It was the kind of impact that makes managers club legends, his influence all the more notable given the how underwhelming performances had been during Niko Kovac's ultimately ill-fated spell at the helm. All that remains for Flick to win now of course is the FIFA Club World Cup, which Bayern will make their return to for the first time since 2013 when they go up against Al Ahly in the semifinals on Monday. Hertha Berlin 0-1 Bayern Munich: Coman seals win before Qatar trip While Bayern's preparations for the tournament haven't been ideal, given they were only in Bundesliga action on Friday and had their departure significantly delayed, they have arrived in Qatar as clear favourites. It may well prove a welcome distraction for the time being, with talk over Flick's future beginning to become a minor irritant for all involved. While the outcome of their efforts in this tournament won't directly lead to Flick leaving, failure will surely see the issue thrust into the spotlight. … [Read more...] about FIFA Club World Cup: A welcome distraction from Flick uncertainty but inconsequential for Bayern’s future
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Bayern comfortably dealt with CAF Champions League winners Al Ahly in their semifinal on Monday, with Robert Lewandowski getting both goals in a 2-0 win. The Polish striker, who moved to 29 goals for the season with that brace, made it 1-0 in the 17th minute and eventually put the game beyond Al Ahly in the latter stages, though the Egyptian champions rarely looked a threat to Die Roten. Al Ahly 0-2 Bayern Munich: Lewandowski fires Flick's men into another final In Thursday's final Bayern will face Tigres, who defeated Copa Libertadores winners Palmeiras 1-0 on Sunday to become the first CONCACAF side to reach the final of the Club World Cup. FIFA Club World Cup 2020: Veteran Gignac sends Tigres through to final French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac got the winner from the spot against Palmeiras, his sixth successive goal-scoring appearance, and Bayern know they cannot afford to be complacent. "I watched their semi-final, Tigres are a very dynamic team, very athletic, with a lot of power. … [Read more...] about FIFA Club World Cup: Flick targeting ‘special’ sixth title after Bayern see off Al Ahly
Victory at Qatar's Education City stadium, courtesy of Benjamin Pavard's scrappy second-half goal, clinched a sixth trophy in under 12 months. Bayern started a 23-match winning run in all competitions this time last year, winning the Bundesliga, DFB Pokal, Champions League and UEFA Super Cup in this time. Bayern Munich 1-0 Tigres UANL: Pavard strike seals FIFA Club World Cup glory Sextuple takes Bayern to the top of the mountain, but where do they go now? They added the DFL-Supercup immediately after seeing that streak ended in September, then completed the set by beating Tigres. Hansi Flick's side went one better than Bayern's 2013 team, who collected five titles - losing to Borussia Dortmund in the domestic Supercup. The Bavarian giants were dominant last season and have continued to collect results this term, led by a star-studded cast, as we can see with Opta data. FLICK'S MEN ALMOST FLAWLESS Going back 12 months to the start of that remarkable … [Read more...] about Club World Cup: Six trophies, Lewangoalski and the numbers behind Bayern’s year of glory
This time a year ago, Bayern were just a point clear at the top of the Bundesliga with the knockout stages of the Champions League still to negotiate. But an outstanding, record-breaking 23-match winning run – the longest by a German club since the formation of the Bundesliga – took in four titles: the league, the DFB-Pokal, a sixth European crown and the UEFA Super Cup. Bayern Munich 1-0 Tigres UANL: Pavard strike seals FIFA Club World Cup glory Since the conclusion of that remarkable stretch, which started on February 16 and ended with defeat on September 27, Bayern have added the DFL-Supercup, three days after the Hoffenheim loss, and now, with victory over Tigres UANL at the Education City stadium in Qatar, the FIFA Club World Cup. Hansi Flick's side have bettered the efforts of their class of 2013, who won a meagre five trophies, losing Pep Guardiola's first game in charge to Borussia Dortmund in the domestic Supercup. Indeed, this Bayern team, beaten 5-1 at … [Read more...] about FIFA Club World Cup: Sextuple takes Bayern to the top of the mountain, but where do they go now?
Germany international Gnabry was taken off in the 64th minute of Bayern's 1-0 Club World Cup final victory over Tigres UANL on Thursday (February 11). No time frame for the 25-year-old's return was provided by the Bundesliga champions, who are already without Thomas Muller after he tested positive for coronavirus in Qatar. An official club statement read: "For the time being, Bayern will have to do without Serge Gnabry. "The attacker suffered a muscle tear in his left thigh in yesterday's Club World Cup final against Tigres. This was the result of an examination by the medical department of Bayern." @SergeGnabry is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a thigh strain in last night's FIFA Club World Cup final. Get well soon, Serge! pic.twitter.com/MfX0QfRghZ — FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) February 12, 2021 After winning the Club World Cup, Bayern return to Bundesliga action at home to Arminia Bielefeld on Monday. They take on Lazio in the first leg … [Read more...] about Bayern Munich lose Serge Gnabry to thigh injury