Zorc expects Reus to stay put

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc expects Marco Reus to see out the remainder of his career with his hometown club.

Having started out as a youngster with BVB, the 29-year-old Germany international forward headed off for spells with Rot Weiss Ahlen and Borussia Monchengladbach, before returning home just under seven years ago.

Since then, despite a number of serious injury problems, Reus has scored 115 goals in 235 appearances in all competitions, helping Dortmund win the DFB-Pokal in 2017 and remain in place as the main rival to Bayern Munich in the domestic game.

And Zorc sees no reason why Reus would opt to move on, telling Sport Bild: "Marco is someone who identifies with the club and has strong roots in Dortmund. I can't imagine that he will ever play for another club.

"Marco has matured as a person and he is taking on more responsibility than before, both on and off the pitch. He has a natural authority and he is becoming ever more important for us."

Reus has scored 15 goals in 22 Bundesliga outings so far this season, with BVB currently behind table-topping Bayern on goal difference only.

Dortmund can be backed at 2/1 to claim the Bundesliga title this season, with Bayern available at 4/11.

Die Schwarzgelben were last crowned champions of Germany in 2012, just before the return of Reus to the club.

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Kovac happy to see Bayern click

Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac is pleased to see his team occupying top spot in the Bundesliga standings heading into a two-week international break.

Die Roten powered to a 6-0 win at home to Mainz on Sunday, with James Rodriguez scoring a hat-trick in a victory which ensured that Bayern lifted themselves back above Borussia Dortmund on goal difference.

And Kovac was delighted with such a comprehensive success, which came on the back of a 6-0 win at home to Wolfsburg and a 5-1 triumph at Borussia Monchengladbach in their previous two league outings.

He told his club's official website: "Compliments to the players and we're pleased we're at the top again. We saw a lot of zest, a whole lot of verve, very many good moves.

"Taken altogether it was a deserved win and the right margin of victory. Now we can work calmly and with focus in the two-week international break.

"I'm glad we got into the game so well – we were clearly superior from the start. The way we played was fun, we were flexible and exploited the space well.

"It was important to improve our goal difference in the last three matches and the table is looking better than in the first half of the season of course."

Bayern are currently available at 4/11 to win the Bundesliga title this season, while Dortmund can be backed at 2/1.

BVB have dropped nine points from their last seven games, while in the same timeframe Bayern have won six out of seven to overhaul their rivals.

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Bundesliga: BVB Grab Injury-Time Winner in Berlin

Hertha BSC 2-3 Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund climbed back to the top of the Bundesliga tonight after winning a five-goal thriller in front of a massive 75,000 crowd at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

With the match tied going into injury time, it was captain marvel Marco Reus who fired home the winner after man-of-the-match Jadon Sancho teed him up. And that was hard on the hosts who had been ahead twice through goals from Ivory Coast striker Salamon Kalou.

Hertha are a team without big names but battled hard as a group and ended the game with nine men. They certainly left nothing on the pitch after seven minutes of injury time.  But make no mistake; this was a huge win for Borussia Dortmund in the chase for the title as they try to hold off the might of FC Bayern.

There’s still a long way to go and Lucien Favre’s team is well in the hunt; we’ll be there right to the finish with all the hot-off-the-press Bundesliga 2019 news.

Highlights of the game

Dan-Axel Zagadou and Salomon Kalou both played a vital role for their respective teams in the recent Bundesliga game

Borussia Dortmund’s Dan-Axel Zagadou in action against Hertha Berlin’s Salomon Kalou during their Bundesliga clash

Hertha got off to the perfect start, going ahead on just four minutes. Davie Selke passed to Maximilian Mittelstadt, and he hit a low shot heading for the corner that BVB keeper Roman Burki saved, but he could do nothing to stop Salomon Kalou as he poked the ball home from close range.

It didn’t take long for the visitors to get on level terms, though, and it was midfield ace Thomas Delaney who fired home after a lightning break. What a start!

Dortmund began to take control of the game, and Rune Jarstein was busy in the Hertha goal, saving well from Jacob Bruun Larsen after Marco Reus had put the striker in. But Favre’s team couldn’t get the second and they went behind again, against the run of play, after Julian Weigl handled in the penalty area. Kalou took the responsibility and coolly slotted the spot-kick home in the bottom-left corner.

So BVB went into the break behind, and Favre had some work to do.

Christian Pulisic was BVB’s match-winner against Stuttgart last week, and he made a start in Berlin. And he came close to levelling just after the break with a low strike, but Jarstein was equal to it again. But the visitors did draw level once more when Dan-Axel Zagadou headed home from a Jadon Sancho corner.

The young England starlet is top of the assists table in this year’s Bundesliga and he’s becoming a hotter prospect by the week. Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, has insisted he’ll still be at the club next season and they will do well to keep hold of him.

Pulisic saw another good effort saved and then he linked up with Sancho, but the England man’s shot from the left edge of the penalty area was charged down. The hosts went down to ten men, with five minutes remaining, when Jordan Torunarigha received a second yellow for a nasty foul on Achraf Hakimi, and then it was all hands to the pump.

It looked like Hertha was about to hold out, but then Sancho weaved his magic again deep into injury time, teeing up Reus for the skipper to slam home the winner into the bottom-right corner to send the visiting hoards wild.

Tempers flared in the home camp and Hertha finished with nine men when Vedad Ibisevic was red-carded for violent conduct.

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The Hertha vs BVB betting tips generally agreed on an away win, but that was mighty close!

The hosts put up a good fight with a decent share of possession, but BVB peppered their goal with shots, firing 25 in with eight on target, while Hertha managed four on target from seven efforts.

It was a frantic game and neither side managed to reach 80 per cent passing accuracy. But it wasn’t a dirty game, with just 16 fouls committed, though the first of Hertha’s two red cards cost the home side dearly.

What’s next?

Hertha Berlin have an away game to RB Leipzig next, and that will be a tough test against the third-placed side. And then they return to Berlin for a mid-table clash at home to Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Borussia Dortmund are at home to Wolfsburg and will expect to win against the side destroyed 6-0 by FC Bayern last week. The us Bundesliga 2019 is coming to a climax, and we can expect drama like this by the week.

 

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A Big Berlin Battle: Dortmund Chase Bundesliga Summit Against Hertha

Hertha Berlin vs Borussia Dortmund

It’s been an interesting time in the German top flight, and the stage is set up for a grand finale at the top!

Bayern Munich have finally reclaimed the top spot in the Bundesliga, but they are only ahead of Borussia Dortmund by a mere two goals. They may have struggled as of late, but they have a chance to catch up if they win against Hertha Berlin.

us markets will undoubtedly give the advantage to the BVB, and they have no business losing this match when they are in the business of winning the league. However, Dortmund have shown a tendency to trip whenever they look too far ahead. Berlin were also one of the sides that gave them a proper headache during the season’s early days.

Talking Points

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While the situation cannot be called a bottle job just yet, it’s hard to deny that Lucien Favre’s boys are having a lacklustre 2019. They need to turn things around in the league if they want to finish the season on a positive note.

They probably regret not scoring against a struggling Nurnberg as those points could have kept the Bavarians at bay. Their shocking loss to Augsburg before their frustrating elimination from the Champions League also leave a bad taste in the mouths of the Yellow Wall.

The worrying run of form also continued for much of their league game against Stuttgart, and it looked like they were bound to choke their way out of the championship. It was fortunate for them that Christian Pulisic stepped up and gave a performance to remember at the Signal Iduna Park.

They know that this form cannot continue and they need to make a way to consolidate their form and keep the pressure on their Bavarian rivals. They have the players to help them secure the feat, but they also those same players to step up their game.

The last couple of games showed how poorly the strikers have been misfiring as of late. Both Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer haven’t stood out the same way they did compared to the earlier weeks of the season, and they need to rediscover their scoring form quick.

Jadon Sancho is doing a wonderful job from the right wing and will definitely perform for the Black and Yellows, but he needs the rest of the team to step up and finish the chances he creates. While the team assures that he will still be playing for the BVB next season, they need to win games like this to keep him in Germany.

No-pressure Berlin can do it again

A quick look at the league table will tell you that Berlin is not a team the BVB’s passionate supporters should worry about. They do not have big-name players in their roster, and their inconsistent form sees them settle down at tenth.

Ondrej Duda looking forward to fire Hertha Berlin to victory when the two sides meet in Bundesliga

Hertha Berlin’s Ondrej Duda and team mates remonstrate with referee Harm Osmers

However,  a more detailed inspection of their Bundesliga 2019 results will tell you a different story. They secured a fantastic 3-0 victory away at Borussia Monchengladbach. They also managed to compete with Bayern Munich for a good chunk of their 1-0 loss at the Allianz Arena.

Pal Dardai has a wealth of dependable players who can step up if needed. Ondrej Duda is doing well up front, leading the team with his 10 goals. Marko Grujic, Jordan Torunarigha, and Valentino Lazaro are also playing well on the defensive end. Niklas Stark has been an outstanding young defender that Bayern Munich are interested in his services.

Make no mistake: this team can definitely play with the best of them. The BVB better put their best foot forward if they want to get the win at the Olympiastadion.

History

These two sides are established Bundesliga regulars, and they have faced each other in football games for at least 66 times since the German top flight’s establishment in 1962. The BVB won 30 of those games with Berlin winning 18 of them. The remaining 18 results were draws. The quality of performances the two sides have put out are painfully obvious: the BVB have produced 116 goals, 29 goals more than Die Alte Dame.

Their latest league game is a cautionary tale for Dortmund fans, though: the BVB had the lead for a good chunk of this October 2018 match, but Salomon Kalou put on a man-of-the-match performance and was key in denying Dortmund the victory.

Betting Tip

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Bundesliga 2019 odds still see Dortmund as favourites to win this fixture, but their recent form put a huge question mark in bookmakers’ heads. Do the BVB still have what it takes to handle the pressure and keep it up with Bayern Munich until the end of the season.

This writer believes that Dortmund can still eke out a win against Berlin, but the path to the three points will be anything but easy. Sancho should produce a goal in the first half, and either Alcacer or Pulisic should finish the job from the bench.

However, it is also highly possible that Duda and friends can spoil Dortmund’s season and pull off a legendary victory. Given the way the team has performed against better competition, I will not be surprised if this ends in another 2-2 draw or a classic 2-1 upset.

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Bundesliga: Supersub Pulisic Saves BVB

Borussia Dortmund 3-1 VfB Stuttgart

Dortmund pulled out all the stops to register a late win over Stuttgart thanks to an assist and a goal from substitute Christian Pulisic, and that keeps them level on points with FC Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga.

Over 81,000 fans went wild at the Signal Iduna Park after seeing their side held for over 80 minutes when Pulisic put on a brilliant late show. But Lucien Favre’s team has slipped into second place on goal difference after Bayern slaughtered Wolfsburg 6-0. Bundesliga 2019 betting odds have swung firmly in the direction of Bavaria, making FC Bayern odds on to retain their title after chasing down Dortmund.

As for Markus Weinzierl’s Stuttgart, the relegation battle becomes ever more intense as they languish in 16th place.

Highlights of the game

BVB’s big players had a disappointing night in the Champions League defeat to Spurs in midweek and they looked intent on making things right this afternoon. Paco Alcacer had two good early efforts, first heading a Jadon Sancho corner just wide and then taking a Marius Wolf pass and shooting from a tight angle that got blocked.

Paco Alcacer has helped Borussia Dortmund thrashed VfB Stuttgart in their recent Bundesliga match

Borussia Dortmund’s Paco Alcacer hits the ball into the net against VfB Stuttgart players in Bundesliga

Then Mario Gotze put Sancho in, and he struck a firm effort, again blocked by a packed Stuttgart defence. The visitors made a foray into Dortmund territory, and Emiliano Insua took a pot shot from distance which was charged down. And on the half-hour, Steven Zuber put Nicolas Gonzalez through. He came close, but his shot whistled past the right post.

Sancho had the best effort so far on 37 minutes with a low shot towards the bottom corner, but Ron-Robert Zieler got down well to make a smart save.

As the half-time Bundesliga 2019 updates spread across the Signal Iduna Park, the big news was that FC Bayern was 2-0 up against Wolfsburg, and that sent a nervous murmur around the stadium.

Favre sent his men out with a second-half mission, and they were on the front foot again with skipper Marco Reus trying to spark a goal. He found Raphael Guerreiro in space in the penalty area and his shot was inches past the left post. As BVB pressed, Alcacer had a header tipped over the bar. And then the deadlock was broken on the hour.

When Gonzalo Castro tripped Jadon Sancho, the Yellow Wall erupted as VAR awarded a penalty. And it exploded into life again when Reus stepped up to stroke the spot-kick home. That was his 14th goal of the season and, despite being out injured for weeks, he’s right in the hunt to be the Bundesliga top scorer.

But if the home fans thought that their team would pull away from the strugglers, how wrong they were. In a flurry of yellow cards, Wolf picked up a booking for a foul on Alexander Esswein. When Castro swung the free-kick in, Marc-Oliver Kempf rose highest to head the ball into the bottom-right corner, giving Roman Burki no chance.

Alcacer forced another good save from Zieler with a shot from distance, and Favre threw on Christian Pulisic with ten minutes to go to try to force a winner. And what an inspired substitution that turned out to be when the young American worked well to find Alcacer in the box, and he fired into the top-left corner to spark wild celebrations.

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There was a late scare when Stuttgart’s Ozan Kabak’s header whistled just wide, but there were cheers of relief and delight all around the ground when Pulisic fired home the third.

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Borussia dominated the first 45 minutes play with over 77 per cent possession and eight shots to four, but only two were on target and Zieler had just one good save to make.

But the hosts fully deserved their win in the end, registering 17 shots on goal and eight on target as Stuttgart’s only effort on target was their goal.

What’s next?

Favre’s team had a firm hold on the Bundesliga title at the turn of the year, but a patchy run of form means they are now neck-and-neck with FC Bayern

Next Saturday, BVB head to Berlin to take on mid-table Hertha. Keep it right here at us where we’ll be previewing that game with head-to-head stats and a look at the best odds, and then bringing you all the action from the match.

Stuttgart are at home to Hoffenheim next week, another side comfortably off in mid-table, and Weinzierl’s team will push hard for a crucial win. They came within ten minutes of a great result today and that should give them hope.

 

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Bundesliga: It’ll Be a Desperate Battle for the BVB

Borussia Dortmund vs VfB Stuttgart

The battle for the title of Germany’s Finest is about to kick up a notch as March comes rolling along!

In January, Borussia Dortmund seemingly had a chokehold on the Bundesliga title, a considerable point gap helping them stave the top spot of the league away from Bayern Munich. Some even went so far as to claim that this would be the season that Lucien Favre’s Black and Yellows will win it all.

However, the second half of the season has been nothing short of horrible for the BVB as they failed to win league game after league game. They now find themselves at risk of losing the summit as they now face VfB Stuttgart at the Signal Iduna Park.

Favre and his boys know that they need to stop their poor run of form here if they want to keep their hopes of a championship run alive. The BVB still have fantastic players on their roster, but can they stop their rut here?

Talking Points

Will the pressure break the BVB again?

A lot of Dortmund fans don’t want to hear this, but a mere two goals are the only thing stopping Bayern Munich from reclaiming the spot they rightfully think is theirs, and they cannot blame anyone but their club for underperforming over the last couple of games.

A quick look at Dortmund’s Bundesliga 2019 results should tell you all you need to know about their current run of form. They dropped points against teams they should have easily taken down in Frankfurt, Hoffenheim and Nurnberg. While they managed a narrow win against Leverkusen,  Augsburg and a superb Ji Dong-Won helped the Bavarians level with Dortmund on points.

Moreover, it’s not only in Germany where they have experienced bad luck. They are officially out of the Champions League after Harry Kane and Tottenham kept them goalless in front of their own fans. While their play improved in this match, they still struggled to find the finishing touch they needed to get favourable results.

In order to achieve this, Favre needs every player in the team to rediscover the early-season form that got them in this position in the first place. Paco Alcacer needs to score more consistently in order to help stem the mark on Marco Reus. Axel Witsel must help the backline against opposition attacks in order to ease the pressure on Roman Burki. Jadon Sancho will continue to create for the Black and Yellows, but the opportunities he makes must be converted to goals.

Whether they actually get the monkey off their back is another question altogether, however.

Stuttgart also pressed to perform

A downtrodden Dortmund side is the best chance for Stuttgart to get some points and possibly claw their way out of the relegation zone. While their fate still lies on the hands of the BVB, they can also do something to ensure the victory.

Can VfB Stuttgat stay away from the relegation zone of the the Bundesliga?

VFB Stuttgart’s Anastasios Donis celebrates with teammates after scoring their first goal against Bayern Munich

They are one of the only three sides in the bottom half of the Bundesliga to pull off a positive result in the last game day, and their outstanding performance against Hannover 96 puts some distance between the two of them. Moreover, the goals of Mario Gomez, Ozan Kabak, and Steven Zuber are encouraging.

However, they are not disillusioned that the worst has come to pass. It hasn’t been more than a month and a half since their valiant efforts were denied by Bayern Munich. The players are more than aware of their stature coming in and will be determined to keep their good run going.

Their defensive and attacking strength will likely come from Benjamin Pavard. While the World Cup winner is set to move to Bayern in the summer, he is focused on helping his club avoid the drop: “My only goal, for the time being, is to ensure Stuttgart’s survival. We all love the club and none of us are happy about our current situation. It’s down to us to turn it around.”

History

 These two German giants have played each other about a hundred times since 1965. The more neutral us fan may think that the head-to-head score between these two teams are completely lopsided, but the score is actually closer than what is expected.

Dortmund have only won 37 of those 100 games while Stuttgart are ahead of them by a mere two games. The remaining 24 have been draws. However, Stuttgart fans know that Dortmund have been the better team as of late. Six of the last games they have played were notches in Dortmund’s win column.

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The BVB are still the heavy favourites coming into this match with good reason. The sheer difference in player quality will be too much for Stuttgart to overcome, and their last game was a 0-4 defeat in front of their own fans.

However, their most recent run of form against Werder Bremen and Hannover should give them enough confidence to at least keep the first half tied. Kabak has been a vital addition to the side since his January move from Galatasaray, and Mario Gomez will be eager to equal whatever goals Dortmund score in the first half.

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Poch: We need to show more

Mauricio Pochettino accepts that Tottenham will have to "move to the next level" if they are to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Spurs produced a solid display on Tuesday to win 1-0 at the Westfalenstadion and seal a 4-0 aggregate success against Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16.

Harry Kane scored the only goal of the second leg four minutes into the second half to effectively end the tie as a contest after Dortmund had created numerous chances before the break with Hugo Lloris keeping out efforts by Marco Reus, Mario Goetze and Julian Weigl.

"For me, to move to the next level or the last level, I think it is not only today to show a very professional performance," Pochettino said after the match.

"It is so important to be in the quarter-final, but you need to show more if you want to be at the next level.

"To build that possibility to be at the same level as the clubs that we are talking about, you need to start from the first step always. We are in the middle or 70 per cent of moving forward."

Spurs, who were knocked out of last season's Champions League by Juventus at the same stage, had only taken one point from their last three Premier League fixtures. They are 4/11 to finish in the top four this season. Meanwhile, they can be backed at 14/1 to win the Champions League.

"We fully deserved this. We scored four goals, did not concede and this was against a team that is top of the Bundesliga with great players," added Pochettino.

"Job done. I am happy for our players, for the fans. We suffered a bit in the first half but it is very important to be in the quarter-final."

Spurs are 4/5 to beat Southampton at St Mary's in the Premier League on Saturday.

Champions League: Kane Fires Spurs Into Last Eight

Borussia Dortmund 0-1 (0-4 on agg.) Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs put in the perfect away performance in Dortmund tonight as Harry Kane scored the only goal of the game to make it a 4-0 aggregate win over BVB.

Dortmund were the better side in the first half of the first leg, but a disastrous second 45 gave them a mountain to climb. And it was a similar pattern at the Signal Iduna Park: BVB attacking throughout the first half and then succumbing to a sucker punch in the second. It’s Mauricio Pochettino who takes his side to the last eight of the 2019 Champions League.

This was a great Euro victory for Spurs, but you’d have to say the big Champions League 2019 news of the night came from Madrid where Ajax hammered Los Blancos 1-4. What about that then, us Champions League fans? The 2016, 17 and 18 champions are out!

But it was Spurs’ night in Dortmund, and King Harry Kane was the man for the big moment yet again.

Highlights of the game

Favre started with Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer in a clear indication that he thought the game was not yet up. The Yellow Wall was alive with flags waving and drums banging as Dortmund started at a fierce tempo. Spurs hardly touched the ball in the opening five minutes. Reus had the first opening of the game, clean through on goal, but Jan Vertonghen made a great tackle.

Hugo Lloris had a fantastic first half to preserve his team’s lead as BVB threw everything at the visitors, making a superb save to keep out a deflected Reus shot. He also got down well to stop a header from Julian Weigl on the line. The French keeper then made a brilliant save to palm away a shot from Mario Gotze and denied Alcacer who curled one from the edge of the box.

Jadon Sancho has been box office in his first full season in Dortmund and has, unsurprisingly, attracted the attention of PSG and Manchester United. However, he had a quiet first 45 minutes, though he did force another save from Lloris before half-time.

Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus reacts after conceding with Harry Kane’s away goal

Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus reacts after conceding their first goal scored by Tottenham’s Harry Kane

The hosts began the second half as they ended the first, and Reus got behind the Spurs defence to fire a dangerous ball across the six-yard box, but there was no-one there to make the vital touch. And then, wouldn’t you know it, as the home fans wondered how on earth they weren’t ahead, Spurs scored!

Moussa Sissoko won the ball in midfield and played a quick ball through to Kane who finished beautifully with a curling shot to beat Roman Burki. Dortmund now needed five goals to win and that was, pretty much, the end of their European dream.

Favre’s last throw of the dice was to bring Christian Pulisic and Jacob Bruun Larsen on to try to achieve the impossible, but it was Spurs who had another attempt on goal, with Toby Alderweireld heading a Christian Eriksen corner over the bar.

Pulisic did have a chance when a cross reached him in the middle of the penalty area. He had time and space but headed over the bar. There was still time for man-of-the-match Lloris to make another save to deny Alcacer.

Key Statistics

The pre-match BVB vs Spurs betting odds pointed to a home win and a tense evening, but it turned out to be quite the opposite in the end.

Dortmund were totally dominant in the first half but just couldn’t beat Spurs’ last line of defence as Lloris made five saves and the shot count read ten to one. Harry Kane’s goal, early in the second half, knocked the stuffing out of their hosts.

Kane is now Spurs’ all-time leading scorer in Europe and has hit the net in three of the four games he’s played since his return from injury.

And Spurs have scored 12 of their 13 Champions League goals this season in the second half.

What’s next?

BVB and FC Bayern are now neck and neck at the top of the Bundesliga, and Lucien Favre must lift his players quickly for the challenge.

Stuttgart are the next visitors to the Signal Iduna Park, and languishing in 16th they should be there for the taking. FC Bayern are at home to Wolfsburg, and that might present a stiffer challenge as their visitors are unbeaten in five and chasing a Europa League place.

After a poor run in the league, Spurs are now ten points behind leaders Manchester City and only four ahead of Arsenal in fifth place. An away trip to Southampton won’t be easy; the Saints are on a decent run and fighting for their lives.

 

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Gnabry relishes Bayern future

Versatile forward Serge Gnabry is hoping to enjoy plenty of success in the future after extending his Bayern Munich contract until the summer of 2023.

The 23-year-old Germany international joined Bayern in the summer of 2017 from Werder Bremen, but spent the whole of the following season on loan with Hoffenheim.

However, Gnabry has been a regular in the Bayern set-up this season, scoring eight goals in 29 appearances in all competitions and his reward is a three-year extension to his current deal.

Gnabry told his club's official website: "I'm feeling very, very much at home here. It's great fun to play for this team.

"Of course I hope for many titles and great moments and I'm looking forward to a good future with FC Bayern.

"In terms of football things are going very well for me at the moment, but I know I still have room for improvement and that I'll have to continue to get better."

Gnabry has scored four goals in five outings for the German national team to date, completing a hat-trick in an 8-0 World Cup qualifier against San Marino in November 2016.

Meanwhile, Bayern are priced at 1/3 to win the Bundesliga title this season, with Borussia Dortmund available at 9/4.

The Munich outfit have pulled level on points with BVB after the Die Schwarzgelben won just one of their last five league games.

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Poch plays down Spurs lead

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has warned his side to forget about the three-goal advantage they hold over Champions League opponents Borussia Dortmund.

Spurs powered to a 3-0 victory in the first leg of the last-16 tie with the current Bundesliga leaders at Wembley, but Pochettino says that that will count for little when they run out for the second leg in Germany on Tuesday evening.

He told reporters: "We need to play like we always play – trying to win the game. It's so important to be aggressive, to start the game in a very good level, with a high tempo.

"They will start aggressively and we need to show the same aggression.

"We cannot think about the 3-0 advantage, it's not important now. We can't think it's going to be easy. If we think that, it's going to be a massive problem."

As well as having defeated BVB last month, Spurs also have the boost of knowing that the two meetings of the two teams at the group stage of the competition last season both finished in their favour.

The clash in Dortmund ended 2-1 to the visitors, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min scoring second-half goals for the Londoners.

Spurs can be backed at 14/5 to secure a draw on Tuesday evening, with a 2-2 final scoreline available at 10/1, while Kane is priced at 21/20 to score at any time in the game.

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