After being allowed to feature for just 17 minutes in Bayern Munich’s 2-0 win over Werder Bremen on Saturday, German striker Thomas Muller has hit out at Coach Carlo Ancelotti, moaning “I don’t know exactly which qualities the coach wants to see.”
The Bavarians entered into the second game of the season in a tricky encounter against Bremen but Muller was obviously left out of the starting eleven sparking some reservation from the 27-year-old.
While the former Milan and Real Madrid gaffer saw a return of four of his last-season regulars from injuries with captain and goalkeeper Manuer Neuer leading the pile, Muller was left out.4
The Italian tactician preferred the choice of fellow injury returnee Thiago Alcantra ahead of Muller who played well after coming from the bench.
But Muller who has spent his entire youth and professional career at Allianz Arena felt under-utilized by Ancelotti whose side were fired to a a win courtesy of Robert Lewandowski’s quickfire second-half brace.
Muller was on fire a season before Ancelotti took over from Pep Guardiola on Bayern bench scoring 20 goals in as many Bundesliga games in which he was involved.
However, the Weilhem in Oberbayern-born winger, who turns 28 next month saw his form dipped in Ancelotti’s debut season In charge of the Bundesliga champions, hitting the net only five times.
Muller was introduced as a substitute with 17 minutes to go and was directly involved in Lewandowski’s second goals, setting up the Poland international.
“I don’t know exactly which qualities the coach wants to see,” Muller told ARD. “But mine seem not to be 100 per cent in demand.”
Bayern’s new sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has jumped to the defense of the under-fulfilled Muller after his comments.
Salihamidzic’s reassuring comments came after Muller had said he did not know what Ancelotti was looking for in a player that he could not find in him.
The former Bayern and Bosnia defender quickly made the comments to reassure Muller that he still has a number of games in which he would player for Bayern this season.
“We have many games this season and know what we have in Thomas,” Salihamidzic told Sky Germany.
Muller is being chased by the Premier league pair of Chelsea and Liverpool and his recent comments would only alert the duo to prepare themselves in the event Muller hands a transfer request to Bayern before the close of the summer transfer window on Wednesday.
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This Lebanese supporter can hardly say the opposite. The latter, an unconditional fan of the Madrid striker, has indeed made the crazy decision to get a tattoo number 7 and the name of Ronaldo behind him, as if it were a jersey Real Madrid. An incredible decision that is currently buzzing on social networks. See instead.
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Robinho : Brazil striker given nine-year term in Italy for rape
Former AC Milan and Real Madrid striker Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison in Italy after he was convicted of gang rape, according to local media reports Thursday.
Robinho was found guilty in absentia by an Italian court for sexually assaulting a 22-year-old Albanian woman
The alleged incident occurred in January 2013, when the Brazilian was playing for Milan in Serie A.
He was found guilty in absentia by an Italian court for raping a 22-year-old Albanian woman.
Five of the player’s friends were accused of the same crime. One of the accused was also given a nine-year prison sentence while the trial of the four others has been suspended because they are on the run.
According to Milan daily Corriere della Sera, Robinho and his acquaintances made the young woman drink « to the point of making her unconscious and unable to resist ».
They were then said to have engaged in « sexual intercourse multiple times in a row » with her.
The court in Milan also ordered those found guilty to pay the victim 60,000 euros ($71,000).
Robinho, who is currently playing for Atletico Mineiro in Brazil, posted messages on his Instagram and Facebook profiles protesting his innocence and his lawyer said an appeal against the verdict had been launched.
« We have already said that he has defended himself against these accusations and stated that he played no role in this incident, » the statement said.
« All legal measures have already been taken. »
The sentence is suspended while appeals take place.
It is not the first time the player has faced allegations of sexual misconduct.
He was questioned by British police in 2009 after a woman accused him of assault at a nightclub in Leeds, northern England while he was playing for Manchester City. He was eventually released without charge.
The 33-year-old won 100 international caps for Brazil and played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.
He was one of the first big-money signings at Manchester City, joining for 32.5 million pounds on the day the English Premier League club was taken over by the Abu Dhabi United Group.
Inter-Milan back for long-term target Godfred Donsah
Inter-Milan have revived their interest in Ghana international Godfred Donsah.
The Italian giants are ready to trigger the release clause of the midfielder in the January transfer window.
Bologna refused to release the 21-year-old in the summer transfer window but could be tempted to allow the player make a switch following the persistent interest from the Nerazzurri.
AS Roma and Juventus are also in pursuit for the former Ghana U20 ace but Inter looks the most favorite to land a deal with the talent.
Joined Bologna on a four-year deal from fellow Serie A Club Cagliari in 2015, the player has since grown to become an important figure in the Bologna team.
Inter-Milan will be expected not to pay less than £4.5m before luring the midfielder from Bologna.
Talks between the two sides (Inter-Milan and Bologna) is said to be in progress hence a deal could be struck in the coming weeks.
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