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Five-star Bayern Munich handles Eintracht Frankfurt

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Bayern Munich’s attack looks ready for Tuesday’s Der Klassiker, but its defense was wobbly in a 5-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

Alphonso Davies and Thomas Muller had a goal and an assist each, with Robert Lewandowski and Leon Goretzka also scoring as Bayern restored its four-point advantage over derby rivals Borussia Dortmund.

Martin Hinteregger scored twice off Sebastian Rode assists in the second half to bring the deficit from 3-0 to 3-2 but also scored a late own goal as Eintracht leaves Munich in 13th with 28 points.

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Muller now has 11 goals and 19 assists across all competitions this season, 17 of those assists enough to lead the Bundesliga. Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho collected his 16th earlier Saturday.

Lewandowski’s goal is his league-best 27th after scoring against Union Berlin last week. He has 41 in all competitions.

The win was revenge for Eintracht’s 5-1 defeat of 10-man Bayern in Frankfurt on Nov. 2, which cost Niko Kovac his job.

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Bayern Munich had all of the ball and was often deep in the Eintracht third, and its best chance came when Benjamin Pavard headed at goalkeeper Kevin Trapp in the 14th minute.

The breakthrough was coming, and Thomas Muller’s cross fell for Goretzka at the penalty spot for a solid side-footed finish.

Muller made it 2-0 when he settled a bounding Alphonso Davies cross and calmly passed the bouncing ball into the goal with his left foot.

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Eintracht brought on U.S. international Timothy Chandler at halftime, and he was promptly involved in Bayern’s third goal. Chandler, like many, couldn’t keep up with Robert Lewandowski in the race to Kingsley Coman’s cross.

A crack in the armor showed itself in the 52nd minute, as Austrian international Hinteregger took a loose ball off the turf and bounced it past Manuel Neuer.

Hinteregger made it 3-2 within three minutes, outleaping Robert Lewandowski to turn a free kick inside the far post.

Davies restored order when his press on the left led to a loose ball, and the Canadian beat Chandler to it to lash past Trapp.

Neuer made a fine save to keep it 4-2 moments later, as Hansi Flick will be questioning his defense ahead of Tuesday’s massive match.

An endangered Hinteregger couldn’t do much will his own goal to make it 5-2.

Filip Kostic rattled the woodwork for Eintracht in the 84th minute, another warning sign for Bayern.

Davies shines as Real Madrid reportedly pursues (video)

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Bayern Munich is cruising past Eintracht Frankfurt in Week 27 with Canadian import Alphonso Davies shining again for the Bundesliga leaders

The 19-year-old left back crossed from Thomas Muller’s goal to make it 2-0 at the Allianz Arena, the assist standing as his seventh in all competitions and fifth in the Bundesliga.

He later scored his third goal of the season after Eintracht had pulled the score line to 3-2 with dogged pursuit of the ball.

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Davies moved from Vancouver Whitecaps to Bayern just last year, but is already undisputed best player for the Canadian national team with five goals and eight assists in 17 caps.

Bayern likely has little interest in selling him despite the potential to make a huge profit on the $10 million it spent to get him out of Major League Soccer.

Don Balon says the one team willing to tempt any other with big money is lurking, though; Real Madrid sees Davies as a potential replacement for legendary left-sided man Marcelo.

That’s big time, though Bayern will see Davies as a left back for potential to take the position for a decade. The Bavarians have a pretty celebrated history of players who’ve lined up at left back for parts of their careers including Bixente Lizarazu, David Alaba, and even Philip Lahm.

It’s a pretty sensational report, though we’ve seen Real spend big money on many of the world’s very top teen players in recent seasons, including Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo, and Reinier Jesus.

How much money would it take to tempt Bayern in this climate? Elite left backs are perhaps the most premium position in the game.

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Plus for all his talent, Davies wouldn’t be terribly well-served by leaving a club that spent so much time, energy, and research on vetting him for a big role.

Here’s what former Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson told us about the recruitment process last year.

“Bayern did their homework. They watched the player, met the player, got references from people around him, then sat down with him and his representatives and laid down a five-year plan for him. In that plan was opportunities with first and second team, and that’s what people don’t understand with young players. It’s not just about what they do on a Saturday in front of 30,000 people. It’s what they do off the field. It’s what they do from Monday to Friday.”

Alphonso Davies signs new Bayern Munich contract

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Canada star Alphonso Davies has signed a new long-term contract with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

Davies, 19, has extended his deal with Bayern until the summer of 2025 after a string of fine displays at left back this season.

Speaking about signing a new deal, which showed him pictured with club directors around a table as they all wore face masks, the former Vancouver Whitecaps standout is delighted to extend his stay in Bavaria.

“I am very happy. FC Bayern is one of the best clubs in the world, and for me it’s a dream come true to play here. I felt happy from day one. I want to win as many titles as possible with this club. The mentality of always wanting to win everything is in FC Bayern’s DNA,” Alphonso Davies said.

Bayern’s top officials were all ecstatic to lock down Davies to an extended deal, as his previous contract ran until the summer of 2023. He joined Bayern from Vancouver in the summer of 2018 for what still is a record transfer fee paid for an MLS academy product, $13.5 million rising to $22 million with add-ons.

The story of Davies’ journey in life, not just in soccer, is remarkable. His parents fled to Ghana from Liberia due to the civil war and he was brought up in a refugee camp before his family moved to Ontario and then Edmonton. He made his debut for Canada as a 16-year-old and he has taken his game to new levels at Bayern in recent months with several marauding displays down the left flank.

Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic praised Davies’ attitude on and off the pitch.

“I am very pleased that FC Bayern and Alphonso have made a long-term commitment to each other. With his speed, his enthusiasm and his professional attitude, Alphonso is an ideal fit for our team. He is also a real asset in human terms. It is up to all of us here to ensure that Alphonso continues to stabilize his very good performance, that he takes the next steps in his development with the same concentration and courage as he has up till now,” Salihamidzic said.

While Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge added that Davies “delights our fans not only with the way he plays, but also with the way he is off the pitch.”

A versatile player who has all of the attributes to excel in the modern game, we could well be talking about Davies as one of the greatest players ever produced in North America. He has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs amid a breakout 2019-20 campaign but he is clearly very happy at Bayern and signing this new contract proves it.

Davies’ recent demolition job of Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League last 16 first leg proved he can deliver on the big stage and even though that was the moment many felt he had arrived, those who have watched Davies in MLS and for Canada have known about his exceptional talents for some time.

Bayern Munich puts Chelsea in 3-goal hole

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Too easy.

Serge Gnabry scored off a pair of Robert Lewandowski assists as Bayern Munich earned a 3-0 first-leg lead over Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 on Tuesday.

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Chelsea played the last dozen minutes down a man; Marcos Alonso was sent off via VAR for contact to the face of Robert Lewandowski away from the play. He’ll miss the second leg, as will Jorginho after collecting another yellow card.

Lewandowski capped off the scoring to make Chelsea’s task even more difficult heading to the Allianz Arena for the March 18 second leg.

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Three things we learned

1. Bayern loves London: Just under five months ago, Bayern Munich buried Tottenham Hotspur in North London in a seven-goal show. This wasn’t quite that, but the Bavarians out-classed a Chelsea side which had few answers for Hansi Flick’s tactics. Bayern has hung 10 on London.

2. Ex-Gunner Gnabry runs the show: Gnabry scored just one goal in 14 appearances over four years between Arsenal and West Brom, and is making up for lost time during this season’s Champions League. He scored four times and added an assist when Bayern visited his former North London Derby rivals. This time, it was two goals in four second-half minutes at Stamford Bridge, the German playmaker contributing plenty in the defensive half.

All it took was one slip from Cesar Azpilicueta to start the scoring.

3. Chelsea’s backs torn apart: It’s difficult to find any fine individual performances from the Blues aside from Mateo Kovacic, though Mason Mount had his moments, but the worst days came from the back three. Bayern was credited with a half-dozen big chances via Sofascore, and the visitors took a whopping 11 shots inside the box.

Man of the Match: The 30-year-old Muller was everywhere early, but it’s difficult to give this to anyone but Gnabry or Lewandowski. We’ll give it to the German.

Kingsley Coman was the first to scare the opposition, working a long 1-2 with Thomas Muller before thumping a low shot wide of the near post in the 12th minute.

Chelsea backstop Willy Caballero made a sliding trail leg save on Robert Lewandowski in the 28th.

Muller then swirled a shot around Caballero but just past the far post before heading off the cross bar in the 35th.

Chelsea got a prime moment in the 48th minute, but Mason Mount was dispossessed and Manuel Neuer stymied Ross Barkley.

Gnabry then stole the ball in Chelsea’s half and worked a 1-2 with Lewandowski to put Bayern on the board.

Mount latched onto a big mistake from Joshua Kimmich but badly missed his bid to catch Neuer out of the goal.

Canadian phenom Alphonso Davies produced the third goal with a roaring run down the left flank, crossing to Lewandowski for the goal.

Bayern Munich tops Spurs 3-1 behind Davies, Coutinho

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Ryan Sessegnon scored his first Spurs and Champions League goals as Tottenham Hotspur rested many of its top players in a 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich in a group stage dead rubber on Wednesday.

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Kingsley Coman, Philippe Coutinho, and Thomas Muller scored for group-winning Bayern, who got an absolute star show out of 19-year-old Canadian left back Alphonso Davies.

Three things we learned

1. Spurs depth gets valuable time: Being a dead rubber, both teams left key components out of the fray or at least the Starting XI. Jose Mourinho left Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Jan Vertonghen out of the 18 and both Heung-Min Son and Davinson Sanchez on the bench. That didn’t stop his men from a strong showing in a very difficult venue, though Bayern rested David Alaba and put Robert Lewandowski and Leon Goretzka on the bench to start the match.

2. Coutinho beats old nemesis again: The longtime Liverpool man was at his very best on Wednesday, and his wonderful second-half goal means he’s now scored against Spurs for Liverpool, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich (also assisting against the North Londoners while with Inter Milan). That’s also because his 14 matches against Spurs are the most he’s played against one club in his senior career.

3. Canadian super show from Davies: Alphonso Davies turned 19 just over a month ago but already looks a man in his prime. He registered an assist and hit the post in addition to making seven successful dribbles and winning five tackles, also completing almost 90 percent of his passes. There are shades of teammate David Alaba in his game. That’s high praise, but Davies potential may be higher than the Austrian.

Man of the Match: Davies was absolutely electric at left back. It’d be too easy to give it to Coutinho, who was just as good, and like Spurs manager we relish the chance to be contrarian.

Early chances were there for both sides, Paulo Gazzaniga the busier of the keepers and making a fine save on Benjamin Pavard.

Serge Gnabry tried to find Philippe Coutinho through a sea of defenders, but his pass bounded off Moussa Sissoko and onto the path of back-post residing Coman for the opener.

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Spurs leveled the score in the 20th minute when Sessegnon collected a deflected shot and buried it past Manuel Neuer.

Sissoko led a rush but couldn’t get cross over the fray as Spurs looked better money for a second goal.

Then Joshua Kimmich saw a yellow card for standing firm as Giovani Lo Celso wandered into him.

Bayern had the better of the final 15 minutes of the half, when Muller was in prime position to deposit Alphonso Davies’ rebound off the goal post.

Coutinho tried to put the match to bed in stoppage time, but his blazing shot from distance was touched off the bar by Gazzaniga.

He’d get his goal via another audacious shot, this time zipping a lay-off from Alphonso Davies through traffic and inside the far post.

Heung-min Son had a late breakaway saved by Neuer.