Bayern keeping tabs on Nabil Fekir (kicker)
Bayern Munich is keeping its eyes on Olympique Lyonnais man and World Cup winner Nabil Fekir.
Bayern has been interested in World Champion Nabil Fekir for a while now (25). Scout Laurent Busser watched him in early February at Olympique in a 2: 2 draw against Donetsk in the Champions League. The versatile offensive man, whose change to Liverpool in summer after intense negotiations had blown up, is bound only until 2020. His market value is estimated at 60 to 70 million euros.
Fekir’s price tag would seem a bit expensive for Bayern, which may be intrigued by Fekir’s ability to shift between the wing and also centrally.
SC Freiburg’s Christian Streich is too busy coaching to know what happened on Friday with Bayern (TZ)
SC Freiburg coach Christian Streich is too busy worrying about his own team to keep up with what is going on with Bayern Munich:
I know that Niko Kovac did not win two or three times. From the criticism, I did not notice anything - because I simply did not look at it. (...) I know how they played - and I do not know any more.
Steich’s squad battled Hertha Berline to a 1-1 draw yesterday, but has been scuffling a bit. Freiburg sits 11th in the table, but has really yet to hit its stride this season.
Arsene Wenger denies Bayern interest (Daily Cannon)
The rumors have been out there (unfounded or not) and Arsene Wenger is having none of it.
Arsene Wenger emphatically dismissed the topic of taking over at Bayern Munich in a recent interview, insisting that the Bayern hierarchy have made their choice already.
Speaking to Sport Bild, Wenger discussed the media links between him and the Bundesliga club. In a rare turn of events, Bayern are currently not top of the table in Germany, instead, they sit in third. They also drew a game in the Champions League.
This has been framed as a crisis and manager Niko Kovac has come under pressure as a result. However, Wenger argued that Bayern have to stick by their current boss.
“That (managing Bayern) is not a topic for me,” he said. “Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge trusted Niko Kovač and they have to hold on to him.”
Gianluigi Buffon rates Manuel Neuer high among world’s best (Football 365)
Gianluigi Buffon named the goalkeepers that he rates highest and still can’t believe Thibaut Courtois’ selection as the World Cup’s Golden Glove winner. Buffon would have supported World Cup winner Hugo Lloris for the award:
I will say Manuel Neuer of course, David De Gea and Jan Oblak… then there are others. Courtois, Keylor Navas. We are in an era where there are many great keepers. I already said that Lloris deserved to win the title. He was exceptional. Courtois had a very big World Cup. Lloris had a very big World Cup and he won it. I did not understand.
FC Bayern Frauen draw with Turbine Potsdam (FCBayern.com)
The Bayern ladies battled to a 1-1 draw with Turbine Potsdam. Here are some postgame thoughts courtesy of FCBayern.com:
Potsdam put a lot of pressure right from the start and we overslept the beginning phase a bit. But every minute we got into the game better. After our equalizer, it was an intense, well-balanced game in which we had good chances even before the break. In the second half we clearly dominated and controlled the game. Only the second goal was missing. My team played a strong second half and deserved the win. Overall, I am satisfied with the performance given the load this week.
Unfortunately, we did not get into the game the first 20 minutes and then we were lucky that the penalty did not go in. But then we fought our way into the game and dominated the second half. Unfortunately luck was not on our side, we would have had to get at least one penalty.
Potsdam got off to a better start, but after the missed penalty we got into the game better. The second half we had significantly more possession. Potsdam had some dangerous situations, but we did not allow much. Then we hit the post several times, that was very unlucky.
Looking to catch-up on the Bundesliga action from the weekend? I’ve got you covered (The Barrel)
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