Guardiola’s last chance, Wenger’s optimism

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Bayern Munich, the team which have most of the records in football book, this time travelling to London to expecting a new diamond on their crown. Arsenal’s recent form would bother them definitely.

Pep Guardiola side is sidelined many key players due to injury, but they manage to maintain their success run with the help of individuals performance.

After their record win in Bundesliga, Guardiola said they are in a crucial moment in Champions League games.

Guardiola told: “In this situation, they have the advantage,”

“They have to win. When that happens with these kind of players they are going to make the best performance possible. I cannot expect a team that doesn’t fight for 90 minutes.

“It’s the last chance. In life when you have the last chance you give absolutely everything, and we have to be prepared for that against Arsenal.”

He also has good admiration for Arsene Wenger and appreciated him for his vital role for Arsenal. He believes Wenger can make changes and bring big silverwares for the team.

“Twenty years at one club is now impossible,”

“Nobody has that energy any more. It can get boring for the people; Arsène is an exception, like Ferguson was. Wenger is not only a manager, he is a sporting director. He changed the club. They played defensively before he came. Wenger is more than just a manager for this club. He is almost everything. He can be at a club for longer. Me: no!”

Meantime, Wenger hopes that his side will stop Poland goal machine Robert Lewandowski

Wenger said: “The best way to combat him is for us to have the ball,”

“After that you have to be shrewd with him because inside the box he is outstanding – his technique, his finishing and movement. That’s where we will need the experience of Mertesacker and Koscielny.”

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Lewandowski signing for Bayern after the New year?!

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Robert Lewandowski is near to singing for Bayern Munich! That story has been told nearly whole year, and now it can get its epilogue. Lewandowski was the guest in the Polish national television, and in the break, reportedly, the journalist insisted that Lewa tell him where he will play next season. Lewandowski told him on one condition – the cameras must be off. So, we have a word of the journalist that Lewandowski will sign for Bavarian giants in a few days, so we can sit back and wait to see if that information was the right one.

Lewandowski is contracted to Borussia until the end of this season, so he is free to negotiate with any club in the January transfer window. Borussia was desperate to force him not to sign for Bayern, they even choose to lose him without a transfer fee, but as we see, nothing helped. The Polish striker will probably sign for their fierce rivals, like Gotze before him.

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.

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.

 

Chelsea prepare bid for Benteke

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Benteke

 

Chelsea’s new manager Jose Mourinho upset that he was unable to land Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani from Napoli following Laurent Blanc’s arrival at the Parc des Princes.

Blanc an admirer of Cavani was unlike Chelsea willing to pay the 26-year-olds buyout clause, deciding that the strong striker would be a perfect fit for the Qatari owned French champions Paris Saint-Germain where he will play alongside Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Parisian attack.

The other striker Mourinho wanted was Borussia Dortmund’s Polish international Robert Lewandowski, but the Pole has committed himself to one more year at the Westphalia side, and will then move to play for European Champions Bayern Munich.

Mourinho has always favored a strong front man capable of leading the attack on his own as was the case with Didier Drogba, and has now turned to Aston Villa’s front man Christian Benteke who almost singlehandedly kept Villa from being relegated last season thanks to his 19 goals.

At only 22-year-old the Belgium international would certainly be interested in joining a club that will by competing not only for the Premiership title, but the Champions League also, with the bonus that he could play along with his Belgium teammate Romelu Lukaku.

Aston Villa have said that Benteke is not for sale yet should Chelsea make a reasonably sized offer I can see the striker moving to Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea’s current two strikers Fernando Torres and Demba Ba are not in the Portuguese managers future plans.

 

Dortmund block Lewandowski move to rivals Bayern Munich

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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.