Kovac comments on Werner and Havertz rumors (Goal)
In a report by kicker that was captured by Goal, Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac was pressed about the club’s alleged interest in RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner and Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder Kai Havertz. The two young Germans are considered among the best talents in the Bundesliga and have been linked Bayern a lot of late.
Both are very good players, but not all the good players in the world can play in Munich, because then there is a bang and a jump-off. Balance is the keyword here.
When asked about having a second striker on the squad, Kovac acknowledged bringing a big-name talent for a reserve role is not normally a prudent move for a number of reasons.
We’re not going to name now. We always have to weigh whether and how we can improve, we can buy 50, 60 million euros top people, but then it’s not so easy to put one of them on the bench.
Bayern and Tottenham reportedly battling for striker (TEAMTalk)
Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has become a popular figure for Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich.
Fulham are understood to have rebuffed an approach from Tottenham for their star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic on transfer deadline day, TEAMtalk can reveal. The 24-year-old has been a huge success at Craven Cottage since arriving in January 2018 – initially on loan from Newcastle.
Having helped Fulham to promotion, Mitrovic agreed a permanent deal worth £27million and he has not disappointed this season having already claimed 10 league goals, despite the Cottagers’ struggles at the wrong end of the table.
We can also reveal that German giants Bayern Munich have been checking on Mitrovic’s progress and could yet rival Tottenham for the former Anderlecht man come the summer.
It got heated at Der Club (@FOXSoccer)
The fans of FC Nurnberg peppered the pitch with tennis balls to reportedly protest ticket prices.
Clean up, clean up, everybody do your share— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) February 18, 2019
Nürnberg fans protest Monday night games in the Bundesliga by throwing dozens of black tennis balls on the pitch ♂️ pic.twitter.com/j5dJOmRk3I
Video from when Bayern players hit the pitch at Anfield (@FCBayernEN)
️ "It'll be an enormous challenge."— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) February 19, 2019
Joshua #Kimmich gave his thoughts on #LFCFCB yesterday ️#packmas #UCL pic.twitter.com/ORTF15R6bP
Looking to catch-up on the Bundesliga action from the weekend? I’ve got you covered (The Barrel)
For a capsule-style recap of the Bundesliga’s weekend fixtures, just click here.
ICYMI: Champions League predictions (Bavarian Football Works)
We made our picks and put them out for public ridicule. Enjoy!
Italian ref to take the helm for Bayern vs. Liverpool (Calciomercato)
Gianluca Rocchi will be the referee at Anfield today. Get to know a little bit about him, courtesy of Calciomercato:
Gianluca Rocchi is set to be the referee for Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League clash against Bayern Munich tomorrow; the Firenze-born Italian ref looking over his fourth continental clash of the season.
In his three Champions League matches so far this season, Rocchi has awarded 16 yellow cards, just one second-yellow and only a single penalty. Rocchi, therefore, can be identified as one of the more lenient refs in Europe; yet he will also be familiar with the var introduced at this stage of the competition.
Rocchi is familiar with the video assistant referee because of its use within Serie A. Rocchi has been the referee for 9 Serie A matches this season; in which he, like in the UCL so far, is yet to dish out a straight red card. Rocchi has given out 3 second yellows in his 9 league matches so far, with 41 yellow cards and 5 penalties.