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Boateng slams ‘sad’ Bayern Munich decision over fine for visiting sick son

Jerome Boateng has labelled Bayern Munich's decision to fine him for visiting his sick son during coronavirus quarantine as 'sad'.

The German defender broke government rules by leaving Munich to take the four-hour trip to see son Jermar, 4, in a hospital in Leipzig.

Bayern were alerted to Boateng's decision when the 31-year-old crashed his Mercedes on the journey back.

Boateng was said to have been caught in a hailstorm, which led to his car skidding off the motorway and into a crash barrier, causing £22,000 worth of damage to his vehicle.

Bayern issued a fine to Boateng as they ruled he had "transgressed the guidelines issued by the club by being too far away from his home."

The centre-back – who escaped the crash unscathed – has since responded by accepting his fine, but justified his actions with a swipe at the club.

"I know that it was certainly a mistake not to inform the club about my trip, but in the moment I only had my son in mind,” Boateng told German newspaper Bild.

“He was not in good health. When a son calls his father, of course I will still go, no matter what time.

“For him I accept any punishment; after all, he is my son.

“I want to see the father who does not go in such a moment to be with his four-year-old son. If there is a punishment for it, then I respect it. I find it sad."

Boateng's gripe with Bayern could have ramifications for the future, given his links with a transfer to the Premier League.

Arsenal and Chelsea have both reportedly made enquiries regarding Boateng in recent months.

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Top Bundesliga sides pledge funds to lower-league German clubs due to financial impact of coronavirus

The Bundesliga’s Champions League clubs have pledged €20 million (£18.3m) to support fellow German teams during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen will forego their share of the national media revenue and donate the remainder from their own money, the clubs have announced.

The aim is to provide financial support to teams in the Bundesliga and the second division, with the Deutsche Fussball Liga (DFL) to decide how the funds will be distributed.

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The news follows moves by Bayern, Dortmund and Borussia Monchengladbach to support their non-playing staff.

Bayern’s players and directors will take a 20 per cent pay cut until football resumes in order to save the jobs of staff holding administrative positions at the club.

The agreement was made after a meeting between senior figures in the club’s hierarchy and captain Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski among others.

Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka have also donated a combined €2m to help support medics and clinics in the fight against the pandemic.

Borussia Dortmund players have also taken voluntary wage cuts, and coaching staff at the club have also accepted deductions from their wages.

Meanwhile, Borussia Monchengladbach announced last week that their players and directors had taken pay cuts after a DFL executive warned that “tens of thousands of jobs” were at stake.

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Bayern Munich dealt Lewandowski injury blow with striker out until April

Bayern Munich's hopes of another Bundesliga title have been dealt a blow, with Robert Lewandowski set to be out until April.

The Polish striker, who has scored a remarkable 39 goals in 33 games for the German champions this term, produced a magnificent individual performance as Bayern put Chelsea to the sword in the Champions League.

Lewandowski scored the third and assisted both of Serge Gnabry's goals as Bayern ran out 3-0 winners at Stamford Bridge, as Hansi Flick's men all but secured their spot in the quarter-finals.

However, Lewandowski, 31, underwent tests back in Bavaria with the club's chief medical officer Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt after Bayern's return to Germany on Wednesday.

Those examinations have confirmed that Lewandowski suffered "a fracture of the tibia at his left knee joint."

A statement from Bayern confirmed: "After 10 days of being immobilised in plaster, build-up training will begin. The total downtime will be around four weeks."

Chelsea head to the Allianz Arena on March 10, and their meagre chances of a miraculous comeback will undoubtedly be boosted by the absence of Lewandowski, who has scored 11 Champions League goals already this term.

However, the biggest worry for Bayern is on the domestic front, amid their Bundesliga title battle.

Die Roten currently have 49 points from their 23 games thus far, but find RB Leipzig just one point behind, with Borussia Dortmund a further three points back on 45 points.

Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen – who have won their last three straight – are six points behind the league leaders.

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Bayern Munich boss mocks Arsenal over Serge Gnabry transfer decision after Chelsea brace

Bayern Munich boss Hans-Dieter Flick always knew that Serge Gnabry was destined for greatness even during his early years at Arsenal. Gnabry spent four years at the Gunners’ senior squad after coming through the youth ranks but only managed 18 appearances in north London.

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Bayern Munich boss Hans-Dieter Flick

The winger then underwent an unsuccessful loan stint at West Brom and was sold to Werder Bremen a year later in 2016 where he turned a corner on his career.

The 24-year-old put together a number of impressive performances at the Weserstadion and joined Bayern in 2017 where he has gone from strength to strength.

The Germany international has scored a total of 17 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions this season and has shown great form in the Champions League.

After netting a whopping four goals against Tottenham in north London last October during the group stage the German also laid waste on Arsenal’s other London rivals Chelsea on Tuesday.

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The forward scored a brace against Frank Lampard’s Blues and led the German champions to a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge, which gives his team a major advantage ahead of the return fixture at the Allianz Arena.

Flick is not surprised with Gnabry’s rise to prominence as he has been following his career ever since braking in to Arsenal’s senior squad.

The Bayern boss knew he was going to be a great player and is pleased that he left the north Londoners for the Bavarians.

Flick said after the game against Chelsea: “No I’m happy. I have known him quite a long time.

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“I saw how he played at Arsenal and I was intensive on following his career.

“You could tell on what he could do. Playing in Germany he is playing really well.

“He is developing and has got very good skills. I am pleased he is in Germany with us.”

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Wenger was full of praise following the German’s impressive performance against Chelsea and pointed out that even though he didn’t show enough at the Emirates he still wanted to keep him.

The ex-Arsenal boss said: “He has no real limitations it’s more how much does he want to suffer.

“Because he has pace, power, technical ability, he’s very intelligent, sometimes he looks for the easy way in football. That’s what was his problem. He lacked a bit.

“I gave him to West Brom, it didn’t work out at all. In fairness I think we had an agreement with him but Bayern stole him away from Werder Bremen.

“He’s a good player. He has individual ability and collective ability. We had an agreement with him but because he didn’t play at West Brom I let him go with the U21s in the summer with the German national team and he did very well of course.

“We had prepared him for us to sign his new contract but then suddenly he wanted to go to Werder Bremen. But it was not Werder Bremen that bought him it was Munich that bought him. Because six months or less than one year later he moved from Bremen to Bayern but it was a done deal before.

“He was at the end of his contract and we thought that he would stay because he told he would stay.”

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Alphonso Davies epitomises Bayern Munich evolution with dominant display against Chelsea

The game is changing and Alphonso Davies epitomises the way in which Bayern Munich have rapidly evolved since the departure of Niko Kovac. The Canadian youngster is thriving from left-back, rather than at left-back, under Hans-Dieter Flick and Chelsea were the latest side to feel the force of the youngster in a dominant 3-0 win for the Bundesliga champions, which sees them all  but through to the Champions League quarter-finals.

The 19-year-old ensures Bayern’s asymmetrical shape works perfectly, even if it takes a few minutes to decipher where all the pieces fit on the pitch. In essence he is a positionless player, able to roam free and wreak havoc. Except he doesn’t neglect his defensive duties like many luxury players, his searing pace allows him to stretch the pitch and always recover. 

Mason Mount discovered just how quickly your window of opportunity closes when up against Davies. The England midfielder had quickly left his mark on his opponent with a nasty challenge on his ankle, yet Davies quickly removed the grimace from his face and began to own the left flank, denying Mount any joy on the night.

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Davies extinguished a first-half opening as Mount raced through on goal. First to stagger Mount’s progress towards goal after catching him easily, then imposing his strength to shield the ball away from his opponent and allow his side to reset from a goal kick to the glee of the travelling supporters in the Shed End.

A gifted dribbler, the former Vancouver Whitecap starlet is equally adept at punching the ball down field and collecting it on the other side. The one-two routinely undid Frank Lampard’s side throughout Wednesday’s night’s lesson at the hands of the Bavarians. 

Initially part of a back four, Flick’s side routinely sent Davies into Chelsea‘s half, even occupying a position beyond right winger Kingsley Coman. Benjamin Pavard tucked inside to form a back three, but the Frenchman is not neglected and is more adventurous than, say, Eric Abidal, who balanced Barcelona’s back line for years when Dani Alves stormed forward.

Davies was roommates with Chelsea youngster Fikayo Tomori during their time in the Canadian youth set-up and has made great strides since making the leap to the Bundesliga just over a year ago for £9 million.

A goal and six assists this term in 23 appearances across the Bundesliga and Champions  League have seen Bayern quickly adopt part of what has made Liverpool so formidable in recent years. The Germans of course saw first hand how effective players capable of dominating a game from full-back can be: Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold were so prominent in last season’s comprehensive beating handed out at the Allianz Arena in the second leg of their last 16 tie a year ago. So it is no surprise to see Bayern evolve.

There is still an element of Pep Guardiola’s revolution in Munich, it is their Plan A, short passes with the ball moved at pace. Yet now Bayern are more versatile and Davies has emerged as a key cog to that.

Teammate David Alaba’s development over the years also shows how mastering one position is not the ceiling for a player anymore. The Austrian has not only proven to be efficient in midfield, but also at centre-back. But for now Davies will continue to maraud down the left, stamping his authority all over games and thrilling those who watch.

Serge Gnabry’s double had put Bayern in command, but Davies ensured the tie was dead and buried with his late foray. First Jorginho and Mount bounced off him, before gliding past Andrea Christensen and neatly laying the ball on a plate for Robert Lewandowski. The future has well and truly arrived.

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