Could yesterday be the last time we see Boateng wearing a Bayern Munich kit? According to Express, Jose Mourinho sure hopes so. The British rag cites Boateng’s comments in a recent interview with Sokratis as giving Mourinho and Manchester United “a HUGE Jerome Boateng boost” in their quest to land the now injured center-back.
According to the astute analysts at Express, “Jose Mourinho is rumoured to be after new defenders with his current crop failing to live up to expectations.” And Manchester United would supposedly be willing to part with some £50 million to finance his new adventure.
Bayern was not the only team to suffer injury in yesterday's match. Real Madrid's starting right-back, Dani Carvajal will miss two to three weeks on account of a thigh injury that he suffered in the second half of the match. The home fans booed deafeningly as Carvajal went down, came back on briefly and then went down again, allowing Zidane to replace him without going down to ten men, but it turns out that the defender was genuinely injured. He will definitely miss the second leg in Madrid, but should be fit for the final match, should Real Madrid advance.
Yesterday’s performance won’t help his cause if Lewy really does want to go to Madrid. Former Real president Ramon Calderon argued that Real could target Lewandowski as a stop-gap if they cannot immediately sign Harry Kane:
If they want a player for the next five or six years they are going to go for Kane but [Spurs chairman Daniel] Levy is going to ask a fortune for him. As far as I know, Tottenham is not willing to let him go but Bayern also say Lewandowski is not going anywhere. Rummenigge has said he can bet that he will be in Bayern next season but we have heard that so many times, and in my experience it is the player who has the final decision of where to go.
Calderon obviously is not just anybody. We shall see how the Lewandowski saga unfolds.
Sympathy from Barcelona: in an editorial at the Catalan outlet, Francesc Aguilar decried the non-call by referee Bjorn Kuipers at the end of the first half when Dani Carvajal clearly brought down Robert Lewandowski in the penalty area as he was setting up for a header attempt, among other non-calls:
The problem is that, in yet another match, referee Björn Kuipers and his numerous assistants closed their eyes to what happened in Real Madrid's penalty area, beginning with a clear penalty committed by Carvajal on Lewandowski, whom he blatantly pushed at the start of the match.
Thanks, Mundo Deportivo, from one FCB to another... this time.
Hannover poke fun at Uli Hoeness and Bayern's tough “breaks”
As you may have seen, Uli Hoeness earned some criticism for calling Bayern's game last weekend in Hannover a “break” comparable to Real Madrid's week off before the semifinal match in Munich. Hannover has the last laugh:
Uh oh, dear FC Bayern, the “break” was probably not so good after all...
Well, then in the second leg!
That's fair, to be honest. And Hannover 96 added a fist and a “never alone” hashtag to express some Bundesliga solidarity. Se we'll take it.
No coffee for our friends running the @FCBayernEnglish account makes us all sad. We ALL feel your pain.
@Bayern_Mania have secretly invested in a beer company and are driving us all to drink (@Bayern_Mania)
BILD | Injury updates:— Bayern mania (@Bayern_mania) April 26, 2018
- Vidal (The season is over)
- Boateng (The season is over)
- Coman (The season is almost over)
- Neuer (The season is almost over)
- Alaba (His participation in return leg is in doubt)
- Robben (The return is still unknown) pic.twitter.com/5u3jPWpg2n