FC Bayern: Second positive corona test after Serge Gnabry

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Second positive corona test at FC Bayern

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Despite all the safety measures, there was a second positive corona test at FC Bayern

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There is a second corona case at Bayern. A team supervisor of the record champions has tested positive. Serge Gnabry had previously been infected. There is also a new test result for the striker.

Dhe FC Bayern Munich has another corona case. As the “Bild” reports, after Serge Gnabry a supervisor of the record champions has now tested positive for the virus.

The man is said to be a 59-year-old physiotherapist who is very close to the team and treats the players regularly. When and where the infection could have occurred is not yet known.

On Wednesday, around the game in the Champions League against Atlético Madrid (4-0), the supervisor should no longer have been with the team. What consequences the result will have for Munich is still uncertain.

Second Gnabry test negative

The all-clear has meanwhile been given in the Gnabry case. After the 25-year-old striker tested positive for Corona on Tuesday, his second test was surprisingly negative.

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Gnabry took part in the final training session for the Munich team on Tuesday afternoon. After that, his positive test result became known. The record champions tested their professionals again on Wednesday morning after the findings. The game against Atlético took place as planned.

After the positive Corona results, FC Bayern Munich tests its stars even more intensively. After the test on Thursday morning, the next check will follow, also with a view to the Bundesliga game against Eintracht Frankfurt this Saturday.

After Bayern only published messages in specific cases such as a positive case in the area of ​​Kingsley Coman and Gnabry, it can be assumed that coach Hans-Dieter Flick does not have to plan any new player failures.

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FC Bayern: Lewandowski almost single-handedly – sport

Robert Lewandowski held up his thumb, index and middle finger of his right hand and smiled happily in the direction of the empty seat shells in the Munich arena. It was a little cheering message from a striker who, at first glance, everything happened the same way and nothing special happened. The industry has got used to his goals in a row, and this time he almost single-handedly set off Bayern’s 5-0 (2-0) victory against Eintracht Frankfurt in the 10th, 26th and 61st minute brought, the competition is likely to have noticed little surprise.

The 32-year-old scored 55 goals in 47 competitive games last season. Five years ago he even scored five goals in nine minutes against Wolfsburg. Still, his eight to ten league goals were now special and part of two records. No other player before him had accumulated as many goals as Europe’s Footballer of the Year on the first five match days of a Bundesliga season. “What else should I say to Robert Lewandowski?” Asked his coach Hansi Flick after the game. Jérôme Boateng came up with something else: “He’s on a different level. It makes him absolutely the best striker in the world at the moment.” Lewandowski hits and hits, is everything the same as before? Not quite: “Today he has already announced that he would like to be replaced,” revealed Flick, “maybe this is news that has never been seen before.”

Another new league record are the 22 goals Bayern have now, which can probably be attributed to their new versatility. Lewandowski also benefited from this, after the substitute Leroy Sané (72nd) and Jamal Musiala (90th) still entered the scorers list. However, it was not enough to lead the table, as RB Leipzig won 2-1 against Hertha BSC and retained one point ahead of the second from Munich.

Most recently, the advantages of the new squad depth with the four additions Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Douglas Costa, Marc Roca and Bouna Sarr had been shown, because they relieved the front row. That was also the case this time, as Costa and Sarr ran up from the start. In addition, there was an element against the Frankfurters, who were definitely playing along, which sports director Hasan Salihamidzic likes to cite as an attitude criterion: the players should be flexibly deployable. This requirement for the kicking staff is not new, even the triple trainer from 2013, Jupp Heynckes, liked to speak of “polyvalence”, which distinguishes some professionals. But in the game against Eintracht there was a lot of evidence of the diversity of the Munich workforce.

On Wednesday in the 4-0 win against Atlético Madrid, Kingsley Coman stood out as a left winger with two goals and an assist. This time the Frenchman also started as the right winger because Serge Gnabry is still out for the time being due to his most recent positive Corona result. (However, before the game, coach Hansi Flick announced that two more tests at Gnabry had been negative.) Thomas Müller, who had at least nominally occupied the right wing against Atlético, but who, as a freelance space runner, likes to appear everywhere on the offensive, was now allowed again ran as a full-time ten. Behind him, former right-back Joshua Kimmich gave the six. And in the back four of the defense there were three retrained people. David Alaba played left-back for many years and in Austria’s national team in midfield, at Flick he was promoted to head of defense as a central defender. On the right back, the former winger Sarr made his Bundesliga debut, on the left, the former left-winger Alphonso Davies should get practice.

This was over after less than a minute, because the 19-year-old had twisted his right ankle while changing direction and had to be taken off the field with a painful face. Shortly after the game, Flick announced the diagnosis: one tape torn, one partially torn, six to eight weeks off. The recovery was correspondingly short for Lucas Hernández, who last replaced Davies as a regular and is now also in demand on Tuesday in the Champions League at Lokomotiv Moscow. Flick announced that you will have to be “a little creative” on the left-back position in the coming weeks.

Bayern were not confused by the very early change. Rather, they picked up in their repeatedly rebuilt starting lineup where they left off against Atlético. The Munich team acted clearly, although the Frankfurt team tried to participate in the action and also approached Manuel Neuer’s goal several times, but only became dangerous to a limited extent. Meanwhile, the Munich team demonstrated their potential when Coman played Lewandowski’s 1-0 from half right instead of left. It was fitting that the striker casually shot in with his left instead of his preferred right foot. And when, a good quarter of an hour later, he skipped Stefan Ilsanker and used his forehead to pinpoint Kimmich’s corner kick, the actually common pattern could also be seen as evidence of the versatility, at least for Lewandowski’s.

With nine league goals he was already in the fifth game of the season at this point, and he had scored them in every imaginable way: five times with the right, twice with the left, once with the head and once with a penalty kick, also with the right. And when he scored his third goal of the game and tenth of the season with a right-footed shot in the second half, he was served by Costa from half-right, who repeatedly swapped sides with Coman. Such castling is by no means new to the Munich game.

It was fitting that Bayern lost none of their dominance when Flick changed the entire offensive. This was also due to the fact that Sané then continued what Lewandowski had stopped with. Like Arjen Robben, Sané moved from the right to the inside and finished with a left to make it 4-0. So far, Sané has preferably come from the left wing at Bayern. In the end, the talent Musiala, 17, met for the second time this season. And the fact that Neuer had to hurry back shortly before the end and hit the ball off the line with his left foot also suited this victory of Munich eventing, if you will. Neuer is right-footed and also prefers his hands to prevent goals.

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Hansi Flick as coach a stroke of luck for Bayern Munich

EActually, the bosses of FC Bayern should greet their colleagues from Eintracht Frankfurt in the Allianz Arena with a huge gift basket. Because the Bundesliga top game between second and fourth on Saturday (3:30 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Bundesliga and on Sky) marks the anniversary of that Munich 1: 5 debacle at the Hessians, which in retrospect did not turn out to be a great misfortune, it turned out to be a turning point for the German record champions.

November 2, 2019 led to the abrupt end of coach Niko Kovac’s short, double-decorated tenure. His assistant Hansi Flick took over. And since then, the Bavarians – apart from the Corona crisis – have had a wonderful time with victories on the assembly line and five titles in the first twelve months under flick. “It was a very successful year. What impressed me the most is how the squad has grown together as a team. It’s a lot of fun when such a great team effort is rewarded, ”said the 55-year-old on Friday in a personal review.

The triple is not exclusively his work, stressed Flick: “You never have success alone. That’s why I never see it from my perspective. Everyone did their part. As a head coach you’re at the forefront, but I’m happy to hand that over. Because it can never be so successful without everyone pulling together. ”Nevertheless, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge sees Flick as the trigger for the sustained soaring. “When Hansi took over as head coach, it was a stroke of luck for FC Bayern,” said the Bayern boss recently in an interview with the German press agency. “It was as if someone had switched the light on again.”

The light shone particularly brightly with the triple win. But after the explainable stuttering start in the new season, the Munich star ensemble seems to be back on the road to success before the new test of strength with the still undefeated Frankfurters. The powerful 4-0 win against Atlético Madrid at the start of the Champions League confirmed this assessment. National player Leon Goretzka spoke of an “exclamation mark”. Pressing, defensive compactness, mutual coaching and the greed for goals are back. “It took us time to get back into the rhythm,” said Flick. He now expects dominance and physical presence again in everyday life in the league.

A year of Flick reads in numbers like this: Bayern were able to win 40 of 44 competitive games. In addition there is a draw and only three defeats; two of them date from the initial phase of 2019. With Neuer – Alaba – Kimmich – Müller – Lewandowski, Flick has created a functioning axis and received a squad for last-minute shopping that is now well stocked for the very tight schedule. “In terms of breadth, we have exactly what we wanted: a selection and more options than before,” said Flick.

National player Leroy Sané returns to the squad against Frankfurt after a four-week injury break. The winger was “not yet planned from the start,” reported Flick. Maybe newcomer Douglas Costa can start. “It is our goal that we get it to one hundred percent,” said the coach. Corentin Tolisso is blocked in Bielefeld after his red card. And the Frankfurt? They tend not to expect gifts. On Friday, coach Adi Hütter expressed great respect for the task in the unattended Allianz Arena: “For me, Bayern are the best team in the world at the moment. And they are in very good shape. “

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FC Bayern: Robustness thanks to defender Süle – Sport

It has been almost exactly five months since one of the most successful attackers FC Bayern has encountered in the past few months struck in Munich. Back then, he scored two goals from corners within five minutes, and it made things a little more uncomfortable for the record champions that the goal scorer was a full-time defender. Bayern coach Hansi Flick had to admit contrite: that Martin Hinteregger from Eintracht Frankfurt was “an extreme weapon” when it comes to standards.

This Saturday, Bayern will meet Eintracht Frankfurt again, and Flick is again aware of the danger. “Hinteregger,” he said in the press conference on Friday, “is someone who knows where the goal is.” But there is at least one difference. At that time, it was the first game in the arena without a spectator after the restart of the season, Hinteregger scored his first goal in the Munich 5-2 victory with a volley that he headed to himself, watched by Jérôme Boateng, David Alaba and Alphonso Davies. In his second goal, he prevailed in a header duel against Benjamin Pavard, the fourth Munich defender on the field.

At that time, and that is the difference mentioned, the defender Niklas Süle, with a body length of 1.95 meters, was a suitable opponent for Hinteregger, still excluded because he was still busy with his rehab after a cruciate ligament rupture. In the meantime, Süle is back on the road to top fitness. Should he still sit outside on Saturday, then to spare.

“Niki is doing well,” Flick praised his defender

This week at FC Bayern was marked by Serge Gnabry’s positive test, the first Corona case in the squad, and of course the defending champion’s successful start to the Champions League season. After the 4-0 win against Atlético Madrid, Flick praised the improved duel behavior compared to the Bundesliga, he also praised winger Kingsley Coman for an outstanding game with two goals and an assist. But the prerequisite for the victory was that in Luis Suarez and João Félix two prominent attackers were barely given a chance by the Munich defenders. Süle played through in the fifth of eight competitive games this season.

“Niki is doing well,” said Flick on Friday. Last weekend in the 4-1 win against Bielefeld, he liked the performance of defensive boss David Alaba’s performance in possession of the ball, the coach explained: Süle played 95 passes, 93 arrived. Against Madrid it was more physicality and robustness in the duels that Flick agreed. But the coach also indicated that Süle could now be represented by Boateng. Süle also needs breaks after his injury.

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Champions League: This is how you can see the games of the German teams

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So you can see the games of the German teams

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Flick wants to see even more dominance

FC Bayern Munich won their third win of the season against Arminia Bielefeld. Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller both scored a brace, but coach Flick still has suggestions for improvement.

It takes some planning if you want to watch the games of the German teams in the Champions League live. TV viewers need two pay TV subscriptions. For Sky it is the last season in the premier class.

WITHFor the last time, Sky is on the ball in the Champions League this season. After the start of the season, the three-year media contract of the pay-TV broadcaster, which shares the premier football league with the streaming service DAZN, which also has to be paid for, ends.

Like every matchday, the games are distributed across both channels this week. Sky shows Bayern Munich against Atlético Madrid today. The streaming service DAZN broadcasts all other matches live, * including Inter Milan against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Sky and DAZN have agreed on a complicated distribution key that will now apply for the third and last time. The pay-TV broadcaster relies primarily on games from Bayern Munich and the attractiveness of the conferences that are popular with customers. The streaming service, which can only be received on the Internet, on the other hand, shows significantly more games live, according to its own information it is 110 in total.

The defending champion starts against Atlético Madrid

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Both providers will each show twelve individual games with German participation. Nine times, Sky was allowed to choose an encounter and shows, among other things, five games by the German champions FC Bayern Munich and four by Borussia Dortmund. DAZN can only show Bavaria once, on October 27th against Lokomotiv Moscow. Borussia Mönchengladbach fans, on the other hand, get their money’s worth with five games. At Sky, excerpts from all games will be broadcast during the conference.

Europa League also on free TV

DAZN will be the largest Champions League provider on the German market from 2021/22, while Sky no longer has a contract with Uefa. According to its own information, DAZN shows 121 of 137 premier class games live, including most of the German games and the conferences. The three finals will also run on free TV at ZDF until 2024. In addition, the US Internet giant Amazon shows the top game on Tuesday evening via its paid streaming service Prime Video. The live package includes a total of 16 games.

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In contrast to the Champions League, there are moving pictures of the small European Cup on free-to-air television. The RTL group shows one game every match day – six games in the group stage at Nitro. This Thursday the niche broadcaster will broadcast the home game of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim against FK Red Star Belgrade. The streaming service DAZN will broadcast all Europa League games for its subscribers.

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*Display: Every viewer has the opportunity to watch the game live on the DAZN streaming service (11.99 euros per month). If you don’t have a subscription, you can watch the game for free. DAZN offers all new customers the opportunity to test the offer for one month free of charge. You can cancel the subscription within the first month.

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Oliver Kahn and the future of the Bundesliga

Dhe future Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn (51) is also preparing for less rosy sporting times with the German soccer record champion. “To become champions eight times in a row is an incredible achievement for the team, but I’m not so naive as to assume that it will always stay that way,” he said in an interview with the men’s magazine “GQ” (Thursday).

Kahn admitted that the tension in the Bundesliga due to the dominance of FC Bayern Munich, who made a dream start in the Champions League against Atlético Madrid on Wednesday evening, had been somewhat lost in recent years. “The tension in the sport comes from the unpredictability of the outcome,” he said. “This tension has been lost in recent years, at least as far as the title fight is concerned, because Bayern have often won championships with a relatively large lead.”

Intensive Corona-Tests

After the positive corona test with national player Serge Gnabry, FC Bayern is now testing its stars even more intensively. According to dpa information, the next test took place on Thursday morning, also with a view to the Bundesliga game against Eintracht Frankfurt this Saturday (in the FAZ live ticker and on Sky). Since the Munich team has only published messages in specific cases such as a positive case around Kingsley Coman and Gnabry, it can be assumed that coach Hansi Flick does not have to plan any new failures.

Before the Champions League game at Atlético Madrid (4-0), Munich had already tested the squad. Apart from Gnabry, Flick didn’t have to do without any other star. “We knew relatively early on that he would be canceled. So it was clear to us that we had to change something in terms of personnel, ”said coach Flick. “We have to make sure that we deal with these things even more intensively and that we stick to the rules.”

There was also good news for Flick: National player Leroy Sané has returned to team training. The winger, who has been missing since the end of September due to a capsule injury in his right knee, was back with the Bayern unit on Thursday. The 24-year-old could make his comeback against Frankfurt.

Together with the players who were not in the starting XI the night before in the Champions League, Sané was challenged in training. After the warm-up and some intense sprints, according to the club information on Thursday, game forms were on the program. Under the guidance of co-trainer and World Cup record scorer Miroslav Klose, Sané also trained a few degrees in an extra unit.

Defender Tanguy Nianzou, who had been missing for a long time, continued his development program after a thigh injury. The 18-year-old has to be patient. Against Frankfurt, Munich want to bring in the sixth competitive game win in a row.

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Flick raves about FCB newcomer Tiago Dantas

FCB coach Hansi Flick is full of praise for newcomer Tiago Dantas. Meanwhile, the German record champions are threatened with a loss of millions in the Champions League. Here you can find all the news and rumors about FC Bayern.

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FC Bayern: Flick enthusiastic about newcomer Tiago Dantas

From Benfica in Lisbon, Tiago Dantas recently moved to Bayern. This is where the midfield jewel is supposed to gather match practice and experience with the FCB amateurs. However, the Portuguese will regularly train with the first team. Only in the new year could Dantas be used by the professionals, as the corresponding license from FIFA is currently missing.

Nevertheless, FCB coach Hansi Flick, who has been a big fan of the 19-year-old for a long time, thinks of the talent: “He’s small but has a strong disposition. We’ll work on his physique. We have a clear plan to improve this, “said Flick Sport1. “As a coach, I really enjoy working with him. Tiago is a great footballer, he’s open-minded and eager to learn. He’s already showing his qualities in our training.”

The comparisons already made in some places with Bayern’s former midfield strategist Thiago, who moved to Liverpool in the summer, are clearly premature: “Thiago is an exceptional talent and there is still a long way to go for him to reach this level. Tiago has his own identity, he’s an exciting player “.

FC Bayern probably with millions in loss of CL revenues

According to a report by the image the German European Cup representatives should receive less revenue from the Champions League. The reason: Missing payments from TV partners, including those from China and Qatar.

Thus, of the originally planned 2.55 billion euros, a total of 470 million less should be distributed to the clubs. This was confirmed by UEFA at a meeting of the European Club Association (representing the interests of the clubs).

The most loss is made by FC Bayern Munich, which will receive five million euros less than expected from the last partial distribution for the 2019/20 season. Last year’s semi-finalist from Leipzig has to reckon with only 2.5 million instead of the planned five million, Leverkusen only receives two million. Since BVB was eliminated in the round of 16, the losses according to their own information are only minor.

FCB started Variety Campaign

Like Real Madrid, Juventus Turin, Manchester United and Arsenal FC, Bayern are also involved in the “Human Race” initiative of adidas With. There will be strictly limited jersey collections for the fans.

In addition, the FCB will start its own campaign, “which is intended to raise awareness of tolerance and peaceful coexistence by the end of the year,” according to the club’s website. The money raised is donated to SOS Children’s Villages worldwide.

“At the beginning of the year, FC Bayern already set an important symbol for tolerance and diversity, against discrimination, violence and hatred with ‘Red Against Racism’. We want to continue on this path with our campaign,” said CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge quoted.

FC Bayern, News: Choupo-Moting about returning to Hamburg

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting signed with Bayern until the end of the season. After that, the 31-year-old could move back to his Hamburg, he revealed 11friends: “We’d like to go back to Hamburg at some point. And yes, maybe I’ll play again for one of my old clubs, St. Pauli or HSV.”

At St. Pauli, the attacker played in his youth before he switched to the U17 of HSV and made the leap to a professional there. His heart beats for both clubs: “The HSV always say ‘Only HSV!’. But sorry, guys, I also have a heart for St. Pauli.”

FCB-News: Kahn on tension in the Bundesliga

The designated Bayern boss Oliver Kahn sees a different leadership style in his functionary role than he used to be on the field. In addition, Kahn, together with FCB, is thinking about the lost tension in the Bundesliga title fight.

“The tension in sport arises from the unpredictability of the result. Sport thrives on this emotion, which is why the spectators come,” said Kahn in the GQ. But “this tension has been lost in recent years, at least when it comes to the title fight, because Bayern have often won championships with a relatively large lead.”

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FC Bayern, News: Second corona case at FCB?

After Serge Gnabry, there has apparently been a second corona case at Bayern Munich. The report image and the kicker coinciding on Thursday. Accordingly, the person who tested positive should be a staff member of the record champions.

With the person concerned, it should follow image-The information is about the physiotherapist Gianni Bianchi. This should have been on Wednesday before and after the game against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League (4-0) but not with the team.

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FC Bayern Munich: Schedule and next opponents

date Time competition opponent place
24.10.2020 3:30 p.m. Bundesliga Eintracht Frankfurt Home
27.10.2020 21 clock Champions League Moscow locomotive Away
31.10.2020 3:30 p.m. Bundesliga 1. FC Cologne Away
03.11.2020 21 clock Champions League FC Salzburg Away
07.11.2020 6.30 p.m. Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund Away

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But does not change anything in the quarantine: Gnabry’s second corona test raises questions

According to media reports, Serge Gnabry tested negative for the virus two days after his corona diagnosis. For the Munich authorities, even a possible mistake does not change anything in the quarantine for FC Bayern. Trainers and teammates warn to adhere to the rules of conduct.

The excitement around FC Bayern was great when Serge Gnabry tested positive for the corona virus on Tuesday. After all, the 25-year-old was the record champions’ first footballer whose infection became public. Only after another series of tests within the team were the Munich team able to play in the Champions League against Atlético Madrid on Wednesday evening, and the start of the mission to defend the title was impressive with a clear 4-0 home win. And then, on Thursday, the quarantined Gnabry was tested again – this time, however, apparently with a negative result. At least that’s what the “Bild” newspaper reports.

However, even that would not change the fact that the offensive player will only be available to his club again in the away game at 1. FC Köln on October 31 (Saturday, 3.30 p.m. in the live ticker at ntv.de). Because the “Bild” newspaper quotes the Munich authorities with the words: “As soon as the RGU (Department for Health and Environment; editor’s note) is reported a positive PCR test, the person concerned must for ten days from the test result in isolation, even further negative tests do not cancel this isolation. ” Also in the event that the positive test turns out to be faulty – a scenario that could also apply to the negative result.

Regardless of this, however, according to the official order, Gnabry is missing against Eintracht Frankfurt (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.) in the Bundesliga and at Lokomotiv Moscow (Tuesday, 6:55 p.m.) on the second day of the premier class. The German international had participated in the final training before the clash with Atlético. Coach Hansi Flick then warned: “Other teams have already been hit. We must continue to adhere to the hygiene rules and make sure that we wear masks, keep our distance and really pay attention to things. Otherwise we cannot protect ourselves . “

Leon Goretzka said that Gnabry’s positive test was “a shock”, “even if it was almost clear that it would happen at some point”. The Bundesliga is one of the few major sports leagues in Europe that has not yet had a game postponed due to corona cases. In Serie A, for example, the SSC Napoli could not compete at Juventus Turin, the most far-reaching consequences in Germany were the six positive test results in the squad of basketball Bundesliga team Alba Berlin. Because the champions and cup winners had to be completely quarantined, the final tournament in the German Cup was postponed in addition to Euroleague games.

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Champions League: This team want to overthrow FC Bayern Munich

Nou were accompanied by so many uncertainties in the Champions League as before this season. The group stage starts next week over a month later than usual and should still be finished by Christmas with two blocks of three game weeks each.

Where can there be how many spectators? Will the tight schedule help the little ones or will it only help the big ones again? And is the ambitious plan in the middle of the second corona wave even feasible? At the start, Cristiano Ronaldo is a draft horse in quarantine, meanwhile Mönchengladbach’s rival Inter Milan alone has to do without at least six professionals who tested positive.

There is no doubt only about the favorite: defending champion FC Bayern. The Munich team made a big impression on the competition with their daring, complete football. “There hasn’t been a team like this Bayern in Europe for many years,” says coach Julen Lopetegui from FC Sevilla, who recently lost to the Germans in the Supercup: The close 1: 2 after extra time was celebrated almost like a victory in Spain.

Diego Simeone: “Bayern are clearly the best”

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Diego Pablo Simeone, coach of the first FCB opponent Atlético Madrid (Wednesday, 9 p.m., Sky) and defeated Munich in the 2016 semifinals as well as in the 2017 group phase, joins the eulogies without hesitation: “Bayern are clearly the best of all. Because of their power, their dominance, their history, their presence. ”Downright“ admiration, ”says Simeone, her pressing evokes in him.

Star-dependent teams failed

The colleagues are impressed by the composition of a team in which the big figures also subordinate themselves to the big picture. Where star-dependent teams such as Ronaldo’s Juventus Turin or Lionel Messi’s Barcelona recently crashed, where Simeone’s record transfer João Félix incessantly demands more sacrifice, team building by Bayern coach Hansi Flick is highly valued.

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After all, every European elite squad has talented professionals. Bavarian excellence, however, consists in fusion: everyone does everything. The left-back hits the right-back like Alphonso Davies for Joshua Kimmich in the 8-2 win against Barcelona. And attacking leader Robert Lewandowski not only scores 15 goals in the European Cup this season, but also runs twice as many as Messi.

The perfect balance between the individual and the team speaks for an intact club culture. If you add a game system that has hardly changed for years, a purposefully tailored purchasing policy and economic stability even under the currently difficult framework conditions, you can already see an era approaching. The thing about the Champions League is that it doesn’t always turn out the way it inevitably seems to turn out. A lot depends on the details, and after all there is also a competition that is always ready to tinker with the king’s fall.

Bavaria seemed to be going backwards

It was only in 2013 that Bayern were last perceived as the measure of all things. On the one hand, they had just won a German European Cup final against Borussia Dortmund at the time, so the entire league seemed on the upswing. On the other hand, the miracle coach of those years also started at the club: Pep Guadiola.

Bayern remained a top team from now on, but there weren’t any more titles or finals at first. In view of the departures of players like Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm, Arjen Robben or Franck Ribéry, they even seemed to be stepping backwards, and when they were knocked out against Liverpool in the 2019 round of 16, nobody recognized them as an imminent Champions League winner.

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In 2013 Bayern beat Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final

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But football can sometimes go fast: just six months later, under coach Niko Kovac, they delivered a 7-2 win at finalists Tottenham, the blueprint for a campaign with eleven wins in eleven games and almost four goals on average.

Will the cycle you missed after 2013 also succeed this time? This is supported by the relative weak period of the clubs, which prevented him at the time. Real Madrid (winners 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018) and FC Barcelona (2015) have so far not managed the upheaval like Bayern. They continue to play for the most part with the generation that still represent Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Müller and Manuel Neuer so well in Munich, and they have promising talents on board – but hardly any players in between, who now dominate at Bayern. There was also a lack of money to invest in renewal because of the Corona crisis.

Flick’s worst rivals are two Germans

At the badly humiliated Barcelona, ​​it should therefore address a coaching commitment. Ronald Koeman focuses on athleticism, intensity and pressing as well as the emancipation of Messi’s attacking game. Where once the Bavarians, like so many teams, oriented themselves towards the Catalans, Barcelona has now taken up the Bavarian message. Koeman even sacrificed 4-3-3, which had been sacred for decades, and lets it act in 4-2-3-1 – the arrangement that Flick also uses.

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For the time being, two teams with German coaches are to be assessed as the worst rivals. The narrowly defeated finalist Paris Saint-Germain by Thomas Tuchel and the Bayern predecessor Liverpool by Jürgen Klopp. The surprising and unfortunate last 16 knockout of the English against Atlético saved the Munich team the ultimate endurance test last season. Liverpool can go their own pace, combine force and the art of playing similarly, generate permanent waves of attack.

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Jürgen Klopp wants to hold the handle pot in his hands for the second time

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However, it remains to be seen whether other teams from the potent Premier League will also make their mark as title candidates. The burden of proof is primarily on Manchester City. There the once pioneering Guardiola is fighting against prophecies of doom after the umpteenth disappointment in the preseason to become a discontinued model himself.

There are two strategies in dealing with style-defining trends in football – as in life -: copy and antithesis. One could study this well in the past decade in the reactions to Barcelona’s “Tikitaka” – passes, possession of the ball, control of the game. Many teams were inspired, which meant important impulses for German football in particular. But there was also a countermovement from coaches like José Mourinho or Simeone, who tried to exploit its weaknesses with their negation of the “Tikitaka” – few passes, little possession of the ball.

Counter-revolutionary Andrea Pirlo

If you understand Bayern’s football – and Liverpool – as an homage to speed and risk, the new Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo is a counter-revolutionary. So shortly after the start of the season, it is not possible to judge the newcomer, but at least as a player he stood for grandeur rather than full throttle.

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Andrea Pirlo took over Juventus Turin for the new season

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He directed AC Milan and Italy to international titles, although the teams were considered to be old and slow. Maintaining calm and organization, slowing down the pace and dimming the higher rhythm of an opponent: that too can be an art. For Juventus or Real of the equally majestic ex-strategist Zinédine Zidane, it may be the only chance against the more dynamic favorites.

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Finding Bayern’s weaknesses: That is the challenge for the competition. The rest is unpredictable. Especially this season.

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FC Bayern rolled over Atlético Madrid 4-0 – Sport

In the 75th minute, Luis Suárez trotted off the field like you do when nothing works in a football game. The Atlético Madrid striker, who otherwise likes to pursue his favorite pastime with bite and scoring goals, snuck into the evening by substitution. It had remained ineffective. And at that time, his personal record in the last two games against FC Bayern was: twelve goals against. He had eight in the final tournament of the Champions League with FC Barcelona in the summer, this time it was four.

A touch of HSV (and more recently Schalke) wafted around the Uruguayan at that moment, suddenly the great Suárez (144 league goals for FC Barcelona) was just another messed up footballer. On this evening at the 4-0 (2-0) of FC Bayern at the start of a new European season, he was representative of the chance competition this year against the Munich omnivores, this tireless roller. Against a team that is so calm that even the “biggest bullies” in the industry are now simply playing around.

Thomas Müller shouted this wonderfully antiquated description loudly into the Fröttmaning sky when he received a strange yellow card in the first half. “We play against Atlético Madrid, the biggest bullies in European football, and then we get the yellow card or something,” said Müller upset towards the referee – thanks to the ghost game atmosphere, the world was able to listen to the miller’s thomas grumbling. He is considered an avid commentator on what is happening in the field. But actually he didn’t really have to be upset, because a short time later the Bavarian diesel started bubbling and swept over the otherwise stubborn Spaniards with all imperturbability.

Despite all the adverse circumstances surrounding Serge Gnabry’s corona infection, which only became known on the match day, the defending champion delivered a demonstration, a statement to the upper floor in European football. It read: Don’t think we are slacking off in any way. There are some indications that Hansi Flick’s team has become even better compared to last year. “Bayern are in a great phase, their irrepressible strength made the difference today,” admitted Atlético coach Diego Simeone. And when the top bully in world football speaks so appreciatively, something extraordinary must have happened.

In fact, the television viewers (after all, none of them were allowed in the stadium) saw a demonstration of heavy humming football, second balls and ball conquests. All four goals were basically based on the same pattern: The low-ranking guests, otherwise true masters of unleashing, did not get the ball out of the back and Bayern grabbed the switch like a pride of lions. The 1-0 (28th minute) by Kingsley Coman was initiated by Joshua Kimmich with a straddle and half-field flank, the emergence of Leon Goretzkas 2-0 (41st) was achieved by the extremely present Corentin Tolisso with a ball spiked away by Hector Herrera.

The third goal (66th) was a picture book shot by Tolisso, after which a free kick from Suárez ‘feet ricocheted back in front of the box. And the 4: 0 arose from another switch situation, when Müller fit steeply to Coman, who waved around half of Madrid with a few Jay-Jay-Okocha memory pirouettes (72nd). Only at the very beginning there were signs of tension when the Munich team briefly discovered that Atlético is not a conventional Bundesliga team, but a few classes better. Still: four. To. Zero.

Flicks correct observation

“After that we had a certain physical presence, which was important,” summarized coach Hansi Flick, “against a team that is very robust. We confidently downplayed the first game with a total of four goals.” In addition to the physique, the Munich-based company is currently also the meticulousness of her coach. The fact that the game went so with its speed and urgency on the part of Bayern was also due to his tactics. Flick had recognized that it was no use against Atlético’s defense network to indulge in pure possession of the ball, but rather prescribed depth for his team: Because it was much over the outside, the Spaniards’ already long defensive had to retreat further and further.

“We played in the rooms that we wanted to play in,” Flick explained. His plan to crack the Madrilenians over the second wave had worked. “It was one thing that we had seen before: At Atlético the last chain is always very low. When crosses come, the backcourt is open with them.” And in order to push into these rooms with balls won, the primary virtue of the good old duel was required. “We often put the body in there,” recognized Flick. He had ordered that fusion of physicality and strategic skill, the attack on the bully The League was also a small coaching victory.

The other day’s winner was once again Kingsley Coman, who added a terrifying spiciness to his lush repertoire. Two goals in all their beauty, one assist in the Goretzka goal – it seems like the Frenchman will just continue to play like he did in Lisbon in the summer. The final hero from back then has preserved its form, but surprisingly that could be said of almost all Munich residents. “Two goals, that makes me very happy,” said the winger, who has recently been giving interviews in German. “Of course I sometimes think back to the goal in the final. But now it’s a new Champions League season. We want to keep winning.”

You can believe him after 28 Bayern victories in the past 29 premier class games. Luis Suárez was allowed to watch two of them up close.

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