Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has stressed that the team are not overly concerned by the recent departure of Arturo Vidal. The Chile international made the surprise switch to Barcelona earlier in the month and there has since been the talk of Bayern pursuing a suitable replacement in the transfer market.
However, speaking to Bild, Kovac appeared to refute those claims and suggested that the club have sufficient quality within their midfield despite the departure of the Chilean, he said: “At Bayern, we have 22 world-class players — 21 after Arturo’s departure. He’s a great player. But if, as a South American, you get an offer from a Spanish club, it’s normal you consider it.We decided that we would enable him to make the switch. But also, after Arturo’s transfer, we still have a lot of quality in midfield. No one needs to worry.”
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Michael Ballack has been an active figure in providing insights about the different team performances as well as predicting probable wins and losses in the recently concluded World Cup. As he had been a former captain of Germany, he questioned the decision of the current team when they handed a new contract to the head coach Joachim Low before the World Cup began.
South Korea defeated the reigning champions, which came as a shock; it also led to Germany exiting early from the finals. They finished bottom in the Group F games and their performances in three matches were below par. This is the second time that Germany had lost in the first round, the previous instance being in 1938. Ballack had been a glittering performer of the team and had collected 98 caps during his stint with the team. He admitted that he was surprised with the way Germany played against Russia. Ballack had given a total of 42 goals during the time that he played for Germany. He stated that the critical voices were being noticed more now since Germany football is in ruins. If a team that has been a legend in football can fall so below the ranks, he was surprised that the head coach had his contract extended at the same time.
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Germany international Leroy Sane has been named the PFA Young Player of the Year following his efforts for Manchester City over the course of the 2017/18 season. The left-sided winger has contributed nine goals and a further 12 assists for the Citizens, who claimed the Premier League crown earlier in the month.
Sane could not attend the awards ceremony due to his commitments with Manchester City, but he left a message via video link saying: “I am really honoured to win this award. I have to say also, thank you to all the fans, to my team-mates, to the coaches, to Man City.And also congratulations to all the players who were voted with me to this award because they deserved to win this trophy too because they played a really good season for their clubs.” Continue reading “Leroy Sane Picks Up PFA Young Player Of The Year Award”
German legend Michael Ballack has suggested that there is a distinct difference between the competition in the Premier League and Bundesliga. The 41-year-old is worried about the sole domination of Bayern Munich in the German top-flight unlike in England where a single team has not managed to sustain a lengthy period at the top.
Speaking to Kicker, he said: “If I watch the Bundesliga, I’m interested in Bayern. Behind them the level is manageable. [The Premier League is] the measure of all things. I just see a big difference in quality, but I saw that years ago. A few years ago we thought other clubs like Dortmund could at least close the gap, but it seems they are further apart.” Continue reading “Ballack: Huge Difference”
Former England international Michael Ballack believes England will continuing struggling at the World Cup unless they find themselves a player in the mould of Paul Scholes. The Three Lions have lacked the presence of a midfielder with flawless vision at the heart of the midfield, and Ballack insists that this is keeping them behind the likes of Germany.
“They lack a strategist. They are missing a ¬midfielder in the mould of Paul Scholes, who can dictate the flow and tempo of a game. This is where the English team are missing some class to take them to the next level. Manchester City are top of the Premier League, in large part due to the match-¬winning exploits of Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva. These are the type of ¬players England needs –matching -technical ability with flawless vision.” Ballack said. Continue reading “Ballack insists England have a missing link”
Michael Ballack believes that former Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele should have shown his former club a lot of respect before making the switch to Barcelona.
The Frenchman became the second most expensive player in the world after making the £ 135 million switch to Barcelona. Incredibly, he had moved to Dortmund only a year ago for 10% of this transfer fee. The possibility of the Frenchman being a Barcelona target has been rumoured for a long time, but the Catalan outfit significantly stepped up their interest in the player once it became apparent that the possibility of getting Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho was very low.
Dembele had to force in the move to Spain, as Dortmund were not prepared to sell the player. He refused to train with the club in order to set the wheels in motion for a transfer. Ultimately, Dortmund did not have much option but to sell him. Even though they received a handsome transfer fee and a mammoth transfer profit over the winger, former Germany captain Michael Ballack says that Dembele should have treated Dortmund with a lot of respect. Continue reading “Michael Ballack Says Ousmane Dembele Should Have Respected Borussia Dortmund”
Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has claimed that Diego Costa has been a great player for the club, but he now needs to calm down in order to be able to secure a move away from Stamford Bridge.
Costa came to Chelsea in the summer of 2014 four £ 34 million and he has been an instant hit at West London. The Brazil born Spanish international has been able to come up with 52 goals in just 89 league appearances for Chelsea. He has been responsible for two Premier League titles in the last three years. Yet, he was told by manager Antonio Conte towards the end of last season that he was not in the plans for this season.
Costa has been at loggerheads with Chelsea since then. He has not reported to training and has been subsequently fined his two weeks wages by the club. Costa has been coming out with angry comments about Chelsea and Conte in the last few days. Continue reading “Michael Ballack Says Diego Costa Not Helping His Own Situation”
Antonio Conte accepts that his players may not be in the best of the conditions just before the beginning of the new season of top tier English Football.
Three out of the four pre-season matches of Chelsea were scheduled in the Asian region and Asia is definitely not the most pleasant place in the world to play football given the kind of weather it has at this time of year – the humidity in particular means that it is difficult for the players to hit their maximum intensity. Continue reading “Conte rues Friendly Losses”
On May 20 of 2017, Philip Lahm made his final appearance in a competitive match as a player of Bayern Munich as the German performer decided to retire.
After the 33 year old footballer decided to hang up his boots, he has been receiving praise from just about any player and manager in the world of football.
It’s hard to argue against the fact that Philip Lahm has been one of the best players to have performed for Germany and Bayern Munich in recent times. He has not only captained at club level with Munich but also at the international stage with Germany.
Lahm has lifted the 2014 edition of the FIFA World Cup as well as the Bundesliga silverware on 8 occasions as well as many other trophies.
Despite all of these accomplishments and even though Philip Lahm has earned wide acclaim from many football figures, the former Germany international Michael Ballack does not have a healthy relationship with the recent retiree.
During the 2010 edition of the FIFA World Cup, Michael Ballack had to give away his captaincy armband due to an injury and Philip Lahm was the player who took over as the captain but when Ballack recovered from his injury, it’s believed that Lahm did not want return the captain armband to Michael Ballack.
‘’ I got to know Lahm’s other face. I didn’t know that a player who takes on the role of captain doesn’t have to give it back afterwards. That was a frontal attack. I never made the step back to the national team after that incident. I had no chance to do anything against it. The way it took place was absolutely not okay’’ Michael Ballack said.
Michael Ballack feels that Philip Lahm is not a true captain due to his decision of not returning the armband after Ballack was healthy and fit. In spite of all the recognition that Philip Lahm has been receiving recently, Michael Ballack stated that he got to see the other face of the Bayern Munich icon.
Germany legend Michael Ballack launched a scathing attack on Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm following his final appearance in the Bavarian shirt.
The right-back called time on his professional career at the age of 33 in order to leave on a high after having won five consecutive Bundesliga titles.
While the footballing fraternity was celebrating Lahm’s achievements in the beautiful game, Ballack brought up an incident during the 2010 World Cup which seemingly did not well with him. The former Chelsea man had been tipped to takeover the captain’s armband for the showpiece event in South Africa, but an ankle injury ruled him out of the tournament.
Lahm therein took over the leadership for Germany who got knocked out in the semi-final stage, but he was no position to give up his post following their World Cup exit. Ballack never played for Die Mannschaft again after the incident, and he feels he was left down by Lahm, who showed his true personality. Continue reading “Michael Ballack Slams Bayern Legend over Captaincy Controversy”