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Alphonso Davies gave an insight into his soul life and talked about self-doubt in the early days of his career. Giovane Elber sees his ex-club as a clear disadvantage in the race for the Champions League title. Thomas Müller compares the methods of trainer Hansi Flick with those of Pep Guardiola. All news and rumors about FC Bayern can be found here.

FC Bayern: Alphonso Davies talks about self-doubt

Alphonso Davies contributed in a self-written article The Players Tribune Gave insights into his soul life and talked about self-doubt at the beginning of his career. “When I switched to the Vancouver Whitecaps, at 14, I was a nerve-wracking wreck,” said Davies: “I was a very shy guy and didn’t really say much.” It was only during the third trial training that he managed to recommend himself for the whitecaps.

The doubts of not being good enough for the respective team would have accompanied him for a long time. In the U16, U18, and especially in the second team. “That was when I really crashed into a wall,” recalled the Canadian. “Suddenly I was playing with the big boys.” In the first few weeks he had enormous problems: “I couldn’t keep up, I wasn’t strong enough, I didn’t think fast enough.”

FC Bayern: Elber sees “clear disadvantage” for FCB in CL

Former FCB striker Giovane Elber considers Bayern’s long break with regard to the upcoming Champions League tournament in Lisbon (from August 12) problematic. This is “a clear disadvantage,” said the brand ambassador of the German record champion Passauer Neue Press. “The players were on vacation, switched off and now have to go from zero to one hundred again.”

Nevertheless, Elber thinks “that Hansi Flick will do it well. It worked very well even after the Corona break”. The 48-year-old Brazilian considers the third title of the season and thus the second triple in the club’s history to be feasible: “That is the goal. But everything has to fit.”

After a 3-0 first-leg win in the round of 16 at Chelsea, Elber firmly expects to reach the quarter-finals, but warns against the changed game mode at the final tournament: “Then you have Barcelona or Naples, then a game decides. If you lose, you fly immediately home.”

Bayern: Müller compares Flick with Guardiola

Thomas Müller sees with his current coach Hansi Flick some parallels to a prominent former Bayern Munich coach. “Our game was last regulated under Pep Guardiola,” the 30-year-old said Süddeutsche Zeitung about the tactical guidelines of Flick: “Although each player was allowed to add an individual grade to his position due to his preferences, strengths and weaknesses, this position always had a clear task.”

For the upcoming CL final tournament of the Champions League, Müller does not see the record champions at a disadvantage due to his long break. “After the corona break, we saw for ourselves how quickly hard work pays off,” said the offensive player. After the compulsory break at that time, the Munich team won all nine outstanding Bundesliga games and the cup final against Bayer Leverkusen.

David Alaba and Thiago also played a key role in this. Müller found a possible departure of the two top performers “extremely bitter. Both give the team a lot, especially in this constellation, with this coach and this style of play,” said the best preparer of the past Bundesliga season.

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FC Bayern wins friendly against Marseille

Yesterday, Friday, FC Bayern won their only friendly game before the Champions League continued. The top scorer of the day was Serge Gnabry. Center-back Niklas Süle also made his long-awaited comeback on the pitch.

Lineups of the two teams

FC Bayern: Neuer (61., Ulreich) – Kimmich (61., Odriozola), Boateng (61., Süle), Alaba (46., Hernandez), Davies (61., Arrey-Mbi) – Goretzka (46., Tolisso), Thiago (61st, Martinez) – Gnabry (61st, Cuisance), Müller (46th, Coutinho), Perisic (46th, Coman) – Lewandowski (72nd, Zirkzee).

Olympique Marseille: Mandanda – Sarr (46., Sakai), Alvaro (89., Perrin), Caleta-Car (64., Balerdi), Amavi (79., Gueye) – Kamara (79., Lopez) – Rongier (61., Strootman ), Sanson (79., Khaoui) – Thauvin (61., Ake), Benedetto (61., Germain), Payet (61., Radonjic).

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