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Alaba to Barca, Muller on becoming a (horse) father, and Tolisso on his wondergoal

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David Alaba could consider leaving Bayern Munich for new challenge (ESPN/Kurier)

Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba has been linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid but is under contract at Bayern until 2021. In this report by ESPN, Alaba told Austrian outlet Kurier that he “could imagine taking a different path.” Here’s what he said:

I am aware that one day I will have to make that decision. I still feel great here, but I can also imagine going a different way, taking the next step or seeking a new challenge.

But I leave that open for now. I have goals for this season I want to reach. That’s why there is no place for those thoughts right now.

Nothing of any substance, really. Move along with your lives, everyone.

Bayern haven’t given up on Jupp Heynckes staying (kicker)

According to the same article by ESPN, kicker reported on Monday that Bayern had not completely given up on Jupp Heynckes staying for the next season. The club have reportedly given the 72 year-old until mid-March to make up his mind. This is more or less in sync with previous rumors from Christian Falk, which stated that Bayern would announce its manager for next season in the coming 3-4 weeks.

Here’s why we want him to stay

Thomas Müller: When a colt motivates you to your best performance (kicker)

We mentioned at the end of our match awards that Thomas Müller had become the proud father of a brand new baby foal. Müller mentioned the birth of the foal after the match, adding, “I'm virtually a brand new dad. That spurned me on even more so.”

Freiburg's keeper Alexander Schwolow, who was on the receiving end of a typically Mülleresque performance, asked grimly after the came, “Can a goalkeeper even score an own-goal?”

Sniper Tolisso: I’m practice that with Peter Hermann (kicker)

Corentin Tolisso gave a full interview (in his native French) to kicker after his excellent showing in Freiburg. Among other things, Tolisso discussed the astounding goal he scored to put Bayern ahead 2:0:

kicker: Were you yourself surprised by your amazing 2:0 goal?

I’m very happy about it. I was open in that situation, noticed that no one was attacking me and so decided to take my chance. Great that it worked! I practice long-range shots in training and am happy that it worked in the game and I could help the team with this important 2:0 goal.

Is this distance no problem for you also in training?

No, it’s not easy, but complicated. Even in training, there are so many opportunities to do it, but I practice these shots together often after training units with co-coach Peter Hermann. These extra shifts have now paid off. I’m very happy about it.

Freiburg’s Christian Streich: full stadiums are nicer (kicker)

Freiburg’s head coach Christian Streich weighed in on the controversy concerning the introduction of Monday games in the Bundesliga. The Freiburger themselves will have to play Stuttgart away on a Monday evening on April 16. Borussia Dortmund, for example, presented the stunning sight of a Yellow Wall with notable holes and an shocking attendance of around 55,000 (instead of about 80,00) when they played on Monday. Strech stated,

The issue is about the atmosphere and enthusiasm, this liveliness [at bundesliga games]. It’s nicer when we have full stadiums and not half-empty ones as in Italy in some cases.

Streich was confident that the league will have a “constructive discussion” about the issue that looks after the interests of the fans.