Written by: Barrie Smith Published: 08 March 2014.
Bayern Munich continued their dominance of the German Bundesliga with a 6-1 thrashing of VfL Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday.
The home side went ahead against the run of play through Naldo on 17 minutes. Xherdan Shaqiri equalised 9 minutes later as the sides went in 1-1 at half-time. Thomas Müller gave Bayern their first lead of the day on 63 minutes before two goals from Mario Mandžukić, one from Franck Ribéry and another from Müller completed the rout.
Naldo scored only the 11th goal Bayern Munich conceded in the league this season and similar to last week it came from a corner. This time Pep Guardiola’s side failed to clear the original corner before Naldo fired home Kevin De Bruyne’s cross.
The leaders weren’t behind for long before they equalised from a corner of their own. Centre-back’s Dante and Jérôme Boateng had efforts blocked before the ball fell to Xherdan Shaqiri a couple of yards out to tap home.
Wolfsburg managed to keep the free-scoring league leaders at 1-1 going into half-time and even the opening 15 minutes of the second half. But once the second goal went in the floodgates simply opened.
Thomas Müller latched onto Thiago Alcântara’s delightful through ball on 63 minutes before slotting past goalkeeper Diego Benaglio.
3 minutes later it was 3-1. Mario Mandžukić converting Rafinha’s cross.
Franck Ribéry made it 4-1 on 71 minutes when he converted from Arjen Robben’s pass.
Thomas Müller then headed home a Robben cross to make it 5-1.
Mario Mandžukić rounded off the scoring in the 80th minute inside the 6 yard box to tuck home Müller’s cross.
Bayern Munich scored 5 goals in a space of 18 minutes away from home against the team that started the weekend in fifth position in the league.
In their last 10 Bundesliga games, Bayern Munich has scored 40 goals and conceded just 4.
Bayern Munich host Arsenal on Tuesday night in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 match.
Posted in Bayern Munich, Match Reports, VfL Wolfsburg
Written by: Barrie Smith Published: 01 March 2014.
Bayern Munich extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to 20 points on Saturday evening with a resounding 5-1 beating of FC Schalke 04.
Arjen Robben helped himself to a hat-trick against the hapless opponents who conceded 6 goals at home to Real Madrid midweek. David Alaba had opened the scoring inside 3 minutes whilst Mario Mandžukić scored the home side’s other goal. A Rafinha own goal that made it 1-4 at the time was all Schalke had to show.
It didn’t take long for the runaway league leaders to open the scoring in this one but a did take a touch of fortune. A big touch of fortune as David Alaba’s free kick took a big deflection off the wall and looped beyond Ralf Fährmann’s reach into the opposite corner to open the score.
Arjen Robben dinked the ball over the goalkeeper to make the score 2-0 on 15 minutes after Mario Mandžukić played him in first time after the ball ricocheted kindly into the Croatian striker’s path.
The tall striker headed in a goal of his own just over the halfway point in the first half, connecting with David Alaba’s deep cross from the left wing. Neither Schalke centre-back, Kyriakos Papadopoulos or Joël Matip positioned themselves correctly to be in a position to even leap with the Bayern front man.
It was 4-0 on 28 minutes when Arjen Robben raced onto a loose ball in the corner of Schalke’s penalty area, cutting inside with not a challenge being laid on him, before neatly poking across goal and into the far corner out of Fährmann’s reach.
Bayern Munich took their foot off the gas in the second half. Schalke reduced the deficit on 64 minutes when Jefferson Farfán’s outswinging corner was deflected into his own net by Rafinha.
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer got a hand to it but was unable to keep the ball out of the net. This was only the 10th goal Bayern Munich have conceded in 23 Bundesliga games under Pep Guardiola.
Arjen Robben smashed home his hat-trick from the penalty spot on 77 minutes after Kyriakos Papadopoulos was shown a straight red card for bringing down Mandžukić as the last man. Mario Mandžukić had been one-on-one with the goalkeeper after Kevin-Prince Boateng’s careless backpass was cut out by the striker.
It is just a matter of time before Bayern Munich lift their 23rd Bundesliga title. Pep Guardiola’s side travel to VfL Wolfsburg next weekend whilst Schalke will be looking to rebound at home to 1899 Hoffenheim.
Posted in Bayern Munich, Match Reports, Schalke 04
Written by: Barrie Smith Published: 24 February 2014.
Bayern Munich forward Thomas Müller has been ruled out for the upcoming weekend’s match versus Schalke 04.
Thomas Müller scored twice in Bayern Munich’s 4-0 romp of Hannover 96 over the weekend but picked up a thigh muscle injury for his troubles. He was replaced by Arjen Robben just after the hour mark on Sunday with the score at 3-0.
FCB chief medical officer Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt has ruled out Müller from training for the next five days before he can return to light training at the start of next week.
The 47-time German international has netted 10 goals in 21 Bundesliga appearances for the runaway league leaders.
Following Bayern Munich’s home tie with Schalke on Saturday (1 March), their next game is away to VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday 8 March before hosing Arsenal in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie.
Schalke 04 are currently fourth in the Bundesliga, drawing 0-0 at home to Mainz 05 on Friday night.
Posted in Bayern Munich, Team news
Written by: Barrie Smith Published: 23 February 2014.
Bayern Munich extended their lead at the top of the German Bundesliga to 19 points on Sunday with a 4-0 demolition of Hannover 96 at the HDI-Arena.
Thomas Müller headed Bayern into the lead on 25 minutes before Thiago Alcântara doubled their lead 10 minutes later. Müller scored his second of the game just before the hour before Mario Mandžukić completed the rout.
Following defeats for Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund over the weekend, Bayern Munich took advantage to extend their lead to an unassailable 19 points with 12 games remaining this season.
Pep Guardiola’s side have only dropped 4 points all season and can have the title wrapped up as early as 15 March.
There was only ever going to be one winner in this match. Thomas Müller powerfully headed home Rafinha’s cross to open up the score before Bastian Schweinsteiger set up Thiago Alcântara to give the visitors a 2-0 lead going into half-time.
Müller then scored his 10th Bundesliga goal of the season in his 21st appearance after taking David Alaba’s fizzed in low cross into his stride and neatly tucking home. That came just before the hour and on 66 minutes Mario Mandžukić headed home Rafinha’s cross to make it 4-0.
Hannover 96 are in 11th position after this heavy defeat – 5 points above the relegation play-off place.
The Reds travel to Augsburg next weekend whilst Bayern Munich host Schalke 04.
Posted in Bayern Munich, Hannover 96, Match Reports
Written by: Barrie Smith Published: 10 February 2014.
Bayern Munich forward Franck Ribéry will miss the UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie with English Premier League side Arsenal on Wednesday 19 February with a trapped nerve in his buttock.
The third-placed player in the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or had an MRI scan on Monday which revealed the bruising on Ribéry’s buttock had been pressing a nearby nerve. After a successful removal, the French forward will only returning to training later this week.
FCB club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfart confirmed the news, meaning Franck Ribéry will miss the club’s matches versus SC Freiburg on Saturday 15 February and the following Champions League tie with Arsenal the following Wednesday.
Ribéry picked up the knock during Bayern Munich’s 2-0 win in their Bavarian derby at FC Nürnberg on Saturday.
Arsenal were beaten 5-1 at Liverpool in their Premier League clash over the weekend and lost their lead at the top of the English top flight.
Posted in Bayern Munich, Champions League, Team news
Written by: Barrie Smith Published: 29 January 2014.
A stunning strike from Thiago Alcântara in stoppage time saw Bayern Munich come from behind to beat VfB Stuttgart 2-1 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena to extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to 13 points.
VfB Stuttgart led at half-time following Vedad Ibišević’s opener against the run of play. Claudio Pizarro equalised with less than 15 minutes remaining before summer signing Thiago scored a spectacular volley to take home all 3 points for Pep Guardiola’s side.
VfB Stuttgart fielded a very youthful side and showed no fear in the first half, even taking the lead through Vedad Ibiševic.
Mario Mandžukić and Claudio Pizarro entered the scene on the hour mark as Pep Guardiola’s side pushed for an equaliser.
Bayern Munich fired a total of 24 shots towards Sven Ulreich’s goal during the game, but spurned a number of opportunities as they entered the final quarter of an hour trailing 1-0.
It was substitute Pizarro who headed home the equaliser on 76 minutes when the Stuttgart defence left the strike unmarked from Thiago Alcântara’s free kick, heading home from close range.
Stuttgart were on the back foot at this point and finally came undone in the stoppage time when Thiago acrobatically volleyed home Rafinha’s cross to give Bayern Munich a dramatic victory.
Posted in Bayern Munich, Match Reports, VfB Stuttgart
Written by: Barrie Smith Published: 25 January 2014.
English Premier League side Manchester United have been linked to players from both Bayern Munich and Borussia Mönchengladbach over the past week.
Mario Mandžukić, Patrick Herrmann and even Dante have all been linked to the defending Premier League champions according to English sources.
Manchester United manager David Moyes was at Borussia Park last night as Borussia Mönchengladbach hosted runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.
Speculation had initially been that Moyes had visited to scout Mandžukić who did not make the Bayern squad. Then the suggestions moved onto Gladbach right winger Herrmann who put in a poor performance on the night.
Now it would appear that David Moyes was taking a look at Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos on Friday.
The Manchester United manager was sitting next to player agent Volker Struth, head of SportsTotal, who look after Toni Kroos.
Toni Kroos came through the youth ranks at Bayern Munich and was handed his debut by Ottmar Hitzfeld in September 2007 as a 17-year old in a 5-0 thrashing of FC Energie Cottbus in the league. Kroos came on for the final 18 minutes, setting up two goals for Miroslav Klose.
Last night saw Kroos make his 161st Bundesliga appearance. Now 24 years old, he has scored 22 goals in Germany’s top flight. Kroos has made 35 appearances in the UEFA Champions League, starting the 2012 loss toChelsea in the final. He did not make the squad for either the 2010 or 2013 finals.
Toni Kroos’ contract is due to expire at the end of the 2014-15 season and the midfielder has yet to agree terms on a new deal at the Allianz Arena.
Posted in Bayern Munich, Transfer News
Written by: Barrie Smith Published: 24 January 2014.
Manchester United manager David Moyes was in attendance at Borussia Park on Friday night to watch Bayern Munich run out 2-0 winners at Borussia Mönchengladbach.
The defending English Premier League champions have recently been linked with a move for Gladbach and former German under-21 right winger Patrick Herrmann.
If reports are to be true regarding the potential move for the highly-rated 22-year old, Moyes may not have been impressed by Herrmann’s performance which later saw him substituted in the second half.
Patrick Herrmann had a disappointing game of misplaced passes which included conceded possession just outside his own penalty area and squandering an opportunity to setup a chance inside Bayern Munich’s penalty area in the first half.
The one moment of magic from Herrmann came in the second half, with his side trailing 2-0, a burst of pace saw him race onto what seemed to be an overhit pass, to hit a first-time shot from the edge of the penalty area, beating ManueL Neuer across goal before coming back off the inside of the post.
English newspaper the Daily Mail had also speculated he made the visit to watch Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandžukić. However, the Croatian striker was not named in Pep Guardiola’s squad.
However, Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer did tell Sky Germany:
“He [Mandžukić] hasn’t worked hard enough.”
Posted in Bayern Munich, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Transfer News