The Bayern Bulletin: Frank Ribéry, Mirko Vucinic, Daniel van Buyten, Christoph Metzelder, and Summer Soccer

Lars Baron

Ribéry defends his challenge on Vidal, Vucinic declares war, van Buyten contemplating Monaco, Metzelder could join Bayern front office, and Rummenigge wants summer soccer.

Franck Ribery may have a bit of a target on his back from the challenge he made on Arturo Vidal late in the first leg of the Champions League Quarterfinal, according to Sport Bild. The Bayern midfield defended his challenge on Vidal, who is suspended due to yellow card accumulation.

"I will not provoke myself. We must all stay calm," Ribery said, "It should be calm to go about our business. That's football. That suits me and motivates me"

Juventus Striker Mirko Vucinic provided one of the forceful pre-game quotes, liking the pitch in Juventus Stadium to a battlefield, according to Sport Bild.

"It will be a war against the Germans," Vucinic said. "There will be no comfortable atmosphere for the Bavarians. We must run until the last breath."

In the meantime, Daniel van Buyten has given hints about his future, suggesting a move to Ligue 1 side Monaco when his contract expires at the end of the season. The 35-year-old Belgian last played in the French league in 2004 with Marseille before moving to Hamburger SV.

"Why not? I loved my time at Marseille," Van Buyten told French TV station TF1. "There are some interesting things, challenges such as Monaco, for example, who are going to be promoted to L1."

Also, former German National Team player Christoph Metzelder might become Pep Guardiola's assistant in the coming season, according to Rivier Sport. The current FC Schalke 04 player figures that his playing days are numbered.

"What is certain is that I will be leaving Schalke," Metzelder told Spanish radio station Radio Marca. I am conducting a lot of conversations at this moment in time. But I have not met a basic decision yet."

On another note, Bayern Boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has made a modest proposal, according to Sport Bild, suggesting that the Bundesliga should have summer games.

"Football will not be played in Germany from May to August, although good weather dominates in these months," Rummenigge said. "Maybe we should take a break when the weather here is bad. That could be a benefit."

Remember to check out Scott Schroder's Preview, as well as Samrin Hasib's trip down memory lane.

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