Connect with us

Bundesliga

BVB skipper Reus revels alongside ‘unique’ Haaland

Published

on

BVB skipper Reus revels alongside 'unique' Haaland

On Wednesday, Marco Reus will rekindle his blossoming relationship with Erling Braut Haaland as Borussia Dortmund attempts to send Manchester City out of the Champions League quarterfinals for the second time.

Reus, 31, is back to his peak after a season marred by poor form and injury, and he’s relishing the opportunity to play alongside Haaland, 20.

Haaland, Dortmund’s leading scorer in the league with 33 goals in 34 games, has scored in each of Dortmund’s last two games, with Reus providing both assists.

Advertisement

Reus has spent nearly a decade at Dortmund as an attacking midfielder behind prolific strikers like Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Paco Alcacer.

Reus praised his teammate, who hit the headlines earlier this season when he became the youngest player in Champions League history by scoring 20 goals.

“I’ve never seen anyone like Haaland at this club,” Reus told the ‘Kicker meets DAZN’ podcast.

Advertisement

“He’s unique and still very young. He’s developed massively over the past six to nine months.”

Reus’ effort from Haaland’s superb pass curled past City goalkeeper Ederson in their 2-1 first-leg loss in Manchester, and it could prove to be a vital away goal.

Dortmund will face either Champions Bayern Munich or Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-finals if they win 1-0 at home or by at least two straightforward goals on Wednesday.

Advertisement

Despite a shocking loss to 10-man Leeds on Saturday, City remain on track for a record quadruple of Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, and League Cup victories.

Reports: Erling Haaland to Real Madrid ‘practically done’

City, led by Pep Guardiola, are keen to make the last four after losing in the quarter-finals in each of the previous four seasons.

Advertisement

Bundesliga

Bayern forward in need of a new challenge

Published

on

1305716820

According to Sky Sports, Bayern Munich’s iconic forward Robert Lewandowski has announced that he wants a new challenge away from the Bundesliga giants.

It’s said that Lewandowski is ‘happy’ at Bayern but wants to move to another top European club before the age of 35. He’ll turn 33 at the weekend.

Bayern have stated that they value the Polish striker at more than £100 million because of his statistics, which are clearly off the charts.

Advertisement

The German champions’ valuation, is probably designed to keep him at the club until the end of his contract as it will be difficult for any club to pay such an amount for him considering his age, hence pricing the FIFA and UEFA player of the year out of a departure.

Bayern have not offered any extension to his current contract which comes to an end in 2023.

The Poland striker is understood to be frustrated by their reluctance to sell, but is unlikely to do anything that will harm his good relationship with the club and fans.

Advertisement

The 32-year-old scored 55 goals in 47 games across all competitions in the 2019-20 season and 41 goals in 29 games last season, breaking Gerd Muller’s record of most goals scored in a Bundesliga season after 49 years.

All eyes will be on Manchester City now who are currently without a main striker after Sergio Aguero’s departure. The club is having a rough time trying to convince Tottenham to sell them their main man Harry Kane and considering they are willing to pay a fee around Bayern’s asking price, Lewandowski could be an option for them.

Manchester United could also be a potential destination for Lewandowski as their main striker, Edinson Cavani, turns 35 this season.

Advertisement

PSG though big spenders too, are highly unlikely to make a bid for the decorated striker, as their trio of Messi, Neymar and Mbappe looks  more than capable of winning their most coveted trophy, the UEFA Champions League.

Continue Reading

Bundesliga

Romano confirms on Twitter 25-year-old has completed his Everton medical

Published

on

Romano confirms on Twitter 25-year-old has completed his Everton medical

Demarai Gray’s medical has been completed, according to Fabrizio Romano, ahead of his move to Everton.

Gray appears to be the third first-team addition that Rafa Benitez will be able to make at Goodison Park.

Andros Townsend and Asmir Begovic have joined the Toffees. And it appears that they are about to announce yet another clever business move.

Advertisement

Gray has finished his medical, according to Romano. He is expected to sign a three-year contract with a one-year extension option.

According to the reporter, the fee will be roughly £1.7 million.

Begovic, on the other hand, appears to be a good signing for Everton, who are in need of a goalkeeper to replace Jordan Pickford.

Advertisement

Gray may be considered a bit of a wildcard. With Leicester and subsequently Bayer Leverkusen, he has not had the finest of seasons.

For £1.7 million, it’s difficult to disagree that getting him back to England was not a wise decision on Everton’s part.

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Bundesliga

Bayern appoint Nagelsmann as the manager to replace Treble-winning Flick

Published

on

Bayern appoint Nagelsmann as the manager to replace Treble-winning Flick

(ESPN)-Following a compensation deal with RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich has appointed Julian Nagelsmann as their new boss.

Nagelsmann, 33, has agreed to a contract extension with the Bundesliga champions until 2026. Bayern Munich has paid Leipzig compensation, which according to ESPN sources is a world record for a boss, surpassing the €15 million Chelsea paid Porto for Andre Villas-Boas in 2011.

Nagelsmann is expected to replace Hansi Flick, who asked Bayern to release him from his contract earlier this month after a squabble with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic over the Bundesliga champions’ transfer policy and ideology.

Advertisement

Following the dismissal of Niko Kovac in November 2019, Flick took over as Bayern Munich manager and guided the club to a Champions League, Bundesliga, and DFB-Pokal treble. When he added the German Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup to his trophy cabinet, he became just the second manager in history to win six trophies in a single calendar year. With national team manager Joachim Low stepping down after the European Championship this summer, he may now take over as Germany’s coach.

Sources close to Nagelsmann told ESPN on Friday that he was open to negotiation from the Premier League, where Tottenham is searching for a successor for Jose Mourinho. Nagelsmann has decided to take over his third Bundesliga club, Bayern Munich, after Bayern made a bid.

Nagelsmann took over Leipzig from TSG Hoffenheim in 2019 and guided them to the Champions League semifinals in his first season.

Advertisement

On Friday, Leipzig will face Werder Bremen in a DFB-Pokal semifinal, with Nagelsmann hoping to lead Leipzig to their first major title. In the final, the winner is likely to face Borussia Dortmund, who will face second-tier side Holstein Kiel.

Jesse Marsch, who manages another Red Bull team, FC Salzburg, is one of the frontrunners to succeed Nagelsmann at Leipzig.

Meanwhile, Leipzig announced on Monday that sporting director Markus Krosche’s contract had been discontinued a year before it was due to expire.

Advertisement

The 40-year-old had been at Leipzig for two years and had been rumored to be leaving for a few months. After Fredi Bobic’s decision to reunite with his capital-based family and join Hertha Berlin, he has been linked with Eintracht Frankfurt, who are searching for a new sporting executive.

Tottenham identify two potential Jose Mourinho replacements

With Nagelsmann’s move to Munich, five of the Bundesliga’s top seven teams will have a new manager for the 2021-22 season: Bayern, Leipzig, Wolfsburg, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Trending

%d bloggers like this: