Germany leave out Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig players for Nations League games

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Germany will kick off its 2020 UEFA Nations League matches in September without most of its Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig internationals.National coach Joachim Loew on Tuesday said this was because they finished their season only days ago with the final eight tournament of the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League. Loew said the disrupted season, which ended with Sunday’s final match, which Bayern Munich won, meant there would be changes in the squad.They have games against Spain on September 3 and Switzerland three days later.Germany will be without Bayern Munich’s treble winners Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Manuel Neuer and Serge Gnabry and RB Leipzig’s Lukas Klostermann and Marcel Halstenberg.“As a national team coach I have a responsibility to the players,” Loew told a news conference. “What is important is that clubs and federations work closely, together than ever in order to control the strain on the players.”He will however have Bayern Munich central defender Niklas Suele, recently back following a cruciate ligament tear last year, and the duo of Julian Draxler and Thilo Kehrer of Paris St-Germain. “They had a longer break in France and have played fewer matches than the Bayern Munich or RB Leipzig players,” Loew said.Loew also called up three newcomers, with Atalanta left-back Robin Gosens, Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus and Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann in his 22-man squad.Germany also face Ukraine as part of their League A Group 4 matches.Reuters/NAN.Tags: 2019/20 UEFA Champions eagueBayern MunichGermanyRB Leipziglast_img read more

Lakers dysfunctional? The answer depends on who’s doing the talking

first_imgLeBron doesn’t play —> Lakers lose a big game on national TV —> Guys confront Luke afterwards and it leaks —> The perception grows that Luke has lost the team but it’s not on LeBron because he didn’t play. This is all going according to plan.— Sean Highkin (@highkin) February 3, 2019It sure does not feel like the Lakers are in charge of the Lakers.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) February 3, 2019We’ll need to wait for future episodes to get some real answers to the above questions. Maybe something will spill before the Feb. 7 trade deadline, or maybe it will spill after, especially if the Lakers fail to yank Anthony Davis from the Pelicans. That’s the same Anthony Davis who shares reps with LeBron and is now saying he wants out of NOLA. Are the Lakers falling apart, and if so, are LeBron James and his reps orchestrating the crackup in a plot to overthrow coach Luke Walton?Those familiar questions re-emerged Saturday night after it was reported that Lakers players and Walton almost came to blows after a loss to the Warriors in Oakland. The narrative of Walton losing control of his team gained steam.center_img MORE: Pelicans may make counter-offer to LakersAs uncertainty surrounds Lakers into deadline week, several veterans — including Michael Beasley — had an emotionally-charged verbal exchange with head coach Luke Walton postgame tonight, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium. It stopped short of turning physical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 3, 2019Then came the pushback, presumably from people with direct knowledge:Source called what happened tonight: “way overhyped.” Stuff like this happens in locker rooms often but Lakers are under ton of scrutiny right now. With vets on 1-year deals + young guys going through 1st trade deadline hearing their names, Lakers locker room can be tense lately— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) February 3, 2019Texted a few folks about whatever it was that happened in Lakers lockeroom tonight. One described it as typical lockeroom stuff & said, “It never got close to getting out of control, people are always emotional after a loss.”— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) February 3, 2019New story: Luke Walton challenged his players to not play selfishly after blowing a 2nd half lead in GSW. Beasley & McGee, in particular, took offense to it. A “heated” exchange ensued and quickly blew over. And time keeps on ticking to the trade deadline— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) February 3, 2019Also… doesn’t seem like @StephensonLance was really involved in whatever it was. In other words, go back to your Netflix— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) February 3, 2019Spin cycle? Perhaps, but it got fingers pointing back at Team LeBron for the initial report.Was King James’ camp going back into its bag of tricks to take out Walton and not have it come back to its meal ticket? (See Miami and Cleveland Part Deux.)last_img read more