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James also returned to team training, and German international Julian Draxler had some choice words for Unai Emery after PSG’s humiliating Champions League exit.

Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Craven Cottage on February 24, 2018 in London, England.
Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon: a boss at 17. February 24, 2018 in London, England.
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Bayern Munich scouting Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon (Daily Mirror)

According to the Sunday Mirror’s Tom Hopkinson, Bayern Munich (and Real Madrid) have been keeping an eye on Fulham’s precocious left winger. Despite being only 17, Sessegnon made his professional debut at left-back two years ago. This season, after moving forward from defense to offense, he has scored an impressive 13 goals for Fulham.

Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham are apparently pursuing him, so don’t expect him to show up in Munich anytime soon—or ever. Munich outlet TZ has some additional information on Sessegnon (in German).

James Rodriguez back in team training! (FCBayern.com)

The extra shift on Tuesday apparently has paid off. James Rodriguez rejoined the team today for parts of their Wednesday practice. Only Manuel Neuer and Kingsley Coman remain on the injured list. The team did running and sprinting exercises, followed by “intense rondo drills in a very confined space,” to quote the official press release. James apparently skipped the rondos for some individual rehab in the performance center.

Rafinha celebrates 13 years with his brother, Manuel Neuer

Rafinha and Neuer go way back, all the way to their time together at Schalke, which Rafinha joined in 2005. It was his first club outside of his native Brazil.

Mats Hummels supports UNICEF campaign against child hunger (Bundesliga.com)

Bayern Munich and Germany’s champion humanitarian and UNICEF ambassador, Mats Hummels, spoke out in support of UNICEF’s #Stop10Seconds campaign in an effort to save 10,000 children in South Sudan from starvation.

Every ten seconds, a child dies from the consequences of hunger. We want to change that!

Follow the link to stop10seconds.org for more information.

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Julian Draxler gives Unai Emery a piece of his mind (ESPN)

The neglected German forward finally spoke his mind about the man who coached Paris Saint-Germain to a humiliating Champions League exit after defeat to Real Madrid. After warming up after Edinson Cavani scored the 1:1, Emery told Draxler to sit back down; he didn’t join the match until the 76th minute:

I didn’t really understand it. We had just scored the 1-1, but that goal was worth nothing. That’s why I thought it would have been better to continue to attack and press forward. But I don’t know what happened there. In any case, I was surprised and a bit mad.

Draxler openly criticized Emery’s tactics:

We only passed the ball along. Sure, I think we had more possession. But that won’t buy you anything. You must pressure Real Madrid when you are 3-1 down and not only pass the ball along and hope you score a goal. I think we should have pressured the opponent from the outset and we didn’t do that, and thus we deserved to go out.

It’s probably safe to say that he believes Emery’s days at PSG are numbered—and perhaps his own, too.

Enjoy the second day of Champions League matches today!

What are your bets on Juventus-Tottenham and ManCity-Basel?