Thursday, April 26, 2018

Watzke: Bayern will be champions

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke is expecting Bayern Munich to win their fifth consecutive Bundesliga title this season.

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke is expecting Bayern Munich to win their fifth consecutive Bundesliga title this season.

Bayern are seven points clear of second-place Dortmund through eight league matches, and Watzke believes the Bavarian giants will walk away with the league yet again.

The BVB supremo has likened Bayern, who are are priced at 10/3 to win the UEFA Champions League this season, to their French counterparts Paris-Saint Germain, with both clubs in far superior economic positions than their domestic competitors. 

“Yes, the championship is decided,” Watzke said. “I have already said that before our game against Bayern Munich. 

“In Germany the situation is similar to the situation in France. There is one strong team –  in Germany Bayern Munich, in France PSG – with an unbelievable economic power. It is not possible for us to catch up with Bayern Munich.”

Regarding BVB’s 5-1 defeat to Bayern over the weekend, Watzke added: “To be honest, I still feel like s**t. I didn’t expect that we would lose in such a bad way. We all know that Bayern Munich has the best resources in Germany but it is possible to beat Bayern Munich in 90 minutes. We beat them in the cup last year.

“That loss [on Sunday] hurts and I just hate it to lose a game. We will learn from that defeat. By the way that was just our first defeat under the new coach [Thomas Tuchel].”

Martial: I’m far from Henry’s level

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial has moved to play down talks likening him to France legend Thierry Henry, insisting he has ‘everything to prove.’

The France international, who joined United from Monaco in a deal that could rise to £58 million, has enjoyed a tremendous start to life in Manchester, having tallied four goals and one assist in seven appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils.

“Thierry Henry? He is a legend in England. I have everything left to prove,” Martial told the French radio station RMC. “Maybe, with hard work, I will finally reach Henry’s level. But at the moment, I’m far from it.”

In addition, regarding his decision to move to Old Trafford, Martial added: “Why I chose Manchester United? Because, for me, they are among the five best clubs in the world.

“I also really wanted to continue to play in the Champions League. This is what made my decision. And I know Van Gaal wanted me. That’s what motivated me to take a decision. It was very important to show the coach that he could trust me.

Martial is priced at 25/1 to be the top goal-scorer in the English Premier League this term.


Shawn Etemadi



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