Being a professional athlete requires discipline in a lot of ways, but Die Mannschaft manager Joachim Löw is taking ALL precautions to ensure Germany is in top form to repeat as world champions.
German boss Löw doesn’t want WAGs ruining his preparations in Russia, with players forced to ask for special permission to see their other halves and even their children during the build-up to the competition but they will be banned from contact during the tournament. Social media will also be prohibited for the likes of Mesut Özil, Leroy Sané, Thomas Müller and Marco Reus.
You know, the extracurricular night-time activities are one thing, but what if Müller sees a cool horse and gets it to do that kick thing? The world will be deprived of a quality gif. Or— heaven forbid!—Mats Hummels spills coffee all over himself again! Think of the children, Jogi!
Löw, who is as odd as he is brilliant, may have taken the advice of Mick, the old, crusty trainer of Rocky Balboa, a little too seriously:
“Women weaken legs!” - Mick (Burgess Meredith), Rocky
Löw, however, conceded at least one vice for the boys: alcohol, which Homer Simpson once opined was “the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.”
But hardliner Löw will allow the holders to booze to help boost team spirits, according to Gazetta dello Sport, with the boss insisting: “The team is more important than the ego.”
Whatever the case, hopefully Löw’s tactics pay off.
After a bit of a rocky start, Serge Gnabry’s one-year loan stint at Hoffenheim turned out to be wildly successful, except for the pesky injury he was felled by in the final weeks of the season. Gnabry now is working with the Bayern medical staff (don’t all cringe at once when you read this) to get well:
The national player has been working on his comeback with the Record Champions for two weeks. He is treated by the physios for the pros there.
Everything [is being done] in close consultation with club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt (75)! Gnabry was already at his Munich practice at the end of the season. BILD knows: his rehabilitation is progressing very well.
Ok, that’s great, but what is he going to do besides rehab while in Munich, you ask?
An MRI scan will now decide whether Gnabry can go on vacation soon. The plan after that: increasing his workload by the end of June. On July 2, start with the team under Niko Kovac (46).
The side effect of his secret treatment: Gnabry met Hasan Salihamidzic (41) for positive discussions about his future.
Ah, so in addition to working to get healthy, Gnabry got in a little heart-to-heart with Brazzo about his future. That's probably a good thing, since Gnabry reportedly did not want to leave Hoffenheim for Munich.
Per a Calciomercato report, Bayern could be taking a close look at AC Milan’s fullback Ricardo Rodriguez.
The Swiss defender is not ‘untouchable’ at AC Milan, and also the possible Europa League ban could have quite an impact on the future of some rossoneri stars. With only four goals and two assists in 47 appearances, Ricardo Rodriguez failed to live up to expectations this season, and Gattuso would not stand against his exit. Bayern Munich are monitoring the situation because the Bavarians’ director of football Hasan Salihamidzic knows Ricardo Rodriguez very well, having played with him at Wolfsburg.
Apparently new coach Niko Kovac is helping drive the interest in Rodriguez, but Die Roten could face competition from a familiar foe for his services:
New Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has also requested information about Ricardo Rodriguez from his compatriot Ivan Perisic. Borussia Dortmund are also in the race to sign Ricardo Rodriguez. AC Milan may receive the first official offers in the coming days.
The move would be odd for Rodriguez, given that he will never beat out 25-year-old David Alaba (amazing that he’s still only 25!) for a starting position. Obviously, with Juan Bernat heading out the door, Bayern will be looking for some depth at outside-back behind Alaba, Joshua Kimmich, and Rafinha. I still favor using Sebastian Rudy as a dual-reserve at midfield and outside back, but I’m just a dude who drinks way too much coffee when I write these Schmankerls. [Ed.: The plural of Schmankerl is Schmankerln. Danke.]