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Bayern Munich feel the heat on two counts as PSG loom after Union blow | Andy Brassell

Hansi Flick brought in new faces with Tuesday in mind but dropped points gave hope to RB Leipzig belowHansi Flick’s biggest expression of frustration on Saturday afternoon was saved for five minutes from the end of normal time, when a dogged Union Berl…

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Porto’s Conceição parks ‘ugly’ episode and turns attention to Chelsea

Manager has built a tough team on scant resources and a recent touchline contretemps highlighted his fiery natureA few of the Champions League quarter-finalists this week had difficulty fully focusing on domestic matters this weekend – but that wasn’t …

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Porto’s Conceição parks ‘ugly’ episode and turns attention to Chelsea

Manager has built a tough team on scant resources and a recent touchline contretemps highlighted his fiery natureA few of the Champions League quarter-finalists this week had difficulty fully focusing on domestic matters this weekend – but that wasn’t …

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Dortmund deep in the doldrums as meeting with Manchester City looms | Andy Brassell

Borussia Dortmund are seven points off the top four and may face a wait for big Champions League nights beyond this seasonAs the full-time whistle sounded, Eintracht Frankfurt’s coaching staff embraced but tried to hold something back, conscious that t…

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Dortmund’s decline gives Haaland the hump and clouds Raiola’s grand plan | Andy Brassell

The Norwegian goal machine is obsessed by the Champions League but he may have to move to play in it next seasonEven for a man who is making racing through his footballing to-do list his calling card, it was an abrupt exit. It was “exactly 14 seconds a…

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Familiar feeling for Leverkusen as shock defeat follows statement win | Andy Brassell

Peter Bosz’s side looked to be back on track after winning at Gladbach, then lost at home to struggling Arminia BielefeldThe fall is always, it seems, on the way after the slippery part of the road has been negotiated. In a difficult start to 2021 for …

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Lewandowski v Haaland, Bayern and Dortmund in microcosm | Andy Brassell

After six consecutive defeats at Bayern by an aggregate of 26-3, there were mixed feelings after Dortmund’s latest Klassiker lossAs Erling Haaland sat on the bench, right boot and sock off, the reasons for his glum demeanour stretched beyond discomfort…

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André-Frank Zambo Anguissa: ‘If Scott Parker tells you it’s possible, you believe it’s possible’

A loan spell in Spain has transformed the all-action midfielder who is ‘channelling his energies’ at FulhamUnusually among footballers, André-Frank Zambo Anguissa enters our Zoom meeting on time. It might be in keeping with his demeanour – polite, frie…

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Have doomed Schalke finally hit rock bottom after latest thrashing? | Andy Brassell

Die Königsblauen are once again searching for a new head coach after Christian Gross’ departure, but few will be tempted by the poisoned chalice Ultimately, there were few surprises. Avoidable goals conceded from set-pieces. A threatened second-half re…

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Eintracht Frankfurt lack Silva service but still bundle Bayern into spin cycle | Andy Brassell

Even without their main man, Eintracht’s 2-1 win consolidated a top four place to complete a poor week for the championsIt was another curious piece of social media chronology. On Friday, a smiling André Silva greeted Eintracht Frankfurt fans to the cl…

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Eintracht Frankfurt lack Silva service but still bundle Bayern into spin cycle | Andy Brassell

Even without their main man, Eintracht’s 2-1 win consolidated a top four place to complete a poor week for the championsIt was another curious piece of social media chronology. On Friday, a smiling André Silva greeted Eintracht Frankfurt fans to the cl…

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Leipzig prepare Champions League farewell party for Dayot Upamecano

Nagelsmann must make the most of Bayern-bound defender against Liverpool before planning another rebuildHappy Valentine’s Day. At midday local time on Sunday Bayern Munich put out a statement confirming that, as suspected, they would sign Dayot Upameca…

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Elvis flies the flag for Cologne as Rhine derby win caps another week of chaos | Andy Brassell

Win at Gladbach followed a botched appointment, a shock cup exit and a player upsetting fans. A regular seven days, thenThere was only one way to celebrate. As they begun to bask in a surprise derby victory at Borussia-Park, the plan of Cologne’s playe…

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Hitzlsperger backs down as Stuttgart’s young guns stand up on the pitch | Andy Brassell

Popular CEO cooled his rift with the president as VfB’s exciting side assembled by Sven Mislintat registered a first home winIt was a weekend for calm and reflection, a weekend in which, as the end of Holocaust Memorial week, Bundesliga clubs paid trib…

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Bayern have their vulnerabilities but not nearly as many as their chasers

Defeats for Dortmund, Leverkusen and Leipzig opened up yet another clear path to the Bundesliga titleThey did what they always do, and it was rarely in doubt. Schalke resisted as best they could, had their moments and were several steps forward from th…

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Hertha Berlin near breaking point to leave Labbadia on thin ice | Andy Brassell

A 3-0 home defeat against Hoffenheim leaves Hertha two points above the relegation play-offs and looking for answersThe semi-legendary escalators that lead from the dressing rooms to the Olympiastadion pitch are a great idea in principle. You see how i…

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Frankfurt’s Luka Jović back with a bang as David Abraham bows out | Andy Brassell

The Serbian forward instantly rediscovered his scoring touch for Eintracht Frankfurt after a miserable stay at Real Madrid on the same night the captain David Abraham bade farewellIt felt like not just a goal but a release, a way of making a longed-for…

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Bayern fall to old nemesis as Neuhaus caps glorious Gladbach comeback | Andy Brassell

The serial Bundesliga champions were two goals up and strolling before they were taken apart by Marco Rose’s team Few would have blamed Marco Rose for being self-congratulatory or even a bit smug. That is not really the Borussia Mönchengladbach coach’s…

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Bayern fall to old nemesis as Neuhaus caps glorious Gladbach comeback | Andy Brassell

The serial Bundesliga champions were two goals up and strolling before they were taken apart by Marco Rose’s team Few would have blamed Marco Rose for being self-congratulatory or even a bit smug. That is not really the Borussia Mönchengladbach coach’s…

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Union Berlin have a plan – and it is taking them to giddy new heights | Andy Brassell

Fans are the lifeblood of the Bundesliga upstarts but in their absence a clear philosophy is fuelling their rapid riseAs Köpenick residents wiped the sleep from their eyes on Sunday morning, it might have taken a minute to take in that yes, it really w…