Bayern widens the gap

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Bayern Munich are further and further away from Borussia Dortmund in Bundesliga competition. Bavarian giant beat Hamburger in their Allianz Arena 3:1, and Borussia Dortmund managed to only a draw at Hoffenheim, result was 2:2.

Bayern attacked Hamburger goal with fierce, but didn’t manage to score until 42. minute, when Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic found the net. After that everything was easier to reigning German champions, Gotze in 52. minute extended their lead.

Hamburger gave a little scare to home crowd though, in 87. minute Lassoga netted for Hamburger, but in the stoppage time Shaqiri scored for the final result – 3:1 for Bayern.

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Borussia Dortmund went on a trip to Hoffenheim, a side which plays very unpredictably this season. Dortmund’s coach, Jurgen Klopp warned his players that this won’t be an easy match, but they’ve taken that lightly. After only 37. minutes, the result was 2:0 for home side, and Dortmund had to work very hard to get back into game.

With Aubameyang and Piszczek goals, they managed to level the score 20 minutes before final whistle, but they failed in scoring third, winning goal.

Therefore, after this round, the gap between two best teams in Germany last season is very big – 12 points, and Borussia is now pretty much out of the title race.

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Robert Lewandowski confirms his exit in summer

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Poland striker Robert Lewandowski has said he wants to play a different challenge in football for next season. It shows he will leave Germany club Borussia Dortmund in summer window.

He crushed Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League and he scored four goals against them in semi-finals. Now he is one of the most wanted strikers in the world.

Lewandowski is playing his final days of his contract with Borussia Dortmund. His recent words about future clear all speculations in transfers.

He stated on Sport-BILD weekly:

“I will reveal my future next year. No one needs to get in touch with me anymore,”

“I have decided what I am to do. I simply want to have a new challenge next season, despite the fact I am feeling very, very happy being at Borussia Dortmund.”

Chelsea has linked with this 25-year-old goal machine in transfer window, but things went in wrong direction. Meantime, Arsene Wenger shows much interest bring players from Germany clubs so he will join in race to sign him.

Tough road ahead for Arsenal

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Despite a very convincing 2-0 win over Liverpool yesterday Arsenal now face two very tough matches in the week ahead.

Wednesday night they play the current Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion in their second leg Champions’ League group F match against a team that has not lost a game at home this season, and has never lost in Germany to English opposition.

The Germans went top of their domestic league Friday night after beating VfB Stuttgart 6-1 while coming from being behind in a match that saw star striker Robert Lewandowski score a hat-trick.

Jürgen Klopps team has already beaten Arsenal at the Emirates 2-1 and know that a win at home on Wednesday night almost certainly guarantee’s Dortmund a place in the knockout stages of the competition.

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Then the following Sunday, Arsenal who now sit on top of the Barclays Premier League five points clear of Liverpool and Chelsea travel to play Manchester United at Old Trafford fresh with the knowledge that this fixture saw them lose an embarrassing 8-2 to the eventual league winners.

While I do not think that Arsenal will win against Dortmund midweek they should be able to come away from Manchester with at least a point especially if they can play the fast paced passing game they showed against Liverpool where they dominated midfield.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could still be without playmaker Jack Wilshire for the trip to north Germany and could also be without Kieran Gibbs who limped of the pitch in the 78th minute with what appeared to be a calf injury that saw Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen come on in his place.

To take nothing away from Arsenal after a brilliant performance against Liverpool the team now face a tough test in the coming weeks.

Arsenal now face a tough test if they want to progress in the Champions League

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger did not receive the type of birthday present he was hoping for as he saw his side defeated by a late Robert Lewandowski  goal at the Emirates last night to give Borussia Dortmund a 1-2 victory putting them level in Group F with Arsenal and Napoli.

While Premiership leaders Arsenal have been performing majestically on the domestic stage, many pessimists will say that apart from the match against Tottenham the Gunners have yet to face any tough opposition.

That was of course until Jürgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund returned to London hoping to erase the memory of their Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich at Wembley Stadium earlier in the year.

Wenger who just turned 64-years-old was his teams hardest critic calling them  “naïve” and “not being mature enough, “but  should instead not take the defeat too harshly though as his team is still developing, and while some might say they were unfortunate that the winning goal scorer was still on the pitch after Polish international striker Lewandowski had hit Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny in the face with his elbow the Germans came to London with a plan that saw them winners on a rain-lashed north London night.

There are lessons to be learned from the defeat two of which concern his summer signings of Flamini and Özil, with Flamini missing the match due to a concussion he suffered in the match against Norwich on Saturday.

Özil who was in the headlines prior to the match after it was revealed in Sir Alex Fergusons autobiography that Wayne Rooney had told the former United boss to sign Özil only to be told by Ferguson to mind his own business.

Now we know that Wayne Rooney can spot talent when he sees it, German boss Jürgen Klopp knew very well that to give Özil room to play was an invitation to trouble so deliberately took the German international out of the game giving him very little space to weave his magic a tactic that will not have gone a miss when they take on Chelsea in the Capital One Cup next Tuesday, and when Liverpool come to town on November 2nd looking to knock Arsenal off the top of the table.

Wenger always knew that Group F would be tough but following the defeat last night he now knows that his side needs to either beat Napoli or Dortmund away in order to move forward to the knockout stages.

 

Dortmund block Lewandowski move to rivals Bayern Munich

Dortmund block Lewandowski move to rivals Bayern Munich

 

It had appeared to anyone who was following this story that a move by Borussia Dortmund’s prolific goal scorer Robert Lewandowski to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich was a done deal.

This was of course until Dortmund’s president   Hans-Joachin Watzke had his say in the matter.

“Lewandowski will definitely not go to Bayern in 2013,” Watzke said in an interview with the German sports paper Bild. “This is final.”

Despite what Watzke may say it is just a ploy to raise the price of the Polish international, and to get other clubs willing to put bids in as the 25-year-old is out of contract next summer and would be free to join any club he wants even following his Dortmund team-mate Mario Götze to Bayern Munich.

This news will of course come a shock to the striker who thought the deal was done and dusted when he said to Bild: “We have been in agreement with the new club for some time now. I have informed the people in charge at Dortmund and I assume that all will now be cleared up and I can join the club of my wish this summer.”

“This would be the best thing for all sides. Dortmund are a fantastic club that will always have a special place in my heart. However, I am looking for a new challenge in the future,” the striker added.

Manchester United has long been linked with Lewandowski but the question remains as to whether new manager David Moyes has a place for him in his plans for the club.

If as expected Wayne Rooney leaves it would of course present the perfect opportunity for Lewandowski to join the Red Devils.

Also now unable to sign the man they want the German Champions may turn their attention to Liverpool’s Luis Suarez who has said to the press in Uruguay that he is looking to leave England, and with his managers brother Pep Guardiola now in charge at Bayern this is also a possibility.