Bayern Munich are blazing a new trail, in a way.
Having accomplished an unprecedented European treble last season, they’ve already stepped into rare stomping grounds. Now, they’ll have to attempt to defend their titles under the command of a new manager.
With world-renowned manager Pep Guardiola now at the helm, captain Philipp Lahm believes things will be quite different than they were during last season’s success.
“He is very communicative” said Lahm of Guardiola. “He wants us to learn and understand his system quickly. You can see that there will be many changes.”
Lahm and others, such as Franck Ribery and Thomas Mueller were overly impressed with Guardiola’s German – he’s only been speaking the language for six months.
The Spaniard has made a good first impression on the club, but now it’s time for them to mold to his new styles and priorities.
“Just as if someone at a company gets a new boss, suddenly new values are set on new things” said Lahm. “It is too early to analyze this, but the players are attentive and observant. We have a long time to prepare and get used to each other, so I am not worried.”
Guardiola will man the touchline for the first time with Bayern on July 8 in a friendly with Italian second-tier side Brescia. His first competative action will be in the German Super Cup July 27 against heated rivals and Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.