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Football: Colon Torgala leaves the Bayern coach cold

Ahead of Bayern’s first home game of the year, Nagelsmann seemed unimpressed by his rival’s seven-goal fest last weekend. “The seven goals do more for Cologne than they do for us. Cologne will not be less confident now,” said the coach before the next match at the Allianz Arena.

The Cologne side kicked off the new year with a furious goal party against Werder Bremen and contributed a lot to making their weekend of 41 goals the highest-scoring run in 21 years, according to data service provider Opta. Coach Stephen Baumgart warned against dealing with the result “objectively” and recalled the starting position before the duel with the record champions. “Some want to become professors, others want to stay in the classroom,” he stressed.

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Linton Maina started the avalanche of Cologne’s goal against Werder Bremen

Despite this, Baumgart demanded that his team look confident. “We also want to play football of our kind in Munich. We want to act boldly as in other games and not stay in a way in Munich. A good performance can also lead to a good result,” Baumgart explained. Florian Keenz will attack the left flank again, and it depends what If Dejan Ljubicic will be in the starting line-up this time on the injury of Elias Skhiri.

Nagelsmann expects an increase

Bayern coach also expects a bold performance from the opponent. “They play with courage, often with their masks open. We have to bring emotion to the pitch and defend ourselves,” said Nagelsmann. He is hoping for a better attacking performance from his side than in Friday’s 1-1 draw with RB Leipzig. Age 35 The preparations were not perfect against the cup winners and the team lacked rhythm.

The Bayern boss has left it open as to whether veteran Thomas Müller will be in the starting line-up this time around. “It’s always about evaluating training and game performance, including momentum,” said Nagelsmann. The Mueller issue has not yet been decided. On the one hand, it seems certain: it is likely that the Austrian Marcel Sabitzer will only find a place on the bench again.

Werner before returning to RB at the start of the eleventh season

Leipzig opened the English week two hours earlier with a guest appearance for bottom side Schalke 04. After his brief appearance against Bayern Munich, Timo Werner was poised to return to the starting line-up, as ÖFB duo Konrad Leimer and Xaver Schlager continue to drive in midfield should they strengthen.

Werner tore his syndactyly ligament on November 2 and missed the World Cup. In the match against Munich, I saw in the first half that the team without Werner and Christopher Nkunku, who was also injured, lacked pace in the transitional match, said coach Marco Rose.

After a festive 6-0 performance against Freiburg, Wolfsburg want to catch up with Group A by beating Hertha Berlin. Patrick Wimmer, who was substituted against Freiburg in the 78th minute, has not suffered a concussion and should be ready to play. In Hoffenheim’s (Christoph Baumgartner) duel against Stuttgart, important points for survival in the league are at stake.

Bundesliga, round 17

Tuesday 24 January:
Schalke Leipzig 6.30 pm
Bavaria Cologne 8.30 pm
Hoffenheim Stuttgart 8.30 pm
Hertha Berlin Wolfsburg 8.30 pm
Wednesday. 25 January:
Mainz Dortmund 6.30 pm
Leverkusen Bochum 8.30 pm
Freiburg Frankfurt 8.30 pm
Augsburg Mönchengladbach 8.30 pm
Bremen Union Berlin 8.30 pm


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