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Daily Schmankerl: Lewy and Madrid; Carvajal shows respect; Bayern likes Bobsin; Carlo getting back in the game

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In case you need a break from our wall-to-wall Real Madrid coverage, here's an article that includes at least two non-Madrid pieces!

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Dani Carvajal shows respect (Onefootball)

The Real Madrid defender paid due respect to three of the pillar's of Bayern Munich's offense: Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben, and Franck Ribery.

Robben, Lewandowski, and Ribéry are so difficult to stop. They are three very difficult players and it is complicated to keep them from scoring, and ultimately they can score on any chance.

Obviously, two of the key figures the Bayern faithful will be watching are the duo behind “Robbery.” If the two-some can apply their legendary pressure to Los Blancos, the game becomes immensely easier for Bayern. If not, it could spell an early substitution for one or both of them.

In honor of the never-ending Lewy to Madrid rumors, one more ahead of the biggest game of the year so far (Goal)

Ok, let it rip...

Madrid had been hopeful that the ease in which an agreement was reached for James Rodriguez to move to Germany would help them in negotiations for Lewandowski, but it seems their pursuit of the former Borussia Dortmund man will not be as straightforward.

Ah, back to normal...

Bayern Munich are set to block any move for Robert Lewandowski from Real Madrid this summer despite the striker’s desire to leave the Allianz Arena.

Jerome Boateng was also asked about the persistent transfer rumors at the pre-game press conference today. He responded,

I don't think it will influence the game. Lewy will concentrate entirely on the game.

Apparently Real Madrid has a lucky hotel in Munich (Marca)

Anyone know a good voodoo doctor in Munich?

Football is full of pre-match superstitions and Real Madrid’s players will be hoping that their Munich hotel brings them good luck, just as it did on their previous two visits. Los Blancos will be staying at the Hilton Park Hotel in the German city, which is where they also stayed when they won 4-0 in Munich in 2014 and when they won 2-1 in last year’s quarter-final first leg.

You can even watch them disembark. What fun!

Bayern Munich linked to Gremio’s Victor Bobsin (ESPN)

Another day, another rumor linking Die Roten to a Brazilian prospect. Victor Bobsin, a 19-year old midfielder, currently lining up for Gremio.

Bobsin, whose current deal ends in 2019, plays for the under-20s of the Porto Alegre-based side. He managed to gain the attention of European clubs last October during the Under-17 World Cup in India, where he was a starter in holding midfield in all seven games for Brazil. The 1.85-metre tall youngster started out as a defender but has found his position in front of the defence protecting and dictating the speed of the game. He has drawn comparisons to Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets due to combining robustness and technical skill with a strategic sense.

Per the report, Bayern are competing with Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Manchester City, FC Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid to sign the “1.85-metre tall youngster.”

Carlo Ancelotti’s future could be with the Italian national team...or Arsenal? (Evening Standard)

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The ex-Bayern Munich manager appears to have a few choices on where to continue his coaching career. Ancelotti no doubt is eager to get back on the sidelines after his time in Munich was cut short to save Bayern’s season.

Arsenal will be forced to move quickly if they want to appoint Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager after he was offered the Italy job on Monday night. The Gunners have begun their search for Arsene Wenger’s replacement following the Frenchman’s confirmation on Friday that he will leave the club at the end of the season. Ancelotti is among a plethora of possible candidates and the 58-year-old is understood to be interested in succeeding Wenger having moved his family back to London.

Only don Carlo knows how to read these smoke signals.