Kimmich: Leipzig in Bayern’s sights

first_imgJoshua Kimmich insists Bayern Munich are not thinking about Borussia Dortmund and are instead focused on ending RB Leipzig’s perfect Bundesliga start.Dortmund suffered a shock 3-1 loss to Union Berlin on Saturday to leave Leipzig as the only side with a 100 per cent record after three matches.Bayern have won back-to-back games after being held to an opening-game draw by Hertha Berlin and face Julian Nagelsmann’s league leaders in their next outing. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Kimmich has played a full part in all three of Bayern’s league games so far and is relishing a top-of-the-table showdown at the Red Bull Arena on September 14.”Dortmund’s defeat hasn’t been a topic yet,” he told reporters. “We are now on the third matchday, we have to look after ourselves and still have work to do. “We’ve already left some points behind. There are still enough matchdays ahead of us. If we get our points, then we’ll be champions again. But we still have to work hard for that.”Leipzig got off to a perfect start with three victories. We’re behind, so of course we don’t want to be in that position that long. We always prefer to be right at the front. “We can make sure of that with the next game. In Leipzig you can set an exclamation mark. It’s definitely a good time to play against Leipzig – they’re in a good mood and we can see where we stand. “We came in with three games, now there’s the international break and then it’s all about Leipzig and the Champions League.”Union Berlin claimed the first Bundesliga victory in their history by seeing off Dortmund and Bayern midfielder Philippe Coutinho, handed his full debut in the 6-1 win against Mainz 05, believes that is a sign of the ruthless nature of the division.”Dortmund are a great team,” he said. “The Bundesliga is very competitive. We have to be prepared, as we are in every game. “We are at the beginning of the championship and we have to add as many points as we can to fight for the title at the end.”last_img read more

Redknapp gave Spurs the ‘hairdryer treatment’ after infamous Christmas party

first_imgFormer Tottenham man Jamie O’Hara revealed that then-manager Harry Redknapp went “absolutely mental” after an infamous Spurs Christmas party in 2009.Robbie Keane whisked some Spurs players away to Dublin for a knees-up despite knowing Redknapp would not have permitted it.In fact, the former Portsmouth and West Ham manager called a team meeting the day after the party had happened, forbidding the team from having one. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “I was at Tottenham and we’d organised a Christmas party,” O’Hara, still in the game as player-coach at Billericay Town of the Isthmian League, told TalkSport.“Harry Redknapp hated them and he was really against them.“Robbie Keane had organised this big event in Dublin, and we all went there. Before Harry even knew what was going on we’d had the Christmas party and we were back training on the Monday.“Harry pulled us into a team meeting in the afternoon and said ‘boys I’m just letting you know I don’t want any of you organising a Christmas party this year’, not knowing we’d already had one!”Those involved were soon caught, prompting Redknapp’s rage.The players were spotted out on the town by a photographer and pictures of them partying were in the tabloid press soon after, prompting Redknapp to give O’Hara, Keane and the other men involved the “hairdryer treatment”.“On the Tuesday, the Sun ran the story of us all out in nightclubs in Dublin – literally everyone’s on the back of it.“Harry Redknapp goes absolutely mental. He gave us the hairdryer treatment and let me tell you none of us played that weekend!”After the revelations Redknapp made his anger at the players known in the press, though he acknowledged that things could have been worse.“It will be dealt with I can tell you that,” the then 62-year-old said.“I wouldn’t like to say what I’m going to do but it will be dealt with and then we will move on.“They’ve not been fighting or anything like that. You could go back over some of the other parties that other clubs have had over the years and tell a million stories.“I haven’t had any negative reports about what went on but they didn’t ask my permission so they have to take the consequences, which they will do.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more