Bayern Munich have been managing Thomas Muller’s minutes given their Champions League commitments. Against Union Berlin, they rested him and had to settle for a draw. Against Stuttgart, they substituted him and suffered a late equaliser. Julian Nagelsmann has the best squad in the Bundesliga so rotation makes sense but it is fascinating that Muller’s absence is still felt. Without him, runs are made either too late or too early. Those half-spaces where he does his best work are often left vacant.
As Muller turns 33, that is some achievement at one of the world’s biggest clubs. Twelve years have passed since Louis van Gaal shared his famous selection maxim that ‘Muller always plays’ and, in the very biggest of games at least, that remains true. Jurgen Klinsmann has tracked the journey longer than that. He gave him his Bayern debut in 2008. He said Thomas Muller is a very, very special player when asked to sum up a man who has made over 600 more appearances for the club since that first one. (more…)
Tottenham signing Jurgen Klinsmann pictured reading The Times newspaper shortly after joining the club in 1994. London, England. Jurgen Klinsmann only spent one season at Tottenham after signing from Monaco in the summer of 1994 – but it’s a season few fans will ever forget. Klinsmann was already 30 when he moved to White Hart Lane, but make no mistake about it, he was a huge signing for both Spurs and the Premier League. Thirty goals followed in his debut season in north London, and though he departed at the end of it, his success had a genuinely seismic effect on English football. He was a true superstar. And an absolute bargain.
In 1994, Tottenham Hotspur were struggling. Alan Sugar’s appointment of club legend Ossie Ardiles as manager was proving disastrous, the club had been in and out of the courts over off-the-pitch affairs, and the team had ended the 1993-94 season just three points above the relegation zone. Thanks to Sugar’s millions and the new Premier League riches, they had the money – and the attraction of living in London gave Spurs a huge pull-factor. (more…)
German football legend JurgenKlinsmann signed for Inter Milan in 1989 shortly after losing the UEFA Cup final with VfB Stuttgart. He was part of the Stuttgart side beaten by a Diego Maradona-inspired Napoli team over two legs. Napoli won 5-4 on aggregate at the end of the UEFA Cup final to win the competition.
JurgenKlinsmann joined national teammates LotharMatthausand AndreasBrehme at Inter Milan. In his first season with the Nerazzuri, Klinsmann scored 13 league goals despite the fact that manager Giovanni Trapattoni was heavily defensiveminded. Inter Milan finished third on the league table in his first season at the club. JurgenKlinsmann was one of the most popular foreign players in Italian football during his time in Milan as he could speak Italian. He was an exciting character for the fans due to his language skills and appearance. (more…)
There’s not much Jurgen Klinsmann didn’t achieve during an illustrious career across Europe and with the Germany national team. The former striker was deadly in front of goal and had a pretty good sense of humour too, so it’s easy to see why he was popular with teammates and fans alike.
His playing career took him from Stuttgart, to Inter Milan, Monaco, Tottenham, Bayern Munich and Sampdoria. But he first received international renown for winning the World Cup in 1990 with Germany, scoring three times along the way. He had just moved from Stuttgart to Inter Milan, but really announced himself on the world stage with a fine run at Italia 90. (more…)
At a crucial time of the season when English Premier League club Chelsea need all of their attacking players to hit top form and continue finding the back of the net, it has not really been the case and the Blues have suffered as a result. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has a crop of attacking talents at his disposal including the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Callum-Hudson Odoi, Hakim Ziyech, Romelu Lukaku, and Christian Pulisic but even though they all appear as exciting attacking options on paper, they have not been giving enough output as they should on the pitch. This has cause Chelsea a lot of problems and some people have handpicked the players they want to blame in the team.
Lukaku has partly taken a portion of the blame for his poor run of form this season because he has been starting games on a steady basis. He is also a club-record signing after re-joining the Stamford Bridge outfit from Inter Milan last summer for a huge sum of £97 million. After impressing fans and the club following his first few games of the season that saw him score a handful of goals, he has been struggling to hit the target recently and it has continued to cost the team and make them lose precious points. (more…)
German football legend JurgenKlinsmann has explained the struggles at Juventus under Maximiliano Allegri this season. JurgenKlinsmann was asked to explain theinconsistent form shown by the Old Lady especially in the Italian Serie A while he was on popular American media outlet ESPN earlier this month.
JurgenKlinsmann said that Juventus won a lot of matches onthe domestic front via the counterattack style. According to the former Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munichstriker, the Old Lady have relied oncounterattacks in the course of their history. Klinsmann also talked about Juventus legend Andrea Pirlo who was sacked as manager of the Italian Serie A club after one season. He said that the Juventus management didn’t give their former midfielder time in the process of trying to implement a more progressive style at the club. Under Pirlo, Juventus won both the Italian Super Cup and the Coppa Italia titles, but they were unable to defend their league title as they managed to finish in fourth spot and qualify for Champions League football ahead of Napoli. Senior Juventus officials made the decision to sackPirlo and appoint Allegri for his second managerial spell at the club. (more…)
German football icon Jurgen Klinsmann has backed the World Cup proposal being pushed by Arsene Wenger and other FIFA officials. JurgenKlinsmann revealed his decision to back the new World Cup proposal in a recent interview as monitored by English media portal Daily Mirror.
The new World Cup proposal is under review and has not been approved. The new proposal will see the World Cup tournament being moved from a four-year interval tournament to a two-year interval tournament and it has divided opinions amongst football stakeholders. (more…)
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has continued to earn some deserved praise for his exploits with the Blues since taking over the club from last season. Tuchel was appointed by Chelsea’s Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovic after Frank Lampard was relieved of his duties following a series of poor performances and results. One of the most interesting scenarios of the whole story was the fact that the same squad that Lampard declared not ready to challenge for titles is the same squad that Tuchel used to win both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup titles before the end of last season and before the beginning of the current campaign.
Lampard was responsible for the signing of Timo Werner from German Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen, Thiago Silva from Paris Saint-Germain, Ben Chilwell from Leicester City, Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, and Edouard Mendy from Rennes two summers ago but despite all of the players costing in excess of £200 million, he was not able to get the most out of his big-money signings. (more…)
The countdown to the match between Germany and England is still o as both countries are set to lock horns on Tuesday in their Euros 2020 fixture. A lot of people have already started making their predictions as preparations continue to go ahead before the match kicks off on Tuesday evening. To a lot of people, Germany are supposed to be the outright winners judging by the quality. The two countries have in their respective squads but with football becoming even more unpredictable by the day, the final verdict is that anything can happen.
There have already been a couple of shocking outcomes and results in the tournament, with Spain surviving a scare against Croatia, while Switzerland shocked World Champions France on Monday night to knock the French side out of the tournament and proceed to the next round. Current Euros holders Portugal were also sent home by Belgium on Sunday evening and with the quarter-final of the tournament already taking shape, England’s game against Germany is the next big fixture to look forward to. (more…)
Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has had a mixed career since signing for English Premier League club Chelsea some months ago. The United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) star has not enjoyed a full season without having to suffer several injury issues and also without fighting for his place in the team. After being spotted by former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri dusting the attacker’s time at German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, the Italian manager saw some qualities in the winger that made him secure his signing.
He then moved to Stamford Bridge after spending the last year of his Dortmund career as a loan spell according to the agreement between the Black and Yellow and the Blues. Upon his arrival at Chelsea, he was destined for great things and was also said to be the direct replacement of Eden Hazard who already sealed his bigmoney move to Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid. (more…)