Arjen Robben urges Bayern to keep cool ahead of Champions League final

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has urged his side to keep cool ahead of their Wembley Champions League final date with rivals Borussia Dortmund.  The Dutchman also expressed his excitement at reaching the final for the third time in four years after Bayern’s 3-0 thumping over Barcelona in the semifinal second leg.  Bayern, who recently re-claimed the Bundesliga title, will play fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund in the first ever all-German final on May 25th, which will be a mouthwatering fixture.

Bayern proved themselves to currently be the best club in Europe by thrashing Barcelona 4-0 in Munich in the first leg of their semifinal.  Amazingly, Bayern nearly repeated the feat in the intimidating Nou Camp in the second leg, winning 3-0.  Robben scored once in both legs, and played a key part in both of Bayern’s historic wins.  The twenty-nine-year-old has urged his side to keep cool ahead of the final, which will be the clubs third in four years, although they disappointingly lost in all three of them. Continue reading

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MOTD- Barcelona 0-3 Bayern Munich

Marc Barta goes to ground after being tripped by Mario Mandzukic, an image that sums up Barca's night

Marc Barta goes to ground after being tripped by Mario Mandzukic, an image that sums up Barca’s night

Bayern Munich have reached the Champions League final for the third time in four years, where they will meet Borussia Dortmund in the first ever all-German final.  Barca, who were surprisingly without Lionel Messi, struggled to use the wings throughout the game, partly resulting in Bayern’s 3-0 win.  Although Messi played over the weekend against Athletic Bilbao in a non-important La Liga match, the Argentine was rested for the semifinal, which will surely cause headlines.  Barcelona were also suffering from multiple injury and suspension set-backs, with Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets among those who could not play.  Bayern thrashed the Spanish side 7-0 on aggregate after their 4-0 win in the first leg, and 3-0 on the night.

Both sides started the match rather poorly, with bad touches and passes marring the match.  Bayern were the first to come out of the early daze, and the German side almost went up in the thirteenth minute when Tomas Muller laid the ball off to Bastian Schweinsteiger at the halfway line.  Schweinsteiger curled a ball above the Barca defense to the run of Arjen Robben down the right, but right as the winger was about to pull the trigger in the box, Gerard Pigue marvelously recovered after being caught out, and dispossessed Robben.  Bayern again Continue reading

MOTD- Bayern Munich 4-0 Barcelona

Bayern deservedly crush Barca 4-0, with the German side seemingly grabbing a spot in the Champions League finals

Bayern deservedly crush Barca 4-0, with the German side seemingly grabbing a spot in the Champions League finals

Bayern Munich notched an historic and well-deserved 4-0 victory over Barcelona in their Champions League semifinal first leg, with Barcelona’s gamble to play a half-fit Lionel Messi backfiring on the Blaugrana. Although Barca had much of the possession in the early stages of the match, Bayern looked more dangerous than their Spanish opponents, who despite the possession could not create any chances. Bayern’s first chance of the match came in the second minute when Javi Martinez’s cute back-flick to Arjen Robben gave him space to shoot, but the Dutch winger’s scuffed shot from the right side of the box was kicked away by Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes. Continue reading

MOTD preview- Bayern Munich vs Barcelona

Barcelona are set to travel to Munich to take on newly crowned German Champions Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal tie, with the two powerhouses both looking to gain an advantage in the first leg.  While the news of Lionel Messi being declared fit to play is a huge boost for the Blaugrana, they will have a though time against Munich, who have only lost to Barca one in the clubs last six meetings.  There have been two draws in the last six meetings between the clubs, while Bayern have amazingly been victorious in three of the meetings.  Although not doing well in this fixture, Barca have been on an eight match unbeaten run on German soil stretching back to 2001.  Continue reading

Mario Götze to join Bayern Munich at the end of the season

Bayern Munich have announced that midfielder Mario Götze will join the club from Borussia Dortmund at the end of the current season, following the wingers request to move to the German Champions.  The twenty-year-old will become the most expensive German player ever, with the release clause in his contract reported to be worth €37 million.

The news comes at the worst of times for Dortmund, who will play Real Madrid in their Champions League semifinal first leg on Wednesday.  Dortmund announced the move earlier on Tuesday via an statement on their official Facebook page saying: “Mario Götze’s agent Volker Struth told us a few days ago that the player wishes to make use of his release clause and on July 1, 2013 move to Bayern Munich.”

Although Bayern claimed they wanted to wait until after Dortmund’s Champions League tie to reveal the news, shortly after Dortmund announced the move Bayern confirmed the signing. “Bayern Munich confirm that the club have reached an agreement with national team player Mario Götze Continue reading

Champions League semifinal draw: Barca get Bayern, Madrid get Dortmund

The prospect of a El Clasico Champions League final is still on track, with Real Madrid and Barcelona being kept apart in the Champions League semifinal draw.  Barca draw 2011/2012 finalists and newly crowned Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, while Madrid drew Borussia Dortmund, which means there is a possibility of an all Spanish or all German Wembley final.

Bayern, who lost last seasons final on penalties to Chelsea, will bid to make their second successive final at Wembley on May 25, but will have to get past Barca, who they play in the first leg of their tie on April 23 at the Allianz Arena.  The German champions trampled over Juventus in the quarterfinals, winning 4-0 on aggregate after dominating both ties.

Barca are current leaders of La Liga, and are in their sixth consecutive Champions League semifinal after losing to Chelsea in the semis last year.  The Blaugrana drew twice with Paris Saint-Germain in this years quarterfinals, the first leg 2-2 in Paris and the second leg 1-1 at the Nou Camp, meaning Barca only progressed to the semifinals through away goals.  Tito Vilanova’s side will play Bayern, in a clash of two footballing giants, who play the exact same style of football.

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MOTD- Bayern Munich 2-0 Juventus

Bayern Munich have beaten Juventus 2-0 at the Allianz Arena in the first leg of their Champions League Quarterfinal tie, with the Germans having scored an amazing twenty-nine goals in their last ten matches.  Bayern started the match dominantly, and amazingly opened the scoring only fifty-five seconds into the match when Juve’s Andrea Pirlo lost the ball inside his own half.  The ball fell to Bayern left-back David Alaba, who slightly mishit a shot from forty-yards out.  It took a slight deflection of Arturo Vidal and amazingly flew into the corner of the net without Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon even getting near it.  Juve didn’t seem fazed though, with Pirlo flashing a free-kick inches over the crossbar from thirty yards out in the twelfth minute.  Seconds later Juve almost equalized when Vidal hit a swerving shot from a twenty-five yards out, and the shot flashed inches wide of the woodwork.  Despite seeing most of the possession after Bayern’s goal, Juve started to fade out of the match.  Bayern took advantage of that, and took complete control of the match about fifteen minutes into the match.

The German side almost doubled their lead in the eighteenth minute when Franck Ribery stormed do Continue reading