Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | ePaper

Embattled Bayern hunt Thiago replacement

  • Print
AFP, Germany :
Bayern Munich are struggling to fill the creative hole left by Thiago Alcantara's injury as they host AEK in the Champions League on Wednesday trying to secure a last 16 berth with trouble brewing for head coach Niko Kovac.
Bayern can reach the knockout stages if they beat the Greek champions AEK at Munich's Allianz Arena and Benfica lose at Ajax in the other Group E match.
However, Bayern have been struggling for creativity since Thiago tore ankle ligaments ten days ago and Joshua Kimmich, usually a right-back, has struggled to replace him in the central midfield role.
Kimmich lost 14 of his 16 challenges for the ball and several passes went astray in Saturday's lethargic 1-1 draw against Freiburg, which left Bayern third in the league table, four points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund.
Kovac has other central midfield options to replace Thiago against AEK in James Rodriguez, Renato Sanches or Leon Goretzka.
However, bigger problems are brewing off the pitch with pundits warning Kovac is in danger of losing his dressing room.
"The coach is measured by results and not everyone is behind Niko Kovac," ex-Bayern and Germany midfielder Lothar Matthaeus told Sky.
"That is dangerous."
German magazine Kicker on Monday claim senior players Thomas Mueller, Mats Hummels, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are all unhappy with Kovac's coachings style.

More News For this Category

Liverpool's Sturridge charged with breaching betting rules

AP, London :Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could be facing a ban from football after being charged on Monday with breaching rules on betting.England's Football Association said the alleged breaches took

Brazil's Tite calls up Rafinha, Augusto and Sandro for friendlies

Brazil's Tite calls up Rafinha, Augusto and Sandro for friendlies

AFP, Sao Paulo :Brazil coach Tite was forced into some late changes to the squad that will face Uruguay and Cameroon in friendlies in England after Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho and

Rooney excited for 'great moment' in England farewell

Rooney excited for 'great moment' in England farewell

Wayne Rooney says he is honoured to make a final appearance for England and happy for manager Gareth Southgate to decide his playing time Thursday against the United States.Former Manchester

A moment of the football match of the Asian Qualifiers of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament between Bangladesh Olympic Women's Football team and Nepal Women's Olympic Football team at Yangon in Myanmar on Tuesday. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.

A moment of the football match of the Asian Qualifiers of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament between Bangladesh Olympic Women's Football team and Nepal Women's Olympic Football team at Yangon in Myanmar on Tuesday. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Barcelona lose 4-3 to Betis despite 2 goals by Messi

AP, Barcelona :Lionel Messi scored twice on his return from a broken arm but Barcelona conceded four goals and was reduced to 10 men in a 4-3 home defeat to

Madrid 'very happy' with Solari : Butragueno

AFP, Madrid :Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno has said the club are delighted with Santiago Solari's spell in charge after the team posted their fourth consecutive win by beating Celta

New York City forward David Villa (7) movers the ball as Atlanta United defender Miles Robinson (12) defends during the first half of their MLS playoff soccer match in Atlanta on Sunday.

New York City forward David Villa (7) movers the ball as Atlanta United defender Miles Robinson (12) defends during the first half of their MLS playoff soccer match in Atlanta on Sunday.

Coe warns against boycott of Qatar world championships

AFP, Doha :Sebastian Coe said Sunday that sport should take precedence over politics and urged nations locked in a diplomatic dispute with Qatar not to boycott next year's world athletics

Players of Bangladesh Under-23 Football team during their practice session at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in the city's Kamalapur on Monday.

Players of Bangladesh Under-23 Football team during their practice session at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in the city's Kamalapur on Monday.

Forget the title, derby defeat leaves Man Utd fighting for top four

AFP, Manchester :Manchester United can forget trying to challenge Manchester City until they can even compete for a place in the Premier League top four, Jose Mourinho confessed as his