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Daily Schmankerl: Lucas Hernandez move looking more unlikely; a Bayern Munich vs. Hoffenheim prediction; and MORE!

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FINALLY....IT’S GAME DAY!

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Report: Lucas Hernandez not going any where this winter (Football Espana)

Football Espana cited a report by French outlet L’Equipe stating that Atletico Madrid man Lucas Hernandez will remain with the Spanish club at least through the end of this season.

Lucas Hernandez will not be leaving Atletico Madrid this January despite Bayern Munich being willing to pay his €80m release clause, say reports. L’Equipe say the versatile defender will remain at Los Rojiblancos for the remainder of the campaign in least, after Marca reported last month he would join Bayern midway through the season. The 22-year-old only signed a new long-term contract with Los Colchoneros in June but had reportedly been swayed by the project on offer in Bavaria.

Bayern vs. Hoffenheim: A Prediction (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich is in an interesting position. The squad had seemingly stabilized itself in the last two months of the Hinrunde and is now playing the role of hunter as it chases Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga table.

Since Niko Kovac implemented his double pivot formation, Bayern has been excellent. The squad looks and plays more confidently and there is far less pressure on the center backs, as the trio of Niklas Sule, Mats Hummels, and Jerome Boateng have responded with better performances.

While Julian Nagelsmann always has the potential to find a schematic way to frustrate Bayern, it just feel like Kovac has the crew rolling and confident. This one should be all Die Roten.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 3, Hoffenheim 0

Allianz Arena sounds analysis (@FCBayernUS)

We’ve written about Bayern’s partnership with Siemens and how the club is analyzing the effect of sound during games. Below is a bit of that analysis:

Pizza Hut crushed Leeds United on Twitter (@pizzahutuk)

Former Bayern assistant and interim coach linked to Huddersfield Town job (Examiner Live)

Willie Sagnol was caught up in the smokey end of the Carlo Ancelotti Era at Bayern, but might be ready to take the helm of a club on his own.

Former Bayern Munich coach Willy Sagnol has been linked to the vacant Huddersfield Town job. The former French footballer, 41, was a highly successful player before he moved into coaching.

In 2017 he joined Bayern Munich as assistant coach working under Carlo Ancelotti, taking over the reigns in September 2017 when Ancelotti was sacked. He was only in charge for eight days though and one match before a new manager was drafted in and Sagnol left the club.

Looking for some weekly Bundesliga predictions? I’ve got you covered (The Barrel)

If you are looking to kill some time this morning and want a brief preview on each Bundesliga match (along with some predictions that will most likely go up in flames quickly), I’ve got you covered here.

Bayern links up with new commercial partner in Asia (FCBayern.com)

Bayern’s global strategy just keeps growing.

FC Bayern Munich and Lux Asia Pacific have joined forces in Asia. From now on the leading supplier of premium water purification systems in South-East Asia, headquartered in Singapore, will be a regional partner of the German record champions in Thailand and Indonesia. The cooperation primarily includes the use of trademark rights for the promotion of LUX and ALVA products and joint PR activities. Lux Asia Pacific will also be a supporting partner of the FC Bayern Youth Cup Thailand.

Jörg Wacker, FC Bayern München AG executive board member for internationalization and strategy: “We are delighted to welcome Lux Asia Pacific as regional partner. Both FC Bayern and Lux Asia Pacific have a strong presence in Asia and stand for sustainability. Both brands represent the highest quality standards. Tradition and innovation are a perfect match.”