first leg at home to Real Madrid with a muscular injury.

A report in Sport Bild indicates the former Manchester City defender will be out of action for between four and six weeks – ruling him out for the rest of the campaign.

The 29-year-old, who is primarily a central defender yet can play on either side of defence, now appears certain to be ruled out of next week’s return leg at the Bernabeu.

Niklas Sule replaced the Ghanaian-born defender – whose brother Kevin-Prince previously played for Las Palmas – for the remainder of Bayern’s games.