Tag Archives: Mario Gotze

Where Art Thou, Mario Götze?

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Beside the final outcomes, it’s almost impossible to draw any similarities between Bayern München’s successive exit from the semi-finals stage of the UEFA Champions League. A year ago, Pep Guardiola’s Bayern was under a lot of pressure for possessing too much of the ball without penetrating the eventual champions Real Madrid, and conceding too much space at the back for Cristiano […]

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Ten-man Shakhtar knocked for seven by clinical Bayern

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It had started out as a potentially tricky encounter against an unpredictable banana skin, and ended with a gentle breeze. Up against ten men following the fastest dismissal in the history of the Champions’ League, FC Bayern showed their professional poise in seeing off Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk to claim a place in the quarter-finals. Coach Pep Guardiola made three […]

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Workmanlike, with a touch of style: Bayern see off Braunschweig’s big black bus

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FC Bayern continued their steady progress towards a third successive DFB-Pokal with a straightforward two-goal Pflichtsieg over second division Eintracht Braunschweig at the Allianz Arena. While the overall display against a highly defensive opponent provided plenty of missed opportunities and occasionally ventured into tedium, the two goals were right out of the top drawer. Coach Pep Guardiola made a couple […]

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Clinical Bayern find their mojo as they dismember hapless Hamburg

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A 4-1 thrashing in Wolfsburg. A scrappy 1-1 draw with ten men at home to Schalke. A laboured 2-0 win at struggling Stuttgart. Things had not started well for FC Bayern after the winter break, and already there were a few rumblings among commentators, critics and supporters. Four weeks into the Rückrunde the real Bayern suddenly made a reappearance, with […]

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Clinical Bayern dispatch toothless CSKA at the Allianz

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With their position atop the group and the according place in the knockout stages already assured, FC Bayern saw out the final match of their group campaign with a clinically professional, if not necessarily spectacular, display against a robust but ultimately toothless CSKA Moscow. Coach Pep Guardiola made five changes to the side that downed Bayer Leverkusen over the weekend: […]

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Ribéry notches up 100th goal as Bayern see off lively Leverkusen

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Having laboured to a single-goal win over Hertha BSC the week before FC Bayern München would be pitted in the late Saturday afternoon Spitzenspiel against third-placed Bayer Leverkusen, and would once again claim all three points with relative ease – though there would be more than the odd scare to keep Pep Guardiola’s side on their toes. The Bayern coach […]

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Robben’s Rocket keeps Bayern ticking in chilly Berlin

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After the mid-week defeat to Manchester City – their first since the pre-season Super Cup in August – FC Bayern returned to Bundesliga action where next year’s Champions’ League final will be held: the Olympiastadion in Berlin. Although struggling for form in the bottom half of the table, home side Hertha BSC offered enough resistance to ensure that Pep Guardiola’s […]

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“Fussballgott” Schweinsteiger returns as Bayern hammer Hoffenheim

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After a frustrating week that had started with the injury to skipper Philipp Lahm, things would end on a bright note for FC Bayern against high-flying TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, with Bastian Schweinsteiger coming off the bench to warm the soul of every fan of Die Roten everywhere. It would be yet another comfortable victory, and one that would once again […]

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