Former Bayern Munich star Rafinha has said that Philippe Coutinho is the perfect signing for the club and he should act as the direct replacement for James Rodriguez. Rodriguez contributed 14 goals and 15 assists in the Bundesliga during a two-year loan from Real Madrid but the Bavarian giants decided against signing him permanently amid the concerns over his fitness.
Since then, the club have gone on to recruit Ivan Perisic and Philippe Coutinho on loan from Inter Milan and Barcelona respectively to bolster their ranks, and Rafinha believes the latter could aide Bayern’s quest for the Champions League title this season. Speaking to Bundesliga.com, he said: “After James left, Bayern needed another top star in midfield. Philippe Coutinho is a brilliant player. He’ll definitely make Bayern a better team, and improve their chances in the UEFA Champions League. Hopefully he’ll adapt to the Bundesliga quickly.” Continue reading “Bayern Munich favourite says Philippe Coutinho is the perfect fit for the club”
Bayern Munich great Lothar Matthaus has said that Leroy Sane can become the face of the club. The Germany international found himself out-of-favour under Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola during the backend of the previous campaign and this has led to speculation whether he would remain committed to the Citizens.
Speaking to ESPN FC, Matthaus said that Bayern could be prepared to break their transfer record for the Germany international as they could pay as much as £72m. However, he added that the deal is entirely dependent on the player himself, who has yet to give the green light to a potential return to the Bundesliga.
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Former Chelsea and Germany star Michael Ballack has said that Bayern Munich should consider the prospect of recruiting Jose Mourinho as their next head coach, considering the Portuguese would bring the glamour and sense of attraction at the club. The Portuguese tactician has been out of work since his sacking from Manchester United in December, but he has been fancied to make a managerial comeback during the summer.
Speaking to Bild, Ballack said that Niko Kovac needs to be respected as the Bayern boss at the moment, given he has managed to keep the club in the running for a seventh straight league title. However, he added that the club should consider the appointment of Mourinho in the future, given the Portuguese’s presence could attract world-class players to the club.
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Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has confirmed that Thorgan Hazard wants to pursue a fresh challenge away from the club during the summer. The attacker has been with the German side for the past four seasons and he is said to be eyeing a fresh move after declining a new contract.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Eberl confirmed that Monchen gladbach have been in contract discussions with the attacker for a while, but the Belgian has made it clear that he sees his future away from the club. He added that the club are prepared to sanction his sale during the summer, provided they receive the right price from the player’s suitors.
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Former Germany and Bayern Munich captain Michael Ballack has suggested that German football is on the decline after the recent showing in the Champions League. A Bundesliga-based outfit has made the quarter-final stage of the competition in each of the past 12 seasons but the same won’t happen this time around after Bayern, Schalke and Borussia Dortmund were eliminated at the round of 16.
Speaking to Bild, Ballack said that Germany is not experiencing the best of times in terms of dominance in football with the national team recently bowing out of the World Cup early while being relegated in the Nations League. He added that the same fortunes have been bestowed on the Bundesliga sides in the Champions League and there are no excuses for the average showing, he said: “We (the German national team) went out of the World Cup early, were relegated in the League of Nations and the Champions League has ended for all German sides in the round of 16. It’s a clue we’re not doing everything right, we must not try to explain that away with excuses.”
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Petr Cech announced retirement from his 20-year-old profession as the Arsenal goalkeeper and Michael Ballack, who once played along Cech for Chelsea thinks that he will make the best coach if he wishes to remain in the field.
Arsenal goalkeeper stated that after devoting 11 years playing for Arsenal, he will finally depart from the field at the end of this season. Ballack says that his former teammate, with whom he has won titles like the Premier League
have enough experience and talent to make a good coach. Also, Ballack is quite sure about how Cech’s connection with the players will help him do well in a management career. The 42-year-old retired German footballer feels that Cech’s personality and also the fact that he is multilingual has made him a significant player for the team’s integrity. Ballack also doesn’t forget to mention how Cech returned to the field after his head injury which was the result of a clash with another player while he was still playing for Chelsea. The fact that Cech waited patiently and finally was back in the game after months, portrays his passion for the game and Michal Ballack also remarks how well he has handled all his brutal injuries mentally. Ballack also says that Cech has the capability to impact the game with his large influence. As a retired footballer himself, who has been in the game for a long time, Ballack suggests that it is not wise for Cech to stay away from the game as football is what always goes in his mind. While Cech hasn’t confirmed any details on what he is onto after his retirement, Ballack’s words are proof to why he should not leave football entirely and how it will be a big loss for everyone.
Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack believes Eden Hazard should be more assertive with his desire to leave the Blues at the end of the season. The Belgium international has regularly flirted with the idea of joining Real Madrid over the past 12 months and the speculation has intensified of late with the attacker reluctant to pen a new contract.
In a report covered by Bild, Ballack highlighted that Hazard has been a bit too calm with regards to his future and he would prefer the Belgian asserting his demands on the west London side, he said: “In my opinion he is a little bit too calm, especially at Chelsea. There should be more demanding and expressing of his wishes. He can do that because he is in an outstanding position. “If he wants to win more titles with Chelsea, something has to happen otherwise Eden Hazard will think about looking for another opportunity.”
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Didier Drogba has said he would tow the path of Frank
Lampard, Michael Ballack and co in his post retirement considerations. The
Chelsea legend wants to follow the path of other Blues’ legends in remaining
close to football as much as possible after recently retiring from active
The former Ivory Coast skipper enjoyed an illustrious
two decade long career. He is well celebrated in England for his achievements
whilst at Chelsea. Drogba has won four Premier League titles, the famous
Champions League title, four FA Cups, and three League Cups.
Frank Lampard remains within football circles and
recently launched his managerial career with Derby County in the Championship. The
highly revered German Michael Ballack is a top pundit.
Drogba has stated that he would remain within the football community, speaking up on key issues while pursuing managerial interest. He said his huge experience working with different managers with different styles, and playing with all sorts of players would help him on the path. He believes he could do well in the role, like some other former players have done.
Drogba played in Africa, France, the UK, Turkey and America for 20 years, winning titles and scoring goals. He believes he can replicate this successes in his managerial movement.
Former Chelsea star Michael Ballack has urged the Blues’ hierarchy to meet the ambitions of Eden Hazard in order to keep him at Stamford Bridge for the long term. The Belgium international currently has just 18 months remaining on his existing deal with the Blues and this has recently intensified the speculation of him parting ways with the west London side.
Speaking to Goal.com, Ballack highlighted that the Blues must meet the attacker’s demands both on the financial and success scale, if they are to keep him at the Bridge on a long-term basis, he said: “You have to pay him a lot of money! But more importantly, you have to give him a vision. You have to tell him how important he is, ask him what he wants from the club and to give him a little bit more responsibility.
“You need to find out what he wants as well, ask him if he’s happy. Of course, you want to win something and be as successful as possible as an individual player. It is normal to look around and think, ‘With what club can I achieve that with?’ Chelsea is an ambitious club and it will always be possible that a coach and the players are competitive at the highest level.”
Hazard had admitted that he could pursue afresh challenge away from Chelsea shortly after the summer World Cup but he thereafter had a change of thought after being convinced by manager Maurizio Sarri to stay put. Nonetheless, he has repeatedly suggested that he could leave the Blues while also not ruling out the prospect of extending his contract.
Hazard recently made the comeback from a minor knee problem during the 2-0 win over Fulham where he contributed an assist. The victory has helped the Blues jump into the third spot in the Premier League standings after Tottenham Hotspur succumbed to a derby defeat at the hands of Arsenal.
German legend Michael Ballack believes his compatriot Mesut Ozil could emerge as the leading performer for Arsenal in the Europa League, should he remain motivated while playing the competition. The midfielder was only required during the knockout phase of the tournament last time around but under Unai Emery, he has been involved in the matchday squad from the group stage itself.
Speaking to CNN, Ballack hailed the qualities of Ozil and feels the midfielder could star for the Gunners in Europe, provided he has the desire to perform, he said: “It’s also a player who played on the highest level with Germany but also the Champions League. These kinds of players are playing just Europa League? It’s a question of how much they really want to perform there.”
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