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Bayern must bring new blood

Reuters
Thursday, November 09, 2017

LONDON - Bayern Munich must make sure they bring in top players every season to stay competitive and ease the pressure on an ageing squad, Poland captain Robert Lewandowski said on Tuesday.

Lewandowski, with the national team for friendlies against Uruguay on Friday and Mexico on Monday, also told Reuters in an interview that Bayern's first-choice players need back up.

"We shouldn't delude ourselves. Each club needs to get a top player every two or three years to refresh the team, to bring some new blood, new quality," he said.

After a stuttering start to the season, Bayern sacked their Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti and brought back 72-year-old Jupp Heynckes for his third spell in charge and the move has worked.

Since Heynckes returned on Oct. 14, the club have won their seven matches in all competitions, reclaiming top spot in the Bundesliga after falling behind RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund.

They have also reached the last 16 of the Champions league.

"At this point we really have a good team, but it is known that players are getting older," added Lewandowski.

"We are succeeding (in replacing them) today, because we have a young Josh Kimmich, who is really good at his new position and shows that a young player can be a replacement for such an experienced and wonderful one as Philipp Lahm."

The 22-year-old Kimmich, who was a central midfielder, has replaced retired former Germany captain Lahm as Bayern's starting right back and has become an integral player in that position for club and country in just a few seasons.








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