Bayern Munich star Serge Gnabry has identified Gini Wijnaldum as a key player for the Bavarian giants to neutralise ahead of the first leg of their Champions League clash at Anfield.
The two sides will be meeting in knockout European competition for the first time in nearly forty years, with this being one of the marquee ties of the Round of 16 (along with PSG Man Utd) when it was originally made. Bayern went unbeaten through the league stages, but will start underdogs against Liverpool, who are currently top of the league in England.
Gnabry said that Wijnaldum “was everywhere” when he watched Liverpool’s matches, and added that the Dutch international “works in the background” and “has a large impact” on the Reds’ game.
A new era of sorts was ushered in Leipzig, with Germany’s youngsters helping Die Mannschaft get a rare win this year as they saw off Russia 3:0 in Leipzig. Yes, the Russian team was an experimental one, but there was enough on offer to show that Joachim Low’s side could return to the top once again.
Low started with a 3-4-3, with the troika of Leroy Sane, Timo Werner (on his homeground) and Serge Gnabry upfront. Werner, who has already made Kicker’s Team of the Week thrice this season, including one two weeks ago in MD10, was the only one not to score, with Sane and Gnabry both netting for the home side. Sandwiched between the two goals was one for Niklas Sule, meaning that all three of Germany’s goals came before half time.
Here is the Bundesliga Team of the Week for Game Week 11, as revealed by Kicker.
Six of the nine home teams won their clashes in Round 11- the biggest result of course being Dortmund’s 3-2 win over Bayern that has seen Favre’s men open a seven point lead over the Bavarians. BVB have two representatives in the team of the week (Axel Witsel and Marco Reus). Leipzig, who won 3-0 at home against Leverkusen, have three players in this TOTW in the form of Dayot Upamecano, Lukas Klostermann and Yussuf Poulsen.
Reus and Luka Jovic are making their fourth TOTW appearance, while the likes of Plea, who became the first player to score an away hat trick in the Bundesliga in nearly a year, Witsel, Esser and Poulsen are on 2 appearances. Everyone else named in this Team of the Week is making their maiden appearance.
Poulsen has already scored 6 goals for Leipzig this season after 11 Game Weeks, surpassing his previous all season best of 5.
Veteran manager Jupp Heynckes has moved to quell rumours that he is likely to become Carlo Ancelotti’s sucessor at Bayern.
Heynckes, has been sounded out by the Bayern board and Uli Hoeness according to Bild, who are generally reliable when it comes to news regarding the Bavarian outfit, but the 72 year old hasn’t given his nod yet- quoting his age and the changes in world football since his last Bayern stint (back in 2013)
Other candidates to be linked with the Bayern job include Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann, although the latter is thought to be a serious candidate for 2018-19, making Ancelotti’s successor more of a caretaker for the current 2017/18 season.