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Daily Schmankerl: Arsenal inquires about Thiago, Kimmich ready for Mbappé, Mbappé clears air about Tuchel - Bavarian Football Works
Arsenal inquires about Thiago (Daily Mail) Arsenal has evidently joined the Thiago sweepstakes. The Daily Mail reports that the Gunners have inquired about signing the will-away Spanish...
Arsenal has evidently joined the Thiago sweepstakes. The Daily Mail reports that the Gunners have inquired about signing the will-away Spanish midfielder. The Daily Mail reports: Arsenal are among the clubs to have checked on experienced Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara. Liverpool also hold an interest but are reluctant to pay Bayerns asking price of around £23million on top of high wages as he is 29 and will be free to discuss a Bosman from January. Bayern thus far has not budged from their minimum asking price of 30 million for the 29-year-old midfielder. Bayern will presumably revisit the question of Thiagos future after the final. We have a plan: Kimmich ready for Mbappé and Neymar (Bild) We have a plan, said Joshua Kimmich at Bayern Munichs pregame press conference ahead of their clash with PSG in the final. Kimmich said, Against Leipzig, Mbappé played more at striker and Neymar on the left. They have pace, so we have to be careful. Perhaps somewhat more than usual. But Bayern does not plan to sit back and let PSG do all the attacking. I dont think well ball up like a hedgehog (einigeln) at the back, Kimmich said. Flick also basically confirmed that Benjamin Pavard is not yet ready to return to the starting lineup. I have not had complete confidence thus far that hes already at 100 percent in order to play from the start, he said. PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said, I dont expect any more changes after training. Beforehand I was eyeing Benjamin Pavard, that hed play and Joshua Kimmich on the 6. Not anymore now that Ive seen the pictures. I dont think purpose of the training session in the stadium is to confuse us. We will nonetheless prepare for both variants. Bayern Munichs hard-workers Bayern Munich's intensity is incredible and PSG will do well to deal with their hard work. Thiago, Goretzka, Müller and Kimmich are incredible. pic.twitter.com/OEVe4Q0eYl UtdArena (@utdarena) August 22, 2020 Mbappé sets the record straight about Tuchel (Bild) Kylian Mbappé appeared at PSGs pregame press conference yesterday and set the record straight about persistent rumors of conflict between himself and head coach Thomas Tuchel. Mbappé said: The players stand behind the coach! Ive also heard many things that he does not have the locker room under control, that he cant deal with the stars. The truth, though, is: its the clubs best season! There are always highs and lows. That happens to every coach. And in Paris, you see it perhaps somewhat more clearly. But he is a great coach in whom we believe. Of course we are also playing for him! Tuchel shows respect for Bayern (Bild) Thomas Tuchel candidly paid respect to Bayern Munichs incredible season at the press conference ahead of the final. Tuchel said: They are on a unique and crazy run under Hansi Flick. They have a good mix of experienced players, who want to repeat winning the Champions League, and young players who are hungry for this title. That is the highest level in Europe! It will be a hard piece of work. The United Kingdom has discovered the joy of dessert before dinner. The Guardian ran a great feature about Robert Lewandowskis fitness-driven lifestyle and match preparations. One of Robert Lewandowskis many quirks is that at mealtimes he insists on eating his dessert first. Then the starter. Finally, the main course. It is a habit that has drawn more than a few curious looks from his Bayern Munich teammates, yet one derived not from superstition but his wife Anna, a nutrition expert. The Guardians somewhat humorous verdict about Lewandowski: Perhaps it helps to think of Lewandowski as a sort of nutty professor, concocting an ever-more daring series of scientific experiments in an attempt to discover the outer limits of himself. Although much of the article will be familiar to readers of BFW, the Guardian also found a few new details from the Poles past: When we went on vacation, he was reading books on breathing, remembers Ivan Djurdjevic, a former teammate at Lech Poznan. Even then, it was obvious that he was different, that he wanted something more from this world. Today Lewandowski will give his all to bring the Champions League trophy home to Munich. This is what he lives for. Also: belated Happy Birthday to our beloved Stormtank! The stage is yours, Thiago Robben happy with his first minutes back with Groningen (RTVNoord) Arjen Robben hit the pitch for the first time after coming back out of retirement for Groningen in a 1-1 friendly match against Almere City. Robben said after the match, Im happy that I could do it and came back with a good feeling. Its nice to feel the thrill of competition again. The first step has been taken and now its time to keep building. Hopefully I can play more minutes soon. Robben said he is focused on getting the general feeling back and is not particularly concerned with what went well or not in the friendly. It was just fun, Robben said. Asked whether he was annoyed by his teammates, who apparently did not play like the superstars Robben used to play with at Bayern Munich, Robben said, Of course theres a difference in quality, but it its also of course not the case that Im at an amateur club now. Keep having fun, Robben! Ribery: We will win the Champions League! Ribery sent his team a confident message: Servus, men! Championship, DFB-Pokal, and Champions League like 2013. Auf gehts, Jungs! Im crossing my fingers for you. Packmas! Your Franck 1860 Munich creating womens team (Kicker) After four decades, 1860 Munich is about to have a womens team once again. The womens program over at 1860 will be run by Silke Dehling and is already planning on beginning to play in the 2021/22 season. As required, they will start in the amateur divisions in order to work their way up to, hopefully, the Frauen Bundesliga one day. 1860 joins an ever increasing number of traditional mens clubs starting and/or spending more money on their womens teams.
Der Ausblick - Bayern v. Paris Saint-Germain w/Jimmy Conrad (UEFA Champions League Final) - Bavarian Football Works
Jake sits down with the CBS Sports analyst to preview the game on Sunday.
Ive never been more nervous for a match than what awaits us this Sunday. Ive never seen Bayern Munich lift the UEFA Champions League trophy before, as I only really got into soccer in early 2014 - one year too late. But, here we are. Bayern has the chance to be the first team to hoist the Cup with the Ears in this decade. Jake is joined by the first guest weve ever had with World Cup experience: former U.S. international defender and CBS analyst Jimmy Conrad. This is what is in store: This is for all the marbles. Today on Der Ausblick, were previewing the UEFA Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain: both winners of their respective countries league and cup competitions. This matchup will be the biggest game of this sporting calendar so far. We are joined by former United States international defender and CBS Sports Soccer Betting Analyst Jimmy Conrad. Jake talks with Jimmy about how CBS is handling the coverage of this competition, his personal role in the network, and more. Then, in the second half, the two discuss the upcoming game, the strengths of PSG and predict what is in store for us. As always, thank you for listening! Be sure to like, rate, subscribe, follow, and download us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and anywhere else you get your quality audio content. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, follow Jake @jeffersonfenner and follow Jimmy @JimmyConrad. Enjoy the episode, and may God/Yahweh/Allah/Buddah/etc. bless us all for what is in store.
UEFA releases Champions League schedule for August - Bavarian Football Works
Finally, after months of speculation, UEFA has released their updated schedule for the 2019/20 Champions League
UEFA has finally narrowed in on its plan to complete the 2019/20 Champions League tournament. According to their press release, UEFA is going to complete all the remaining games in August. The remaining rounds will all be held in Lisbon in single knockout games. The round of 16 games that are left on the schedule will take place the 7/8 of August but it has yet to be determined whether they will be played in Lisbon or the teams original venues. So we will see whether Bayern play the second leg against Chelsea at the Allianz or a neutral site. The schedule looks as follows: Round of 16 - August 7-8 Quarterfinals - August 12-15 Semifinals - August 18-19 Final - August 23 All matches will be played behind closed doors and subject to new roster rules. Clubs will be allowed to register 3 new players to their squads provided they were already on the team and eligible for inclusion. No new transfers will be allowed (ahem Chelsea and Mr. Werner). The single knockout matches will likely lead to some upsets, as overall quality and depth seems to balance out over two encounters, which will make teams change their particular strategies. Bayern Munich roll into the 2nd leg against Chelsea FC with a significant advantage, following the 3-0 thrashing at Stamford Bridge, and their current form is likely to continue throughout the quarter finals. Here we come Lisbon!