BAYERN “ICED” OUT OF THE POKAL – PITCH SIDE PODCAST EP 45

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Bayern “Iced” out of the cup, and it’s big news all over Europe.

What looks like an inconsequential mid-week night,became quite eventful. The big news is, of course, Kiel eliminating Bayern Munich from the DFB Pokal.

However, this is not everything. In Italy, Cup action took place too. With Juventus, Inter, and Napoli all needing late winners or extra time winners to go through.

In France, Pochettino won his first trophy with PSG in “Trophee des Champions” beating Marseille 2-1. While in Spain, Ter Stegen sent Barcelona through to the final of the Super Cup after his penalty shootout heroics.

Also, I make a quick news roundup.

Bayern Munich bow out of the Cup!

l: DFB Cup, Holstein Kiel – Bayern Munich, 2nd round at Holstein Stadium. Munich’s Robert Lewandowski (M), Thomas Müller (r) and other players react during the match.

In the cold weather of Kiel, Bayern are “Iced”.

It is big news in Europe, as Bayern lost another game in the space of few days. This time they walked out of the German “Pokal” against a very competitive Kiel side, losing 7-6 on Penalties.

Now, whether Bayern will go in a downwards spiral unknown, but this is certainly a disappointment.

This should be a wake up call for Flick and co. to change his style and make a few improvements before the business end of the season.

Definitely though, Bayern are indeed “Iced”.

Juve, Inter, and Napoli pull through cup hardships!

In Coppa Italia, the same story repeated itself pretty much for Inter, Juve, and Napoli.

Inter went through to the next round thanks to a 119th minute Lukaku header. While Napoli ground out a 3-2 win against Empoli thanks to a late Andrea Petagna winner.

However, the big story (at least for me) comes from Turin, as Hamza Rafia (fellow-Tunisian) sent Juventus through sealing the deal against Genoa on a 3-2 scoreline. That is a source of personal pride for me.

Ter Stegen does what Neuer didn’t do!

Moving on to Spain, and the first Semi-final of the Super Cup. Barcelona went to the game without Messi, who missed out for a muscular issue. The hero of the match though, is Marc Andre Ter-Stegen.

The German GK didn’t only save crucial chances during the game, but also saved two penalties to help Barcelona get to the final.

This competition is certainly more important now for Barca, all things considered.

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